Belgium Beat Kookaburras on Sudden Death Shoot Out to Win World League in Rotterdam

KOOKABURRAS 2-2 (HT: 1-0) BELGIUM*
For Kookaburras: Chris Ciriello 21 (PC), Russell Ford 70 (F)
For Belgium: Tom Boon 49 (F), Sebastien Dockier 59 (F)
*Belgium win 7-6 after a sudden death shoot-out 

In a dramatic final at the World League in Rotterdam, the Kookaburras came out on the wrong side of an enthralling 2-2 draw and a sudden death shoot out against Belgium. Earlier in the day, Netherlands and Spain defeated New Zealand and India to finish at 3rd and 5th place respectively.

Russell Ford - Kookaburras (Australia Men's) Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Phot of Ford who scored equallizer in 70th minute (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

For much of the match the Kookaburras battered the Belgian defence but despite goals from Chris Ciriello and Russell Ford, a textbook goalkeeping performance by Belgium’s Vincent Vanasch and the faintest of saves from his replacement Jeremy Gucassoff in the shoot-out denied the Australian men victory.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth admitted afterwards his side had enough chances to win the game but said they had achieved two of three of their pre-tournament ambitions. “It’s a disappointing way to lose but we can only blame ourselves,” he said. “We had the chances but we didn’t take them; we even had chances to win it in the shoot-out. We had six penalty corners to their one but the goalkeeper made a lot of good saves and we put one past our own goalkeeper, too. Continue reading →

Netherlands Beat New Zealand to Finish 3rd at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Men have finished fourth at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam after being defeated 4-1 by Netherlands in Sunday’s bronze medal playoff.

Phil Burrows netted a goal early and the score was level at halftime, but the Black Sticks were outmuscled in the second half with the Dutch capitalising on a high percentage of possession. Continue reading →

U.S Women’s Team Beat Chile to Improve Chances of advancing to Hockey World League 3

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It was sweltering conditions again today and arguably the hottest day yet at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Temperatures soared to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit as the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team battled the heat and Chile, coming away with a crucial 2-1 victory. The win puts Team USA in strong position to advance to World League Round 3.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We knew we needed to come out and get a result today,” said midfielder Katelyn Falgowski. “It wasn’t always pretty but we executed our game plan and got the job done in tough conditions.”

“I think today’s performance was what it needed to be,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “The conditions were difficult today, the hottest we have played in yet. We would have preferred to play better and there are things we need to work on but ultimately today was about getting a result.” Continue reading →