Kookaburras Through to Olympic Semi Final

The Australian Men’s Hockey Team has secured a berth into their 6th straight Olympic Games semi final defeating Pakistan 7-0. The victory seals top spot in Pool A for the world number one team, who will now face Germany (world rank 3rd).

Hockey Australia LogoWith an Olympic Semi Final match on the line for both teams, it was Australia who made their intentions clear from the first whistle, scoring two goals in the opening 6 minutes of the match.

Australia’s Captain for the match, Liam de Young, converted a penalty corner to get Australia off to the perfect start 5 minutes into the match. Veteran defender and Australian Co-Captain Mark Knowles followed suit and sent home a penalty stroke earned by Birthday Boy Matthew Butturini. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Face Pakistan in Must Win Game

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN
Game:
Tuesday August 7, LIVE 7:45 pm (AEST)
TELEVISED LIVE on Foxtel Channel 191 from 7:35 pm (AEST), Tuesday August 7.
Australian Players to watch: Jamie Dwyer, Eddie Ockenden, Mark Knowles

The Australian Men’s Hockey Team faces a do-or-die clash against Pakistan (world rank 8th)in the final pool match for both teams.

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia is currently placed 1st in Pool A, with Pakistan 2 points behind in 3rd. The situation that Australia faces is as follows: A win against Pakistan will all but guarantee Australia finish top of Pool A, provided Great Britain (2nd) don’t defeat Spain (4th) by more than 6 goals. A drawn match will see the Australia finish first or second in Pool A, with their position depending solely on the result of Great Britain v Spain match. A loss will result in Australia failing to qualify for the semi-finals and bring to a close their quest for a second Olympic Gold Medal. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 5 Preview: Three Semi-Final Berths are Up for Grabbing

The Dutch became the 1st team to book their berth in semi-finals of Men’s Hockey Competition at London Olympics by defeating the defending champions Germany (3-1) in their fourth pool match. The Dutch is only team in the men’s competition to have 4 wins from 4 outings and will be taking on Korea in Pool B match at 8:30 BST on July 7.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIf world number six Korea registers an upset win over world number 3 Netherlands then defending champions Germany would need at least a draw with Black Sticks in the last pool match of the competition later in the evening (21:15 BST) to reach the semi-finals. Continue reading →

Impressive Great Britain Out-Play Pakistan

Cheered on by a packed Riverbank Arena, Great Britain men were back to their best this afternoon with a dominant display against Pakistan coming out 4-1 winners.

The result leaves the home side equal on points with Australia at the top of Pool A and sets up a mouth-watering contest in two days time when the sides will face each other.

Great Britain's Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

After drawing 2-2 with South Africa on Wednesday night, Great Britain came out with a point to prove against the world number eight side. Two goals in the first half from James Tindall and Jonty Clarke set the tone and an unstoppable Ashley Jackson added two more in the second half to make it 4-0 before Pakistan pulled one back in the final minute through their captain Sohail Abbas.

Speaking after his man of the match display, Great Britain forward Ashley Jackson said, “It was very important for us to win after a disappointing performance against South Africa, but that was a much better today and there was a lot more fight about us. We knew that if we slipped up here then it was going to be very difficult from here on in, so we were playing with a bit of fear, which always makes it a bit better.” Continue reading →