England men’s squad named for Hockey World League Semi Final in Johor Bahru

Friday 28 June: Ahead of their first game tomorrow England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named the final 18 athletes for the FIH World League Semi Final in Malaysia. The competition takes place from 29 June – 7 July 2013 and features eight top class international teams including Olympic gold medallists Germany.

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa tomorrow – Saturday 29 June – at 14:00 (UK time). Ranked at number four in the FIH world rankings, England will be favourite on paper to top their group, but they will no doubt face tough opposition from Pakistan, South Africa and hosts Malaysia who sit at 5, 12 and 13 respectively.

There is plenty at stake for Crutchley’s side as a top three finish will guarantee England a place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague. Continue reading →

Hockey World League Semi-Final Johor Bahru (Men’s) : Schedule and Results

Hockey World League Semi-Final Johor Bahru (Men’s)

Hockey World League Semi-Final Johor Bahru LogoFinal Placings: 1. Germany, 2. Argentina, 3. England, 4. Korea, 5. Malaysia, 6. Japan, 7. Pakistan, 8. South Africa

Johor Bahru, Malaysia (Live on YouTube)
June 29-July 7, 2013

Pool A: Germany, Korea, Argentina, Japan
Pool B: England, Pakistan, South Africa, Malaysia

Highlights of the matches:

Detailed Schedule (in Local Johor Bahru Time i.e. MYT): Continue reading →

England Men set for World League Semi Final, Crutchley Names a Squad of 20

29 May 2013: Ahead of the World League Semi Final in Johor, Malaysia, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 athletes who will fly out to Malaysia next month to prepare for the new FIH competition. The final 18 man squad will be announced closer to the event which runs from 29 June – 7 July.

England's Adam Dixon in action against Scotland in April 2013 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Adam Dixon in action against Scotland in April 2013 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The line-up sees six London 2012 Olympians returning to action, plus several other athletes who bring a wealth of experience to the squad. Alongside them, Crutchley has also named a number of less experienced athletes, three of whom will be looking to secure international debuts.

Back from a season playing for Dutch side HGC, England Captain Barry Middleton is ready for the new challenge ahead, “I am really looking forward to the tournament as it gives the squad a good chance to see where we stand right now in World Hockey. We have a new group with a good mix of youth and experience and there’s a real desire to get out there and challenge ourselves against the best sides in the world. It’s exciting to see the young talent we have coming through our development pathways.” Continue reading →

Junior German Hockey Team defeat India 3-2 to Win 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup, Malaysia

Five times World Champions Germany defeated India 3-2 in the final of 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup, Under-21 Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Malaysia today to stop India’s unbeaten run and win the title. Australia blew off 2-0 lead but defeated Pakistan 3-2 on golden goal to finish at third place, while defending champions and hosts Malaysia were handed over wooden spoon by New Zealand who won the play off 2-1 on golden goal.

Sultan of Johor Cup 2012The Final Standings and Special Prizes of Sultan of Johor Cup 2012:

Champions: Germany;     Runner-up: India;             Third: Australia
Fourth: Pakistan;              Fifth: New Zealand;           Sixth: Malaysia

Fairplay: New Zealand
Top scorer: Russell Kane (5 goals)
Man of the match: Niklas Wellen (Germany)
Most promising player: Tom Grambusch (Germany)
Best goalkeeper: Tirkey Sushant (India) Continue reading →

India will face Germany in the Final of Sultan of Johor Cup 2012

After sluggish start of the campaign, the 5 times world champions Germany defeated Pakistan 3-0 in their last league to set-up summit clash against the favorites India at the 2nd edition Sultan of Johor Cup, world’s first Under-21 invitational hockey tournament and a brain child of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almahrum Sultan Iskandar.

Sultan of Johor Cup 2012

India is the only undefeated team in this edition of the tournament, having won against Australia (2-0), Germany (3-1) and New Zealand (3-1). While India were held for goal less draw by Pakistan and 3-3 draw by the hosts and champions of first edition Malaysia. India finished at the top of the table with 11 points after completion of league stage. Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks Men lose 3-1 to India in Johor Bahru

The Junior Black Sticks lost 3-1 last night to India in their fourth game of the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Black Sticks Logo“We struggled against a fast and skilful Indian side in the first half. Ball possession was better in the second half but turnovers were still too common. We just didn’t hold possession for long enough periods to apply sustained pressure – and so regular turnovers allowed India quick counter attacks,” says head coach Grant Edwards.

A field goal in the 46th minute from Kiwi Bendict van Woerkom helped reduce the deficit, as did some superb goalkeeping from Richard Joyce. Edwards noted that along with Joyce, midfielder George Muir was a standout player of the game. Continue reading →