Hockeyroos Olympic Team Announced

Regarded as one of the nation’s greatest sporting teams of all time, the Australian women’s outfit welcomed the new breed of Hockeyroos to the biggest stage in world sport today.

Seven players have Olympic Games experience, Captain Madonna Blyth, Casey Eastham, Teneal Attard, Toni Cronk, Kobie McGurk, Hope Munro and Megan Rivers, while the rest are set to make their Games debut.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said selection had been difficult but in the end he was pleased with the final 16 that made the cut.

“We believe in this group, but we know the next six weeks are so important to our Olympic campaign,” Commens said.

“We have identified the areas we need to dramatically improve on if we are to challenge for a medal at the Games.” Continue reading →

Kookaburras Olympic Team Announced

After years of preparation and countless hours of training, 16 players have been selected to represent the Australian men’s hockey team at the Olympics.

Six experienced athletes will travel to London for the Games with ten players who will make their Olympic debut and realise a life-long dream.

Kookaburras Olympic TeamThe Kookaburras took home bronze from Beijing four years ago but for the world number one team, it’s gold they want in London.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth said while the past week had been stressful for selectors, his thoughts were with the exceptionally talented players that had missed out. Continue reading →

Netherlands win Investec London Cup

Gold Medal Match:
NETHERLANDS 4-1
(HT: 1-0) AUSTRALIA
Netherlands Goalscorer: Carlien Dirkse van de Heuvel 28 (F), Maartje Paumen 44,56 (PC,PC), Kelly Jonker 46 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Georgia Nanscawen 47 (F)

Decisive finishing was the difference between the Netherlands and Australia in the final of the Investec London Cup as the Dutch converted their chances for a 4-1 victory.  Maartje Paumen and Kelly Jonker both got on the score sheet to leave them joint top goal scorers for the competition.

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INVESTEC LONDON CUP FINAL STANDINGS
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1. Netherlands, 2. Australia, 3. Germany, 4. South Africa, 5. Great Britain, 6. Ireland

Netherlands celebrate winning the 2012 Investec London Cup. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Netherlands celebrate winning the 2012 Investec London Cup. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Both sides looked to start the game strongly and this was reflected in the end to end rhythm of play.  Australia had the best of the chances during the opening exchanges but were unable to find the back of the net.  Hope Munro fired in a shot like a bullet, evading goalkeeper Floortje Engels but hitting the upright and skirting away from the danger area.  Dutch striker Caia van Maasakker won the ball against the run of play and drove to the by-line before picking out Carlien Dirksie van de Heuvel who made no mistake to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead with seven minutes of the half remaining.  A trademark Paumen drag flick doubled the lead early in the second period while two minutes later Kelly Jonker squeezed in at the near post to make it 3-0.  Continue reading →

Hockeyroos beat Germany 3-2 to reach the Finals of London Cup

Semi Final 2:
Germany 2-3
(HT: 1-0) Australia
Germany Goalscorer: Maike Stockel 5 (F), Eileen Hoffman 49 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Emily Smith 54 (F), Kobie McGurk 65 (F), Anna Flanagan 70 (PC)

The second semi final of the day saw world number three side Germany take on Australia, ranked four places below them.  It was a tale of the underdog as the Hockeyroos came from behind in dramatic style to take the game 3-2 in the dying seconds and book their place in Sunday’s Investec London Cup Final.

Following a narrow victory over Great Britain on Thursday evening Germany came into the game as winners of Pool B, whilst Australia had finished second to the Netherlands in Pool A. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos beat Ireland 4-1 on day two of Investec London Cup

Pool A : Australia 4-1 (HT: 3-0) Ireland
Australia Goalscorers: Fiona Boyce 3 (F), Emily Smith 10 (F), Jodie Schulz 19 (PC), Casey Eastham 48 (F)
Ireland Goalscorer: Nicola Daly 55 (F)

On day two at the Investec London Cup, Australia, playing their second game in Pool A, faced an Ireland side ranked 14th in the world.  Having narrowly missed out to the Netherlands yesterday, the girls from down under were hoping to put in a commanding performance to continue to press for a semi-final spot.

Ireland arrived having played very little hockey since missing out on Olympic qualification in March and they took some time to settle into the game while Australia looked lively and dangerous from the outset.

Australia’s impressive display in first half finishing ultimately meant they came out 4-1 winners. Continue reading →

Olympic Champs come from behind against Australia

The Investec London Cup got off to a flying start this afternoon as reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands came from behind to seal a 2-1 opening day victory over the Hockeyroos of Australia at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Blustery, chilly conditions greeted the two sides as they lined up ahead of a packed arena of more than 1000 hockey supporters; a moment Ashleigh Nelson of Australia will remember for a long time as she was awarded her 100th cap.

Once the formalities were complete the 97th meeting between these two talented sides got underway. Although the game was played with plenty of energy, neither side was able to provide the necessary finish in the early stages. Dutch captain Maartje Paumen stood strong to deny any Australian attack of note but despite her attentions it was the goalkeeper from the Netherlands, Floortje Engels, who was called into action first when Casey Eastham found space for a reverse shot. Australian Eastham was at the centre of everything creative for the girls in green and gold but the final touch proved elusive. As half time approached, play continued to sway end to end with the Dutch going forward in numbers while the Australians carved counter attacking opportunities through individual determination. Continue reading →