Black Sticks qualify for 2014 World Cup, as Las Leonas Finish 3rd in London

With Argentina’s win over China in the bronze medal match of Invest World League Semi Final in London, the Black Sticks Women’s team became 7th team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Black Sticks Stacey Michelsen (left) celebrates with captain Kayla Sharland (right) after scoring a goal against Korea (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File phto: Black Sticks celebrating (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

New Zealand had finished at fourth place in the Rabobank World League Semi Final in Rotterdam last weekend and Netherlands, who finished 2nd place at Rotterdam, are automatically qualified for the World Cup 2014 as hosts leaving one spot empty after completion of World League Round 3. So, next countries in line for World Cup 2014 qualification were 4th placed teams at Rotterdam and London World League tournament. Since the Kiwis are at number 3 FIH World Ranking and China are at #7, so the Black Sticks are now qualified. If Argentina had have lost, then the Kiwis would have needed to beat Australia at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki in October. Now China need to win Asia Cup to qualify for the World Cup. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Seal 3-0 win in Ashes Clash in Final of World League Semi Final in London

Australian National Women’s Hockey team, Hockeyroos, finished the Investec World League round three tournament in style by beating hosts England in the final, while Argentina clinched third place and ticket to Hague World Cup 2014 with 3-2 victory over China.

Since, New Zealand are higher ranked China (both 4th placed teams in 2 semi finals in Rotterdam and London) and Netherlands are qualified as hosts, so the Black Sticks become 7th team to qualify the next years world cup.


Highlights of Investec World League final between England and Australia.

A commanding and highly exciting 3-0 win in the ‘Ashes’ clash was the reward for their efforts, although it might have been more had the Hockeyroos not had two goals disallowed on appeal. Continue reading →

USA beat Italy 6-0 for 5th Place as Selenski scores Birthday Hat-trick

June 30, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team recorded five second half goals en route to a 6-0 shutout performance over No. 17 Italy on the final day of competition at the World League Semi-Final in London, while South Africa beat Spain 3-2 to finish 7th in the competition.

Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) celebrating her 23rd birthday, recorded a hat trick with three consecutive goals in a span of 10 minutes.

While the top three finishers from both World League Semi-Finals automatically earn a ticket to the World Cup event in The Hague, Netherlands next year, there is a good chance that a fifth place finish for Team USA at this tournament may be enough to qualify. Continue reading →

England Stunned Las Leonas to Reach Final of Investec World League at London

England put four goals past Olympic silver medallists to set up final showdown against Australia at Chiswick.


Highlights of Argentina vs England (Semi Final) of Investec World League at Chiswick

Susie Townsend celebrates as she makes it 4-2 to England against Argentina at the Investec World League (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Susie Townsend celebrates as she makes it 4-2 to England against Argentina at the Investec World League (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

The sun shone at Chiswick for the most anticipated match of the week at the Investec Hockey World League as England took on Argentina in the second semi final of the day. The home side was in sensational form as they put four goals past the Olympic silver medallists, who could only offer two back in reply. Hannah Macleod, Susie Townsend and Nicola White were all on target to book England into the final against Australia tomorrow evening. The victory was made even sweeter as the home side’s top two finish guarantees them a place in the 2014 World Cup next summer. In other Semi Final Australia defeated China 4-1 to reach the final. Continue reading →

U.S. keeps World Cup qualifying dreams alive with 3-1 victory over Spain

USA will take on Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final

June 29, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team kept their World Cup qualifying dream alive by defeating No. 15 world ranked Spain, 3-1.The U.S. will face Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final in London. Continue reading →

With 4-1 win over China Hockeyroos into the World League final

Australia’s women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup with a commanding 4-1 victory over China in the semi-final of the Investec World League in London. The win also earns the Hockeyroos a spot in Monday’s final against either England or Argentina. The final takes place at 3:00am AEST, Monday.

It was an utterly dominant and highly skilled performance by the form team of the tournament, overcoming a Chinese side ranked just one place below Australia in the World rankings in seventh.

Hockeyroos celebrate qualification to the World Cup, Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry)

Hockeyroos celebrate qualification to the World Cup, Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry)

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