Great Britain miss out on semi finals

Germany Goalscorer: Hannah Kruger 27 (F), Janine Beermann 29 (F)
Great Britain Goalscorer: Hannah Macleod 59 (F)

Despite a battling performance, Great Britain’s Investec London Cup crunch match with Germany ended in disappointment on Thursday evening as they went down 2-1 and with it, missed out on a place in Saturday’s semi finals.

Germany's Nina Hasselmann is challenged by Great Britain's Anne Panter, Investec London Cup - credit Ady Kerry

Germany's Nina Hasselmann is challenged by Great Britain's Anne Panter, Investec London Cup - credit Ady Kerry/ Great Britain Hockey

It was a performance that Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry later called “sublime at times” but ultimately two German goals in the space of two first half minutes did the damage, despite a late strike from Hannah Macleod and a series of excellent saves by Germany goalkeeper Yvonne Frank.

The match began brightly for Great Britain.  After comfortably surviving an early German penalty corner, GB won a series of four penalty corners in the space of 14 minutes. Frank saved from the first before an intricate move broke down and Frank made another good block.  In between, Canterbury’s Natalie Seymour and Clifton’s Georgie Twigg both did well to thwart German forays forward.  Continue reading →

Germany pick up points on day two of Investec London Cup

Pool B : South Africa 0-1 (HT: 0-0) Germany
Germany Goalscorer: Eileen Hoffman 30 (F)

The second match of the day saw came from Pool B as South Africa took on Germany at the Investec London Cup. The Germans, ranked third in the world, won the game 1-0, despite a gutsy performance from South Africa who made their opponents fight very hard for the narrowest victory.

South Africa's Lenise Marais challenges with Germany's Eileen Hoffman during their pool game in the Investec London Cup (credit Ady Kerry)

South Africa's Lenise Marais challenges with Germany's Eileen Hoffman during their pool game in the Investec London Cup (credit Ady Kerry) / Great Britain Hockey

The first half was evenly fought with very few chances for either side.  Germany looked dangerous on the attack and it was Eileen Hoffman who made the breakthrough for her side after 30 minutes to score what proved to be the decisive goal.  The second half saw more even play, however it was South Africa who looked the most likely to score in the closing minutes, winning a series of penalty corners but it was not to be and the game finished 1-0.

Speaking after the game, Germany’s Head Coach Michael Behrmann said, “We have had three weeks off coming into this tournament and that showed at times today, however we won our first match and that is really important on the way to London.” Continue reading →

GB squad named ahead of the Investec London Cup

The Great Britain women’s squad has been named ahead of hockey’s Investec London Cup in Chiswick.  As a result of injuries and tournament regulations, the 18 athlete squad features several changes to that which was recently selected for the London Olympic Games.

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Leicester defender Crista Cullen and Reading forward Alex Danson will play no part in the Investec London Cup as they continue their rehabilitation for an ankle and shoulder injury respectively.  Both athletes sustained the injuries during Great Britain’s 2-0 victory over Argentina at the Olympic Test Event in early May.  Welshwoman Sarah Thomas will also miss the Investec London Cup after injuring her ankle in training.  The 31 year old from Merthyr Tydfil will miss this week’s tournament but is expected to recover in time for the Olympic Games. Continue reading →

Chetri to Lead, Gurbaj is Back after Injury for London Prepares Series

Experienced custodian Bharat Chetri will lead an 18 member Indian team in the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament (a part of London Prepares Series) to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012.

Fitness Training: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

Gurbaj Singh finishing up a exercise during a fitness training session

As in Olympic Qualifiers, Star midfielder Sardar Singh will be again take the role of deputy to Chetry in the squad, in which game changer in the mid of field Gurbaj Singh makes a comeback after being on side line due to injury since January. Promising India striker Yuvraj Walmiki could not find place in 18, who is nursing injury which got during the Olympic qualifiers. Another omission from Olympic Qualifiers squad is Rupinderpal Singh, who is put in the standby list.

The team was announced by Hockey India (HI) after conducting selection trials at SAI Centre, Bangalore on April 8 and 9. The selection trial was witnessed by HI selectors B P Govinda and Col Balbir Singh, along with Government Observer Harbinder Singh. Continue reading →

Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Schedule/Results

Schedule/Results of Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament:

Test event, a part of London Prepares Series, 2-6 May, 2012 at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London.

Men’s Final Standings:
1. Germany, 2. Australia, 3. Great Britain and 4. India

Women’s Final Standings:
1. Great Britain, 2. Argentina, 3. Korea, and 4. China Continue reading →

Nobbs is Eyeing top Six finish in London, Lauds Juniors

  • Test event at London will be India’s real test before the Games as they will be up against  Australia, Germany and Great Britain in it.
  • Team is probably good enough to knock off top team once, but not good enough to do it consistently, feels Michael Nobbs about his team.
Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

India will have a tough task on hand when they take on top hockey teams in world at the London Olympics in July, 2012, but they are taking some huge steps and targeting to finish in top Six at the Games. Coach Michael Nobbs feels that his team is probably good enough to knock off top team once, but need some more time to be consistent in winning such opponents.

India’s Chief Coach said, “Facing world’s top teams at the London Olympics would be a tough job. Realistically, we are working towards finishing in top six bracket… Let us see where do we stand.”  Continue reading →