London 2012 Hockey WOMEN – Day 4 Preview

The Day 4 of the WOMEN’s Hockey Competition at London Olympics will start with some interesting situations, 4 Pool B teams (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Germany) are having 6 points from the three matches with two wins and one loss each.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsThe day will start with the match between the two Southern Hemisphere teams Australia and South Africa from Pool B at 0830 BST. World #7 Hockeyroos, who are locked with three other teams at 6 points, will definitely be upbeat with their two back to back wins against world number three Germany and 2011 Pan American Games Champions USA and would love to continue their winning streak. 2nd match of the day will be played between defending champions Netherlands and Korea. The Dutch side has 3 wins from as many matches and would be looking forward to continue their winning streak with a fourth win and qualify for a place in the semi finals. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN-Day 3 Review & Results: A Low Scoring Day

After the completion of WOMEN’s Hockey Competition Day 3 at Riverbank Arena, 4 Pool B teams (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Germany) are having 6 points from three matches with two wins and one loss each. Only two teams from Pool A, i.e. the Dutch(#1 in FIH World Ranking) and Hosts Great Britain, remained unbeaten of the 12 participating in the competition. However Japan and South Africa are yet to earn a point.

Great Britain goal-scorer Ashleigh Ball in action against Belgium (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain goal-scorer Ashleigh Ball in action against Belgium (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

On the low scoring day, a total of 11 goals only, in 6 matches (half of total goals scored on 2nd day i.e. 22, while a total of 23 goals were scored on the opening day of competition), there were 5 clean sheet wins. The 4 out of 6 matches were a close fight with just one goal’s margin, out of which, three of the winning teams had clean sheets.

London 2012 Hockey ResultsThe day started with Korea and Japan stepping on the Blue Surface in search of their first victory or points. The Korean CHEON Seul Ki converted a PC in 42nd minute, which turned out to be winning goal for world #8 side over Japan, who are just one place below Korea in FIH World Rankings. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN – Day 3 Preview

In the first of match Day 3 of  the Women’s Hockey Competition, Korea and Japan (Pool A | 830 BST) will fight to earn their first points of the London 2012 Games. Both Korea and Japan, who are placed at 8th and 9th place in FIH World Ranking and finished at 9th and 10th place respectively in Beijing 4 years ago, have lost their first two matches.

London 2012 Hockey Previews2nd match of the day, will be played between upset creators Australia (7th in World) and USA (10th in World) at 10:45 BST. The Hockeyroos stunned world number three Germany (3-1) on the second day, while USA repeated their Pan American Games performance and defeated world champions Argentina  (1-0) in their second match to keep themselves in the race for semi-finals. Both the teams Australia and USA are playing good hockey, and the match could turn out to be another upset. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN-Day 2 Review & Results: A Day of Upsets

On the 2nd day of Women’s Hockey Competions, Americans and Aussies surprised World #2 and #3 sides (Argentina and Germany) respectively leaving Pool B wide open. The Black Sticks women continued their form and registered second win from as many matches to sit on the top of Pool B, while Argentina, Australia, USA and Germany with 3 points each from one win each of their two matches, separated only by one goal’s difference.

In Pool A, Great Britain and Netherlands defeated Japan and Korea respectively, to add 3 more points to their kitty, while Asian Giant and Beijing Silver Medalists China were held by minnow Belgium. Thus, Great Britain and Netherlands are on the top in Pool A points table, followed by China at third place. Belgium, Japan and Korea, who are yet to register a win, complete of lower half of the table of Pool A.

Great Britain's Georgie Twigg just before she scores against Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Great Britain’s Georgie Twigg just before she scores against Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Great Britain vs. Korea: 5-3 (half-time: 2-1):

WHITE Nicola (6″-FG) DANSON Alex (38″-PC) CULLEN Crista (25″-PC) TWIGG Georgie (61″-PC) and ROGERS Chloe (62″-FG) scored one each, when hosts Great Britain bagged three points with the 2nd win from the 2nd match of London 2012 in front of the vocal home ground. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN – Day 2 Preview

On the 2nd Day of the Women’s Hockey Competition at the Riverbank Arena, World #1 team Netherlands will play Japan in the first match of day in the morning session at 8:30 (BST) on 31st July in the Pool A match, Japan never faced Netherlands in Olympics. Netherlands won their first of campaign (3-0 against Belgium) while Japanese women lost (0-4) to hosts Great Britain.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsAsian Giants China and Korea will face Belgium at 13:45 and Great Britain at 16:00 BST respectively in Pool A matches. Beijing Silver Medalists China started on a winning note in the tournament, when they defeated Korea 4-0 in the campaign opener. Since it is Belgium’s first Olympics, it will be their first outing against China in the Olympics, while Korea and Great Britain have faced  each other 5 times in the Olympics with 2 wins for either teams and their latest match was drawn in Olympics 2000. Continue reading →

Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team off to Dream Start with 4-0 Win Over Japan

Great Britain stormed to a terrific 4-0 victory in their first match of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena this evening. A brace from Reading’s Alex Danson, together with goals from Sarah Thomas and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton in an explosive first half, ensured that the home nation delighted an excitable and vociferous home crowd on the first day of the hockey competition.

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

The match was also milestone occasion for Reading defender Emily Maguire, as she capped her 100th international appearance with a resolute defensive display that restricted the Japanese attack to only three attempts on goal during the entire match.

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