Australia Make 3 of 3, Beat England 6-2

England suffered their first defeat at the International Super Series Hockey 9’s in Perth at the hands of their hosts, Australia. England held their own for much of the game, however with all six of the Kookaburras’ goals coming inside 11 minutes of play the contest was effectively over. England did pull two goals back through captain Barry Middleton and Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox, but the damage had already been done.

England Hockey LogoEast Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne watched from the sidelines again following the shoulder injury he picked up in the first game against India on Thursday.

Speaking after the match, England Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We played well for the majority of the game but against Australia you will always be punished if you take your foot off the gas at anytime. I was pleased with the way that we recovered and battled hard in the final quarter. We will learn a lot form this performance ahead of tomorrow’s final.” Continue reading →

England beat Pakistan to Set-up Summit Clash Against Australia

England remain unbeaten in the International Super Series Hockey 9’s Tournament with a convincing 4-2 victory over Pakistan in Perth. The result means that England and Australia will finish top of the group and are set to face each other in their final pool match tomorrow (06:05 UK time) and then again in the final on Sunday at 06:00 (UK time).

Nich Catlin scored twice as England beat Pakistan 4-2

England’s victory over Pakistan was a resolute and ultimately dominant performance with goals coming from the returning captain Barry Middleton, Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles’ (BEL) Nick Catlin (2) and Beeston’s Ben Arnold who at 22 was making only his second senior international appearance.

East Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne watched from the sidelines with a bruised shoulder.

Speaking after the game England Coach, Bobby Crutchley said, “It was a pleasing win, particularly with the way we changed our tactical approach after playing into Pakistan’s hands during the first half. We kept possession well in the second half and look forward to two games against Australia in their backyard over the weekend.” Continue reading →

England Beat India 2-1 in their Opener of International Super Series Hockey 9s

England got off to a great start in the International Super Series Hockey 9’s with a victory over India at the Perth Hockey Stadium. India had initially gone one goal up early on, but over the shortened period of 40 minutes England were the more dominant side coming back to win 2-1. Hampstead and Westminster’s Dan Fox pulled the first goal back to draw level and Loughborough Students’ David Condon made sure of the three points. The win puts them second behind Australia, who had earlier seen off Pakistan 4-2.

2012 Perth International Super Series 9'sThe game saw Beeston’s Adam Dixon take up the captaincy as HGC’s (NED) Barry Middleton watched from the sidelines following a slight calf strain sustained during a league match last weekend.

England looked to have come out the blocks quicker than India, demonstrating their strength on the ball and grasping the tactical differences in the game well. However it was India, against the run of play, who found the target first. In the 4th minute Chandi picked up the ball in the circle and fired home from 12 yards out with pin point accuracy into the corner past Beeston goalkeeper George Pinner. The larger goals, which stand one metre wider than a normal hockey goal, left Pinner with little chance of saving. Continue reading →

England prepare for hockey’s Twenty20 down under

Wednesday, 21 November 2012: The England men’s hockey team has arrived in Perth, Australia, ahead of this week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, the warm up tournament for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Melbourne. The tournaments will showcase some of the stars of the Olympic Games for the first time since Great Britain finished fourth in London three months ago.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File photo of England’s Captain Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Starting on Thursday 22 November and running until Sunday, the innovative International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament is sure to draw comparisons with cricket’s game changing Twenty20. Now entering its second year, the Australian-devised format features a number of departures from standard hockey designed to add to the spectacle for fans. In a move to offer up even more goal scoring opportunities, the goals have been made one metre wider, prompting England goalkeeper George Pinner to admit he has had to re-think his childhood visions of playing football. Continue reading →

Six New Faces in England Men’s Hockey Squad for Champions Trophy

Friday, 26 October 2012:  England Hockey Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad for the forthcoming tour to Australia with six athletes set to make their international debuts. A further five players have fewer than ten caps each and will have the opportunity to impress the coaching and management team ahead of the next four year Olympic cycle to Rio 2016.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File Photo: Captain Barry Middleton during London 2012 Olympics (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

The three week trip will see England compete at the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth before travelling to Melbourne for the Champions Trophy, the last event in the international calendar.

Of the 18 athletes selected, five were members of the Great Britain squad that finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the team’s highest placing at the Games since winning gold in 1988.  Captain Barry Middleton will lead England with fellow Olympians Harry Martin of Beeston, Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox and the Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles pair of Richard Smith and Nick Catlin all selected. Also included is goalkeeper George Pinner, who was a reserve for the Great Britain Olympic team. Continue reading →

England welcomes Euro Hockey League

Thursday, 25 October 2012: Having captured the hearts and minds of the British public at London 2012, some of the world’s best hockey stars are set to return this weekend as the Euro Hockey League comes to England for the first time.

Great Britain's Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

File photo: Great Britain’s Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

A number of the stars of the Olympic Games will be on show with the likes of Great Britain’s London 2012 trio Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham and Jonty Clarke set to feature, as well as their international teammates the Mantell brothers, Richard and Simon, Mark Pearn and Niall Stott.

Tickets are still available for round 1.2 of the Euro Hockey League, which takes place at East Grinstead Hockey Club in Sussex from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October. Competing alongside hosts East Grinstead are Reading and, from Scotland, Glynhill Hotel Kelburne. Continue reading →