England guarantee World Cup qualification with 5-0 victory over Japan

England and Argentina won their respective quarter final matches at Hockey World League in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) to face each others in semi final. Though England are guaranteed of their place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup following a dominant display over Japan, a win for Argentina in next two matches will earn them place at the quadrennial hockey tournament to be played at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May to 15 June 2014.

Highlights of England vs Japan (Quarter Final) in Hockey World League in Johor Bahru

Mark Gleghorne, Barry Middleton, Harry Martin, Simon Mantell and Dan Fox were all on target to give England a 5-0 victory over Japan at Taman Daya Stadium, while Argentina defeated South Africa 2-0 with a brace from 20 year old penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat, who scored once in each half the match. Continue reading →

Black Sticks qualify for 2014 World Cup, as Las Leonas Finish 3rd in London

With Argentina’s win over China in the bronze medal match of Invest World League Semi Final in London, the Black Sticks Women’s team became 7th team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Black Sticks Stacey Michelsen (left) celebrates with captain Kayla Sharland (right) after scoring a goal against Korea (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File phto: Black Sticks celebrating (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

New Zealand had finished at fourth place in the Rabobank World League Semi Final in Rotterdam last weekend and Netherlands, who finished 2nd place at Rotterdam, are automatically qualified for the World Cup 2014 as hosts leaving one spot empty after completion of World League Round 3. So, next countries in line for World Cup 2014 qualification were 4th placed teams at Rotterdam and London World League tournament. Since the Kiwis are at number 3 FIH World Ranking and China are at #7, so the Black Sticks are now qualified. If Argentina had have lost, then the Kiwis would have needed to beat Australia at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki in October. Now China need to win Asia Cup to qualify for the World Cup. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Seal 3-0 win in Ashes Clash in Final of World League Semi Final in London

Australian National Women’s Hockey team, Hockeyroos, finished the Investec World League round three tournament in style by beating hosts England in the final, while Argentina clinched third place and ticket to Hague World Cup 2014 with 3-2 victory over China.

Since, New Zealand are higher ranked China (both 4th placed teams in 2 semi finals in Rotterdam and London) and Netherlands are qualified as hosts, so the Black Sticks become 7th team to qualify the next years world cup.

Highlights of Investec World League final between England and Australia.

A commanding and highly exciting 3-0 win in the ‘Ashes’ clash was the reward for their efforts, although it might have been more had the Hockeyroos not had two goals disallowed on appeal. Continue reading →