Black Sticks Men lose opening clash with Belgium

The Black Sticks Men have lost 2-1 to Belgium in the first of a series of Olympic warm-up matches in Lier, Belgium last night.

Despite dominating the second spell of the unofficial test, the Kiwis couldn’t grab an equaliser after the home side took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break.

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said the match was played at a frenetic pace.

“If we’d showed more patience and skill on the ball, I’m sure the result would have been different.” Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Ireland to Finish 2nd After South Africa in UCD 3 Nations

Ireland took on Belgium this evening in the closing match of the UCD 3 Nations which took place between South Africa, Belgium and hosts Ireland.

Ireland didn’t get off to the best starts and tired legs gave way to a very fit looking Olympic bound Belgium team who netted five past the Irish side. Belgium broke through in the 12th minute when Dekeyser’s persistence paid off and he netted to open the account. Two minutes later Belgium extended their lead to two when Briels took a sweet touch from Van Strydoncks pacy cross to deflect in giving Harte no chance in goals. Ireland were forced to soak up periods of pressure and Harte in goals pulled off some great saves and his defence mopped up as much as possible but the persistent attack by Belgium proved too much in the end. Belgium made it three in the 26th minute when Van Aubel tapped in from close range before they made it four thanks to Thys before half time. Continue reading →

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Results and Reports

England’s Under-16 and Under-18 Boys and Girls played three test match series against their Belgian counterparts. At Antwerp, Belgium Under-16 Girls won the series 2-1, while same age group Boys’ series was tied 1-1 with one draw game. At Canterbury, England, Under-18 home-sides won both Girls and Boys series 2-1.

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Fixtures and Results:

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Date Fixture and Results
Sunday 1 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-2
Sunday 1 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 0-3
Sunday 1 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 1-0
Sunday 1 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 6-0
Monday 2 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-1
Monday 2 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 2-3
Monday 2 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 4-7
Monday 2 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 3-0
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 0-2
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 3-0

Reports:

July 3: England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1: ENGLAND Under-16 Girls secured a 4-1 victory over Belgium in the final clash of the three-match Test Series in Antwerp on Tuesday. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Thrash Belgium as Gohdes Scores Hat-trick

THE Kookaburras kick started the continental leg of their European tour with an 8-2 victory in the first of two test matches against Belgium overnight.

With the Belgians in the middle of their club play-offs, national coach Colin Batch, the Australian who was assistant to Barry Dancer through the gold and bronze medal campaigns in Athens and Beijing was denied several of his star men.

However, the contest gave Batch the chance to look to the future and gave the Kookaburras an opportunity to rediscover the goal scoring form which temporarily deserted them in England. Continue reading →

Qualifying Tournament for XXIX Olympic Games. No-2 2012 (Women’s)

Qualifying Tournament for XXIX Olympic Games. No-2 2012 (Women’s) at Beerschot, Belgium

Final Stadings:
1. Belgium (Qualified for London 2012 Olympics)
2. Ireland
3. Spain
4. Russia
5. France
6. Mexico

Teams:

Women
Beerschot, (BEL) – 17 / 25 March 2012 rk.
Spain 11
Ireland 14
Belgium 16
Russia 21
France 25
Mexico 30

Results and Schedule: Continue reading →