Hockey enjoys participation boost

Almost 27,000 more people playing hockey according to latest statistics

Friday, 22 June 2012: In an exciting year for hockey in England, the sport received a boost today as it was revealed that the number of adults playing hockey increased by almost 27,000 in the past six months.

The statistics form part of the Active People Survey released by Sport England and reflect the trend that the England Hockey Board has seen in its affiliation figures since 2007, in which adult affiliation has increased 14% and young people by 18%.

The increase is credited in part to the early impact of a host of programmes introduced by the England Hockey Board since the last quarter of 2011.  Rush Hockey, the sport’s casual 5-a-side format, and Back to Hockey sessions for women have been well received and well attended while the sport’s Hockey Nation Olympic engagement programme has seen hockey ‘out and about’ at public events across the country. A milder winter is also thought to have encouraged more people to play than in recent years. Continue reading →

Netherlands win Investec London Cup

Gold Medal Match:
NETHERLANDS 4-1
(HT: 1-0) AUSTRALIA
Netherlands Goalscorer: Carlien Dirkse van de Heuvel 28 (F), Maartje Paumen 44,56 (PC,PC), Kelly Jonker 46 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Georgia Nanscawen 47 (F)

Decisive finishing was the difference between the Netherlands and Australia in the final of the Investec London Cup as the Dutch converted their chances for a 4-1 victory.  Maartje Paumen and Kelly Jonker both got on the score sheet to leave them joint top goal scorers for the competition.

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INVESTEC LONDON CUP FINAL STANDINGS
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1. Netherlands, 2. Australia, 3. Germany, 4. South Africa, 5. Great Britain, 6. Ireland

Netherlands celebrate winning the 2012 Investec London Cup. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Netherlands celebrate winning the 2012 Investec London Cup. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Both sides looked to start the game strongly and this was reflected in the end to end rhythm of play.  Australia had the best of the chances during the opening exchanges but were unable to find the back of the net.  Hope Munro fired in a shot like a bullet, evading goalkeeper Floortje Engels but hitting the upright and skirting away from the danger area.  Dutch striker Caia van Maasakker won the ball against the run of play and drove to the by-line before picking out Carlien Dirksie van de Heuvel who made no mistake to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead with seven minutes of the half remaining.  A trademark Paumen drag flick doubled the lead early in the second period while two minutes later Kelly Jonker squeezed in at the near post to make it 3-0.  Continue reading →

Germany take bronze at Investec London Cup

Bronze Medal Match:
SOUTH AFRICA 2-6
(HT: 1-2) GERMANY
South Africa Goalscorer: Dirkie Chamberlain 11 (F), Pietie Coetzee 67 (F)
Germany Goalscorer: Natascha Keller 9 (PC), Kristina Hillman 18 (F), Julia Muller 40 (PC), Janine Beermann 47,58 (F,F), Katharina Otte 62 (F)

The Investec London Cup bronze medal match saw an eight goal thriller as South Africa took on Germany.  Earlier in the week Germany had edged past the world number seven side 1-0 however it was not as tight on Sunday as they netted six goals against South Africa to take the bronze medal.

An even first half saw Germany take the lead through the irrepressible Natascha Keller with a ninth minute penalty corner but South Africa’s Dirkie Chamberlain levelled two minutes later to a huge cheer from the crowd. Continue reading →

Great Britain sign off Investec London Cup with win over Ireland

5th/6th Place Playoff:
IRELAND 0-3
(HT: 0-2) GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain Goalscorer: Hannah Macleod 11, 15 (F, F) Emily Maguire 59 (PC)

Great Britain’s women rounded off their Investec London Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory in front of a spirited home crowd in Chiswick.  Two first half goals from Leicester’s Hannah Macleod, who turned 28 on Saturday, set GB on their way and Reading’s Emily Maguire added a third from a penalty corner in the second half to seal the win in Great Britain’s final competitive fixture before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Great Britain's Emily Maguire (second from right) is congratulated after scoring for GB v Ireland. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Great Britain's Emily Maguire (second from right) is congratulated after scoring for GB v Ireland. Credit Ady Kerry - GB Hockey

Before the match, there were celebrations for Macleod’s Leicester teammate Anne Panter, who made her 50th appearance in the colours of Great Britain, and for Reading’s former Glasgow Western midfielder Laura Bartlett, who made her 100th international appearance, combining her 43 GB caps with 57 for Scotland.  In the absence of Helen Richardson, who sat the match out with a hamstring injury, Reading goalkeeper Beth Storry captained Great Britain for the first time. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos beat Germany 3-2 to reach the Finals of London Cup

Semi Final 2:
Germany 2-3
(HT: 1-0) Australia
Germany Goalscorer: Maike Stockel 5 (F), Eileen Hoffman 49 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Emily Smith 54 (F), Kobie McGurk 65 (F), Anna Flanagan 70 (PC)

The second semi final of the day saw world number three side Germany take on Australia, ranked four places below them.  It was a tale of the underdog as the Hockeyroos came from behind in dramatic style to take the game 3-2 in the dying seconds and book their place in Sunday’s Investec London Cup Final.

Following a narrow victory over Great Britain on Thursday evening Germany came into the game as winners of Pool B, whilst Australia had finished second to the Netherlands in Pool A. Continue reading →

Netherlands beat South Africa in thrilling Semi Final of London Cup

Semi Final 1:
Netherlands 2-2
(HT: 2-1)South Africa
Netherlands Goalscorer: Kelly Jonker 3 (F), Maartje Paumen 10 (F)
South Africa Goalscorer: Pietee Coetzee 32, 55 (F, PC)

*NED win 4-2 after shoot-out competition*

The Netherlands and South Africa served up a real treat in front of a packed house in the first of the semi finals at the Investec London Cup on Saturday afternoon.  After falling 2-0 down, South Africa rallied strongly to peg the world’s number one side back to 2-2 before taking the match to a shoot-out competition.

After two efforts each it was 2-2 but the Netherlands won through to Sunday’s live Final, winning 4-2 in the shoot-out competition.

Thursday’s hat-trick heroine Kelly Jonker began where she had left off in the pool stages, giving the Dutch the lead in just the third minute.  And it looked as if the reigning Olympic champions would blaze off into the distance when captain Maartje Paumen made it 2-0 with ten minutes on the clock. Continue reading →