Glasgow 2014 (W): It is Australia vs England in Women’s Final at CWG

England are through to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Final against Australia at 20:15 local time, following a thrilling contest against world number four side New Zealand  which went to a shoot out after full-time finished 1-1.

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch became the hero, pulling off three saves in the shoot out to take her side through to the gold medal match. Hockeyroos, the Australian Women’s Hockey team, defeated South Africa comprehensively (7-1) to reach their third consecutive final of Commonwealth Games and their sixth consecutive major final since October 2012.

Earlier in the day, India defeated Scotland by 2-1 to take 5th place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th place respectively. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (w): India take fifth place with 2-1 win over Scotland

Scotland, 1 August 2014: India defeated the host nation Scotland by 2-1 to finish at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in women’s competition, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th placing match.

Poonam Rani of India scoring the winning goal against Scotland in 5th place play off at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Poonam Rani of India scoring the winning goal against Scotland in 5th place play off at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Malaysia defeated Canada 3-0 on shoot-out after having scores tied at 2-2 at the time full-time hooter, while Wales defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 4-0 to avoid wooden spoon.

Playing for the 5th position, the Indian eves yet again proved they are a promising team who one should look out for in the near future. While their first half was a showcase of great defense along with counter attacking, it was only in the second half that the Indian forwards finally scored and won the match leaving dents in the opponent’s semi circle. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in Semis of Men’s Hockey

England and India secured their place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals with 3-1 and 5-2 wins over Canada and South Africa respectively, while Australia and New Zealand won their respective matches to confirm their top places in Pool A and Pool B.

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After today’s results, India will now face New Zealand and England will be up against Australia in cross over Semi Finals to be played on Saturday at 1645 and 1430 IST respectively. (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table Here)

Indian team came out firing in their final pool game against South Africa, though they needed a draw for advancing to medal round. VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh converted 2 of their 3 penalty corner chances in 3rd and 9th minute of the game to put India in driving position with 2-0 lead within opening 10 minutes. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (W): South Africa and England to face Australia and New Zealand in Semis

England and South Africa completed the women’s semi-final line up at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with hard-fought victories.

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England defeated the host nation by 2-1 while South Africa edged past talented Indian side by 3-2 and will now face New Zealand and Australia respectively for a place in final.

It was a very tense affair at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre with so much at stake for both teams Scotland and England, each team knowing that a win would take them through to the final four. Later in evening same was seen between India and South Africa.

South Africa scored a penalty corner goal in 14th on well worked set-piece routine. India tried hard to equalizer and finally found one, when they were awarded a penalty stroke with 2 minutes on the clock for half time. Jaspreet Kaur fired perfectly in the roof of net for getting that equalizer, but South Africa came around to earn lead once again in very next minute and few second before half time break as Chamberlain found the target on field attempt. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): Australia and New Zealand men in Semis

Australia’s men’s hockey team along with New Zealand booked their place in the semi-finals of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as they defeated India by 4-2 and England by 2-1 respectively in Pool A and Pool B with a prelim match each to spare.

Kieran Govers of Australia Kookaburras and Sardar Singh during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Kieran Govers of Australia and Sardar Singh in action during pool match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India and South Africa meet on Thursday with both sides looking to join Australia in the semi-finals. While England is almost sure of a place in final four until Canada or/and Malaysia pull a major upset by defeating England and New Zealand with big margins.

In the other matches of the day, South Africa defeated Wales 5-2, while Trinidad & Tobago recorded their maiden victory against Malaysia 4-2.

A Chris Ciriello double and goals from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Australians all three points in a match in which India provided the World Champions with their sternest test yet with a goal each from Rupinder Pal Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

Men's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Men’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

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Glasgow 2014 (W): Australia and New Zealand women in Semis, India stays in race

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have confirmed their place in Semis of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from Pool A, while Australia booked their place in final four from Pool A.

Women's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Women’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

New Zealand and Australia defeated South Africa (2-1) and England (3-0) to continue their winning streak, while Indian women defeated Trinidad & Tobago by 14-0 and Scotland beat Wales by 2-0 to keep their semi-finals chances alive along with South Africa and England. Continue reading →