New Zealand and Argentina Top Pools at Women’s Champions Trophy in Mendoza

New Zealand and Hosts Argentina have finished at top of their pools which means they now face England and China in the cross over quarter-finals of the FIH Womens’s Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza. Australia will take on Japan, while Netherlands are up against Germany in two other quarter-finals to be played on 4th December after a rest day today.

Shiloh Gloyn, Ella Gunson and Olivia Merry of New Zealand in action during FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argentina) (Credits: Grant Treeby, FIH)

Shiloh Gloyn, Ella Gunson and Olivia Merry of New Zealand in action during FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argentina) (Credits: Grant Treeby, FIH)

The Black Sticks won their final pool play game 2-0 against China adding to their 2-1 win against Japan and a 1-1 draw against world champions the Netherlands to stay unbeaten. In the other Pool A game today, Maartje Paumen scored in the final seconds of the game to give the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Japan.

Argentina’s 4-1 win over England and the late goal conceded by the Hockeyroos to Germany earlier in the day meant the hosts and defending champions leapfrogged Australia to top Pool B. The winners of the quarter-final contests will progress to the semi finals and a guaranteed shot at the medals while the losers will play off for positions five through eight over the weekend. Continue reading →

Day of Point Sharing at Women’s Champions Trophy in Mendoza

Australia remain top of Pool B at the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 after a 1-1 draw with hosts and defending champions Argentina in Mendoza, while Pool A toppers Netherlands were held by New Zealand for 1-1 draw. Two other matches in Pool A (Japan vs China) and Pool B (England vs Germany) were also drawn at 1-1 making it a day of point sharing at Mendoza.

England's Hollie Webb battles with Germany's Lisa Altenburg  at the Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics)

England’s Hollie Webb battles with Germany’s Lisa Altenburg at the Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics)

In Australia vs Argnetina match in Pool B, Emily Smith’s well taken goal out of nothing shortly before half time put the world number two Australians ahead at the break, but eight-times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar leveled with eight minutes remaining to deny the Hockeyroos all three points.

In a thoroughly absorbing contest, both sides had chances to win it late on. With five minutes remaining, Jodie Kenny was denied by an outstanding leg save from Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi while at the other end, Kenny was also on hand to clear a last-minute penalty corner from in front of goal. Continue reading →

Wins for New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina on Opening Day of Women’s CT

Host Argentina, Australia, Netherlands and New Zealand started off their FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 campaign with victories at Mendoza in Argentina.

Luciana Aymar, Argentine legendary player, who is retiring after the Champions Trophy, scored only goal for the hosts when she found the target on pass from Agustin Habif in 52nd minute. And scripted the right start for her team in the campaign opener in front of vocal home crowd.

Dutch star Maartje Paumen struck twice on penalty corners to defeat struggling China and got her team a perfect start of the tournament with 3 points from the first match. In the 41st minute Paumen broke the deadlock as fired a precise flick past the Chinese goalkeeper and doubled the lead with exactly same goal a minute later. Continue reading →

FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 Mendoza: Schedule/Results

FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 Mendoza Logoat Estadio Mendocino de Hockey, Mendoza, Argentina
from 29th November – 7th December 2014

Participating Teams:
Pool A: Netherlands, New Zealand, China, Japan
Pool B: Australia, Argentina, England, Germany

Final Standings:
1. Argentina (gold medal); 2. Australia (silver medal); 3. Netherlands (bronze medal); 4. New Zealand; 5. England; 6. China; 7. Germany; 8. Japan

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Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 Bhubaneswar: Schedule/Results

Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 Bhubaneswarat Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar
from 6th – 14th December, 2014

Final Standings: 1. Germany; 2. Pakistan; 3. Australia; 4. India; 5. Netherlands; 6. Argentina; 7. England; 8. Belgium

Participating Teams:
Pool A: Australia (WR-1), Belgium (WR-4), England (WR-5), Pakistan (WR-11)
Pool B: Netherlands (WR-2), Germany (WR-3), Argentina (WR-7), India (WR-9)

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India Lost to Netherlands in Last Match of Europe Tour

Much improved Indian Senior Men Hockey Team ended up on losing side in their last game of the Europe Tour against Netherlands at the Hague, in The Netherlands today.

Indian Skipper in action The Netherlands at the Hague (Credits: Christa Thieme-Krüs)

Indian Skipper in action The Netherlands at the Hague (Credits: Christa Thieme-Krüs)

After winning their first game of the tour against Leiden Hockey Club (Dutch National Hockey Club) 7-0, and drawing 3-3 in the second match against HGC Hockey Club (Dutch National Club), Indian team had lost to Belgium (1-2) and Netherlands (2-4) national teams. This tour is in preparations for the FIH Men’s World Cup 2014, scheduled to be held at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May -15 June 2014.

In their last match of the tour, India displayed some good hockey, but were unlucky to not to win the game against London Olympics Silver Medalists the Netherlands. Continue reading →