Victoria Win the 2012 Women’s Australian Hockey League

The Victorian Women have defeated NSW in the Grand Final of today’s Australian Hockey League Grand Final and crowned the 2012 Champions.

Hockey Australia LogoVictoria’s last Championship title was won back in 2003. The new crop of youth set the tone throughout the tournament with high intensity hockey.

Victoria and NSW played an open first 20 minutes with NSW hitting the scoreboard early, only to be followed by an own goal of their own for the equaliser. Continue reading →

Women’s AHL Grand Final: New South Wales vs Victoria

Although QLD finished in first place at the end of the Qualifying rounds, 4 placed NSW, did not hold any fears coming into this Semi Final, after defeating the Scorchers 1-0 in Round 5. This was QLD’s only loss and the only match where they were held scoreless.

Hockey Australia LogoIn the opening minutes of this semi final, you could see that this was going to be another tight contest. NSW won a penalty corner in the 28 minute and Georgina Morgan converted a well executed drag flick past QLD goalkeeper Audrey Smith. The half time whistle was blown and gave NSW time to ponder their one-nil lead over the highly fancied QLD team. Continue reading →

Queensland v Western Australia in the Final Men’s Australian Hockey League

Following today’s semi-finals in the Australian Hockey League at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra, Queensland will play 2011 AHL Champions WA in the grand-final which will be played tomorrow at 4.30pm.

Hockey Australia LogoQLD go in as hot favourites, boasting a plethora of Kookaburras players. Their eight Kookaburras will do battle against three international teammates representing NSW. Amazingly, QLD boast 5 Olympic Athens gold medalists in Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles, Captain Liam de Young, Rob Hammond and Troy Elder, and will lean on their wealth of experience in this big game. Continue reading →

Women’s Australian Hockey League in Knock Stage, Previews of Semi Finals

Women’s Australian Hockey League semi-finals hit-off Friday morning (October 26) at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth. The final four has been decided with the QLD Scorchers finishing on top of the ladder with 6 wins from 7 matches. The WA Diamonds secured second spot on the ladder with 5 wins after defeating the VIC Vipers in the final round match. The Vipers must settle with third spot on 3 wins and a better goal difference than NSW who are also on 3 wins.

The Bronze and Gold medal matches at this year’s Women’s Australian Hockey League will be shown LIVE online via the Hockey Australia website. In addition, the Grand Final will be replayed on Foxtel’s Aurora Channel 183 on Monday October 29 at 9:30pm AEDST. Continue reading →

Men’s Australian Hockey League Knock Out Stage Previews

Its finals time in Canberra, and the hockey is heating up! The top four teams have proven they each have the ability to cause an upset, and all are eager attain the success of the AHL Title. The Queensland Blades have already succeeded in achieving an improved performance, after the disappointment of finishing fifth last year, they have claimed top spot and will be keen to retain this position over the following days.

Hockey Australia LogoThe skill and prowess of all teams has been phenomenal over the past four weeks, and with all but two of the current Australian Kookaburra’s squad in attendance it is no surprise. These athletes have a total of over 3000 caps for Australian and a combined total of over 800 goals during their Australian representation. Throughout the tournament there has been 165 goals scored, and we are hopeful this trend in attack will continue. The games will commence at 10am on Friday morning, and will continue over the next two days, with the Grand Final to occur at 4:30pm at the National Hockey Centre.

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QLD, WA, VIC & NSW in the semi final of Women’s Australian Hockey League

QLD has topped the Women’s AHL points table after the final qualification matches. WA claimed second spot on the ladder with VIC and NSW finishing third and fourth respectively. With tomorrow being a rest day, semi final action hits-off on Friday from perth Hockey Stadium with QLD v NSW in semi final one and WA v VIC in semi final two.

Hockey Australia LogoIn the Match of the day, in the final qualifying round for the women’s Australian Hockey League at Perth Hockey Stadium, 2nd placed WA Diamonds squared off against 3 Placed Vic Vipers in what was set to be a crucial game in deciding final seeding’s for the semi finals. WA would only require a draw to secure 2 spot, whereas a loss could see them drop to third, while the Vipers would be looking for a win, to finish in 2 place, but a loss could see them drop to fourth. Continue reading →