Great Britain Qualify for First Olympic Semi-Final Since 1988

Barry Middleton celebrates GB men qualifying for semi-final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

A 1-1 draw for Great Britain in their final Pool A match against Spain tonight was enough to secure them a place in the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympics hockey competition. Great Britain finished runners-up in Pool A behind world number one Australia and will now play Pool B winners the Netherlands on Thursday for a place in Saturday’s Olympic final. The home nation took the lead in the 32nd minute through an Ashley Jackson penalty corner before Pua Quemada equalised for Spain in the 54th minute, also from a penalty corner. A succession of Spanish penalty corners in … Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 5 Preview: Three Semi-Final Berths are Up for Grabbing

London 2012 Hockey Previews

The Dutch became the 1st team to book their berth in semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London Olympics by defeating the defending champions Germany (3-1) in their fourth pool match. The Dutch is only team in the men’s competition to have 4 wins from 4 outings and will be taking on Korea in Pool B match at 8:30 BST on July 7. If world number six Korea registers an upset win over world number 3 Netherlands then defending champions Germany would need at least a draw with Black Sticks in the last pool match of the competition later in … Continue reading →

Great Britain Qualify for Olympic Semi-Final Despite Dutch Defeat

Great Britain's Ashleigh Ball evades the attention of Netherlands' Kitty van Male during their pool A encounter (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain women qualified for their first Olympic semi-final since Atlanta in 1996 despite going down to a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands at a packed Riverbank Arena this evening. Second half goals from Kitty van Male and the impressive Naomi van As gave the Dutch a fifth straight win in Pool A, but with China losing 1-0 to Japan earlier in the day, the home nation were already guaranteed a place in the last four of the hockey competition before the game got underway. Crista Cullen scored Great Britain’s only goal from a first half penalty corner. As runners-up … Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN-Day 5 Review and Results: Its Netherlands Vs New Zealand and Argentina Vs Great Britain in semis

London 2012 Hockey Results

After the completion of Pool matches, Defending Champions Netherlands and Hosts Great Britain placed at 1st and 2nd place in Pool A, while the current World Champions Argentina and New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals from Pool B. It will be the first Olympics semi final for world number six New Zealand, the Black Sticks. In the earlier editions of the games, the Black Sticks have finished on 6th place for 3 times. The Netherlands will play New Zealand in 1st semi final while Argentina will lock horn with the hosts Great Britain in 2nd semi-final for the place in … Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 4 Review & Results: Teun de Nooijer scored winner in 450th to win take Dutch to Semis

Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

Legendary Teun de NOOIJER played his 450th international game and scored the game-winning goal (2nd Dutch goal of match) to give a 3-1 win over defending champions Germany to take his team to 7th consecutive semi-final of the Olympics. Chritopher ZELLER opened the account on the score sheet by converting a Penalty Corner for the defending champions in 3rd minute. de VOOGD Bob scored a field to draw parity 1-1. The legendary Teun de NOOIJER scored in the opening minute of 2nd half to make it 2-1 in favor of the Dutch and 5 minutes later van der WEERDEN Mink … Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN-Day 5 Preview: Three Semi-Final Berths are Up for Grabbing

London 2012 Hockey Previews

After completing 4 of the 5 days of WOMEN’s Hockey Competition in the league stage, only defending champions Netherlands (Pool A) have confirmed a place in the semi-finals, while other three spots are still up for grabs, and will be known only after the conclusion of the pool matches. Both Great Britain and China (from Pool A) stand a chance of making it to the semi-final. Would  it be China or Great Britain, will be known after the later completes their match against the defending champions Dutch, who have 4 wins of 4 matches in the competition till now. The … Continue reading →