“A very positive experience” and “good preparation for the Champions Trophy” was how England coach Bobby Crutchley described England’s week at the International Super Series Hockey 9s after the final in Perth on Sunday.
Hanry Martin of England in Action against Kookaburras in the Final of International Super Series Hockey 9s 2012
England had to settle for the silver medals after an early Australian blitz left them chasing the goals in a match that the hosts ultimately won 5-2 despite a spirited second half performance from England.
Four down inside ten minutes with five-times World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer among the scorers, England’s inexperienced team battled hard to establish a first half foothold in the game. The second half saw a spirited England response with Waterloo Ducks’ Alastair Brogdon and Beeston’s Harry Martin netting either side of Jacob Whetton’s second goal for Australia. Continue reading
Today, at the International Super Series Hockey 9′s in Perth, the hosts Kookaburras won (6-2) comfortably against England to win 3 of 3 league matches, while India defeated their arch rival Pakistan 5-2 in an inconsequential league match to move from 0 in points table. The final and 3rd place matches will be played tomorrow: Australia Vs England and India Vs Pakistan respectively (Schedule here).
SV Sunil Scored 2 Goals Today
India’s first goal came when Raghunath’s hard swept ball from outside the circle touched Pakistani Goalkeeper’s stick en-route to the board in the 2nd minute of the game.While Akashdeep Singh and SV Sunil added one goal each to make it to 3-0. But Pakistan Shafqat Rasool reduced the margin just before the breather to keep them in the game. Continue reading
England suffered their first defeat at the International Super Series Hockey 9’s in Perth at the hands of their hosts, Australia. England held their own for much of the game, however with all six of the Kookaburras’ goals coming inside 11 minutes of play the contest was effectively over. England did pull two goals back through captain Barry Middleton and Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox, but the damage had already been done.
East Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne watched from the sidelines again following the shoulder injury he picked up in the first game against India on Thursday.
Speaking after the match, England Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We played well for the majority of the game but against Australia you will always be punished if you take your foot off the gas at anytime. I was pleased with the way that we recovered and battled hard in the final quarter. We will learn a lot form this performance ahead of tomorrow’s final.” Continue reading
England remain unbeaten in the International Super Series Hockey 9’s Tournament with a convincing 4-2 victory over Pakistan in Perth. The result means that England and Australia will finish top of the group and are set to face each other in their final pool match tomorrow (06:05 UK time) and then again in the final on Sunday at 06:00 (UK time).
Nich Catlin scored twice as England beat Pakistan 4-2
England’s victory over Pakistan was a resolute and ultimately dominant performance with goals coming from the returning captain Barry Middleton, Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles’ (BEL) Nick Catlin (2) and Beeston’s Ben Arnold who at 22 was making only his second senior international appearance.
East Grinstead’s Mark Gleghorne watched from the sidelines with a bruised shoulder.
Speaking after the game England Coach, Bobby Crutchley said, “It was a pleasing win, particularly with the way we changed our tactical approach after playing into Pakistan’s hands during the first half. We kept possession well in the second half and look forward to two games against Australia in their backyard over the weekend.” Continue reading
Both Asian Giants India and Pakistan lost their second match of the International Super Series Hockey 9s being played at Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, WA. India lost to the hosts Australia after taking lead and equalizing twice in a thrilling game which saw 7 goals in 40 minutes, while Pakistan lost to England (2-4).
P R Sreejesh was superb under the bar
With two wins from two matches each Australia and England head to the final of the series while India and Pakistan will play each other to avoid wooden spoon. The last day of league matches renders out to be inconsequential when hosts Australia take on England while Asian arch rivals India and Pakistan face each other. Continue reading
England got off to a great start in the International Super Series Hockey 9’s with a victory over India at the Perth Hockey Stadium. India had initially gone one goal up early on, but over the shortened period of 40 minutes England were the more dominant side coming back to win 2-1. Hampstead and Westminster’s Dan Fox pulled the first goal back to draw level and Loughborough Students’ David Condon made sure of the three points. The win puts them second behind Australia, who had earlier seen off Pakistan 4-2.
The game saw Beeston’s Adam Dixon take up the captaincy as HGC’s (NED) Barry Middleton watched from the sidelines following a slight calf strain sustained during a league match last weekend.
England looked to have come out the blocks quicker than India, demonstrating their strength on the ball and grasping the tactical differences in the game well. However it was India, against the run of play, who found the target first. In the 4th minute Chandi picked up the ball in the circle and fired home from 12 yards out with pin point accuracy into the corner past Beeston goalkeeper George Pinner. The larger goals, which stand one metre wider than a normal hockey goal, left Pinner with little chance of saving. Continue reading