A fairytale ending for Lucha as Argentina Keep Women’s Champions Trophy

The Argentine Legend Luciana Aymar, ended her career with winning FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in front her home crowd in Mendoza. After Netherlands defeated New Zealand by 2-1 in Bronze Medal match, the defending champions Argentina needed shoot-out to emerge winners (3-1), after both teams having locked at 1-1 in regulation time.

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women's Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women’s Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Earlier in the day, England clinched fifth place in shoot-out 3-2 after being struck at 1-1 in regulation time against China, and Germany defeated Japan 5-3 to avoid wooden spoon.

With much of the pre-match talk about the impending retirement of the heroine of Argentine hockey, the eight times World Player of the Year Lucania Aymar, the Hockeyroos seemed to have saved some of their best hockey of a hugely successful year. Continue reading

Hosts Argentina face Hockeyroos in Final of Women’s CT2014

The Hockeyroos will face Argentina in the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 final after the hosts overcame the Netherlands 2-1 in the second semi final in Mendoza, following the Hockeyroos’ 3-0 shoot-out victory over New Zealand.

The final will take place at 19:00pm local Mendoza time i.e. 9:00am AEDT (8:00am AEST / 6:00am AWST) on Monday and will be shown live on ABC in Eastern Daylight states and territories and in Western Australia. It will be shown on delay at 9:00am in Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Argentina, the defending champions, defeated the Netherlands in the 2nd semi-final by 2-1 after going down 0-1 to the goal of WELTEN Lidewij for the Dutch side i 15th minute. D’ELIA Silvina scored the equalizer for Las Leonas in the very first minute after the lemon break on a penalty corner. REBECCHI Carla scored a last minute goal to clinch the game from world number side and set up her side in the final against Hockeyroos. Continue reading

It’s Argentina vs Holland and Australia vs New Zealand in Semis at Mendoza

Hosts Argentina scored 7 past Japan to set-up semi-final against Netherlands, while trans-Tasmanian neighbors New Zealand and Australia face each others in the other semi-final of FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 being played in Mendoza (Argentina).

England's Shona McCallin in action against New Zealand at the FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argnentina) (Credits World Sport Pics)

England’s Shona McCallin in action against New Zealand at the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argnentina) (Credits World Sport Pics)

Semi Finals will be played on 6th December after a rest day, New Zealand vs Australia at 16:30 Hrs and Argentina face Netherlands at 19:00 Hrs local time of Mendonza (Full Schedule and results here).

In front of home crowd, host team Las Leonas scored 7 times penetrating Chinese wall to reach to next round of the tournament, where they face Netherlands. The Dutch side managed to scrap through against European rivals Germany thanks to the goal by van der Pols in 46th minute. Noel Barrionuevo (10th minute), Pilar Romang (12th), Carla Rebecchi (16th) and Luciana Aymar (22th) made 4-0 for the Leonas, before china could reply in 24th minute through Wang Mengyu. The Argentine continued to score to as Carla Rebecchi was on target yet again before lemon break, and she completed her hat-trick in 50th minute, while Barrionuevo made it super seven for the hosts in 55th minute. Peng Yang scored second goal of China in 56th minute but it was too little for making it to final four. Continue reading

New Zealand and Argentina Top Pools at Women’s Champions Trophy in Mendoza

New Zealand and Hosts Argentina have finished at top of their pools which means they now face England and China in the cross over quarter-finals of the FIH Womens’s Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza. Australia will take on Japan, while Netherlands are up against Germany in two other quarter-finals to be played on 4th December after a rest day today.

Shiloh Gloyn, Ella Gunson and Olivia Merry of New Zealand in action during FIH Women's Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argentina) (Credits: Grant Treeby, FIH)

Shiloh Gloyn, Ella Gunson and Olivia Merry of New Zealand in action during FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Argentina) (Credits: Grant Treeby, FIH)

The Black Sticks won their final pool play game 2-0 against China adding to their 2-1 win against Japan and a 1-1 draw against world champions the Netherlands to stay unbeaten. In the other Pool A game today, Maartje Paumen scored in the final seconds of the game to give the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Japan.

Argentina’s 4-1 win over England and the late goal conceded by the Hockeyroos to Germany earlier in the day meant the hosts and defending champions leapfrogged Australia to top Pool B. The winners of the quarter-final contests will progress to the semi finals and a guaranteed shot at the medals while the losers will play off for positions five through eight over the weekend. Continue reading

Day of Point Sharing at Women’s Champions Trophy in Mendoza

Australia remain top of Pool B at the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 after a 1-1 draw with hosts and defending champions Argentina in Mendoza, while Pool A toppers Netherlands were held by New Zealand for 1-1 draw. Two other matches in Pool A (Japan vs China) and Pool B (England vs Germany) were also drawn at 1-1 making it a day of point sharing at Mendoza.

England's Hollie Webb battles with Germany's Lisa Altenburg  at the Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics)

England’s Hollie Webb battles with Germany’s Lisa Altenburg at the Champions Trophy 2014 in Mendoza (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek/World Sport Pics)

In Australia vs Argnetina match in Pool B, Emily Smith’s well taken goal out of nothing shortly before half time put the world number two Australians ahead at the break, but eight-times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar leveled with eight minutes remaining to deny the Hockeyroos all three points.

In a thoroughly absorbing contest, both sides had chances to win it late on. With five minutes remaining, Jodie Kenny was denied by an outstanding leg save from Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi while at the other end, Kenny was also on hand to clear a last-minute penalty corner from in front of goal. Continue reading

Wins for New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina on Opening Day of Women’s CT

Host Argentina, Australia, Netherlands and New Zealand started off their FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 campaign with victories at Mendoza in Argentina.

Luciana Aymar, Argentine legendary player, who is retiring after the Champions Trophy, scored only goal for the hosts when she found the target on pass from Agustin Habif in 52nd minute. And scripted the right start for her team in the campaign opener in front of vocal home crowd.

Dutch star Maartje Paumen struck twice on penalty corners to defeat struggling China and got her team a perfect start of the tournament with 3 points from the first match. In the 41st minute Paumen broke the deadlock as fired a precise flick past the Chinese goalkeeper and doubled the lead with exactly same goal a minute later. Continue reading