Black Sticks continue winning streak in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The Black Sticks Men have continued their winning streak with an emphatic 5-0 rout over Canada at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Malaysia. Black Sticks started the campaign with a 4-2 win over hosts Malaysia, followed by a 2-1 win over India.

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Leading by one goal at halftime, the Kiwis put together a highlight reel of hockey late in the third quarter with three goals in four minutes. A double from man of the match Hugo Inglis and another strike from captain Simon Child took Canada out of contention in a matter of minutes.

The result sees the Black Sticks solidify second spot with three wins from three matches behind Australia on goal difference with two round robin games still to play against Australia and Korea. Continue reading →

Dwyer’s Hat-Trick make it 3 off 3 for Kookaburras in Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Jamie Dwyer continued his good form in front of goal as his hat-trick led the Kookaburras to a 5-2 victory over Korea at the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 on Wednesday. The three-time Olympian, later named Man of the Match, was joined on the score sheet by fellow Olympic gold medallist, captain Mark Knowles, and Eddie Ockenden, who struck his 60th goal for Australia.

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Jamie Dwyer is back in Kookaburras team after a long break from international hockey (Photo Credit : Raghu Prasad R V)

After his record-breaking 322nd appearance for Australia’s Kookaburras in the opening game, Jamie Dwyer is in red-hot form. He is still as hungry as ever and have scored 6 goals in 3 matches played in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 taking his personal goal tally to 212 in the green and gold. He has now overtaken Jay Stacy, who retired following the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, as Australia’s most capped hockey player ever.

The result keeps the Kookaburras top of the standings after three matches, ahead of second place New Zealand Black Sticks on goal difference .The trans-Tasman rivals meet on Thursday evening. In earlier matches Australia defeated Canada by 7-0 on opening day and edged past hosts Malaysia by 3-2 on second day of the tournament.

It was a performance of which Head Coach Graham Reid declared he “couldn’t fault their attitude and endeavour”, although he cautioned “we can’t expect to win tournaments giving away 11 corners [in a match]. That’s something to work on. Continue reading →

Six Teams after Closed Bid for Hockey India League 2015

New Delhi, 15 November 2014: New Franchise Dabang Mumbai mentored by former Indian Captain Viren Rasquinha bought two most costliest players, Tom Boon and Matthew Swann, of bid for the upcoming Hero Hockey India League 2015 to counter others having the likes Sardar Singh, Jamie Dwyer, Moritz Fürste, etc.

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

Coaches, Mentors and Owners of Hockey India League franchises Delhi Waveriders. Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays during closed bids

All the six franchises which includes defending champions Delhi Waveriders alongwith Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Kalinga Lancers, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and new franchise owners Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays, were seen bidding their best numbers to get hold of players for their respective squad and ensuring the right amalgamation for their teams. Continue reading →

Kookaburras defended their World Cup Title Successfully

Australia powered to a sensational 6-1 victory over host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Drag-flicking defender Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to help the Kookaburras retain the title that they won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

  • Australia successfully defend Hockey World Cup title with 6-1 win over the Netherlands
  • IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge on site to witness hockey spectacle
  • Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles named Rabobank Best Player of the Tournament

While 11th ranked Argentina continued to impress as they defeated England by 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal, which is 2nd for the coach Carlos Retegui, who is the head of both Los Leones and Las Leonas, Men’s and Women’s Hockey team of Argentina.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – MEN: Final standings
Gold: Australia; Silver: The Netherlands; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: England; 5th: Belgium; 6th: Germany; 7th: New Zealand; 8th: Spain; 9th: India; 10th: Korea; 11th: South Africa; 12th: Malaysia

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Tournament Awards – Men
Rabobank Best Player: Mark Knowles, Australia
Hero Best Junior Player: Jeremy Hayward, Australia
Volvo Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann, Netherlands
Hero Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat, Argentina
Ten Cate Best Goal: Sebastien Dockier, Belgium Continue reading →

Dwyer scores 5 in Kookaburras’ 7-1 against France at Rotterdam

Jamie Dwyer underlined his credentials as one of Australian sport’s greatest athletes with a superb five goal haul as the Kookaburras beat France 7-1 at the Hockey World League in Rotterdam on Monday.

Jamie Dwyer - Kookaburras / Australian Hockey Player

File Photo of Jamie Dwyer who scored 5 goals for Kookaburras (Photo Credit : Raghu Prasad R V)

Coming in his 299th appearance, Dwyer’s heroics only served to highlight the remarkable milestone the Queenslander is predicted to reach on Wednesday as he becomes only the third Australian man to play 300 times for the Kookaburras.

Against Pool A outsiders France, the Kookaburras were always expected to perform and in truth the score could have been greater had it not been for a combination of key French interventions and missed opportunities.

Dwyer completed his hat-trick inside the opening 24 minutes with three very different goals; a shot on the turn, a deft lob over the goalkeeper and a neat deflection, adding two more after the break.

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Jamie Dwyer Hates Own Goal Rule in Hockey: Do you also?

Jamie Dwyer - Kookaburras / Australian Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad R V)

Five-time World Player of the Year, Olympic Gold medalist and Australian co-captain Jamie Dwyer has announced this week on twitter that he hates Own Goal rule in hockey.

Wow! A pretty emphatic statement if ever I (Adam Clifford) saw one. I can’t imagine many defenders or goalkeepers are keen on this rule, but if the world’s best striker also isn’t on board then alarm bells should be ringing for the FIH rules committee.

Dwyer is of course referring to what the FIH termed a “mandatory experiment” in which if the ball touches or is played by a player of the defending team in the shooting circle, and then travels over the goal line without first leaving the circle, then it will be counted as an “own goal” against the defending team. FIH approved this rule effective on January 1, 2013. Continue reading →