England beat Germany with a Brace from Danson

England dug deep today as they recorded a gutsy 3-1 victory over Germany in the Argentina World League Final. England star Alex Danson scored twice alongside Sophie Bray to secure the three points and a second place finish in Pool A (Full results here).

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England's third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England’s third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the day the Netherlands recorded their third consecutive win of the tournament beating Korea 3-1. England will play the team that finishes third in Pool B in their Quarter Final match on Thursday at 2:30 (UK time). The final Pool B matches will be played out tonight.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh received flowers before the match to mark her 200th appearance for England (308th combined England & Great Britain). Continue reading →

England hold off Italy to set up Semi-Final against Argentina

ENGLAND 3-2 (HT:3-1) ITALY
For England: Alex Danson (3, 25, FG, FG); Hannah Macleod (24, FG)
For Italy: Macarena Ronsisvalli (7, PC); Agustina Di Bernardo (56, PS)


Highlights of the match between England and Italy at Investec World League in London

Alex Danson celebrates with Sophie Bray and Laura Unsworth after scoring against Italy in the Quarter Final  (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Alex Danson celebrates with Sophie Bray and Laura Unsworth after scoring against Italy (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Hannah Macleod makes her 50th appearance for England as she and Alex Danson give England three goals to take them through to a Semi-Final showdown against Argentina on Saturday (Schedule here). All of England’s goals came in the first half and after Italy pulled the score back to 3-2 they pushed the home side all the way to the wire as they searched for an equaliser in the closing stages.

Speaking after the game, England’s Head Coach Jason Lee said, “Of course we’re overjoyed that we won the game, and three months ago we would have taken this position, sitting in the top four teams. We’re quite a new group and we expected the competition to be tough. We started to run out of legs a bit, the nerves started to kick in and our inexperience started to show. I think Italy are playing above 17 in the FIH world rankings and no doubt they’ll be pushing hard on the European stage soon. They broke down tackle after tackle, finding their way into our circle which certainly made it nerve wracking. It was quite a tense game for everyone and we’re very pleased with the outcome. Once again tonight the girls fought so hard for the win and I think that’s what has ultimately helped us get here.” Continue reading →

England ready for Investec Hockey World League challenge

12 June 2013: England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has selected the 18 athletes who will contest the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London from 22-30 June. Among the athletes selected there are eight London Olympic bronze medallists who will be playing back on home turf in front of thousands of supporters at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Commenting on the squad he has selected for the six day tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, Lee said, “Choosing the final 18 athletes for this tournament was difficult because we have a whole training squad who are challenging for a place. I think the selected athletes have a great mix of experience and youth and they’ve gelled really well in a short space of time. We had some training games against New Zealand [FIH world #3] last week and the way we played in those fixtures has definitely given us a good confidence boost going into the tournament. However, with the likes of South Africa and Australia in our Pool we are under no illusions how challenging the week will be.” 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 →