Netherlands march into Semis of Jr World Cup

Netherlands defeated the Junior Black Sticks Men by 3-2 in the quarter-final match of the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

Netherlands celebrating after beating New Zealand in Quarter-Final of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Netherlands celebrating after beating New Zealand in Quarter-Final of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Speaking on the win Netherlands coach, Sjoerd Marijne said “it’s an exciting moment for the team here today to have entered the semis. This match today we played during the day which proved to be an advantage for us. From here we are expecting for a clash against Germany and we realise that they cannot be taken lightly as they have always proved to be a very strong team and with experienced players and very strong in their attack”. Continue reading →

YOU’s Hat-trick Helps Korea to Hold India and Qualify for QFs

New Delhi, 10 December 2013: In a very exciting game of Hockey, riding high on YOU Seungju’s hat-trick on penalty corner, Korea came from behind to hold hosts India for 3-3 draw to qualify quarter-finals of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi.

Korea in celebration mode during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Korea in celebration mode after qualifying for quarter-finals of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Earlier in the day Belgium and Germany confirmed their places in quarter-finals and Netherlands beat Canada 7-0 to top the Pool C. Korea will now face Malaysia and Netherlands will take on New Zealand in quarter-finals on 12th Dec at 15:30 and 11:00 IST. While India are up against Argentina in 8th-16th place classification match.

In the crucial and last match of pool stage, between hosts India and Korea, the former absolutely needed to win to qualify for the quarter-finals, when a loss or even a draw would push Korea through. Continue reading →

Netherlands Race to Top of Pool C at Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 10 December 2013: Netherlands raced to the top of Pool C at Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 with a clinical 7-0 victory over Canada in their last group stage. The dutch boys will now face junior Black Sticks on 12th Dec at 11:00 AM in the quarter-final match (Full Schedule here).

Netherlands Junior Hockey Team celebrating during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Netherlands Junior Hockey Team celebrating during their match against Canada at Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

With the confirmation a place in top eight teams of the tournament, Netherlands were playing to consolidate their position at the top of Pool C and immediately showed that they meant business, calling Canadian goalkeeper Kevin Pereira into action and hitting the post in the first minute of play! Pereira was kept busy but once again showed his fine form. Continue reading →

Germany and Belgium in QFs from Pool A at Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 10 December 2013: Germany outclassed Egypt by 6-0 and Belgium came from behind to hold Pakistan for 2-2 draw to book themselves a place in quarter-finals of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi.

Pakistan and Belgium Junior Hockey Teams at the start of their match during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Pakistan and Belgium Junior Hockey Teams at the start of their match during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Belgium and Germany, 1st and 2nd team in Pool A will face France and Australia from Pool B in the quarter-finals to be played on 12 December at 17:45 and 13:15 respectively (Full Schedule here). 

With final standings still very much in the air before this last game in the pool between Belgium and Pakistan, pace of play was immediately intense. Pakistan seemed in a better frame of mind than in their initial matches and pushed Belgium back on their heels in the initial fifteen minutes of the match. They could however not really threaten Arnaud Flamand in the Belgian goal and play became balanced, with teams neutralizing each other in midfield. Continue reading →

New Zealand Pip South Africa to Reach QFs of Jr World Cup

New Delhi, 9 December 2013: Kane Russell’s well executed drag-flick in second half was enough to see New Zealand through to quarter-finals of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, as they defeated South Africa by 1-0 in a must win match.

Kane Russell of New Zealand in action against South Africa during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Man-of-the-Match Kane Russell of New Zealand in action against South Africa during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Now New Zealand joined Malaysia from Pool D in the knock out stage of the tournament (schedule here). Earlier in the evening Malaysia defeated England 4-2 to win the Pool D with 9 points from 3 matches (Points table here).

It’s a really pleasing result. I thought we showed strong commitment and determination, as a team every player was really fighting for it,” said Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards. Continue reading →

Malaysia beat England to Top Pool D, England miss QFs

New Delhi, 9 December 2013: Malaysia defeated England 4-2 to record their 3rd straight win from as many matches in Pool D of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi, which means Malaysia, who were already assured of quarter-finals will head into knock stage as pool winner, while England will miss out the place in final eight of the tournament.

Fitri Saari, Malaysian Captain, during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Fitri Saari, Malaysian Captain, during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

England were in a must win situation (then hope that South Africa would not win the following match against New Zealand). In the later match, Black Sticks edged South Africa by 1-0 to qualify for quarter-finals.

Excited at the win, Mohd Dhaarma Raj, Coach of the Malaysian team said, “The team was under high pressure but they played very well. Such victories are good for us and help our players to prove themselves to the world.” Continue reading →