Netherlands Fire 5 in Ireland’s Goal in Rotterdam

A disappointing performance by the Irish Senior Men against quality opposition in a balmy Rotterdam this evening saw them fall to a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Netherlands in Hockey World League Round 3.

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands: Hockey World League in Rotterdam

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands

It was always going to be a tough game against the current World Champions, but once again Irish defensive errors and incisive Dutch finishing proved the difference between the two sides. The attacking trio of Hofman, Hertzberger and Jonker provided the magic for the Dutch, who were far superior throughout. The result leaves Andrew Meredith with plenty to ponder ahead of their quarter-final game on Wednesday.

It was a bittersweet occasion for Irish Captain Ronan Gormley, who made his 169th appearance for Ireland and in doing so, broke Eugene Magee’s record as the record Irish Caps holder. Holland made a bright start and could have gone ahead in the opening minutes as Verga won their first corner of the game, Hertzberger’s flick charged down by McConnell. Continue reading →

Uttar Pradesh Wizards Start Hero Hockey India League on a Winning Note

Jalandhar, 17th January 2013: Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ wait for a victory was extended to three games on Thursday when the hosts succumbed to a 2-1 loss against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League at the Surjit Singh stadium here.

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Jeroen Hartzberger hits the 1st goal for Up Wizards against Punjab Warriors at Jalandhar

Looking for that elusive win, the Punjab side came out all guns blazing against the Wizards but their inability to convert the four penalty corners and a bit of bad luck cost the Jamie Dwyer led side dearly.

With both teams locked at 1-1, an error from Warrior’s goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann handed the lead to the Wizards in the 58th minute and the visitors ensured that there were no last minute hiccups. Continue reading →

World’s Highest capped Teun de Nooijer is set to join Hockey India League Player’s Auction

New Delhi, November 15: Teun de Nooijer, 36 is the highest capped player in the world who represented The Netherlands in 453 international matches is among the eight stars from the country who will feature in the player’s auction to be held in December in New Delhi for the most prestigious Hockey India League in January next year.
Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

File Photo: Teun de Nooijer (Netherlands)

Dutch Midfielder Teun de Nooijer who made his debut in 1994 against New Zealand has always been a key member of the Dutch team that participated in 4 Olympic Games including Atlanta 1996 (Gold), Sydney 2000 (Gold), Athens 2004 (Silver) and London 2012 (Silver) with three World Cups including Utrecht 1998 (Gold), Kuala Lumpur 2006 (Bronze) and New Delhi (Bronze). Having earned FIH World Player of the year award in 2003, 2005 and 2006 Teun de Nooijer participated in as many as nine Champions Trophy tournaments since 2000.

Floris Evers, skipper of the Silver medal winning Netheralands team during Olympic Games in London this year is also set to join the league. With 230 caps, the 29 year old Floris Evers has a vast experience in the dutch side. He has been key member of the Netherlands team that won silver medal during Athens Olympic Games 2004. Also he was continuous member of The Netherlands team during the Champions Trophy from 2004 to 2007. Continue reading →