Amazing Aymar lands eighth FIH Player of the Year crown, Rani among 5 Talents

Argentine superstar Luciana Aymar has been unveiled as the International Hockey Federation’s Player of the Year for 2013 at a special presentation ceremony at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman. Maria Verschoor, the 19-year-old Dutch forward, has been named as the FIH Talent of the Year.

Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

File Photo: Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

Indian Forward Rani Rampal was also nominated for FIH Talent of the Year, which recognises the most outstanding performer aged 21 or under.

Maria Verschoor saw off strong challenges from some of the most exciting young players in the game, with Argentine duo Agustina Albertarrio and Florencia Habif joining England’s Lily Owsley and India’s Rani on the five player shortlist for Talent of the Year. Continue reading →

Luciana Aymar signed shirt up for auction as fundraiser for Jr Black Sticks

Signed and framed Luciana Aymar singlet for Auction

Signed and framed Luciana Aymar singlet for Auction

Luciana Aymar signed a shirt and gifted it to the Hockey Foundation as a fundraiser for the Junior Black Sticks and it is available to purchase here on our online auction.

Playing for Argentina, four times Olympic medallist, Luciana Aymar is the only player to have been awarded Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation seven times.

Compared to footballer Diego Maradona for her magical dribbling skills, she is an absolute sensation in Argentina and idolised by hockey players the world over. It has been professionally framed and is an absolute prized possession for any hockey fan!

Click here to view the auction item and bid online.

The Hockey Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women ahead of the 2013 Junior World Cup at a glitzy gala dinner in Auckland, which was attended by over 300 people including the 1976 Olympics Gold Medalists Arthur Parkin, Greg Dayman and Ramesh Patel.

Future Black Sticks Supporters Club, an initiative which aims to attract a group of donors which will help reduce the costs for athletes on their journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, was also launched at the occasion. To know more about the Supporters Club, click here.

World #1 Netherlands will face #2 Argentina in WOMEN’s Hockey Final of London Olympics

World number one and number two teams will meet for the London Olympics Gold Medal at Riverbank Arena in Olympics Park, London on August 10 at 20:00BST. Defending champions and world number one Netherlands defeated world number seven New Zealand on penalty shoot-out (3-1) after finishing 2-2 in regulation time and none of the teams scored extra time. While world champions Argentina defeated the hosts Great Britain (2-1) to reach the final and hope to add the eluding Gold in their collection of Silver and Bronze Medals.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Record seven times FIH World Player of Year Luciana AYMAR is sure of to be the first woman hockey player to win 4 Olympics medals, though she will be targeting the yellow metal this time. Led by experienced AYMAR, athletic and confident world champions Argentina scored 2 goals in the first half and did some quality defending in the second half to defeat Great Britain (2-1). Continue reading →

Las Leonas (Argentina) win first Champions Trophy on home soil

FIH President Leonardo Negre and Las Leonas Captain Luciana Aymar

FIH President Leonardo Negre and Las Leonas Captain Luciana Aymar

Silvina D’Elia scored lone for the hosts and word champions Argentina (Las Leonas) to secure their fifth title at an FIH Champions Trophy with a 1-0 victory over Great Britain and their first title of the FIH flagship tournament on home soil. The Olympic Champions, Netherlands, claimed the Bronze medal at the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy by defeating Germany 5-4 in an exciting match. Japan beat New Zealand 4-3 in extra-time to secure fifth place and to Qualify for next Champions Trophy. While Korea beat China 3-2 on penalties to finish 7th in the 8 team tournament.

Full reports on all the matches and extensive tournament information are available here.

Individual Awards
Best player: Luciana Aymar (ARG)
Top Scorers: Crista Cullen (GBR), Rika Komazawa (JPN), Lee Seon-Ok (KOR)  – 5 Goals
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Belen Succi (ARG)
Fair play: Germany

Photo by:  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH .