Netherlands Vs New Zealand and Argentina Vs Great Britain in the Semis: Preview Day 6 of London 2012 WOMEN’S Hockey

Defending Champions Netherlands will take on world number six New Zealand, while hosts Great Britain will challenge the current World Champions Argentina in the semi finals of the 6th day of Women’s Hockey Competition.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsNew Zealand will appear in their first Olympics Semi Final at 15:30 BST, to take on defending champions Netherlands at Riverbank Arena. World number six team Black Sticks had finished last in Beijing and their best Olympics finish was 6th place in 2004, 2000 of 10 teams, while they finished 6th of 6 teams in 1984 Olympics. Their  opponents in semi finals of London 2012, the Dutch have won a total of 6 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze) from 7 Olympics appearances, missing one in 1992 Barcelona. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 5 Review and Results: Its world #1 Vs #2 and #3 Vs #4 in Semis

It will be world number 3 vs 4 and number 1 vs 2 in the semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London 2012 as Netherlands and Defending Champions Germany qualified for Semi Final from Pool B, while current World Champions Australia and hosts Great Britain from Pool A.

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

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

Pool B toppers, only team with 5 of 5 wins in Pool matches, Netherlands will challenge the hosts Great Britain while world number number Kookaburras will take on world number two Germany in semi-finals. This is Great Britain’s first Semi Final appearance since their famous Olympics Gold Medal in 1988 Seoul and 7th in a row for the Dutch. Continue reading →

Great Britain Qualify for First Olympic Semi-Final Since 1988

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.

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

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

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 the last two minutes of the match had the packed Riverbank Arena on tenterhooks but the home nation survived to claim the vital point that sees them qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since Great Britain famously won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Through to Olympic Semi Final

The Australian Men’s Hockey Team has secured a berth into their 6th straight Olympic Games semi final defeating Pakistan 7-0. The victory seals top spot in Pool A for the world number one team, who will now face Germany (world rank 3rd).

Hockey Australia LogoWith an Olympic Semi Final match on the line for both teams, it was Australia who made their intentions clear from the first whistle, scoring two goals in the opening 6 minutes of the match.

Australia’s Captain for the match, Liam de Young, converted a penalty corner to get Australia off to the perfect start 5 minutes into the match. Veteran defender and Australian Co-Captain Mark Knowles followed suit and sent home a penalty stroke earned by Birthday Boy Matthew Butturini. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Face Pakistan in Must Win Game

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The Australian Men’s Hockey Team faces a do-or-die clash against Pakistan (world rank 8th)in the final pool match for both teams.

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia is currently placed 1st in Pool A, with Pakistan 2 points behind in 3rd. The situation that Australia faces is as follows: A win against Pakistan will all but guarantee Australia finish top of Pool A, provided Great Britain (2nd) don’t defeat Spain (4th) by more than 6 goals. A drawn match will see the Australia finish first or second in Pool A, with their position depending solely on the result of Great Britain v Spain match. A loss will result in Australia failing to qualify for the semi-finals and bring to a close their quest for a second Olympic Gold Medal. Continue reading →

Australia Claim Draw against World Number Two

Australia has finished off their pool matches with a tense nil-all draw against world number two, Argentina.

Australia needed a win against Argentina to progress to the semi-finals where they would play off for a medal.

Hockey Australia LogoHowever, it was Argentina who only required a draw to progress and subsequently played accordingly, holding Australia scoreless for the 70 minutes.

The first half was dominated by Australia who attacked the Argentina goal on a number of occasions.

Georgia Nanscawen, Megan Rivers and Emily Smith proved hard work for the Argentina defence. Continue reading →