Ireland (M) and Japan (W) qualify for Rio Olympics as Kookaburras and Hockeyroos won Oceania Cup

  • Ireland men confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia win Oceania Cup
  • First Irish hockey team to take part in the Olympic Games since 1908
    Fifth place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final enough to secure Ireland’s qualification
  • Japan women confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia and New Zealand qualify for Oceania Cup final
Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

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

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Ireland men and Japan women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It marks the first time in over 100 years since an Irish hockey team participated in an Olympic Games, with their men picking up the silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event which took place in London, England in 1908. 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 →

#HWL2015 (W): Netherlands vs Korea in Final, India play Japan for 5th Place

  • Netherlands confirm ticket to Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a guaranteed top two finish
  • Defeated Australia assured of Olympic berth regardless of 3-4 play-off meeting with New Zealand
Indian vice-captain Deepika and Goalie Savita Punia in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Tight defence led by Deepika and crucial saves by Goalie Savita Punia will be key against Japan in 5th place play off in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands and Korea reached the women’s competition final of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp after winning semi-final against Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Goals from Carlien van den Heuvel, Maartje Paumen, Ginela Zerbo, Lidewij Welten and Willemijn Bos helped the Netherlands defeat Australia to book their place in the final. They are now certain to finish in the top two, guaranteeing Netherlands one of the three available tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Netherlands score 7 past Indian eves, set up semi with Hockeyroos, Korea vs New Zealand in 2nd Semi

  • Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
  • Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
  • Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp.

They overcame the respective challenges of Italy by 2-0, Japan by 5-1, India by 7-0 and host nation Belgium by 3-0 in shoot-out after 2-2 draw in full-time. The four winners of quarter-final stage has reached semi-finals (to be played on Thursday, 2nd July) dand booked their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina. They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia. Continue reading →

India face Dutch Women in #HWL2015 Quarter on Tue 30th June

Entering the quarter-final stage of FINTRO Hockey World League 2015 (Women), team India is all set to take on world number 1 side, The Netherlands in Antwerp, Belgium tomorrow (30th June). In other quarter-finals, Australia will play Italy, New Zealand face Japan and hosts Belgium take on Korea on the same day. (Full Schedule here)

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women's Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

File Photo: Indian Women’s Hockey Coach Mathias Ahrens and the team in New Delhi

The two teams, India and the Netherlands, have not played with each other lately but the Indian Women Hockey Team is looking forward to carve their plan and emerge victorious against the FIH Ranked # 1 Netherlands this time around.

While, the Dutch team is placed on the top of Pool A and had won all their league matches in the tournament, the Indian eves lost three matches against Belgium, New Zealand and Australia in Pool B and registered only one win against Poland. They are determined to make a comeback in the next phase of the tournament and will try out-of-the-box strategies to get a positive result. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: India eves defeated by Australia, to face Netherlands in Quarter-Finals

  • Reigning World, Olympic & HWL champions the Netherlands play India while New Zealand to face-off against Japan
  • Korea to meet Belgium while Australia face Italy as race for HWL Final and Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues

Following the completion of the pool phase at the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, the line-up for the cross-over quarter-final matches has been confirmed. The top three finishers in the event will not only seal a place at the end of year Hockey World League Final in Argentina but also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrate during FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi: Ritu Rani, Vandana Katariya, Deep Grace Ekka, Poonam Rani, etc.

File Photo: Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrating a goal

Maartje Paumen scored a hat-trick against Italy as the Netherlands finished top of Pool A, with Oranje now facing a quarter-final match-up against India, Pool B’s fourth placed team. In Pool B, Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were on target as New Zealand defeated Belgium’s Red Panthers to seal a first place finish and will now meet Japan in the last eight. Continue reading →