Australia beat India to Take 5th Consecutive Gold at CWG

Australia, the world number one side showed their dominance in the final of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and defeated India 4-0 to retain the title. In the Bronze medal match, England edged past New Zealand in dramatic penalty shoot-out 4-2 after having scores locked 3-3 in regulation time.

In the women’s hockey competition at Glasgow 2014, Australia won Gold, while England and New Zealand took Silver and Bronze respectively.

Australia the Gold medalists, India the Silver medalists and England the Bronze medalists at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Australia the Gold medalists, India the Silver medalists and England the Bronze medalists at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Australia have won every gold medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 1998 making it 5 consecutive Gold at the quadrennial event. India was silver medalists in last edition CWG 2010 in Delhi. In the Glasgow, Ashley Jackson of England was joint top scorer at the tournament alongside Chris Ciriello of Australia. Continue reading →

England Edge New Zealand in Shoot-Out to Take Bronze at Glasgow 2014

England edged past New Zealand in a dramatic shoot out to claim Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre earlier today, while Australia outclassed India by 4-0 to win their 5th consecutive Gold at the games.

England's players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand  at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Child gave New Zealand the lead with a classy finish in the 12th minute, while England saw both Iain Lewers and Ashley Jackson sin-binned in what was a heated opening period to the bronze medal match. England turned the game around in the space of three minutes when first Alastair Brogdon found the target from close range and then Jackson flicked home from a penalty corner to take a 2-1 lead, however Kiwi’s Andy Hayward equalised in the 33rd minute to bring the scores level going into the break.? Continue reading →

Australia Women Retain CWG Title, New Zealand get Bronze

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out. While New Zealand Women’s Hockey team beat South Africa 5-2 to win Bronze medal at Glasgow 2014.

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

File Photo: Hockeyroos Celebrating (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

In the Gold Medal match, trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out.

On the night, Australia had heroines across the park with Casey Eastham and Georgie Parker also finding the target in the shoot-out while goalkeeper Rachael Lynch demonstrated her pedigree saving from England’s Susie Gilbert and forcing Nicola White wide. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs Australia in final: A Re-Match of 2010 Finals

India came down from 2-0 to defeat New Zealand 3-2 to set-up grand finale at Galsgow 2014 against defending champions of Commonwealth Games Australia in a re-match of 2010 edition’s final.

India's PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India’s PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The reigning World Champions Australia beat England in the first semi final by 4-1 to continue their winning streak to seal their place in a fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games final on Saturday. Continue reading →

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 →