A fairytale ending for Lucha as Argentina Keep Women’s Champions Trophy

The Argentine Legend Luciana Aymar, ended her career with winning FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in front her home crowd in Mendoza. After Netherlands defeated New Zealand by 2-1 in Bronze Medal match, the defending champions Argentina needed shoot-out to emerge winners (3-1), after both teams having locked at 1-1 in regulation time.

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women’s Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Earlier in the day, England clinched fifth place in shoot-out 3-2 after being struck at 1-1 in regulation time against China, and Germany defeated Japan 5-3 to avoid wooden spoon.

With much of the pre-match talk about the impending retirement of the heroine of Argentine hockey, the eight times World Player of the Year Lucania Aymar, the Hockeyroos seemed to have saved some of their best hockey of a hugely successful year. Continue reading →

Out of total 27 goals on Day 2 of CT2014, England scored 8 past Pak

On the 2nd day of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, Hosts India were defeated 4-2 by Argentina, while Belgium denied a victory to World Champions Australia in a 8 goal thriller. England scored 8 goals past Pakistan (8-2) , as Netherlands also continued winning streak as they defeated their European rivals Germany by 4-1. In comparison to 8 goals on the opening day, which was dominated by European teams, 2nd day turned out to be goal fest having 27 goals scored.

Gurjinder Singh of India celebrating his goal against Argentina during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Bhubaneswar

Gurjinder Singh of India celebrating his goal against Argentina during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 at Bhubaneswar

After equalizing twice within a minute from trailing, World Cup Bronze medallists Argentina defeated India thanks to late strikes by Agustin Mazzilli and Joaquin Menini, who capitalized Indian defensive errors. India came up dangerously in the Argentine circle in the early stages but their opening goal was disallowed as the ball hadn’t travelled the required distance before it was brought into the circle and later on in the match, another goal was disallowed as the ball had hit high on the Argentine defender in a PC routine. Continue reading →

Hosts Argentina face Hockeyroos in Final of Women’s CT2014

The Hockeyroos will face Argentina in the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 final after the hosts overcame the Netherlands 2-1 in the second semi final in Mendoza, following the Hockeyroos’ 3-0 shoot-out victory over New Zealand.

The final will take place at 19:00pm local Mendoza time i.e. 9:00am AEDT (8:00am AEST / 6:00am AWST) on Monday and will be shown live on ABC in Eastern Daylight states and territories and in Western Australia. It will be shown on delay at 9:00am in Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Argentina, the defending champions, defeated the Netherlands in the 2nd semi-final by 2-1 after going down 0-1 to the goal of WELTEN Lidewij for the Dutch side i 15th minute. D’ELIA Silvina scored the equalizer for Las Leonas in the very first minute after the lemon break on a penalty corner. REBECCHI Carla scored a last minute goal to clinch the game from world number side and set up her side in the final against Hockeyroos. Continue reading →

European Teams Dominate the Champions Trophy Opening Day in Bhubaneswar

On the opening day of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar, European Teams dominate the turf, with England, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany winning their matches against non-European rivals Australia, Pakistan, Argentina and hosts India by 3-1, 2-1, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

Nikkin Thimmaiah of India racing for the ball against Germany during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Nikkin Thimmaiah of India racing for the ball against Germany during Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

In the last match of the day, Florian Fuchs sent the ball into the goal, beating eventual man of the match Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh to win the match for his team. Fuchs found the target with a backhander in the last-minute to take the game away from the hosts India, who otherwise matched quite the London Olympic Gold Medalists Germany.

Speaking on the team performance, PR Sreejesh, player of the match “Germany was a very tough match. They played very well and scored in the last moment but I appreciate my team mates who put in a full performance while our forwards made some good attacks which we couldn’t turn into a goal. In future matches, we will rectify that. Continue reading →

Germany and India Captains are Looking to Start CT2014 on Winning Note

To start-off their campaign on an optimistic note in the 35th Hero Hockey Men’s Champions Trophy 2014, the XVII Asiad Champions India will take on Germany in the last match of Day 1 of the tournament, slated to be played on December 6, 2014 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Earlier in the day, World Champions Australia will start the proceedings against England in first match followed by Belgium taking on Pakistan in Pool A matches and Netherlands will play Argentina in the first match of Pool B.

India's Danish Mujtaba and Nikkin Thimmaiah in practice session before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

India’s Danish Mujtaba and Nikkin Thimmaiah in practice session before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Led by midfielder Sardar Singh, India have been playing some good hockey in the last few tournaments and got some excellent results, including a glittery gold finish in the 17th Asian Games, a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games and a tournament win over the World Champions- Australia in the recently concluded tour.

With a lone bronze medal finish in the 1982 Champions Trophy, India ended up fourth in the last edition of the tournament played at Melbourne, Australia. On the contrary, FIH rank 3 – Germany Men’s Hockey Team is one of the most successful sides of the world. Winning the Olympics gold four times, they also boast of nine Champions Trophy gold, out of the total tally of 22 medals in the tourney. Germany has to its name two Hockey world Cup gold as well. It is also the second most successful national team in the Hockey Champions Trophy, next only to Australia. Continue reading →

It’s Argentina vs Holland and Australia vs New Zealand in Semis at Mendoza

Hosts Argentina scored 7 past Japan to set-up semi-final against Netherlands, while trans-Tasmanian neighbors New Zealand and Australia face each others in the other semi-final of FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 being played in Mendoza (Argentina).

England's Shona McCallin in action against New Zealand at the FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argnentina) (Credits World Sport Pics)

England’s Shona McCallin in action against New Zealand at the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argnentina) (Credits World Sport Pics)

Semi Finals will be played on 6th December after a rest day, New Zealand vs Australia at 16:30 Hrs and Argentina face Netherlands at 19:00 Hrs local time of Mendonza (Full Schedule and results here).

In front of home crowd, host team Las Leonas scored 7 times penetrating Chinese wall to reach to next round of the tournament, where they face Netherlands. The Dutch side managed to scrap through against European rivals Germany thanks to the goal by van der Pols in 46th minute. Noel Barrionuevo (10th minute), Pilar Romang (12th), Carla Rebecchi (16th) and Luciana Aymar (22th) made 4-0 for the Leonas, before china could reply in 24th minute through Wang Mengyu. The Argentine continued to score to as Carla Rebecchi was on target yet again before lemon break, and she completed her hat-trick in 50th minute, while Barrionuevo made it super seven for the hosts in 55th minute. Peng Yang scored second goal of China in 56th minute but it was too little for making it to final four. Continue reading →