Golden goal sinks England in Champions Trophy Melbourne

** New Zealand win 3-2 on Golden Goal **

It took a golden goal to separate England and New Zealand after the sides had shared a 2-2 draw after 70 minutes in their final match at the Champions Trophy.  Both sides had led by the time Nick Wilson scored to make it 3-2 to New Zealand and while defeat consigned England to finish eighth, England Head Coach Jason Lee was encouraged by how his side matched the Black Sticks, who had ten Olympians in their side for the encounter.

Darren Cheesman scores for England against New Zealand at the Champions Trophy

Darren Cheesman scores for England against New Zealand at the Champions Trophy (Photo credit: Treebyimages)

Speaking at the end of the trip to Australia, which has also taken in the International Super Series Hockey 9s event in Perth, Lee said: “I thought we did well to stay in the game today. The tank looked very empty but we can take plenty of positives from the tournament; the fact that we’ve competed in every game is one.”

An excellent solo equaliser from Reading’s Darren Cheesman had sent England in level at half time, having fallen behind to Stephen Jenness’s opener, and when three times Olympian Barry Middleton deflected England ahead with just under an hour on the clock it looked as if England might finish the tournament with a victory. Continue reading →

England Stuns Olympic Gold Medalists Germany in Champions Trophy

England shrugged off the disappointment of Saturday’s loss to India with an excellent team performance to secure a stunning 4-1 victory over Olympic champions Germany at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on Sunday. England Assistant Coach Bobby Crutchley described the outcome as “just desserts for sticking rigidly to a game plan.”

Darren Cheesman celebrates scoring England's fourth goal against Germany at the Champions Trophy 2012

Darren Cheesman celebrates scoring England’s fourth goal against Germany at the Champions Trophy 2012 – credit Treebyimages.com.au (02.12.12)

England’s inexperienced side took their chances and were never behind in the match which was littered with cards, including four greens, four yellows and a red card for Germany’s Niklas Grell.

Beeston pair Adam Dixon and Harry Martin gave England the early impetus with two goals in the opening ten minutes. Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles’ Richard Smith was unlucky to see the ball bounce off his stick and into his net to give Germany a goal back soon after. Smith’s misfortune was cancelled out at the other end shortly before Ehalf time when Loughborough Students’ Henry Weir forced Mats Grambusch into scoring an own goal.  Continue reading →