England beat Ireland in ERGO Hamburg Masters 2013 to Finish 3rd

England finished their ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign with a 3-2 win over Ireland – a welcome confidence booster going into next week’s NOW: Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield. The result left them with a third-place finish overall in the tournament. In the last match of the tournament hosts Germany held Netherlands for 2-2 draw to win the tournament.

Nick Catlin in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Nick Catlin in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

After England went into half time with a deserved 1-0 lead, Ireland twice equalised in the second half to leave the sides at 2-2 before Nick Catlin got the winner, to give England a much-needed win following defeats by the Netherlands and Germany. England will have learnt a lot from the tournament, which forms a major part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroHockey Championships in August. Continue reading →

Germany put six past England at Hamburg Masters

For England: Barry Middleton 55 (FG)
For Germany: Oskar Deecke 9 (FG); Mats Grambusch 25 (PC); Florian Fuchs 39 (FG); Marco Miltkau 42, 58 (FG, FG); Pilt Arnold 66 (FG)

Barry Middleton in acton for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Captain Barry Middleton in acton for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

After a disappointing loss yesterday England’s fortunes didn’t improve today with another 6-1 defeat, this time against hosts and world number one side, Germany. The defending Olympic champions were in fine form as they outplayed England for most of the game. The only goal for England came from captain Barry Middleton in the 55th minute, but with four goals already to their name, a German victory was inevitable. Continue reading →

Ireland lose to Olympic Champions Germany in Hamburg

Andrew Meredith’s Green Machine have been beaten 6-0 by reigning Olympic Champions Germany at the Ergo Hamburg Masters this afternoon.

Ireland suffered at the hands of an in form Germany in the sweltering heat of Hamburg. Despite losing 6-0, Ireland showed periods of control and were unlucky on a number of occasions not to find net with shots from, Lorimer & Watt. Continue reading →

England come up short against in-form Netherlands at Hamburg Masters

England’s ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign did not get off to the best of starts as the world number three side, the Netherlands, scored six times, with a solitary consolation goal from England’s Darren Cheesman. Constantijn Jonker was the star of the show as he scored three times in a dominant Dutch display.

Darren Cheesman in action for England against Malaysia in World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

File Photo: Darren Cheesman in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Speaking after the match England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We were punished by a far better team today who capitalised on some basic errors in our defending. I was disappointed with some of the individual performances and we have left ourselves with much to prove in our remaining games against Germany and Ireland at the weekend.” Continue reading →

Black Sticks to play Argentina in Four Nations final

In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga– and after the game being suspended and rescheduled – the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.

Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea during tonight’s game at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)

“It is pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.

“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol. Continue reading →

Black Sticks take 1-0 win against USA, Argentina Beat Korea in 4 Nations Hockey Tournament

The Black Sticks Women have held on to take a 1-0 win against the USA, after an early goal from Michaela Curtis got the Kiwis ahead in their second game of the Four Nations tournament in Hamilton tonight.

Michaela Curtis (right) congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Michaela Curtis congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring in Hamilton against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Head coach Mark Hager admitted his side was lucky to come away with a win and says they will have to turn it up a notch when they take on Korea on Saturday if they want to confirm their spot in the final.

“We got lots of opportunities tonight but weren’t clinical and that is disappointing, we just aren’t playing as well as we were last week. Korea will come out and fight for it on Saturday so we need to perform much better if we are to make the final,” says Hager. Continue reading →