New Zealand beat England in Shoot-out to Enter Final of HWL

England lost out to New Zealand in the Semi-Final of the Hero Hockey World League Final. After 70 minutes of hockey there was nothing to choose between the two sides as the match ended 3-3.  There were England goals for Harry Martin, Mark Gleghorne and Ashley Jackson, but with three more in reply from New Zealand the match would be decided by a shoot-out.

Phil Burrows BlackSticks rounds George Pinner to score the winning goal for New Zealand in the shoot out of the Semi Final of the Hero World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Phil Burrows BlackSticks rounds George Pinner to score the winning goal for New Zealand in the shoot out of the Semi Final of the Hero World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

After the first round of penalties the scores were once again tied at 3-3 with Ashley Jackson, Tom Carson and Barry Middleton on target. As it moved into sudden death Jackson, Carson and Nick Catlin all found the mark, but after failing at his first attempt Harry Martin once again saw his shot saved and Phil Burrows was New Zealand’s hero as he scored the deciding goal to send them through to the final. Continue reading →

Jackson back, England Team named for Hockey World League Final

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach of England men’s hockey team, has named his squad of 18 athletes for competing the Hero Hockey World League Finals in New Delhi, India, from 10-18 January.

England Hockey Team (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England Hockey Team (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The squad sees four changes from the one that finished fourth at the EuroHockey Championships this Summer. East Grinstead duo Ashley Jackson & Mark Gleghorne are back in the final 18 after injuries kept them out of Crutchley’s European squad. Jackson has successfully recovered from ankle surgery and Gleghorne from the foot injury he sustained against Argentina in the World League Semi Final in July. Continue reading →

England set up ‘Ashes’ clash in Semi-Final

England have set up a Semi-Final clash against Australia on Saturday following a narrow 1-0 victory over Quarter-Final opponents China at the Argentina World League Final. Despite the score line, it was a dominant display from England, with Georgie Twigg converting a penalty stroke in the 46th minute of the game to take them through to the top four.

Alex Danson & Susie Gilbert earn milestone international caps at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Alex Danson & Susie Gilbert earn milestone international caps at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the day the Netherlands beat New Zealand 1-0 in the first match, and AustraliaGermany went all the way to the wire with the Hockeyroos eventually winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot out. And the hosts Argentina defeated Korea 3-1 in last quarter final to set up semis against Netherlands.

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England’s Alex Danson and Susie Gilbert both received flowers before the match to mark milestone appearances for England & GB; Danson earning her 200th and Gilbert her 100th combined caps. Continue reading →

England beat Germany with a Brace from Danson

England dug deep today as they recorded a gutsy 3-1 victory over Germany in the Argentina World League Final. England star Alex Danson scored twice alongside Sophie Bray to secure the three points and a second place finish in Pool A (Full results here).

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England's third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England’s third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the day the Netherlands recorded their third consecutive win of the tournament beating Korea 3-1. England will play the team that finishes third in Pool B in their Quarter Final match on Thursday at 2:30 (UK time). The final Pool B matches will be played out tonight.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh received flowers before the match to mark her 200th appearance for England (308th combined England & Great Britain). Continue reading →

England: A Nation Where Hockey Matters

03 December 2013: England Hockey reveals its strategy for 2013-17 and beyond.

London 2012 - Olympic Hockey (Courtesy: England Hockey)

London 2012 – Olympic Hockey (Courtesy: England Hockey)

Over recent months England Hockey has been developing and refining its strategy for the future of hockey in this country. With UK Sport and Sport England’s investment, and growing commercial revenues, England Hockey is ambitious about how it can take the sport forward in this Olympic cycle and beyond. There is a clear vision, a powerful philosophy and five core objectives that all those who have a role in advancing the sport can unite behind.

The vision is for England to be ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’. England Hockey aspires to deepen the passion of those who play, follow and deliver the sport by providing the best possible environments, the best possible experiences, and the support which clubs and deliverers of the game need. Meanwhile, reaching out to new audiences is also an important aim.


a video summarising England Hockey’s strategy for the coming years 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 →