Australian Men out of Gold Medal Hunt

Germany has thwarted the Kookaburras Olympic aspirations for gold with a clinical display of disciplined hockey at Riverbank Arena in London this today.

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia will have the next four years to ponder what could have been after going down 4-2 in their semi final encounter after heading to London as overwhelming favorites.

With the World Cup, Champions’ Trophy and Commonwealth Games in the bag all that has eluded them during the past four years has been an Olympic trophy. Continue reading →

Australian Men Pursuing Olympic Hockey Gold

Dual Olympic gold medal-winning coach Ric Charlesworth may be the high profile face behind the Kookaburras Olympic campaign in London but his coaching staff include some of the most astute hockey minds in the world.

Hockey Australia LogoIt may be that combined knowledge, that proves the difference between winning and losing when they take on defending champions Germany in the semi-finals at Riverbank Arena tonight after Australia topped Pool A ahead of Great Britain with Germany finishing second in Pool B behind the Netherlands.

When Charlesworth took on the men’s job four years ago, he assembled a support staff that would enable him to deliver the same results he achieved with the women during their golden eight year reign winning every Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medal. Continue reading →

Australia Vs Germany, Netherlands Vs Great Britain in Semi Final: Day 6 Preview of MEN’s Hockey at London 2012

The world’s top four teams, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and hosts Great Britain, will take on each other with a keen eye on the Men’s Hockey Gold Medal match of London Olympics which will be played on 11th August, 2012.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIn first Semi Final, world number one Kookaburras will face world number two Germany at 15:30 BST. Having played each other in big matches, like final of World Cup 2010 (Kookaburras won 2-1), and recently in the London Prepares Series/Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament (Germany won both 3-2 in league stage and 5-2 in Final), know each other very well. These two teams have played each other 4 times in the Olympics, of which Australia won twice, while Germany got better once and one was drawn. Continue reading →

World #1 Netherlands will face #2 Argentina in WOMEN’s Hockey Final of London Olympics

World number one and number two teams will meet for the London Olympics Gold Medal at Riverbank Arena in Olympics Park, London on August 10 at 20:00BST. Defending champions and world number one Netherlands defeated world number seven New Zealand on penalty shoot-out (3-1) after finishing 2-2 in regulation time and none of the teams scored extra time. While world champions Argentina defeated the hosts Great Britain (2-1) to reach the final and hope to add the eluding Gold in their collection of Silver and Bronze Medals.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Record seven times FIH World Player of Year Luciana AYMAR is sure of to be the first woman hockey player to win 4 Olympics medals, though she will be targeting the yellow metal this time. Led by experienced AYMAR, athletic and confident world champions Argentina scored 2 goals in the first half and did some quality defending in the second half to defeat Great Britain (2-1). Continue reading →

Gutsy Great Britain Lose Out to in-Form Argentina

Despite a valiant performance, Great Britain’s women agonisingly missed out on a place in the London 2012 Olympics hockey final as they went down to a 2-1 defeat against Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

First half strikes from Noel Barrioneuvo and Carla Rebecchi were enough to send the world’s number two side into the final, while Great Britain’s consolation goal came from forward Alex Danson.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain still have a chance to claim a medal when they play New Zealand in the Bronze Medal match on Friday afternoon. Argentina’s reward is a Gold Medal match-up against the Netherlands that evening. Continue reading →

Olympic field hockey medal matches set

LONDON – The top two world ranked teams will meet in the final Olympic match at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park on Friday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. The Netherlands, ranked No. 1, will fight for their second consecutive gold medal, while Argentina, ranked No. 2, hopes to add gold to their collection of silver and bronze Olympic medals.

The Netherlands defeated New Zealand, 3-1, in the first penalty shootout of the tournament this afternoon. Argentina upset the host nation, Great Britain, 2-1, in front of a home crowd and under the lights of Riverbank Arena this evening.

Argentina’s only loss was to the U.S. in the second match-up of the tournament, while the Netherlands have won all six of their Olympic matches. Continue reading →