Germany Win the Title of Hockey World League R-3 at Johor Bahru, England take Bronze

London Olympics Champions Germany defeated Argentina in the final of Hockey World League Semi Final at Johor Bahru (Malaysia), while England beat Korea to finish at 3rd place. Hosts Malaysia edged Japan in Shoot-out (4-3) after 1-1 draw in regulation to finish 5th and increase their chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. World number 5 side and Asian Giants Pakistan scored a convincing 6-2 win against South Africa to avoid wooden.

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Clinical Argentina Beat England to Set Up Final against Germany in World League at Johor

London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany overcame valiant Korean side to win 2nd semi final of Hockey World League being played at Johor Bahru (Malaysia) to set up final against Argentina, who defeated England in 1st semi final.

Earlier in the day, Japan beat South Africa in shoot-out, while Malaysia defeated Pakistan 3-1 to set-up fifth place match to strengthen their chances for world cup qualification.

Highlights of Argentina vs England (Semi Final)

In 2nd semi final, Korea went down to Germany with a fierce flick of Christopher Zeller in 14th minute, but put up a strong fight to equalize in 60th minute through Nam Yong Lee. Germany restored their lead on another PC. Korean goalie Myung Ho Lee saved initial attempt of Zeller; but rebound was sent by Linus Butt. Germany completed their tally with Florian Fuchs and Martin Zwicker combining in Korean D with Zwicker putting it on target in the last move of the game.

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England guarantee World Cup qualification with 5-0 victory over Japan

England and Argentina won their respective quarter final matches at Hockey World League in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) to face each others in semi final. Though England are guaranteed of their place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup following a dominant display over Japan, a win for Argentina in next two matches will earn them place at the quadrennial hockey tournament to be played at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May to 15 June 2014.

Highlights of England vs Japan (Quarter Final) in Hockey World League in Johor Bahru

Mark Gleghorne, Barry Middleton, Harry Martin, Simon Mantell and Dan Fox were all on target to give England a 5-0 victory over Japan at Taman Daya Stadium, while Argentina defeated South Africa 2-0 with a brace from 20 year old penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat, who scored once in each half the match. Continue reading →

Argentina and Pakistan top Pools, hosts Malaysia face Germany in Quarters of World League 3

Pool competition concluded today in Hockey World League Semi Final at Johor Bahru, Malaysia, with Argentina and Pakistan winning their respective matches to finish as pool toppers and to set up quarter finals against South Africa and Korea respectively. While England defeated Malaysia to finish 2nd in Pool B and will face Japan in quarter finals, while hosts Malaysia are up against London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany in the knock-out stage, which will be played on 4th July after a rest day tomorrow (Pool points table, results and full schedule here).

Victory for England over Malaysia lines up quarter-final against Japan

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Another Draw for England and Pakistan at Johor

Day two of the World League Semi Final in Malaysia saw only one draw. England played a 2-2 draw with Pakistan in a nail-biting 70 minutes of action, while hosts Malaysia defeated South Africa 6-4 to top the Pool B, followed by Pakistan on 2nd place. In Pool A, Argentina and Germany won their respective matches against Japan (7-1) and Korea (5-0) to take top two positions in points table.

Ollie Willars scores his first international goal against Pakistan in the World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England’s Ollie Willars scores his first international goal against Pakistan in the World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Both sides played attacking end to end hockey and created some brilliant moments, but ultimately nothing could separate them as the game played out for a 2-2 draw. Beeston’s Ollie Willars and Adam Dixon were on target for England in the first half; however Pakistan were never far behind pulling both goals back.

Speaking after the game, Barry Middleton said, “I’m a bit disappointed with the result today. We knew if we won it would put us in a good spot in the competition and we had a chance to win it at the end like yesterday, but unfortunately it didn’t come off for us this time. Having said that, I think given the chances both sides had, especially in the second half, it was probably a fair result. There is a bit more pressure on us going into our next game now against Malaysia, but we’ve got a day to regroup and come back ready.” Continue reading →

England steal a draw with South Africa in World League opener

It was a day of sharing the spoils as the last of the World League Semi Finals got underway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. England earned their draw the hard way, coming back from a goal down in the final two minutes to draw 3-3 with South Africa. Ben Arnold and Richard Smith were on target for England, Arnold picking a great occasion to score his first senior international goal and Smith firing home from a penalty corner in the dying minutes to give their side a well earned point.

Ben Arnold celebrates scoring his debut goal for England against South Africa at the World League (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Ben Arnold celebrates scoring his debut goal for England against South Africa (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, “I thought we battled hard today. After a sluggish start we made defensive errors across the pitch, not just in our own circle, and we were punished by South Africa. However there were several positive aspects to our play particularly in the second half. I was proud of the team at 3-2 down, we stayed positive and the equaliser was just reward for our resilience throughout the whole game. We look forward to the challenge of Pakistan tomorrow.” Continue reading →