Hockeyroos Squad Named for Investec World League (Semi Final) in London

Hockey Australia has submitted its final 18-athlete Hockeyroos squad for the Investec Hockey World League in London starting from June 22. The newest tournament in the international hockey calendar, the Hockey World League is also the first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

England play Australia in a training game on the new Blue Ds at Chiswick (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England play Australia in a training game at Chiswick (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

A 20-strong group has been preparing for the tournament with a European tour encompassing a warm-up fixture against Belgium and unofficial practice matches against the Netherlands, Germany, England and China. But with competition regulations requiring teams to nominate a squad of 18, Queenslander Jordyn Holzberger and Emily Hurtz of NSW are the unfortunate pair missing out on selection. Continue reading →

England ready for Investec Hockey World League challenge

12 June 2013: England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has selected the 18 athletes who will contest the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London from 22-30 June. Among the athletes selected there are eight London Olympic bronze medallists who will be playing back on home turf in front of thousands of supporters at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Commenting on the squad he has selected for the six day tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, Lee said, “Choosing the final 18 athletes for this tournament was difficult because we have a whole training squad who are challenging for a place. I think the selected athletes have a great mix of experience and youth and they’ve gelled really well in a short space of time. We had some training games against New Zealand [FIH world #3] last week and the way we played in those fixtures has definitely given us a good confidence boost going into the tournament. However, with the likes of South Africa and Australia in our Pool we are under no illusions how challenging the week will be.” Continue reading →

Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final London (Women’s): Schedule and Results

Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final London (Women’s)

Final Standings: 1. Australia, 2. England, 3. Argentina, 4. China, 5. United States, 6. Italy, 7. South Africa, 8. Spain

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London, England (Live on YouTube)
June 22-30, 2013

Pool A:   Argentina, China, Italy, USA
Pool B:   Australia, England, Spain, South Africa

Detailed Schedule (in Local London Time i.e. BST): Continue reading →

Final line-up announced for Investec World League in London

11 March 2013:  Today, the FIH announced the line-up for the women’s Hockey World League Semi Final tournaments to be held in London and Rotterdam in June, following the completion of the women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournaments.

England Women's Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

England Women’s Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg waiting for the Investec World League in London this June

England, Argentina, Australia and China are the four teams which automatically qualified for the Investec World League Semi Final in London, thanks their FIH World Ranking, while South Africa, USA, Spain and Italy have now been added to the line-up for what promises to be a scintillating week of hockey.

England have been drawn in Pool B and will play South Africa, Australia and Spain in their opening matches on Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Tuesday 25 June. Continue reading →

London legacy continues as hockey set to host Investec World League Semi Final

26 February 2013: England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) are delighted to announce that London has been selected to host the women’s Investec Hockey World League Semi Final.

England Women's Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

England Women’s Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

The event, a World Cup qualification tournament, will be staged as part of England Hockey’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling the legacy provided by the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will offer thousands of sports fans the opportunity to see world class hockey live in England again after watching the Great Britain women’s team win Olympic bronze at the Riverbank Arena. Continue reading →

Fresh look for England women’s hockey squad ahead of Investec Challenge

Monday, 21 January 2013: England Hockey has announced the England women’s squad for the forthcoming Investec Challenge taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, next month. The week-long tournament will provide eight of the 18 athlete squad with their first taste of senior international hockey as they take to the pitch at the Hartleyvale Stadium against Olympic gold medallists the Netherlands, Australia and hosts South Africa.

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Providing the experience in England’s ranks will be two members of the Great Britain squad that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games; Laura Unsworth and Nicola White. Pinoke’s Beckie Herbert – three international caps short of a century – and Reading pair Susie Gilbert and Sam Quek will also provide a more experienced core.  Of the other athletes selected, goalkeepers Maddie Hinch of Leicester and Kirsty Mackay of Bowdon Hightown, and Canterbury pair Dilly Newton and Susannah Townsend were involved in the Great Britain training squad leading up to last summer’s Olympics. Continue reading →