Dutch bounce back to play 3-3 draw with England

In the second match of the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, the Netherlands were forced to play catch up as they fought back from two goals down to earn a 3–3 draw against England.

England's Captain Barry Middleton in action against Tim Jenniskens of Netherlands (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton in action against Tim Jenniskens of Netherlands (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Reading’s Tom Carson was on target twice and the Dutch put the ball into their own goal to give the hosts a score of three, but Hofman [two] and Jonker were both on target for the Netherlands to earn their side a share of the spoils.

Speaking after the game, England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “I think there was a lot of improvement today, we were in control for about 50 minutes of the game, which against the Dutch is probably as good as it gets. In the last 20 minutes I think we stopped playing a bit and allowed them back at us, although even in that period we still created chances where we could have taken the game.” Continue reading →

Argentina Beat England to Reach Final of Junior World Cup (Women)

England Under-21 Women were beaten 3-0 by Argentina in the semi finals of the ERGO Junior World Cup in Germany, despite battling well throughout the match in Mönchengladbach on Friday afternoon.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoEngland will now face India in bronze medal match on Sunday, as India lost to Netherlands in other semi final, while Netherlands and Argentina will take on each for the Junior World Champions Title in the summit clash.

An even first half was just edged by Argentina who scraped a deflected goal at a penalty corner on 13 minutes via Jimena Cedres, but England created chance of their own and came out fighting after the break. Continue reading →

Dutch hold off England fight-back to take match one

England kicked off the first day of the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup with a tense but entertaining game against the Netherlands. It was a hard fought encounter which unfortunately saw England come out on the wrong side of the 2-1 result. The solitary England goal came from Reading’s Tom Carson.

England's Tom Carson celebrates after scoring a goal against the Netherlands at the NOW Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England’s Tom Carson celebrates after scoring a goal (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the evening, the England U21 men’s team left it late to score in the 69th minute to come away with a deserved 3-3 draw against a strong U21 Malaysia side.

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We’re always disappointed to lose a game, but this was definitely a better performance compared to last week in Hamburg. The Netherlands like to score goals and we stopped them from doing that tonight so I’m pleased about that part of our play. We need to work on our individual skills and our quality of possession to really hurt them, but we’ve got some good positives to take out of today.” Continue reading →

England Battle Their Way into Semi Finals of Junior World Cup (Women)

England Under-21 Women battled their way into the semi finals of the ERGO Junior World Cup when they beat rivals Australia 1-0 in Thursday afternoon’s quarter final match in Germany.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoOn top for almost the entire 70 minutes of the match, the Jillaroos lost out on a place in the semi finals after 26th minute goal from Canterbury’s Grace Balsdon proved enough for the English girls.

Prior to the match the Jillaroos were boosted by the return of Victorian Georgia Nanscawen from injury. The youngest woman to play 100 senior international matches for Australia had missed the Jillaroos’ three Pool C clashes with bruising on the knee bone but returned just as the tournament hotted up, metaphorically and physically. Continue reading →

England men set for Dutch showdown at Wakefield

Crutchley names a squad of 20 to face the Netherlands in NOW: Pensions Nations Cup

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

31 July 2013: England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 players for the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, which starts tomorrow. The tournament will see England play the world number three side, Netherlands, on Thursday 1, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August. Both sides will operate a rotation system with 18 athletes being selected for each match.

Playing the Netherlands on home turf at Wakefield ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, which start on August 17, forms a key part of England’s final preparations. And England will be looking to get even with the side ranked one place above them in the world after a 6-1 loss last week at the ERGO Hamburg Masters. Continue reading →

England Beat Germany to Reach Quarter Final of Junior World Cup (Women)

England Under-21s marched into the quarter-finals of the women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup with a well-earned 2-1 victory over host nation Germany in Mönchengladbach this afternoon.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoBehind to a 23rd-minute goal from a penalty corner, England pulled back to level terms by half-time before Stephanie Addison scored the winning goal after 56 minutes to secure a last-eight clash against Australia on Thursday.

“It’s a fantastic result,” said England’s head coach Craig Keegan, “but at the same time it was a very tough game – we have a huge amount of respect for Germany as this is the seventh time we’ve played against them this summer. Continue reading →