London 2012 Hockey – WOMEN-Day 1: Results and Review

Day 1 of the Women’s Hockey Games at Riverbank Arena in London concluded with Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, China, Netherlands and New Zealand earning 3 points each after winning the matches.

Germany vs USA 2-1 (2-0 half-time)

London 2012 Hockey ResultsWorld #3 Germany scraped past (2-1) World #10 USA to earn their crucial 3 points. Germany will be relieved after winning it 2-1 from 2-0 lead at half time. It was Yvonne FRANK and the defending unit of Germans who kept their nerves to win the game, when Americans pressurized for an equalizer in the last minutes.

Captain Fanny RINNE’s flick in the top corner in the 8th Minute and close range rocketing reverse hit in the roof of net by Lisa HAHN on Janne MULLER-WIELAND’s pass in 21st Minute saw Germany going for the lemon break with a 2-0 lead. Putting up a keen  fight, the USA women forced penalty corners in the second half but could convert only one when Captain and Injector Lauren CRANDALL guided the Claire LAUBACH’s flick home.

For more information on GER vs USA, click here (FIH Website).

Great Britain vs Japan 4-0 (4-0 half-time)

Backed by home advantage and support of the 12th man-the Supporters in Stands, hosts Great Britain scored a comfortable win (4-0) over Japanese Women, who are at 9th place in FIH World Rankings.

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

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London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Preview

The Men’s Hockey Competition at Riverbank Arena will kick start on the 30th of July, Monday. The Black Sticks will feature in the Men’s Hockey opening game of London Olympics like their Women’s counterparts who were part of Opening Game of the Women’s Hockey Competition. The 1976 Olympic Gold Medalists – New Zealand will play Korea – the Silver Medalists of 2000 Olympics in the first match of Pool B at 8:30 BST. World #7 Black Sticks (New Zealand) have faced Korea twice in the Olympics and have won on both the occasions.

Hockey at London Olympics 20122nd Match of the day (1st of Pool A) will be played between current World Champions and #1 team in the FIH World Ranking – Australia and the lowest ranked team in the current competition – South Africa in morning session at Riverbank Arena. Kookaburras (Australia) have played South Africa 3 times in Olympics and won twice and drawn once. The last Olympic match between Australia and South Africa was played in Beijing Olympics in 2008, where the Kookaburras outclassed the Springbocks (RSA) with a 10-0 victory. Continue reading →

London Olympic Hockey Competitions WOMEN – Day 1: “Opening – Hockeyroos will take on Black Sticks”

The curtain raises at the Riverbank arena to open the Hockey competition of the 2012 London Olympics at 8:30 (BST) on 29th July with New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team taking on Australia in the opening game (Pool B). The 3 times Olympics Gold medalists Hockeyroos (Australian Women’s Hockey Team) will play Trans-Tasmanian arch-rivals Black Sticks as hockey fans from around the world support their country and the game, the Men’s competition will kick-start on Monday 30th July, as the Korean Men lock horns with the Black Sticks (New Zealand).

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIn the other matches of the day current World #1 in the FIH World Rankings and Beijing Gold Medalists – Netherlands will play Belgium (Pool A) who are at 16th place in the World Rankings and are playing their first Olympics, this match will be followed by Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2010 China’s battle against Korea (Silver Medalists of Asian Games 2010) in Pool A. Continue reading →

Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012- Tickets on Sale

Australia’s sporting capital will host the 34th Men’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne this year, from December 1-9, at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

This is the first international event following the Olympics and with the gold medalists to feature in Melbourne only a short time after, the Federation of International Hockey’s premiere event is set to sizzle with tickets expected to race out the door.

Hockey Men's Champions Trophy 2012 Melbourne

In a pre-sale to the hockey community yesterday, tickets have sold very quickly, so sports lovers will need to book now to ensure they attain a seat for their preferred session. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women claim victory over Belgium

The Black Sticks Women have started their Olympic build-up with a strong 4-2 victory over Belgium last night in a Four Nations tournament in Monchengladbach, Germany.

The Kiwis showed why they are ranked 10 places higher than the Belgians as they comfortably dominated both halves to claim the win.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said it was great to start the tournament with a victory and it put them in the best position to take on the tournament’s higher ranked teams – South Africa and home side Germany. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men level series with Belgium

The Black Sticks Men have beaten Belgium 3-1 in the second of a series of Olympic warm-up matches in Brussels, Belgium last night.

After a travel weary team went down 2-1 in the opening game, the Black Sticks returned to the level expected from the seventh ranked side to comfortably beat the Belgians –  ranked 11 in the world.

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said the team made a much better start today.

“We were a lot more patience and balanced, and in the second half we were controlling possession and running all over the Belgians.” Continue reading →