India Start Champions Trophy Campaign on Winning Note, Defeated England 3-1

Indian hockey team started their campaign on winning note in 34th FIH Champions Trophy being played in Melbourne (Australia). India defeated England 3-1 in their first match this edition to keep the unbeaten record against them in Champions Trophy.

England debutant Ben Arnold battles with India's V R Raghunath

England debutant Ben Arnold battles with India’s V R Raghunath (Photo Credits: www.treebyimages.co.uk)

Earlier in the day, Netherlands defeated Pakistan 3-1 after 1-1 score at lemon break, while London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany held nerves to beat New Zealand 3-2 after leading 3-0 till half time. The hosts Kookaburras survived late scare from world number 8 side Belgium to win the game 4-2, after taking 3-0 lead in 37th minute and seeing it 3-2 at one point in the game (40th minute).

In the last of match of day, England took lead through Richard Smith in 15th minute on a penalty corner, when his drag flick found the net after taking nick on India’s first rusher Raghunath’s stick. Danish Mujtaba scored equalizer for India in 22nd minute, when chopped ball with one-handed reverse stick over advancing English Goalie George Pinner. And the scores remained locked until half time. Continue reading →

Five make England debuts at Hockey Champions Trophy

Five players made their senior international debut in England’s opening match of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on Saturday and despite going down 3-1 to eight times Olympic champions India, Head Coach Jason Lee said he hopes that the experience was a positive one.

England debutant Ben Arnold battles with India's V R Raghunath

England debutant Ben Arnold battles with India’s V R Raghunath (Photo Credits: www.treebyimages.co.uk)

Speaking after the match, Lee said, “We played well in patches and I’m very pleased for those that earned their first cap today. I hope it was a positive experience despite the result.”

The match saw India come from behind after Richard Smith had given England a first half lead but Lee believed his side could have won it had a couple of opportunities gone inches the other way. “Had we been sharper in attack on both posts we could have won by three or four,” he said, referring to a series of chances that England narrowly failed to connect with. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Lost(2-3) to Olympic Gold Medalists Germany, After Trailing 0-3 at HT

The New Zealand Black Sticks Men have suffered a 3-2 loss to Germany in their opening game at the Champions Trophy tournament in Melbourne today despite a strong finish.

Black Sticks LogoCurrent Olympic champions Germany raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first half but New Zealand fought back and took control in the second period, coming painstakingly close to scoring an equaliser.

Matt L’Huillier scored the Black Sticks’ first goal of the tournament from a penalty corner, with his hard and low flick lighting up the scoreboard in the 56th minute. Continue reading →

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

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Logo

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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England prepare for hockey’s Twenty20 down under

Wednesday, 21 November 2012: The England men’s hockey team has arrived in Perth, Australia, ahead of this week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, the warm up tournament for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Melbourne. The tournaments will showcase some of the stars of the Olympic Games for the first time since Great Britain finished fourth in London three months ago.

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 of England’s Captain Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Starting on Thursday 22 November and running until Sunday, the innovative International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament is sure to draw comparisons with cricket’s game changing Twenty20. Now entering its second year, the Australian-devised format features a number of departures from standard hockey designed to add to the spectacle for fans. In a move to offer up even more goal scoring opportunities, the goals have been made one metre wider, prompting England goalkeeper George Pinner to admit he has had to re-think his childhood visions of playing football. Continue reading →