England beat Ireland in ERGO Hamburg Masters 2013 to Finish 3rd

England finished their ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign with a 3-2 win over Ireland – a welcome confidence booster going into next week’s NOW: Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield. The result left them with a third-place finish overall in the tournament. In the last match of the tournament hosts Germany held Netherlands for 2-2 draw to win the tournament.

Nick Catlin in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Nick Catlin in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

After England went into half time with a deserved 1-0 lead, Ireland twice equalised in the second half to leave the sides at 2-2 before Nick Catlin got the winner, to give England a much-needed win following defeats by the Netherlands and Germany. England will have learnt a lot from the tournament, which forms a major part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroHockey Championships in August. Continue reading →

Germany put six past England at Hamburg Masters

For England: Barry Middleton 55 (FG)
For Germany: Oskar Deecke 9 (FG); Mats Grambusch 25 (PC); Florian Fuchs 39 (FG); Marco Miltkau 42, 58 (FG, FG); Pilt Arnold 66 (FG)

Barry Middleton in acton for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Captain Barry Middleton in acton for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

After a disappointing loss yesterday England’s fortunes didn’t improve today with another 6-1 defeat, this time against hosts and world number one side, Germany. The defending Olympic champions were in fine form as they outplayed England for most of the game. The only goal for England came from captain Barry Middleton in the 55th minute, but with four goals already to their name, a German victory was inevitable. Continue reading →

Ireland fall to Netherlands at Hamburg Masters Hockey Tournament

Andrew Meredith’s Green Machine suffered their second defeat at the Hamburg Masters in Germany as they fell 4-0 to Olympic Silver Medallists Netherlands this afternoon.

The Fans of HockeyIreland though did put in an improved performance against Netherlands this afternoon. In the opening quarter Ireland had the best of possession and scoring opportunities but the final touch seemingly appeared elusive. On 15 minutes Netherlands caught Ireland with a quick counter attack, following a high press leaving Jonker with a 2-v-1 finish to open the score at 1-0. The game ebbed and flowed thereafter with the score line remaining until half time. Continue reading →

Ireland lose to Olympic Champions Germany in Hamburg

Andrew Meredith’s Green Machine have been beaten 6-0 by reigning Olympic Champions Germany at the Ergo Hamburg Masters this afternoon.

Ireland suffered at the hands of an in form Germany in the sweltering heat of Hamburg. Despite losing 6-0, Ireland showed periods of control and were unlucky on a number of occasions not to find net with shots from, Lorimer & Watt. Continue reading →

England come up short against in-form Netherlands at Hamburg Masters

England’s ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign did not get off to the best of starts as the world number three side, the Netherlands, scored six times, with a solitary consolation goal from England’s Darren Cheesman. Constantijn Jonker was the star of the show as he scored three times in a dominant Dutch display.

Darren Cheesman in action for England against Malaysia in World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

File Photo: Darren Cheesman in action for England (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Speaking after the match England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We were punished by a far better team today who capitalised on some basic errors in our defending. I was disappointed with some of the individual performances and we have left ourselves with much to prove in our remaining games against Germany and Ireland at the weekend.” Continue reading →