Hockeyroos beat England to Face Hosts SA in Semis, Netherlands vs England in 2nd Semi of Investec Challenge

Saturday 9 February
15:00 local time – 13:00 GMT – SF 1: Hockeyroos vs. South Africa
17:00 local time – 15:00 GMT – SF 2: Netherlands vs. England

The Hockeyroos will play the Investec Challenge hosts, South Africa in semi final 1 on Saturday after defeating England 3-1 and claiming second spot on the points table, while England will face Olympics Gold Medalists Netherlands. Netherlands won against England (4-1) and South Africa (3-1), while played a draw against Hockeyroos (2-2) to finish on the top of the table.

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownA one goal advantage at half time doubled shortly after through Captain Jodie Schulz who converted a breathtaking penalty corner. Under 21 Victorian Georgia Nanscawen added to England’s misery with a skillful run and finish in the 58th minute. England secured a consolation goal through Nicola White in the 66th minute. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos play a draw against hosts South Africa in Investec Challenge

Hockeyroos 1 draw South Africa 1
Goals: Hockeyroos: Anna Flanagan (51m PC) and South Africa: Jade Mayne (59m FG)

The Hockeyroos drew 1-all with world number 11 and hosts, South Africa in the second round match in the 2013 Investec Challenge at Harteyvale Stadium in Cape Town.

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownScores were level nil-all at half time of the ill-tempered match. Umpires became the focus of attention after some questionable decisions and a controversial yellow card to Hockeyroo second gamer, Kirsten Johnson. Continue reading →

England’s early lead undone by Netherlands

NED: Kitty Van Male 24 (F), Maartje Paumen 27,38 (PC, PC), Roos Drost 39 (F)
ENG: Sophie Bray 4 (F)

After a promising start to their second match of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town, England were beaten 4-1 by the Olympic Champions the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. Sophie Bray got England off to the best possible start against the Dutch with an excellent early goal but following a controversially disallowed second English strike, the girls in orange showed their class as goals from Kitty Van Male and Roos Drost sandwiched a penalty corner double from Netherlands’ captain Maartje Paumen.

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Team leader Karen Brown admitted afterwards that the Dutch outshone England, saying: “They [the Netherlands] were better than us and at times we were hanging on a bit, particularly in the second half. There was a ten or 15 minute spell after half time where the Dutch were definitely on top and we struggled to regain a foothold.” Continue reading →

England youngsters, with 9 Debutants, battle well against SA in Investec Challenge

SA: Pietie Coetzee 5,46 (PC, PC), Tarryn Bright 33 (F), Marsha Marescia 50 (PC)
England: Dilly Newton 66 (PC)

England Hockey LogoCanterbury’s Dilly Newton scored on her senior England debut at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town as England fielded a further eight young prospects for the first time against the hosts South Africa. Despite the score, the match was a well fought affair with South Africa goalkeeper Vuyisanani Mangisa pulling off a string of top saves to deny England.

By the time Newton’s well struck penalty corner hit the backboard with four minutes remaining however the hosts had already secured the points, running out 4-1 winners thanks to a series of well executed set pieces from their experienced stars. Continue reading →

Fresh look for England women’s hockey squad ahead of Investec Challenge

Monday, 21 January 2013: England Hockey has announced the England women’s squad for the forthcoming Investec Challenge taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, next month. The week-long tournament will provide eight of the 18 athlete squad with their first taste of senior international hockey as they take to the pitch at the Hartleyvale Stadium against Olympic gold medallists the Netherlands, Australia and hosts South Africa.

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Providing the experience in England’s ranks will be two members of the Great Britain squad that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games; Laura Unsworth and Nicola White. Pinoke’s Beckie Herbert – three international caps short of a century – and Reading pair Susie Gilbert and Sam Quek will also provide a more experienced core.  Of the other athletes selected, goalkeepers Maddie Hinch of Leicester and Kirsty Mackay of Bowdon Hightown, and Canterbury pair Dilly Newton and Susannah Townsend were involved in the Great Britain training squad leading up to last summer’s Olympics. Continue reading →