Malaysia beat Black Sticks to Face Canada in Semis at CC1 Kuantan

The hosts Malaysia defeated the Black Sticks 3-2 in thrilling shoot-out after the Kiwis made strong come back to make it 4-4 at full-time from 1-4 at half time, while Ireland overcame France 3-0 in another shoot-out at the Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Fitri Saari converted last shoot-out attempt to ensure top finish at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan

Fitri Saari converted last shoot-out attempt to ensure top finish at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan

In the other quarter-finals Canada and Korea defeated Poland and Japan respectively with the scores of 3-2 and 5-1 to complete the semi-final line-up. The hosts are up against Canada and Ireland will take on Korea in semi-finals to be played on 3rd May (Saturday), as New Zealand and France take on Poland and Japan respectively for 5th place to 8th place classifications. Continue reading →

Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and Glasgow

That was someday for Irish Hockey. Both theNational Men and National Women’s teams of Irish Hockey won their quarter finals of their world ranking Champions Challenge I Tournaments today.

Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and GlasgowIreland’s women beat World Number 8’s Korea 2-1 to cause the biggest upset of the tournament while the men took it all the way to extra time against France where they beat them 3-0 on a shoot out after normal time ended 2-2. Ireland women will play the winners of Belgium or Spain while the men will square up against Korea or Japan this Saturday.

Ireland beat France on Shoot-out at FIH Men’s Champions Challenge 1 (Kuantan, Malaysia): Continue reading →

Black Sticks Won all 3 Pool Matches at Kuantan CC1

The Black Sticks Men have defeated Poland 8-3 to progress unbeaten into the quarter finals at the Pahang Champions Challenge 1 being played at Kuantan, Malaysia as Pool A toppers, while Korea topped Pool B.

Black Sticks Simon Child, Man of Match against Poland at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 at Kuantan (Malaysia)

Black Sticks Simon Child, Man of Match against Poland at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 at Kuantan (Malaysia)

The Black Sticks now face a quarter final clash against hosts Malaysia, who finished last in Pool B, at 14:45 local time (18:45 NZ Time) on Thursday. The other quarter final matches are Ireland vs France, Korea vs Japan and Canada vs Poland on the same day.

With previous wins over Ireland (2-1) and Japan (6-1), the result over Poland saw the Kiwis finish atop Pool A with three wins from three games. Continue reading →

Scotland outclass India 4-0, Korea beat Belgium 2-1 at Glasgow CC1

On the second day of FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Women’s), the hosts Scotland outclassed India to win 4-0 in Pool A match, while Korea defeated Belgium 2-1 in other match of Pool A at Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

India vs Scotland at FIH Women's Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

India vs Scotland at FIH Women’s Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

With these results, Korea are sitting on top of the Pool A with 6 points followed by Scotland and Belgium at 2nd and 3rd place respectively with 3 points each. India, who are at 4th place in Pool A, will play Belgium in their last league stage match on 30th April at 2030 IST, while hosts Scotland will challenge Korea on the same day for the top spot in the pool.

The hosts, Scotland made a confident start and proved to be dominating from the very beginning of the game winning a penalty corner in the fourth minute but failed to convert the same. Savita, Indian goal keeper, denied another goal opportunity to Scotland in the 11th minute as well and the replacement goal keeper Yogita Bali did an exceptional job in holding Scotland back from opening their account, as both the Indian goal keepers proved to be efficient and restricted Scotland in converting most of their opportunities into a goal. Continue reading →

Ireland held Spain, RSA beat USA at Glasgow CC1

Ireland came back from 0-2 down at half time to hold Spain for 2-2 in a Pool B match at the FIH Women’s Champions Challenge 1 being played at Glasgow. While, South Africa also bounced back from 0-1 down at half time and defeated USA 2-1 in today’s other game of Pool B to grab the top spot in the pool with 4 points.

South Africa are followed by USA and Ireland with 3 and 2 points respectively at 2nd and 3rd place in the pool with all the teams having to play one match each at pool stage. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Beat Japan 6-1 at Kuantan CC1

The Black Sticks Men defeated Japan with a score line of 6-1, Poland defeated Ireland 2-1, Canada beat France 3-2, while Korea overcame hosts Malaysia 3-1 at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Four goals in the first half (Steve Edwards, Kane Russell, Alex Shaw and Simon Child) were enough to sink Japan’s hopes with 35 minutes still to play. Russell scored his double early in the second half before Stephen Jenness put the icing on the cake with a scintillating goal 10 minutes out from fulltime. Continue reading →