6th Jr World Cup Title for Germany

Defending Champions Germany defeated France 5-2 in fitting finale of the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 to defend their title successfully and to win the quadrennial event for record 6th time. Earlier in evening Netherlands beat Malaysia 7-2 to win bronze medal.

Germany: the champions of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Germany: the champions of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Individual Awards:
Player of the Tournament: Christopher Rühr (Germany)
Goal-keeper of the Tournament: Edgar Reynaud (France)
Top Scorer: Christopher Rühr (Germany), 9 goals
Goal of the Tournament: Jean-Laurent Kieffer (France), Argentina vs. France, 3rd French goal (48th minute)

Final Standings:  1.    Germany, 2.    France, 3.    Netherlands, 4.    Malaysia, 5.    Australia, 6.    Belgium, 7.    New Zealand, 8.    Korea, 9.    Pakistan, 10.    India, 11.    Argentina, 12.    South Africa, 13.    Spain, 14.    England, 15.    Egypt, 16.    Canada.

To the sweet surprise of hockey family, France reached the finals of the junior world cup by defeating American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (Belgium) and Asian Champions (Malaysia) on the way to their maiden appearance in the summit clash of the quadrennial event of Junior Hockey. The first timers were up against the giants Germany, who were looking for their 6th title. Continue reading →

Netherlands beat Malaysia in Bronze Medal Match at Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 15 December 2013: In the Bronze medal match at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, finalist of last edition Netherlands defeated Malaysia by 7-2 to finish third.

Vos Pelle of Netherlands and Jali Helmi of Malayasia during Bronze Medal Match at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Vos Pelle of Netherlands and Jali Helmi of Malayasia during Bronze Medal Match at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Asian Champions Malaysia breezed through pool play and quarter-final unbeaten but could not handle the French team in semi-final, losing in an agonizing shootout. The Netherlands were equally dominant until the semi-finals, when they lost to Germany after challenging them until the end with a spectacular three-goal scoring spree.

In this bronze medal game, the Netherlands drew first blood in the 3rd minute when their captain Roel Bovendeert progressed along the back line, attempted a high shot and batted in goal the rebound from the goal-keeper. The Dutch did not waste any time and added a second goal three minutes later by Thierry Brinkman.  Malaysia responded with a penalty-corner and, with three goals in four minutes, the match was launched on a high note! Continue reading →

Butturini Stars as Burras beat Belgium for 5th Place

Goalkeeper Andrew Butturini was one of the stars for Australia’s Under 21 men, the Burras, as they claimed fifth place at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi.

Australia’s Under 21 men, the Burras, celebrating in the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Australia’s Under 21 men, the Burras, celebrating in the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

The Burras came from behind twice to take the European Junior Champions, Belgium, to a shoot-out before winning 3-2. The Queensland stopper thwarted his Belgian opponents on three occasions in the shoot-out, culminating in holding up Dimitri Cuvelier to run out the attacker’s eight second shot clock and secure victory.

National Junior Coach Paul Gaudoin said afterwards, “We started slowly, sluggishly, and our first half was not good. We lacked the energy and sharpness we needed but we turned it around in the second half. At half time we spoke about a few of the things we needed to do and we came out with the energy we needed – we were all over them in the second half.” Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks Beat Korea to Take 7th Place at Jr World Cup

The Junior Black Sticks Men defeated Korea 4-2 to take seventh place at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi.

Junior Black Sticks after winning 7th place play-off against Korea at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Junior Black Sticks after winning 7th place play-off against Korea at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

It was a committed effort from the Kiwis as they dug deep to finish the tournament with a win. Kane Russell was once again a game changer for New Zealand scoring a hat-trick and working tirelessly in defence.

We created the most goal scoring chances of any game throughout the tournament. It was just a little disappointing that we couldn’t score more goals – poor finishing meant we didn’t put away as many as we should have at the beginning of the game,” said Junior Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards. Continue reading →

Pakistan beat India on Shoot-out to finish 9th in Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 14 December 2013: An exciting match between the neighbouring arch-rivals India and Pakistan, though it was for finishing first in bottom half of 16 teams (i.e. 9th place) at the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, attracted a size-able crowd of more than 5000 in the 16000 sitting capacity Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi.

Muhammad Umar Bhutta, the Captain of Pakistan, appealing for a foul in Indian D during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Muhammad Umar Bhutta, the Captain of Pakistan, appealing for a foul in Indian D during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

As anticipated the match turned out be nerve wrecking and had to be decided on shoot-out, which Mazhar Abbas won for his team saving the attempts of Imran Khan and Satbir Singh in shoot-out. It was Pakistan, who had taken early lead through a field goal but Indian drag flick specialist brought his team on level terms as he scored his 6th goal of the tournament with just four minutes to final hooter.

Indian coach Gregg Clark said, “today’s performance was really disappointing. Team was under pressure and did not handle it properly. There was lot of gap in performance. Team was not able to dribble the ball, our defence was weak and circle penetration was weak. We slipped on the quality of game execution and our strategy was not good either. Continue reading →

Argentina beat South Africa 4-1 in 11th Place Play Off

New Delhi, 14 December 2013: The African and Pan American Champions, South Africa and Argentina, were certainly expecting more from the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, than playing for 11th position.

Malgraff Igmatius of South Africa and Federico Lionel of Argentina in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Malgraff Igmatius of South Africa and Federico Lionel of Argentina in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Argentina, who have been doing well at the junior level in past and one of the favorites before the starting this edition of Junior World Cup, defeated South Africa 4-1 in the 11th place classification match of the quadrennial tournament being played in New Delhi.

South Africa were faster off the starting blocks and up by one goal within three minutes of play by Matthew Brown on penalty-corner. Argentina recovered from their shaky start and were back on par in the 13th minute thanks to a powerful low drag-flick by Gonzalo Peillat that slid off the stick of the post-defender. Continue reading →