Glasgow 2014 (W): South Africa and England to face Australia and New Zealand in Semis

England and South Africa completed the women’s semi-final line up at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with hard-fought victories.

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England defeated the host nation by 2-1 while South Africa edged past talented Indian side by 3-2 and will now face New Zealand and Australia respectively for a place in final.

It was a very tense affair at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre with so much at stake for both teams Scotland and England, each team knowing that a win would take them through to the final four. Later in evening same was seen between India and South Africa.

South Africa scored a penalty corner goal in 14th on well worked set-piece routine. India tried hard to equalizer and finally found one, when they were awarded a penalty stroke with 2 minutes on the clock for half time. Jaspreet Kaur fired perfectly in the roof of net for getting that equalizer, but South Africa came around to earn lead once again in very next minute and few second before half time break as Chamberlain found the target on field attempt. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (M): Australia and New Zealand men in Semis

Australia’s men’s hockey team along with New Zealand booked their place in the semi-finals of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as they defeated India by 4-2 and England by 2-1 respectively in Pool A and Pool B with a prelim match each to spare.

Kieran Govers of Australia Kookaburras and Sardar Singh during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Kieran Govers of Australia and Sardar Singh in action during pool match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India and South Africa meet on Thursday with both sides looking to join Australia in the semi-finals. While England is almost sure of a place in final four until Canada or/and Malaysia pull a major upset by defeating England and New Zealand with big margins.

In the other matches of the day, South Africa defeated Wales 5-2, while Trinidad & Tobago recorded their maiden victory against Malaysia 4-2.

A Chris Ciriello double and goals from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Australians all three points in a match in which India provided the World Champions with their sternest test yet with a goal each from Rupinder Pal Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

Men's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Men’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

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Glasgow 2014 (W): Australia and New Zealand women in Semis, India stays in race

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have confirmed their place in Semis of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from Pool A, while Australia booked their place in final four from Pool A.

Women's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Women’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

New Zealand and Australia defeated South Africa (2-1) and England (3-0) to continue their winning streak, while Indian women defeated Trinidad & Tobago by 14-0 and Scotland beat Wales by 2-0 to keep their semi-finals chances alive along with South Africa and England. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (W): New Zealand Women beat India by 3-0, Big wins for Australia & England

Scotland, 27 July 2014: The Indian Women’s Hockey team defeated 0-3 by 4th ranked New Zealand in their second match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. In the other matches of the day, England women defeated Malaysia by 5-0, Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 4-1 and Australia put 9 past the hosts Scotland.

Indian Women Captain Ritu Rani trying to challenge Stacey MICHELSEN of New Zealand during their match in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Indian Women Captain Ritu Rani trying to challenge Stacey MICHELSEN of New Zealand during their match in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The Black Sticks women easily came over the Indian defence line-up in the 3rd minute, when Indian defence gifted them an easy penalty corner and G. Flynn converted it to take 1-0 lead for her team. The Indian defence quickly regrouped and absorbed most of the Kiwi attacks until half time without letting in any further goals.

Though some promising passing movements were put up by the Indian team but poor basic skills like trapping especially near kiwi D and mis-judged moves kept haunting them. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (W): India up against New Zealand in CWG Women’s Hockey

Scotland, 26 July 2014: With a comfortable win over Canada (4-2) in their opening match, the India’s Women Hockey team are up against New Zealand in their next match in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on 27 July 2014. New Zealand, Ranked 4th in FIH World Ranking, defeated Trinidad and Tobago in their campaign opener by 14-0.

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Playing high on their confidence, the Indian team is aiming to better their performance and emerge victorious yet again over their opponent.

With Jaspreet Kaur being the star of the last match scoring two goals against Canada and the Rani duo keeping the momentum in the first half, it will be Ritusha Arya yet again that the team will be looking at to go firing this time around. While New Zealand’s Anita Punt will be the player that India has to watch out for, however India’s Captain Ritu Rani is confident that her girls will keep her under control. With an exciting match around the corner, it will be seen whether the Indian girls will be able to keep their nerves and come out victorious over the Black Sticks. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (W): Big wins for Australia and New Zealand Women

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have romped to a 14-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in their first match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while their neighbors Australians defeated Wales by 9-0.

Rose Keddell of New Zealand in action during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz)

Rose Keddell of New Zealand in action during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz)

The game was never in any doubt – the Kiwis piled on the goals early on, Krystal Forgesson scored four times, they were 7-0 up at half time and had 47 attempts on goal – but head coach Mark Hager has made it clear that regardless of a high score the team need to improve their performance with tougher games ahead.

New Zealand were awarded 12 penalty corners, compared to Trinidad and Tobago’s one attempt, and it is the conversion rate that Hager said the team will be working on. Continue reading