Olympic Champs come from behind against Australia

The Investec London Cup got off to a flying start this afternoon as reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands came from behind to seal a 2-1 opening day victory over the Hockeyroos of Australia at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Blustery, chilly conditions greeted the two sides as they lined up ahead of a packed arena of more than 1000 hockey supporters; a moment Ashleigh Nelson of Australia will remember for a long time as she was awarded her 100th cap.

Once the formalities were complete the 97th meeting between these two talented sides got underway. Although the game was played with plenty of energy, neither side was able to provide the necessary finish in the early stages. Dutch captain Maartje Paumen stood strong to deny any Australian attack of note but despite her attentions it was the goalkeeper from the Netherlands, Floortje Engels, who was called into action first when Casey Eastham found space for a reverse shot. Australian Eastham was at the centre of everything creative for the girls in green and gold but the final touch proved elusive. As half time approached, play continued to sway end to end with the Dutch going forward in numbers while the Australians carved counter attacking opportunities through individual determination. Continue reading →

GB squad named ahead of the Investec London Cup

The Great Britain women’s squad has been named ahead of hockey’s Investec London Cup in Chiswick.  As a result of injuries and tournament regulations, the 18 athlete squad features several changes to that which was recently selected for the London Olympic Games.

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Leicester defender Crista Cullen and Reading forward Alex Danson will play no part in the Investec London Cup as they continue their rehabilitation for an ankle and shoulder injury respectively.  Both athletes sustained the injuries during Great Britain’s 2-0 victory over Argentina at the Olympic Test Event in early May.  Welshwoman Sarah Thomas will also miss the Investec London Cup after injuring her ankle in training.  The 31 year old from Merthyr Tydfil will miss this week’s tournament but is expected to recover in time for the Olympic Games. 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:  www.mncaphoto.com  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH . www.cahockey.org.ar

Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy (Women’s)

The FIH announced today the match schedule for the Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy to be played in Rosario, Argentina from January 28 – February 5, 2012.

It will be the 20th edition of the women’s event and one that will carry several important story lines for the eight participating teams. First and foremost, the event will be the last major international tournament before the London Olympic Games in August 2012. Seven of the eight teams in Rosario have already secured their spot in the 2012 Games with only Japan having to go through the Qualification Tournament process.

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