Women’s Play-off for fifth: Australia v China

Australia 2 (Jodie Schulz 41 PS, Jade Close 60 FG) def China 0

It may not have been the victory Australia were hoping for but they will still be celebrating after beating Olympic silver medallist China to finish fifth at the London Olympics.

Hockey Australia LogoAfter narrowly missing out on the medal rounds, Australia only had pride to play for but showing great character by beating their Asian rivals 2-0.

Australia will leave London without a medal but with a great deal more experience for the future.

On the positive side, coach Adam Commens has identified some exciting young talent who will be able to take their London experience into future championship campaigns over the next four years. Continue reading →

U.S. wraps up Olympic field hockey tournament in London

LONDON – The U.S. had high hopes of finishing their rocky Olympic campaign on a high note. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for Team USA this morning. Their final match at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Belgium, leaving the U.S. with a last place finish in the tournament. 

USA Field Hockey Logo“We are disappointed to be finishing where we have here and this outcome is a bitter pill to swallow,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “I felt that we had enough chances in the first half to put the game out of Belgium’s reach, but they were tough and hung in and got two goals when we were unable to do so.” Continue reading →

Australian Women Look to Finish London Olympics in Style

Australia will play for pride, but more importantly experience, when they take on Beijing Olympic silver medallists China in a play-off for fifth in London from 8:20pm AEST tonight LIVE on Foxtel channel 187.

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia tied with Argentina and New Zealand on points after Pool B games missing out on the semi finals on goal balance for the second Olympic campaign in a row.

China, who lost to the Netherlands in the gold medal-game in Beijing four years ago, failed to progress after finishing third in Pool A behind the Netherlands and Great Britain.

Four years ago China ended Australia’s campaign, when they scored two more goals than Australia in the rounds to progress to the medal rounds, and this time round it has been New Zealand who inflicted the same fate by just one goal. Continue reading →

Defending Champions Netherlands Vs World Champions Argentina: Final of WOMEN’s Hockey in the London Olympics

The Defending Champions Netherlands will take on World Champions Argentina at 20:00 BST in their quest to keep the Olympics Gold Medal. While, the world number 2 Argentina are looking for winning their first Gold Medal at the Olympics. Hosts Great Britain will face New Zealand, who are looking to win their first medal of Women’s Hockey at the Games, at 15:30 BST in Bronze Medal match.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsDefending champions defeated Belgium (3-0), Japan (3-2), China (1-0), Korea (3-2), and Great Britain (2-1) in the pool matches to reach semi final as the only team winning all of their pool matches. Continuing on their winning streak, the Dutch women defeated the Black Sticks in semi-final in a penalty shootout (3-1) after the scored remained locked 2-2 after extra time. Continue reading →

Classy Dutch Defeat Great Britain in Olympic Semi Final

A superb semi-final performance from the Netherlands denied Great Britain reaching their first Olympic final since 1988 as they defeated the home nation 9-2 at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Great Britain's James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Hat-tricks from Billy Bakker and Roderick Weusthof, plus goals from Mink van der Weedan, Tuen de Nooijer and Dutch captain Floris Evers capped a fantastic display from the world’s number three side. Ashley Jackson and Rob Moore scored Great Britain’s goals. Continue reading →

World Number 3 Netherlands set up summit clash with Defending Champions Germany: MEN’s Hockey of London Olympics

European giants Germany and Netherlands will play for the Gold Medal of MEN’s Hockey competition at London Olympics, while current world champions Australia will play for Bronze Medal against the hosts Great Britain on 11th August.

Great Britain's James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

The Netherlands demonstrated world-class execution of the plans with 50% conversion rate to trounce the hosts Great Britain (9-2) in the 2nd Semi Final at Riverbank Arena. Defending Olympic champions Germany defeated the world champions Kookaburras (4-2) with disciplined hockey in a close game in 1st the Semi Final of 2012 London Olympics . Continue reading →