Kookaburras and Black Sticks play 1-1 Draw

After an easy 4-1 victory on Thursday, the Kookaburras were made to play catching up by the New Zealand Black Sticks, as both the sides played out a hotly contested 1-1 draw in the second and final match of their Easter Test series in Perth on Saturday evening.

Glenn Turner’s close range finish late in the first half earned the Kookaburras a deserved equaliser after they had fallen behind to Kiwi Kane Russell’s deflected early penalty corner. Australia’s last official Test before coach Ric Charlesworth selects his squad for the World Cup, the match was a far tighter affair than Thursday’s 4-1 Kookaburras victory. Continue reading

Kookaburras beat Black Sticks 4-1 in 1st Test at Perth

Double strikes from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Kookaburras a resounding 4-1 win over rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks in Perth on Thursday night in the first of two test.

Kookaburras Hockey Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Black Sticks Men’s captain Dean Couzins will play his 300th test, when the Kookaburras and New Zealand meet again in the second and final Test in Perth on Saturday evening, 7pm AWST / 9pm AEST. The match will be live streamed via the Hockey Australia website at hockey.org.au.

A late brace from Whetton was no less than he or the Kookaburras deserved after first half goals from New South Wales’ Orchard, whose terrific solo effort just before half time gave the Kookaburras valuable breathing space at 2-0. Whetton’s first was a superb tomahawk strike from the narrowest of angles after rounding the Kiwi goalkeeper Hamish McGregor while his second was a simple finish at the back post after excellent set-up play by Russell Ford on his 150th appearance.

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India and Malaysia will Face Australia in Pool A of World Cup 2014

  • Top of World Rankings Australia compete alongside England & Belgium in Pool A
  • HWL finalists Netherlands & New Zealand clash with Olympic champions Germany in Pool B

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014Following the conclusion to the inaugural edition of the men’s Hockey World League competition in New Delhi, India, the FIH has now revealed the pools for this summer’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Pool A will consist of the 2010 World Cup champions Australia (World Ranking: 1), England (4), Belgium (5), India (8), Spain (10) and Malaysia (13), while Olympic champions Germany (2) will face hosts, the Netherlands (3), New Zealand (6), Korea (7), Argentina (11) and South Africa (12) in Pool B. Continue reading

Netherlands Win First Hockey World League Title

The Netherlands won the first ever Hockey World League after cruising to a 7-2 victory over New Zealand in the final of the Hero Hockey World League Final. In the bronze medal match England beat Australia 2-1 to finish at 3rd place. Belgium defeated India and Germany beat Argentina by 2-1 each to finish 5th and 7th respectively.

Netherlands, the winners of first Hockey World League

Netherlands, the winners of first Hockey World League

Individual Awards
1.       Best Junior Player of the Tournament – Mandeep Singh – India
2.       Best Goal Keeper of the Tournament – George Pinner – England
3.       Hero Top Scorer of the Tournament – Kieran Govers – Australia
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Netherlands Beat Kookaburras 4-3 to Enter Final of HWL

The Netherlands clinched the 2nd Semi-Final from the Kookaburras by 4-3 to set up summit clash against New Zealand at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi, which will be played at 2000 IST on 18th Jan (Full Schedule Here).

van der WEERDEN Mink celebrating with his Netherlands team-mates during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

van der WEERDEN Mink celebrating the winning goal against Australia in the semi final of Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Kookaburras lost narrowly to the Netherlands in a game that saw them fight back from two goals down to lead 3-2 but ultimately succumb 4-3, while New Zealand defeated England in a nerve wrecking shoot-out by 7-6 on sudden death after seeing 3-3 scoreline at full time hooter.

Two penalty corner strikes from Kieran Govers either side of Russell Ford’s superb long range deflection had helped the Kookaburras fight their way into the lead after being 2-0 down at half time. But goals in the final ten minutes from Jeroen Herzberger and Mink van der Weerden consigned the Aussie men to the third place playoff. Continue reading

New Zealand beat England in Shoot-out to Enter Final of HWL

England lost out to New Zealand in the Semi-Final of the Hero Hockey World League Final. After 70 minutes of hockey there was nothing to choose between the two sides as the match ended 3-3.  There were England goals for Harry Martin, Mark Gleghorne and Ashley Jackson, but with three more in reply from New Zealand the match would be decided by a shoot-out.

Phil Burrows BlackSticks rounds George Pinner to score the winning goal for New Zealand in the shoot out of the Semi Final of the Hero World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Phil Burrows BlackSticks rounds George Pinner to score the winning goal for New Zealand in the shoot out of the Semi Final of the Hero World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

After the first round of penalties the scores were once again tied at 3-3 with Ashley Jackson, Tom Carson and Barry Middleton on target. As it moved into sudden death Jackson, Carson and Nick Catlin all found the mark, but after failing at his first attempt Harry Martin once again saw his shot saved and Phil Burrows was New Zealand’s hero as he scored the deciding goal to send them through to the final. Continue reading