New Zealand’s McAleese Speaks on FIH Tournament Format and Olympic Qualification

Shea McAleese, the Black Sticks hockey player, feels FIH (International Hockey Federation) has got the structure of Hockey tournaments wrong. Double Olympian McAleese, who has represented New Zealand in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, feels the current process of Olympic qualification is bizarre and wrong.

Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

File photo: Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Shea McAleese, nicknamed Buddha, says our [Black Sticks] fate is in our hands but what about Ireland? They were fantastic at Hockey World League Semi-Finals (WL3), yet hope that Black Sticks lose to Australia so that they qualify for Rio. Similar situation is for India women (refer embedded graphics at the end of this article)

Black Sticks midfielder McAleese also feels that World League Round 3/ Semi Finals should be played after continental championship and so on… Please read through the full text and comment, what do you feel?

Shea McAleese posted on his Facebook profile: Continue reading →

Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (M): Kookaburras triumph over Red Lions in final, Ceriello finds net in overtime PC

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Men
Final Standings: 1. Australia; 2. Belgium; 3. Great Britain; 4. India; 5. Ireland;
6. Malaysia; 7. France; 8. Pakistan; 9. Poland; 10. China

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award: John-John Dohmen (BEL)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Blake Govers (AUS)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: David Harte (IRL)
HERO Top Scorer: Blake Govers (AUS) – 7 goals

A dramatic late goal from Chris Ciriello gave Kookaburras, the Men’s Hockey team of Australia a 1-0 win over host nation Belgium to secure a first place finish at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp. Ciriello – who scored a hat-trick in the final of last year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup – struck with a blistering overtime penalty corner drag-flick to give the Kookaburras a hard-earned win in a fantastic and hugely competitive match with the Red Lions. Continue reading →

Ireland beat Malaysia in #HWL2015 and keep Olympic dream alive

Ireland have done all they can to secure their spot at the Rio Olympics with a polished 4-1 victory over world number 12 Malaysia today in 5th place play-off match at FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. Goals from Good, Caruth, Sothern and Darling put the game out of reach of a pacey Malaysian side that struggled to take their chances.

Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Ireland men’s hockey team with their supporter during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

The Green Machine got off to the perfect start with a goal each for Good and Caruth in the opening 10 minutes. Malaysia enjoyed the bulk of possession but pressure from the Irish defence and superb goal keeping from Harte meant the sides went into the half 2-0 to the Irish. Continue reading →

Great Britain beat India by 5-1 to finish 3rd in #HWL2015

A stunning attacking display from Bobby Crutchley’s Great Britain team blew India away as five different players helped themselves to goals in a 5-1 win. The win gave GB third place in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium and confirmed a place in both the World League Final and at the Rio Olympics.

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Alastair Brogdon, Chris Griffiths, Ashley Jackson, Adam Dixon and Barry Middleton were on the score sheet as Great Britain ran riot in Belgium. Middleton’s goal was particularly fitting, coming as it did on his 350th international appearance. Continue reading →

Netherlands, Korea and Australia (Top 3 in FINTRO #HWL2015) on #RoadtoRio

The Netherlands women won the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 by defeating the Asian Champions Korea by 2-1 in the final at Dragons Hockey Club in Antwerp. In third place match, Australia defeated their trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand by 4-2 to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016.

The Netherlands women hockey team acknowledge support and celebrate the title at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Photo: FIH)

The Netherlands women hockey team acknowledge support and celebrate the title at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Photo: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Women
Final Standings

1. Netherlands; 2. Korea; 3. Australia; 4. New Zealand; 5. India;
6. Japan; 7. Belgium; 8. Italy; 9. Poland; 10. France

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award:  Lidewij Welten (NED)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Xan de Waard (NED)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: Sally Rutherford (NZL)
HERO Top Scorer:  Jodie Kenny (AUS) – 10 goals
Fair Play Award: France Continue reading →