England Edge New Zealand in Shoot-Out to Take Bronze at Glasgow 2014

England edged past New Zealand in a dramatic shoot out to claim Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre earlier today, while Australia outclassed India by 4-0 to win their 5th consecutive Gold at the games.

England's players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand  at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Child gave New Zealand the lead with a classy finish in the 12th minute, while England saw both Iain Lewers and Ashley Jackson sin-binned in what was a heated opening period to the bronze medal match. England turned the game around in the space of three minutes when first Alastair Brogdon found the target from close range and then Jackson flicked home from a penalty corner to take a 2-1 lead, however Kiwi’s Andy Hayward equalised in the 33rd minute to bring the scores level going into the break.? Continue reading

Australia Women Retain CWG Title, New Zealand get Bronze

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out. While New Zealand Women’s Hockey team beat South Africa 5-2 to win Bronze medal at Glasgow 2014.

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

File Photo: Hockeyroos Celebrating (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

In the Gold Medal match, trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out.

On the night, Australia had heroines across the park with Casey Eastham and Georgie Parker also finding the target in the shoot-out while goalkeeper Rachael Lynch demonstrated her pedigree saving from England’s Susie Gilbert and forcing Nicola White wide. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs Australia in final: A Re-Match of 2010 Finals

India came down from 2-0 to defeat New Zealand 3-2 to set-up grand finale at Galsgow 2014 against defending champions of Commonwealth Games Australia in a re-match of 2010 edition’s final.

India's PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India’s PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The reigning World Champions Australia beat England in the first semi final by 4-1 to continue their winning streak to seal their place in a fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games final on Saturday. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (W): It is Australia vs England in Women’s Final at CWG

England are through to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Final against Australia at 20:15 local time, following a thrilling contest against world number four side New Zealand  which went to a shoot out after full-time finished 1-1.

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch became the hero, pulling off three saves in the shoot out to take her side through to the gold medal match. Hockeyroos, the Australian Women’s Hockey team, defeated South Africa comprehensively (7-1) to reach their third consecutive final of Commonwealth Games and their sixth consecutive major final since October 2012.

Earlier in the day, India defeated Scotland by 2-1 to take 5th place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th place respectively. Continue reading

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in Semis of Men’s Hockey

England and India secured their place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals with 3-1 and 5-2 wins over Canada and South Africa respectively, while Australia and New Zealand won their respective matches to confirm their top places in Pool A and Pool B.

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After today’s results, India will now face New Zealand and England will be up against Australia in cross over Semi Finals to be played on Saturday at 1645 and 1430 IST respectively. (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table Here)

Indian team came out firing in their final pool game against South Africa, though they needed a draw for advancing to medal round. VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh converted 2 of their 3 penalty corner chances in 3rd and 9th minute of the game to put India in driving position with 2-0 lead within opening 10 minutes. Continue reading

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