It is India vs Pakistan in Final at Incheon 2014 Asian Games

Nail-biting semi-finals at the Incheon to set dream final between the neighbouring arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the 17th Asian Games 2014.

India vs Pakistan Hockey Match (Courtesy: Raghu Prasad RV)

Indian men’s Hockey team edged past Korea 1-0, while Pakistan could managed to win against Malaysia in penalty shoot-out by 6-5 on sudden death at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium to reach a win away from Gold medal at Asian Games and a shot at qualification for Rio 2016 Olympics. Only the winner of Asian Games will qualify for the Rio 2016.

In the match between Malaysia and Pakistan, nothing could separate two teams in regulation time as it finished without a goal from anyside. In the shoot-out, it was level to 3-3 after regular 5 attempt, while Pakistan goalie Imran Butt saved one attempt by Malaysia in sudden death to take his team to final. Continue reading →

Korea defeated Indian eves to Set-up summit clash against China

The hosts Korea have set-up the summit clash against defending champions China at the 17th Asian Games 2014. Korea defeated India by 3-1, while China overcame Japan’s stiff defence as they converted only shot on the goal Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon today.

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

In a match which saw only shot a goal on the goal, China edged past Japan with just three minutes to final hooter. Both the teams attacked relentlessly but failed to pull the trigger. In the dying minutes of match, China earned a penalty corner and WANG Mengyu made full use of it to take her team to final.

In the first quarter, Korea scored the opener within three minutes of the match when Kim Darae hit-out a strong reverse beating Indian goal-keeper Savita and sent the ball into the net. After taking the early lead, the opponents tried maintaining the lead and attempting to create more chances though the Indian eves defense proved itself stronger. Continue reading →

Kookaburras defended their World Cup Title Successfully

Australia powered to a sensational 6-1 victory over host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Drag-flicking defender Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to help the Kookaburras retain the title that they won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

  • Australia successfully defend Hockey World Cup title with 6-1 win over the Netherlands
  • IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge on site to witness hockey spectacle
  • Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles named Rabobank Best Player of the Tournament

While 11th ranked Argentina continued to impress as they defeated England by 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal, which is 2nd for the coach Carlos Retegui, who is the head of both Los Leones and Las Leonas, Men’s and Women’s Hockey team of Argentina.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – MEN: Final standings
Gold: Australia; Silver: The Netherlands; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: England; 5th: Belgium; 6th: Germany; 7th: New Zealand; 8th: Spain; 9th: India; 10th: Korea; 11th: South Africa; 12th: Malaysia

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Tournament Awards – Men
Rabobank Best Player: Mark Knowles, Australia
Hero Best Junior Player: Jeremy Hayward, Australia
Volvo Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann, Netherlands
Hero Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat, Argentina
Ten Cate Best Goal: Sebastien Dockier, Belgium Continue reading →

RHWC2014: It is Australia vs Netherlands in Men’s Final as Well

The defending champions, Kookaburras, will face the hosts in the chance to defend their 2010 title in Sunday’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 final in The Hague. Australia defeated Argentina by 5-1 in semi-final, while Netherlands edged past England by 1-0 to set up two Aussie-Dutch finals this weekend with the Kookaburras following their female counterparts, as the Hockeyroos take on the hosts in the final of Women’s Competition.

It's a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

It’s a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

In Semi Final 1: After a good chance in the opening minute for Ashley Jackson, England was under pressure for most of the half as the Netherlands played their free attacking style of hockey. England created chances on the counter attack, but it was the hosts, through penalty corner specialist Mink van der Weerden, who took the goal advantage going into the break with a brilliant drag-flick on 31 minutes.

England came out fighting in the second half and both sides created chances from some great link-up play, but the Netherlands still had the upper hand with more circle penetrations and more shots on goal. England had a chance to equalise with a couple of penalty corners during the half, but the Dutch defence, led by their Captain Robert van der Horst, thwarted both Jackson’s and Gleghorne’s attempts. Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Kookaburras on Sudden Death Shoot Out to Win World League in Rotterdam

KOOKABURRAS 2-2 (HT: 1-0) BELGIUM*
For Kookaburras: Chris Ciriello 21 (PC), Russell Ford 70 (F)
For Belgium: Tom Boon 49 (F), Sebastien Dockier 59 (F)
*Belgium win 7-6 after a sudden death shoot-out 

In a dramatic final at the World League in Rotterdam, the Kookaburras came out on the wrong side of an enthralling 2-2 draw and a sudden death shoot out against Belgium. Earlier in the day, Netherlands and Spain defeated New Zealand and India to finish at 3rd and 5th place respectively.

Russell Ford - Kookaburras (Australia Men's) Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Phot of Ford who scored equallizer in 70th minute (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

For much of the match the Kookaburras battered the Belgian defence but despite goals from Chris Ciriello and Russell Ford, a textbook goalkeeping performance by Belgium’s Vincent Vanasch and the faintest of saves from his replacement Jeremy Gucassoff in the shoot-out denied the Australian men victory.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth admitted afterwards his side had enough chances to win the game but said they had achieved two of three of their pre-tournament ambitions. “It’s a disappointing way to lose but we can only blame ourselves,” he said. “We had the chances but we didn’t take them; we even had chances to win it in the shoot-out. We had six penalty corners to their one but the goalkeeper made a lot of good saves and we put one past our own goalkeeper, too. Continue reading →

Australia defeat Malaysia to win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 7th Time, Korea won Bronze

17 March 2013: In a dramatic final match, Australia scored four seconds before full-time winning 3-2 and denying Malaysia (ranked 13th), in front of a home crowd of 15,000, the chance to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. While defending champions New Zealand (Black Sticks) finished fourth having lost 2-1 to Korea and India defeated Pakistan (4-2) to finish fifth.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 Logo

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013

This was fourth appearance of Malaysia in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 22 Editions and 30 years. Malaysia lost to Australia in 2007 and India in 1985 and 2009 in their other final appearance.

In today’s Final Match: Faizal Saari, continuing with his fine form, took his side ahead in 4th minute after they won back-to-back penalty corners to score his sixth goal of the tournament. Malaysian were in control of the game, but Australia made use of their first penalty corner to equalize. Nicholas Budgeon scored the equaliser in the 29th minute on PC, while Craig Boyne earned lead (2-1) for his team in the very next minute. Continue reading →