Closed Bid of 154 Players for Hero HIL 2014 Tomorrow

New Delhi, 21 November 2013: The Hero Hockey India League Closed Bid 2013 will take place at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi on 22 November 2013, nearly two months ahead of the second season of Hero HIL, for which 154 players from 14 Countries including 95 Indians and 59 Overseas have made themselves available.

    England's Captain Barry Middleton is also available for the HIL Bid (Credits: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton is also available for the HIL Bid (Credits: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Hockey India Secretary General and Hero HIL Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the Closed Bid would give the franchisees the chance to buy new players to replace permanent withdrawals and complete their squads for the coming season. “The base prices for the players vary from $ 2,600 to $ 25,000” he said.

“Nearly 154 players from 14 countries including 95 from India and 59 overseas have made themselves available for the Closed Bid. The Bid is expected to see a lot of competition between young Indian and overseas players. The second season will be an exciting opportunity for the young and coming talent to leave its mark on the tournament” said Dr. Batra. Continue reading →

Belgium Makes it 3 of 3 Against England at Antwerp

In the third and final match of the series Belgium recorded their biggest victory of the week as they put five goals past England with no reply (earlier two being 5-24-1 in favor of hosts). In a repeat of the first two fixtures, the Red Lions went into the break three goals to the good, and to reinforce recent form they were able to convert twice more before full time to make it 5-0 and cement their series whitewash.

Ollie Willars in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Ollie Willars in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Speaking after the game a disappointed, but nevertheless confident England Captain Barry Middleton summed up his side’s trip to Belgium. “It’s been a tough few days, but a good learning curve for all the guys out here. We’ve played great hockey in patches but going forward we need to play consistently well for 70 minutes. It’s been great to get together as a squad properly for the first time and test ourselves against a side like Belgium, but we now need to take that forward and start winning.” Continue reading →

England Hockey captain Middleton is looking forward to Champions Trophy on Road to Rio

Thursday, 29 November 2012:  England men’s hockey captain Barry Middleton says he has no plans to retire and is looking forward to helping develop the international stars of the future in the build up to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File Photo: Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking to England Hockey TV ahead of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne, which starts on Saturday, the former Doncaster, Cannock and East Grinstead forward said “I’m looking to go to Rio. I want to play for four more years. Hockey’s my life; it’s what I’ve always done. I feel fit enough to carry on. As soon as I stop enjoying hockey or I feel I’m not helping the team then that’s when I’ll stop.”

“Four years is a long way to look,” admits Middleton, who is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd again when England hosts the 2015 European Championships. “I’ll probably look a couple of years at a time but I want to help these young guys out and take England forward. We’ve got to fourth in the world but still want to go further and I think we can achieve that.”

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Six New Faces in England Men’s Hockey Squad for Champions Trophy

Friday, 26 October 2012:  England Hockey Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad for the forthcoming tour to Australia with six athletes set to make their international debuts. A further five players have fewer than ten caps each and will have the opportunity to impress the coaching and management team ahead of the next four year Olympic cycle to Rio 2016.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File Photo: Captain Barry Middleton during London 2012 Olympics (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

The three week trip will see England compete at the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth before travelling to Melbourne for the Champions Trophy, the last event in the international calendar.

Of the 18 athletes selected, five were members of the Great Britain squad that finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the team’s highest placing at the Games since winning gold in 1988.  Captain Barry Middleton will lead England with fellow Olympians Harry Martin of Beeston, Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox and the Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles pair of Richard Smith and Nick Catlin all selected. Also included is goalkeeper George Pinner, who was a reserve for the Great Britain Olympic team. 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 →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Review & Results: Santi Freixa Ruled out of the Games

On Day 1 of the Men’s Hockey Competition at London 2012, Great Britain and Australia of Pool A, Netherlands, Korea and Germany from Pool B earned full points from their respective matches while Spain and Pakistan shared the points as they played a draw. Spanish Captain Santiago FREIXA is ruled out of the rest of competition after suffering from broken arm during the match against Pakistan. FREIXA will be replaced by defense man Andres MIR BEL.

Great Britain vs Argentina 4-1 (1-0 half-time)

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena. For Argentina Ibarra pulled one back at the 55th Minute. (Detailed report: Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1)

For more info on GBR vs ARG, click here (FIH Website).

Netherlands vs India 3-2 (2-0 half-time)

Indian Hockey Team returned to Olympics after missing the Beijing Games in 2008 after they failed to qualify for the first time in history. Eight time Olympics Gold Medallists India are building up towards golden glory again, and the responsibility lies with former Kookaburra Michael Nobbs. Though India lost in their opening game (2-3) of London Olympics to world number 3 side Netherlands, but signs of progress in Indian Hockey are quite visible. Continue reading →