Glasgow 2014 (M): Jackson scores 4 as England fires 8 past Malaysia

England men faced Malaysia in their second Pool B game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and won the match comfortably by 8-1, while Canada overcame Trinidad and Tobago by 3-1 in another Pool B game on the day.

England's Ashley Jackson celebrates his penalty corner goal against Malaysia during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Ashley Jackson celebrates his penalty corner goal against Malaysia during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Malaysia is ranked seven places below England in the world rankings, but has caused them plenty of trouble in the past, including defeating England to take bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The first half was a tight affair with a goal for each side. Ashley Jackson opened the scoring in sensational style with a drag-flick from a penalty corner in the fifth minute; it was his 101st international goal. But Malaysia hit back with nine minutes left before the break to bring the score to 1-1.

As the rain came down on the Glasgow National Hockey Centre England turned on the style with seven more goals across the second 35 minutes. Jackson found the target three more times from penalty corners, toying with Malaysia’s defence in a master class of drag-flicking. Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Phil Roper, and Alastair Brogdon all added a goal apiece to round off a strong England performance. Continue reading →

Jackson will miss EuroHockey Championships, Lewers return to Action

Ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad of 18 athletes who will compete from 18-25 August.

England in action at Wakefield against the Netherlands (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The line-up contains a balanced mix of experience and youth from the centralised training squad Crutchley has been working with since stepping up to be head coach earlier this year. Continue reading →

England welcomes Euro Hockey League

Thursday, 25 October 2012: Having captured the hearts and minds of the British public at London 2012, some of the world’s best hockey stars are set to return this weekend as the Euro Hockey League comes to England for the first time.

Great Britain's Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

File photo: Great Britain’s Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

A number of the stars of the Olympic Games will be on show with the likes of Great Britain’s London 2012 trio Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham and Jonty Clarke set to feature, as well as their international teammates the Mantell brothers, Richard and Simon, Mark Pearn and Niall Stott.

Tickets are still available for round 1.2 of the Euro Hockey League, which takes place at East Grinstead Hockey Club in Sussex from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October. Competing alongside hosts East Grinstead are Reading and, from Scotland, Glynhill Hotel Kelburne. 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 →

Team GB Men’s Hockey Squad Selected for London 2012 Olympics

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the 16 players who will represent Team GB in men’s hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The men’s hockey squad has risen consistently up the world rankings since the Olympic Games were awarded to London back in 2005.  At the time, they were ranked 11th in the world. Since then the players have demonstrated huge progress to reach their current world ranking of fourth.

At the last Olympics in Beijing Team GB narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals and finished the tournament in fifth position. At London 2012 they will have their sights firmly fixed on reaching the medal matches at the Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park.

The selected athletes are: name (age; hometown; current club):
Nicholas Catlin (23; Marlow, Bucks; Reading)
Jonathan Clarke (31; Southend-on-Sea, Essex; Reading)
Matthew Daly (28; Surbiton, Greater London; Surbiton)
James Fair (31; Chester, Cheshire; Cannock)
Daniel Fox (29; Godalming, Surrey; Hampstead & Westminster)
Ben Hawes (31; Lewes, East Sussex; Wimbledon)
Ashley Jackson (24; Tunbridge Wells, Kent; East Grinstead)
Glenn Kirkham (29; Chelmsford; East Grinstead)
Iain Lewers (28; Belfast, Northern Ireland; East Grinstead)
Iain Mackay (27; Braintree, Essex; Reading)
Harry Martin (19; Ipswich, Suffolk; Old Loughtonians)
Barry Middleton (28; Doncaster, South Yorkshire; East Grinstead)
Robert Moore (31; Winchester, Hampshire; Surbiton)
Richard Smith (24; Portsmouth, Hampshire; Loughborough Students)
James Tindall (29; Virginia Water, Surrey; Surbiton)
Alastair Wilson (28; Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Beeston) Continue reading →

Jackson double not enough as GB lose

Despite two goals from East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson, Great Britain’s men went down 3-2 to Argentina at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in a match that began 20 minutes late following a rain delay.

Against a well organised side, Great Britain struggled to break down the Argentina defence and paid the price for conceding two poor goals in the second half having hauled themselves back into the match through Ashley Jackson’s 39th minute equaliser.  Not even the replacement of goalkeeper James Fair for an 11th outfield player with four minutes remaining could salvage a point for GB, who will be without Surbiton forward James Tindall for the remainder of the tournament after he turned his ankle in Sunday’s victory over India.  Jonty Clarke, who began on the bench, made his 50th appearance for Great Britain in the match.

A disappointed Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “Quite simply it was an appalling performance.  If we play like that in the Olympic Games we will finish in the minor placings.”

Great Britain fell behind to a well struck strike from Enrique Paredes after just eight minutes.  Defending a cross from the right, the ball came loose off a British stick and fell perfectly to Paredes, who fired his shot beyond the dive of James Fair in goal. Continue reading →