Ceriello Scored Hat-Trick, As Kookaburras defeat India by 6-2 to Top Pool A #HWL2015 in Antwerp

The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Riding on Chris Ceriello’s perfomance, Australia defeated India by 6-2 in their last pool match.

Christopher Ciriello Kookaburras Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello scored hat-trick for Kookaburras (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello’s hat-trick underpinned the result in a match that saw Jamie Dwyer find the roof of the net with a superb tomahawk strike from the top of the circle with Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers also weighing in with goals. Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra scored one each for Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2014.

The result, 6-2 win over India, sets up Kookaburras a must-win quarter final clash against the fourth placed team in Pool B – currently Ireland, who are still to play hosts Belgium today (02:00am AEST, Monday 29 June). India will face third place team in Pool B i.e. Malaysia currently. Anything less than an Irish win will mean they face the Kookaburras in Wednesday’s quarter final. An Irish victory over Belgium would pit the Kookaburras against Malaysia and then, India would face Ireland or Belgium depending on margin of the victory. Continue reading →

VIC, NSW & WA Leading Men’s AHL

The NSW Waratahs lost their position at the top of the table on day 5 of the Australian Hockey League at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra today when they lost 4-1 to the WA Thundersticks. The NT Stingers are languishing at the bottom of the table after they conceded three goals to the SA HotShots in the first game of the day.

In other matches, Queensland had to come from behind to draw with the Tassie Tigers 2-2 and the Victorian Vikings had a rampaging 6-1 win over the Canberra Lakers. After 4 matches, Victoria are on top of the table with 9 points and +10 goal difference; NSW and WA are equal second with 9 points and a +5 goal difference. Queensland makes up the four with 7 points and +6 goal difference. Continue reading →

Four Australian co-captains lead players signing up for Hockey India League

NEW DELHI, October 16: Several Australian hockey stars have joined their captain Jamie Dwyer in making themselves available for the prestigious Hockey India League. As many as four Australian co-captains Mark Knowles, Fergus Kavanagh, Liam de Young and Edward Ockenden will be part of the Hockey India League Players Auction to be held next month.

Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra said the presence of a number of Australian stars would add to the quality of the league. It is our pleasure to unveil a star-studded list of Australian players who have signed contracts to be available for the Hockey India League Players Auction, he said. Continue reading →