The Black Sticks Women have successfully booked themselves a spot in the semi-final and are a step closer to World Cup qualification thanks to a 3-1 win over Japan at the World League in Rotterdam. New Zealand will now take on hosts Netherlands who defeated India 8-1 in the quarter-finals. Korea will face Germany in other semi final.
Japan were a tough opponent and New Zealand found themselves trailing 1-0 at half time in the do-or-die cross-over match. But persistence paid off and the goals came in the second half from Krystal Forgesson, Anita Punt and Charlotte Harrison who netted one each. The win means New Zealand has qualified for World League Four in December in Argentina, a top three place would get them to the 2014 World Cup. Continue reading →
A disappointing performance by the Irish Senior Men against quality opposition in a balmy Rotterdam this evening saw them fall to a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Netherlands in Hockey World League Round 3.
Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands
It was always going to be a tough game against the current World Champions, but once again Irish defensive errors and incisive Dutch finishing proved the difference between the two sides. The attacking trio of Hofman, Hertzberger and Jonker provided the magic for the Dutch, who were far superior throughout. The result leaves Andrew Meredith with plenty to ponder ahead of their quarter-final game on Wednesday.
It was a bittersweet occasion for Irish Captain Ronan Gormley, who made his 169th appearance for Ireland and in doing so, broke Eugene Magee’s record as the record Irish Caps holder. Holland made a bright start and could have gone ahead in the opening minutes as Verga won their first corner of the game, Hertzberger’s flick charged down by McConnell. Continue reading →
Indian Women’s Hockey Team will face hosts Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Hockey World League, while Pool B toppers Germany will take on Chile. New Zealand and Korea lock horns with Japan and Belgium respectively in other two quarter-final matches in Rotterdam.
After Netherlands scored first, the Black Sticks netted three unanswered goals to go up 3-1 before the Dutch responded late in the second half to salvage a draw.
Hugo Inglis had an outstanding game up front and scored a double with Jacob Smith knocking in New Zealand’s third. Phil Burrows was also a stand-out player for the Kiwis, setting up several scoring opportunities.
A pulsating 70 minutes of hockey in a breezy Rotterdam today saw free-flowing attacking hockey played between Ireland and India in the Rabobank World League (Men’s). The match between world number eleven side India and number fifteen side Ireland was drawn 4-4 to share the points. In other league match of Pool B, hosts Netherlands held New Zealand for 3-3 draw to share the honors from 3-1 down in 46th minute.
Ireland started brightly but India provided their usual silky close-knit skills to soak up any pressure. A diving reverse stick cross from Sunil forced David Harte into action in the 7th minute, and minutes later a diving Good sent the ball just wide on the back post from a Caruth cross. Good again came close with a fine reverse stick effort in the 12th minute, forcing the save from Parattu Raveendran. Cargo forced a further save from Raveendran but just as Ireland were finding their rhythm a crash ball in the 21th minute found Akashdeep whose first touch left him with space to fire an unstoppable shot past Harte. Continue reading →