Netherlands score 3-2 win over Korea to Lead Pool C

New Delhi, 7 December 2013: With a win each from their respective opening matches, Korea and Netherlands played a nail biting match in Pool C of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, which the dutch boys clinched to top the pool.

Jelle Galema of Netherlands in action against Korea during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi 2013

Man of the Match Jelle Galema (Netherlands) in action against Korea during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi 2013

Elated at the win, Mr Sjoerd Marijne, Coach of the Netherlands team said, “It was a difficult match because Korea was playing very aggressively from the start. Our team was patient and waited for its chance though I would have preferred them to be more assertive. We played very well in the second half and I am however very happy with the final result.”

The Netherlands were first on the scoreboard in the 4th minute, when Thierry Brinkman was on hand in front of the keeper to deflect a perfect pass drilled into the circle by Pepijn Luijkx. Continue reading →

India go down to Netherlands in their Junior World Cup Opener

The last and most anticipated match of the opening of day Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 was played between hosts India and Netherlands, which later won by 3-2. The match started off with a minute of silence by the two teams and the crowd to honor Nelson Mandela, who passed away today.

Pardeep Mor of India trying to reach ball ahead of Dutch players during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Pardeep Mor of India trying to reach ball ahead of Dutch players during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

The hosts India were backed by the crowd present at stadium as the action unfolded after first whistle,but the Dutch side scored an early goal via Milan Van Baal in the 3rd minute. And India’s penalty corner was saved by the Dutch runners in very next minute.

In 13th minute, India leveled the scores through Gurjinder Singh, when he found the target on a direct flick which was slightly deflected by first runner. Netherlands Mark Rijkers picked up a loose ball in front the goal to push over the line to earn lead for the dutch side in 25th minute. Three minutes later, Milan Van Baal got his second goal of the game, as Dutch side double their lead to 3-1 before the break. Continue reading →

Dutch turn game around to take victory from England at World League

Netherlands snatched the game from England, who came within three minutes of their second victory over the world number two side in 2013. The dutch girls scored two quick goals in the 67th and 68th minutes to win 3-2 and take the three points from England at the Argentina World League Final in Tucumán.

England Captain Kate Walsh drag flicks at a penalty corner against the Netherlands at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Captain Kate Walsh drag flicks at a penalty corner against the Netherlands at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England defender Sally Walton and forward Nicola White both received flowers for reaching milestone caps; Walton 100 for England and White 100 combined [England & Great Britain].

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, “I thought the performance was ok, although not as good as we were aiming or hoping for. I didn’t feel like we deserved to be 2-1 up at the end, the Dutch had created a lot of chances throughout the game.” Continue reading →

Let’s Celebrate Teun – Teun De Nooijer Exhibition Match Highlights

Highlights of the exhibition match held before the men’s final of Rabobank World League in Rotterdam, to celebrate the playing career of Dutch hockey legend Teun De Nooijer.

Kookaburras Set-Up Summit Clash Against Belgium at Rotterdam

The Kookaburras sealed their place in the final of the World League tournament in Rotterdam in the early hours of Saturday morning with a thoroughly deserved 4-3 victory over the Netherlands. Despite the narrow margin of victory over the hosts and world number three side, the Kookaburras controlled the match for lengthy periods, creating more chances than their esteemed rivals.

The Kookaburras will meet Belgium in Sunday’s final, albeit without Kieran Govers, who pulled up clutching his right hamstring late in the match, while hosts Netherlands will face New Zealand (who lost to Belgium in Semi-Finals) in Bronze Medal match.

Chris Ciriello and Matt Gohdes gave the Kookaburras a 2-1 lead at the break and further goals from Russell Ford and Kieran Govers put the Australian men 4-2 ahead before Rogier Hofman’s goal with a little over ten minutes remaining set up a tense finale. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women Defeated by Olympic Champions in Semi Finals at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Women will play Korea in the bronze medal match after being defeated 2-5 by Olympic champions The Netherlands in the semi-final of the World League in Rotterdam this morning (NZ time).

Although New Zealand have already qualified for World League Four in Argentina this December, the goal is to beat Korea and guarantee themselves a spot in the 2014 World Cup. The game is scheduled for midnight tomorrow [Saturday 22 June] and will be live on Sky Sport. Continue reading →