Indian Men Junior Hockey Team to Tour Australia from 2nd December

Indian Men Junior Hockey Team is announced for training and Test matches scheduled to be held from 02 to 13 December 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia in preparation for the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup in 2015.

Indian Men's Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

Indian Men’s Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

The 18-member squad will be led by midfielder Harjeet Singh, and forward Imran Khan will be his deputy for the 5-match Test series. The team also include the stars of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014; defender Harmanpreet Singh and forward Simranjeet Singh. The champions of the Sultan of Johor Cup are looking forward to continue their winning spree and repeat the success of the Senior Men Team, who defeated Australia on their home turf. Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks lead games but Australia prevail in Junior Hockey World Cup Qualifiers

The Australians have beaten the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women in today’s final games at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers on the Gold Coast.

Junior Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Australia in final of Junior World Cup Qualifier at Gold Coast (Photo Credits: Don Shawyer)

Junior Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Australia in final of Junior World Cup Qualifier at Gold Coast (Photo Credits: Don Shawyer)

The women lost 3-2 and came agonisingly close from equalising in the last few minutes from well-earned penalty corners and clever field play and the men lost 4-2, with both Kiwi sides leading the scoring early on.

Head coach Grant Edwards said his side played some outstanding hockey today and positive progress has been made throughout the tournament. Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks Women go down 4-1 to Australia in Junior World Cup Qualifiers

Australia have won the second of their three tests against the Junior Black Sticks Women at the Junior World Cup Qualifier in the Gold Coast tonight.

Black Sticks goalkeeper Sarah Matthews in today’s game against Australia. (Photo Credit: Don Shawyer)

Black Sticks goalkeeper Sarah Matthews in today’s game against Australia. (Photo Credit: Don Shawyer)

New Zealand’s Brooke Neal scored in the 67th minute in the second phase of a penalty corner, but it was an all Australian affair before that with a penalty corner conversion from Mariah Williams and field goals from Georgia Nanscawen, Murphy Allendorf and Madison Fitzpatrick.

“I thought during the first 20 minutes we played pretty well and it was quite an even match. It was 1-0 at half time, but then Australia scored two minutes into the second half and we let that affect us,” says head coach Chris Leslie. Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks Men drop game against Australia

A strong start and finish by the Junior Black Sticks Men was not enough to clinch a win against Australia, going down 2-4 at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers on the Gold Coast tonight.

Black Sticks Jared Panchia against Australia in Junior World Cup Qualifier

Black Sticks Jared Panchia scored a goal for New Zealand in today’s match against Australia in Junior World Cup Qualifier

It was a much different game from the 15-0 win yesterday against Papua New Guinea, and despite goals from Auckland’s Jared Panchia and Southern’s Jeremy Morris, it was not enough to give the Kiwis the win they were after.

“We started pretty well and created some good chances in the first 15 minutes, but then Australia scored two quick goals and that put us on the back foot,” said head coach Grant Edwards. Continue reading →

Gold Coast to Host 2013 Oceania Junior World Cup Qualification

Fast Facts:

Event: Oceania Junior World Cup Qualifiers
Where: Gold Coast Hockey Association
When: February 25 – March 3
Teams: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia’s new crop of Under 21 hockey stars will do battle against the best Oceania hockey nations for one of two lucrative Oceania qualifying spots in the 2013 Junior World Cup.

The 2013 Junior World Cup Qualifiers (JWCQ) will for the first time involve Pacific Island members. Traditionally, the qualifiers have been Australia and New Zealand playing a series to decide the rankings for the two qualifying spots. Continue reading →