China beat England in Pool B game of Women RHWC2014

China defeated England by 3-0 in their second Pool B match at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. The result was a cruel blow for Head Coach Jason Lee’s side after they had lost 2-1 to the USA in their first game of the tournament on Sunday.

China celebrate scoring against England at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

China celebrate scoring against England at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England were undoubtedly up against tough opponents; China are ranked seventh in the world and are renowned for their strength in defence, which they demonstrated across the 70 minutes of play today.

The difference in the two teams came down to efficiency in the danger areas of the pitch. China had just three shots on target throughout the whole game and those three shots resulted in three goals, while 25 circle penetrations from England failed to result in a single goal. Continue reading →

England Sneak Past India with last minute Goal at RHWC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 2 June 2014: England edged past an improved Indian side with last Penalty Corner minute goal by Simon Mantell in their second match of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, being played at the Kyocera Stadium, The Hague, Netherlands.

England's Simon Mantell celebrates after scoring the winning goal against India at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Simon Mantell celebrates after scoring the winning goal against India at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Both the teams started by attacking each other but the first half was almost a dry run till the 27th minute when finally Mark Gleghorne opened England’s account through penalty corner. While PR Sreejesh has been going through great form but this time he was unable to stop the goal and gave England the lead of 1-0. Continue reading →

USA Stunned England Women at RHWC2014

England’s first game at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 saw them face the ever improving USA, who are currently ranked number 10 in the world. And despite the seven ranking places between the two sides [England at number three] it was in fact the USA who came out on top to take the three points with a 2-1 victory.

Susannah Townsend can't hide her disappointment after England's 2-1 defeat to the USA in their opening Pool B match of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Susannah Townsend can’t hide her disappointment after England’s 2-1 defeat to the USA in their opening Pool B match of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The USA came into the tournament off the back of a great win in the Champions Challenge back in April and they looked like a side in form across the first 35 minutes as they scored twice from penalty corners through Paige Selenski [making her 100th appearance for the USA] and Kelsey Kolojejchick. England created chances and had several penalty corners, but Jackie Kintzer in the USA goal stopped everything that came at her. Continue reading →

England take one point against tricky opponents Spain

England’s first game of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup was against world number 10 side Spain. Alastair Brogdon gave England the lead inside six minutes as Bobby Crutchley’s side dominated the first half with a host of chances.

England's Alastair Brogdon scored the only goal against Spain at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Alastair Brogdon scored the only goal against Spain at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Spain came back at England in the second thirty-five minutes and Eduard Tubau pulled the crucial goal back to take a share of the spoils in the Pool A match. Iain Lewers did not play today after suffering a dead leg in last weekend’s game against Australia.

Wimbledon’s Alastair Brogdon put England in the driving seat after just six minutes with a fantastic shot in space from the top of the circle after Nick Catlin had played the ball through to find the Wimbledon forward.

A goal up, England looked confident and dominated play. Midway through the first half a great piece of set play from England saw both Barry Middleton and Adam Dixon fire shots towards Quico Cortes in Spain’s goal, but Cortes and a wide shot kept Spain within just one goal. England queued up the chances, Dixon, Mark Gleghorne and Catlin all came close to converting, but it remained 1-0 at half-time as the packed stadium basked in the evening sun. Continue reading →

Crutchley names England Squad for World Cup

13 May 2014:  Ahead of the 2014 Rabobank World Cup, which runs from 31 May – 15 June, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands.

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against Spain at 16:30 (UK time) on Saturday 31 May.

Returning to the 18 man squad is Wimbledon’s Henry Weir who has recovered from an ankle injury which kept him sidelined for several months; the defender made his return against the Netherlands last week. Reading’s Dan Shingles has also kept his place in the squad following an injury-free period which has seen him make good progress both in training and recent matches to impress Crutchley.

England captain Barry Middleton will make his 200th appearance for England on Thursday when his side faces the Netherlands in Dusseldorf at a Four Nations World Cup warm-up tournament. Following that game Middleton will only need three more caps to become the most capped England & GB men’s international player of all time with 308 appearances – surpassing Russell Garcia, who previously held the record at 307. Assuming he plays in England’s next four matches he will achieve this feat against Australia at Bisham Abbey on 24th May. Continue reading →

Lee names England Women’s squad for Hockey World Cup

Thursday 8 May 2014:  With just 23 days to go England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, taking place from 31 May-15 June 2014.

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

The squad remains largely unchanged from that which won a silver and bronze medal during 2013 at the European Championships and World League Final respectively. However Lee has named two relative newcomers in his 18; Beeston’s Ellie Watton and Buckingham’s Zoe Shipperley.

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against the USA at 12:00 (UK time) on Sunday 1 June.

With three World Cups under her belt and a bronze medal from 2010 [Rosario, Argentina] England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh will be hoping her side can improve on third this time around.

England are in Pool B with Argentina, China, Germany, South Africa and the USA. Of the six teams in the pool, England (3) is the second-highest ranked in the FIH World Rankings after Argentina (2), while the rest of the sides are sixth or lower. Continue reading →