England beat Hockeyroos on Penalties to Win Bronze at Investec Challenge

England beat Hockeyroos FT: 2-2 (5-4 in penalty shoot-out)
Goals: Hockeyroos: Fiona Boyce (24th FG) & Kirsten Johnson (52m FG)
England: Georgie Parker (44m FG) & Susie Gilbert (68m PS)

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownEngland’s women won the bronze medal at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town on Sunday after fighting back twice to take Australia’s ‘Hockeyroos’ to a penalty shoot out. A 2-2 draw after 70 minutes sent the match to golden goal extra time but the deadlock remained and Leicester goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was England’s heroine, saving from Casey Eastham and Jodie Schulz. Prior to the shoot-out, England had rallied from being a goal behind at the break to equalise early in the second half through MOP’s Sophie Bray, only to find themselves behind again. But a well taken penalty stroke by Reading’s Susie Gilbert two minutes from full time sent the match all the way to its nail biting conclusion. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos take on England for Bronze after Losing to South Africa in Semi of Investec Challenge

South Africa 2 beat Hockeyroos 1
Goals: RSA: Pietie Coetzee (12m FG / 35m PC)
Hockeyroos: Casey Eastham (70m PC)

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownTwo magnificent goals by South African legend Pietie Coetzee squashed the Hockeroos plans of playing in the final of the 2013 Investec Challenge in Cape Town.

Current goals world record holder, Coetzee’s, scored her 262nd international goal from as many matches, forcing the Hockeyroos on the back foot early, down 2-0 at half time.

Strikes in the 12th and 35th minute from Coetzee set up a clash between the hosts South Africa and world number one, Netherlands. Continue reading →

England Go Down 2nd Time to Dutch Women in Investec Challenge

For NED: Maartje Paumen 56 (PC), Ellen Hoog 65 (PC), Maartje Paumen 67 (PC)

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownIt was the second time that Olympic champions the Netherlands had faced England this week at the Investec Challenge in South Africa and, following a classy display by the Dutch, the outcome remained the same. All three of the Netherlands goals came from penalty corners in the second half with captain Maartje Paumen leading the way as she scored twice to help her side seal a 3-0 victory over England. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos beat England to Face Hosts SA in Semis, Netherlands vs England in 2nd Semi of Investec Challenge

Saturday 9 February
15:00 local time – 13:00 GMT – SF 1: Hockeyroos vs. South Africa
17:00 local time – 15:00 GMT – SF 2: Netherlands vs. England

The Hockeyroos will play the Investec Challenge hosts, South Africa in semi final 1 on Saturday after defeating England 3-1 and claiming second spot on the points table, while England will face Olympics Gold Medalists Netherlands. Netherlands won against England (4-1) and South Africa (3-1), while played a draw against Hockeyroos (2-2) to finish on the top of the table.

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownA one goal advantage at half time doubled shortly after through Captain Jodie Schulz who converted a breathtaking penalty corner. Under 21 Victorian Georgia Nanscawen added to England’s misery with a skillful run and finish in the 58th minute. England secured a consolation goal through Nicola White in the 66th minute. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos play a draw against hosts South Africa in Investec Challenge

Hockeyroos 1 draw South Africa 1
Goals: Hockeyroos: Anna Flanagan (51m PC) and South Africa: Jade Mayne (59m FG)

The Hockeyroos drew 1-all with world number 11 and hosts, South Africa in the second round match in the 2013 Investec Challenge at Harteyvale Stadium in Cape Town.

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape TownScores were level nil-all at half time of the ill-tempered match. Umpires became the focus of attention after some questionable decisions and a controversial yellow card to Hockeyroo second gamer, Kirsten Johnson. Continue reading →

England’s early lead undone by Netherlands

NED: Kitty Van Male 24 (F), Maartje Paumen 27,38 (PC, PC), Roos Drost 39 (F)
ENG: Sophie Bray 4 (F)

After a promising start to their second match of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town, England were beaten 4-1 by the Olympic Champions the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. Sophie Bray got England off to the best possible start against the Dutch with an excellent early goal but following a controversially disallowed second English strike, the girls in orange showed their class as goals from Kitty Van Male and Roos Drost sandwiched a penalty corner double from Netherlands’ captain Maartje Paumen.

Investec Challenge 2013 Cape Town

Team leader Karen Brown admitted afterwards that the Dutch outshone England, saying: “They [the Netherlands] were better than us and at times we were hanging on a bit, particularly in the second half. There was a ten or 15 minute spell after half time where the Dutch were definitely on top and we struggled to regain a foothold.” Continue reading →