Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

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)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking after the match, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton was very grateful to have the home support. “It (the crowd) makes such a difference to us. We’re not used to this in the usual hockey we play in during the year.  To have a crowd like this making so much noise just gives everyone a lift. The hard thing at times is trying to control that energy and not get too carried away. We got a perfect balance today. We used the energy of the crowd.” He then added his views on the team performance and goal scoring, saying, “This team shares the goals around a lot. You can go to some tournaments and get on a roll and end up with five or six or not. You play the same tournament; you just miss a few chances. I think that’s what we’ve shown today. A lot of the guys have had chances and we’re a team that will share them around. Another day it’ll be someone else’s job.” Continue reading →

Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team off to Dream Start with 4-0 Win Over Japan

Great Britain stormed to a terrific 4-0 victory in their first match of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena this evening. A brace from Reading’s Alex Danson, together with goals from Sarah Thomas and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton in an explosive first half, ensured that the home nation delighted an excitable and vociferous home crowd on the first day of the hockey competition.

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

The match was also milestone occasion for Reading defender Emily Maguire, as she capped her 100th international appearance with a resolute defensive display that restricted the Japanese attack to only three attempts on goal during the entire match.

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20,000 Opportunities to play hockey this summer in Great Britain

Great Britain Hockey has today announced that its ‘Hockey Nation Give it a Go’ programme will offer 20,000 opportunities to play hockey over the Olympic Games period.  More than 500 sites across the country will run sessions for young people and adults over a five week period as the sport looks to proactively build its legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hockey Nation by Great Britain HockeyA new website – www.hockeynation.info – went live today, providing an easy-to-use search engine of hockey activities.  From 27 July, the programme will be supported by the Hockey Hotline, a dedicated phone line offering advice to people looking to give hockey a go.  The Hockey Hotline on 0845 340 4000 will operate from 8am until 8pm daily.

Hockey Nation Give it a Go sessions will provide anyone, regardless of age, ability, previous hockey experience or location, the opportunity to pick up a stick and give hockey a go. Continue reading →

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Results and Reports

England’s Under-16 and Under-18 Boys and Girls played three test match series against their Belgian counterparts. At Antwerp, Belgium Under-16 Girls won the series 2-1, while same age group Boys’ series was tied 1-1 with one draw game. At Canterbury, England, Under-18 home-sides won both Girls and Boys series 2-1.

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Fixtures and Results:

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Date Fixture and Results
Sunday 1 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-2
Sunday 1 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 0-3
Sunday 1 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 1-0
Sunday 1 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 6-0
Monday 2 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-1
Monday 2 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 2-3
Monday 2 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 4-7
Monday 2 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 3-0
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 0-2
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 3-0

Reports:

July 3: England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1: ENGLAND Under-16 Girls secured a 4-1 victory over Belgium in the final clash of the three-match Test Series in Antwerp on Tuesday. Continue reading →

Hockey enjoys participation boost

Almost 27,000 more people playing hockey according to latest statistics

Friday, 22 June 2012: In an exciting year for hockey in England, the sport received a boost today as it was revealed that the number of adults playing hockey increased by almost 27,000 in the past six months.

The statistics form part of the Active People Survey released by Sport England and reflect the trend that the England Hockey Board has seen in its affiliation figures since 2007, in which adult affiliation has increased 14% and young people by 18%.

The increase is credited in part to the early impact of a host of programmes introduced by the England Hockey Board since the last quarter of 2011.  Rush Hockey, the sport’s casual 5-a-side format, and Back to Hockey sessions for women have been well received and well attended while the sport’s Hockey Nation Olympic engagement programme has seen hockey ‘out and about’ at public events across the country. A milder winter is also thought to have encouraged more people to play than in recent years. Continue reading →

Victory over Pakistan leaves Great Britain Men fighting for bronze

Trailing at half time, Great Britain men battled back in style to secure a 2-1 victory over Pakistan in their final group match at the Sultan Azlan Shan Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Saturday.

The victory left Great Britain lying second in the group behind New Zealand, but knowing that Argentina could deny them a place in the final if they beat Malaysia in the day’s final match. Level for much of that match, Argentina secured a one-nil victory in that match to leave GB fighting for bronze against India tomorrow.

Tactical changes were made for the second half which gave Great Britain the edge and saw them create more incisive attacking play which led to the crucial goals from Barry Middleton and Ashley Jackson. Continue reading →