Its Kookaburras vs the Orange and India vs Pakistan on final day of Champions Trophy 2012

Defending Champions Kookaburras outclassed India in the semi final to set-up summit clash against the men in Orange, who defeated Pakistan to reach the final of the 34th FIH Champions Trophy. The hosts Australia have not lost a single match to Netherlands in Champions Trophy after 2003 gold medal match and have 20-10 win loss record against the Silver Medalists from London, Netherlands.

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Logo

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

In the Bronze Medal match, Asian Giants Pakistan and India will lock horns. India would be looking to 2nd podium finish of their 13 appearances at Champions Trophy, while the founder nation of Champions Trophy, Pakistan will eye 15th podium finish at the 2nd biggest only Hockey event after World Cup. The neighboring arch-rivals have met 12 times in champions trophy and have won 6 matches each.

Riding high on the red-hot form of five times FIH World Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer, Australia outclassed India team in the 2nd semi-final. Which not only, assured them 27th podium finish at Champions Trophy but also kept their campaign on track for 5th consecutive Gold Medal. The Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer scored a brace in first half on PC (6th minute) and PS (18th minute) while Keiran Govers added a field goal in second half (44th minute). Continue reading →

Asian Giants India and Pakistan will face Netherlands and Australia in Semis of Champions Trophy

India and Pakistan, entered in the 2012 edition of prestigious FIH Champions Trophy on wild cards, have reached to semi finals of the tournament. The Asian giants will now face world number 2 and 3 sides, Australia and Netherlands respectively.

P T Rao

P T Rao

In quarter finals, Kookaburras defeated England 2-0 while Pool A topper Netherlands knocked New Zealand out of medal contention thus 3 teams of Pool A made to semis while only India from Pool A stayed in medal contention. Australia and Netherlands are looking for 5th consecutive title and 3rd medal in a row respectively.

On the way to semi final, the lowest ranked team in the competition, India finished as pool topper even after losing to Olympics Champions Germany. India, then defeated world number 8 side Belgium 1-0, who are appearing in the Champions Trophy for the first time. Belgium qualified for Champions Trophy as the winners of Champions Challenge 2011, where they defeated India (4-3) in the final in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading →

India and Netherlands top the Tables in Champions Trophy 2012

India and Netherlands are pool toppers of FIH Champions Trophy 2012 being played at State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne (Australia) and will face Belgium and New Zealand respectively in quarter finals. While hosts Australia will lock horns with England and Olympic Gold Medalists Germany will face unpredictable Asian Giants Pakistan in the knock out stage of the tournament.

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India and Germany have 6 points from 2 wins from 3 matches but India are at top by the virtue of better goal difference. Similarly in Pool B of FIH Champions Trophy, Netherlands peeps Australia to top the pool after being tied in terms of points and goal difference.

After rest on Monday at Melbourne, the third day of matches started with New Zealand taking on world number 4 side England. It was England who took lead in 11th minute through Mark Gleghorne and went into lemon break with the lead of 1-0. As usual, New Zealand came out stronger in 2nd part of the game, but could score only in 63rd minute through veteran Phillip Burrows to score and earn their first point in the tournament.

Later in the day, India got of the mark quickly and stunned the Olympic Champions Germany with early goal through Gurvinder Singh Chandi in 5th minute. One of three Olympians in German side, Oliver Korn restored the parity in 13th minute in a goal mouth melee which also had a rebound from post and the scores stood 1-1 till half time. Continue reading →

Schedule and Results of Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

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The 34th Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy at Melbourne from Dec 1-9, 2012

Teams are divided into two pools:
Pool A: Germany, England, New Zealand & India
Pool B: Australia, Netherlands, Belgium & Pakistan

Venue: State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,
7. New Zealand and 8. England

Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands

The detailed Schedule of Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 as following:

Match – Pool – Time (EST-GMT-IST) – Fixture: Score FT (HT)

Sat 1 Dec. (Report Here)
1 – B – 10:30 – 23:30^ – 05:00 – Netherlands v Pakistan: 3 – 1 (1 – 1)
2 – A – 12:30 – 01:30 – 07:00 – Germany v New Zealand: 3 – 2 (3 – 0)
3 – B – 14:30 – 03:30 – 09:00 – Australia v Belgium: 4 – 2 (2 – 0)
4 – A – 16:30 – 05:30 – 11:00- England v India: 1 – 3 (1 – 1) Continue reading →

England Hockey captain Middleton is looking forward to Champions Trophy on Road to Rio

Thursday, 29 November 2012:  England men’s hockey captain Barry Middleton says he has no plans to retire and is looking forward to helping develop the international stars of the future in the build up to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File Photo: Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking to England Hockey TV ahead of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne, which starts on Saturday, the former Doncaster, Cannock and East Grinstead forward said “I’m looking to go to Rio. I want to play for four more years. Hockey’s my life; it’s what I’ve always done. I feel fit enough to carry on. As soon as I stop enjoying hockey or I feel I’m not helping the team then that’s when I’ll stop.”

“Four years is a long way to look,” admits Middleton, who is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd again when England hosts the 2015 European Championships. “I’ll probably look a couple of years at a time but I want to help these young guys out and take England forward. We’ve got to fourth in the world but still want to go further and I think we can achieve that.”

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Women’s Australian Hockey League in Knock Stage, Previews of Semi Finals

Women’s Australian Hockey League semi-finals hit-off Friday morning (October 26) at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth. The final four has been decided with the QLD Scorchers finishing on top of the ladder with 6 wins from 7 matches. The WA Diamonds secured second spot on the ladder with 5 wins after defeating the VIC Vipers in the final round match. The Vipers must settle with third spot on 3 wins and a better goal difference than NSW who are also on 3 wins.

The Bronze and Gold medal matches at this year’s Women’s Australian Hockey League will be shown LIVE online via the Hockey Australia website. In addition, the Grand Final will be replayed on Foxtel’s Aurora Channel 183 on Monday October 29 at 9:30pm AEDST. Continue reading →