India to play Australia 18 times in 3 years: HI & HA Agreement

Hockey Australia and Hockey India has signed a landmark bilateral agreement. The agreement includes Indian men’s national hockey team touring to Australia in each of the next three years, 2016-2018. In return, Hockey Australia will release its senior men’s national squad athletes, Kookaburras, for the Hockey India League for the next three seasons, including in 2016, six months before the Olympic Games in Rio.

Cam Vale (CEO, Hockey Australia) and Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India) during press conference

Cam Vale (CEO, Hockey Australia) and Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India) during press conference

The strategic initiative was announced by Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale and his counterpart at Hockey India, Elena Norman, at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi, during the Hockey India League semi finals. Continue reading →

Kookaburras to host India in November 2014 at Perth

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 (Melbourne, AUS)Australia‘s world and Commonwealth champion Kookaburras will welcome one of hockey’s biggest names, India, to Perth this November with four matches arranged between the two Commonwealth Games finalists.

Kothajit Singh of India and Kieran Govers of Australia in action (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Photo: Action from India vs Australia match (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

It is hoped that the series will be the first of what will become an annual fixture between two of the sport’s most exciting draw cards.

Running from 1-9 November, the series will form an important part of both teams’ preparations for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar in December. Continue reading →

RHWC2014: It is Australia vs Netherlands in Men’s Final as Well

The defending champions, Kookaburras, will face the hosts in the chance to defend their 2010 title in Sunday’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 final in The Hague. Australia defeated Argentina by 5-1 in semi-final, while Netherlands edged past England by 1-0 to set up two Aussie-Dutch finals this weekend with the Kookaburras following their female counterparts, as the Hockeyroos take on the hosts in the final of Women’s Competition.

It's a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

It’s a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

In Semi Final 1: After a good chance in the opening minute for Ashley Jackson, England was under pressure for most of the half as the Netherlands played their free attacking style of hockey. England created chances on the counter attack, but it was the hosts, through penalty corner specialist Mink van der Weerden, who took the goal advantage going into the break with a brilliant drag-flick on 31 minutes.

England came out fighting in the second half and both sides created chances from some great link-up play, but the Netherlands still had the upper hand with more circle penetrations and more shots on goal. England had a chance to equalise with a couple of penalty corners during the half, but the Dutch defence, led by their Captain Robert van der Horst, thwarted both Jackson’s and Gleghorne’s attempts. Continue reading →

Netherlands beat Hockeyroos in Pulsating Match

The Hockeyroos tasted their first loss of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 when they went down to the hosts, the Netherlands, by 2-0 in a pulsating match at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague.

Ashleigh Nelson is challenged by Ellen Hoog (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Ashleigh Nelson is challenged by Ellen Hoog (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

The Australia women will face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on Monday with their World Cup destiny still in their own hands, as they are placed at 2nd place in Pool A with 9 points followed by Korea and New Zealand at 3rd and 4th with 7 and 6 points after victories over Belgium (4-2) and Japan (4-1) respectively in Pool A matches of the day.

Kim Lammers’ near post deflection midway through the second half gave the Dutch the lead before Naomi Van As’s late strike made it 2-0.  Continue reading →

Dominating Kookaburras beat Spain 3-0 at RHWC2014

A commanding performance from start to finish helped the Kookaburras to a second consecutive win, 3-0 over Spain, at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague on Monday.

Kookaburras Kieran Govers flicking against Belgium in their opening of Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Coming out of the blocks like a steam train the Kookaburras stormed into the lead as Tim Deavin, who replaced the injured Glenn Simpson in Australia’s World Cup squad, casually placed a low tomahawk strike into the bottom corner two minutes in.

Captain Mark Knowles doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after just ten minutes but could only watch as a second penalty stroke rebounded back off the crossbar and out in the 21st minute. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Came from Behind to Beat Japan at RHWC2014

The Hockeyroos secured maximum points from their second match at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague as they came from behind to beat Japan 3-2.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014Despite needing to rally, National Coach Adam Commens declared it a “satisfying” and “really solid” performance for the team still without injured skipper Madonna Blyth.

The Hockeyroos fell behind against the run of play to a breakaway goal from Yuri Nagai midway through the first period before 2012 World Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan, pulled them back into contention with a low penalty corner goal on the stroke of half time.

Emily Smith’s diving diversion of Jane Claxton’s cross put the Aussie women ahead shortly after half time. And, as on Saturday against Korea, a successful video referral won the Hockeyroos a penalty corner, which Flanagan dispatched high into the top corner for 3-1.

However, Australia’s opponents found a way back into the match with just over ten minutes remaining. From a penalty corner, a goal-bound shot was illegally blocked on the line and Shiho Sakai stepped up to slot the ball home into the bottom corner for 3-2. Continue reading →