London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Preview

The Men’s Hockey Competition at Riverbank Arena will kick start on the 30th of July, Monday. The Black Sticks will feature in the Men’s Hockey opening game of London Olympics like their Women’s counterparts who were part of Opening Game of the Women’s Hockey Competition. The 1976 Olympic Gold Medalists – New Zealand will play Korea – the Silver Medalists of 2000 Olympics in the first match of Pool B at 8:30 BST. World #7 Black Sticks (New Zealand) have faced Korea twice in the Olympics and have won on both the occasions.

Hockey at London Olympics 20122nd Match of the day (1st of Pool A) will be played between current World Champions and #1 team in the FIH World Ranking – Australia and the lowest ranked team in the current competition – South Africa in morning session at Riverbank Arena. Kookaburras (Australia) have played South Africa 3 times in Olympics and won twice and drawn once. The last Olympic match between Australia and South Africa was played in Beijing Olympics in 2008, where the Kookaburras outclassed the Springbocks (RSA) with a 10-0 victory. Continue reading →

London Olympic Hockey Competitions WOMEN – Day 1: “Opening – Hockeyroos will take on Black Sticks”

The curtain raises at the Riverbank arena to open the Hockey competition of the 2012 London Olympics at 8:30 (BST) on 29th July with New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team taking on Australia in the opening game (Pool B). The 3 times Olympics Gold medalists Hockeyroos (Australian Women’s Hockey Team) will play Trans-Tasmanian arch-rivals Black Sticks as hockey fans from around the world support their country and the game, the Men’s competition will kick-start on Monday 30th July, as the Korean Men lock horns with the Black Sticks (New Zealand).

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIn the other matches of the day current World #1 in the FIH World Rankings and Beijing Gold Medalists – Netherlands will play Belgium (Pool A) who are at 16th place in the World Rankings and are playing their first Olympics, this match will be followed by Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2010 China’s battle against Korea (Silver Medalists of Asian Games 2010) in Pool A. Continue reading →

Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012- Tickets on Sale

Australia’s sporting capital will host the 34th Men’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne this year, from December 1-9, at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

This is the first international event following the Olympics and with the gold medalists to feature in Melbourne only a short time after, the Federation of International Hockey’s premiere event is set to sizzle with tickets expected to race out the door.

Hockey Men's Champions Trophy 2012 Melbourne

In a pre-sale to the hockey community yesterday, tickets have sold very quickly, so sports lovers will need to book now to ensure they attain a seat for their preferred session. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men lose first clash with the Netherlands

The Black Sticks Men have lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in an Olympic warm-up match in Utrecht, Holland last night.

The battle between the third-ranked Netherlands and the seventh-ranked Kiwis was a very even affair until the last 15 minutes when the home side knocked in two late goals.

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said despite the score line he was encouraged by what he saw in the match.

“We’re in the same pool in London so it was very much about finding out a few things about the Dutch and exploring some tactical options. We were very competitive today and you only need to look at the penalty corner count (4-3 in New Zealand’s favour) to see that.” 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 →

Netherlands beat Ireland 5-0

Pool A:
IRELAND 0-5
(HT: 0-1) NETHERLANDS
Netherlands Goalscorer:: Kelly Jonker 32, 38, 67 (F, F, F), Marilyn Agliotti 50 (F), Ellen Hoog 65 (F)

In the final game in Pool A the Netherlands took on Ireland hoping to secure their place in Saturday’s semi final.  After an impressive performance in the opening match of the Investec London Cup on Tuesday, the world’s number one side put five past Ireland without reply.

A relatively quiet first half saw the Irish soak up sustained pressure, again opting for the aerial ball to clear from defence. Emma Gray made a host of top class saves to keep the Netherlands at bay for most of the first half but Kelly Jonker finally got past the Irish goalkeeper with a sweetly struck reverse shot. Going in 1-0 down at the break satisfiedthe Irish after putting in 35 minutes of hard work. The second half told a different story as the Netherlands stepped up a gear, immediately threatening the opposition circle. Jonker got on the score sheet twice more for her hat-trick while legendary midfielder Marilyn Agliotti chipped in as did Ellen Hoog to make the final score 5-0. Continue reading →