World Number 3 Netherlands set up summit clash with Defending Champions Germany: MEN’s Hockey of London Olympics

European giants Germany and Netherlands will play for the Gold Medal of MEN’s Hockey competition at London Olympics, while current world champions Australia will play for Bronze Medal against the hosts Great Britain on 11th August.

Great Britain's James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

The Netherlands demonstrated world-class execution of the plans with 50% conversion rate to trounce the hosts Great Britain (9-2) in the 2nd Semi Final at Riverbank Arena. Defending Olympic champions Germany defeated the world champions Kookaburras (4-2) with disciplined hockey in a close game in 1st the Semi Final of 2012 London Olympics . Continue reading →

Australia Vs Germany, Netherlands Vs Great Britain in Semi Final: Day 6 Preview of MEN’s Hockey at London 2012

The world’s top four teams, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and hosts Great Britain, will take on each other with a keen eye on the Men’s Hockey Gold Medal match of London Olympics which will be played on 11th August, 2012.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIn first Semi Final, world number one Kookaburras will face world number two Germany at 15:30 BST. Having played each other in big matches, like final of World Cup 2010 (Kookaburras won 2-1), and recently in the London Prepares Series/Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament (Germany won both 3-2 in league stage and 5-2 in Final), know each other very well. These two teams have played each other 4 times in the Olympics, of which Australia won twice, while Germany got better once and one was drawn. Continue reading →

World #1 Netherlands will face #2 Argentina in WOMEN’s Hockey Final of London Olympics

World number one and number two teams will meet for the London Olympics Gold Medal at Riverbank Arena in Olympics Park, London on August 10 at 20:00BST. Defending champions and world number one Netherlands defeated world number seven New Zealand on penalty shoot-out (3-1) after finishing 2-2 in regulation time and none of the teams scored extra time. While world champions Argentina defeated the hosts Great Britain (2-1) to reach the final and hope to add the eluding Gold in their collection of Silver and Bronze Medals.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Record seven times FIH World Player of Year Luciana AYMAR is sure of to be the first woman hockey player to win 4 Olympics medals, though she will be targeting the yellow metal this time. Led by experienced AYMAR, athletic and confident world champions Argentina scored 2 goals in the first half and did some quality defending in the second half to defeat Great Britain (2-1). Continue reading →

Netherlands Vs New Zealand and Argentina Vs Great Britain in the Semis: Preview Day 6 of London 2012 WOMEN’S Hockey

Defending Champions Netherlands will take on world number six New Zealand, while hosts Great Britain will challenge the current World Champions Argentina in the semi finals of the 6th day of Women’s Hockey Competition.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsNew Zealand will appear in their first Olympics Semi Final at 15:30 BST, to take on defending champions Netherlands at Riverbank Arena. World number six team Black Sticks had finished last in Beijing and their best Olympics finish was 6th place in 2004, 2000 of 10 teams, while they finished 6th of 6 teams in 1984 Olympics. Their  opponents in semi finals of London 2012, the Dutch have won a total of 6 medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze) from 7 Olympics appearances, missing one in 1992 Barcelona. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 5 Review and Results: Its world #1 Vs #2 and #3 Vs #4 in Semis

It will be world number 3 vs 4 and number 1 vs 2 in the semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London 2012 as Netherlands and Defending Champions Germany qualified for Semi Final from Pool B, while current World Champions Australia and hosts Great Britain from Pool A.

Barry Middleton celebrates GB men qualifying for semi-final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Barry Middleton celebrates GB men qualifying for semi-final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Pool B toppers, only team with 5 of 5 wins in Pool matches, Netherlands will challenge the hosts Great Britain while world number number Kookaburras will take on world number two Germany in semi-finals. This is Great Britain’s first Semi Final appearance since their famous Olympics Gold Medal in 1988 Seoul and 7th in a row for the Dutch. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 5 Preview: Three Semi-Final Berths are Up for Grabbing

The Dutch became the 1st team to book their berth in semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London Olympics by defeating the defending champions Germany (3-1) in their fourth pool match. The Dutch is only team in the men’s competition to have 4 wins from 4 outings and will be taking on Korea in Pool B match at 8:30 BST on July 7.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIf world number six Korea registers an upset win over world number 3 Netherlands then defending champions Germany would need at least a draw with Black Sticks in the last pool match of the competition later in the evening (21:15 BST) to reach the semi-finals. Continue reading →