We have drawn positives from Hawke’s Bay Cup: Ritu Rani

The Indian Women Hockey team returned home amidst fans and family after a 7th place finish in the just concluded Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 in New Zealand. While the team ended in the 7th position among 8 participating, they have come back home with many positives and learning. These insights into their game will be used to their benefit for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final slated in June.

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi as they return with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

Indian women hockey team return at IGI Airport New Delhi with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

The team has to its credit of holding 2nd ranked team Australia to a 0-0 draw wherein not only they successfully kept them at bay but even during the game gave some jittery moments to the opponents and a chance to go one up in the game. The team while playing against New Zealand had a good start wherein they scored just six minutes into the game in quarter finals at Hawke’s Bay Cup. While India lost the match from thereon, but it was India who made the initial attack and were bang on with the penalty corner. What was icing on the cake was India’s match against higher seeded FIH ranked Japan where trailing the game 0-2 India bounced back to claim the game 3-2 leaving everyone stunned and in awe. Continue reading

Australia won Hawke’s Bay Cup, China finished 3rd

A late penalty corner drag flick from Jodie Kenny claimed the Australia a 3-2 victory at the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Cup after being deadlocked with Trans-Tasman rivals the New Zealand Black Sticks in the final minutes of the final match on Sunday night.

Earlier China held on to win Bronze Medal, as they overcame Korea by 3-2. USA stunned their Pan-American rivals Argentina by 3-0 to take 5th place, while India scored twice in last 6 minutes to avoid last place, by defeating Japan 3-2 in 7th place play off.

Final Match: Australia 3 (Emily Smith 40, Brooke Peris 43, Jodie Kenny 60) beat New Zealand 2 (Gemma Flynn 1, Olivia Merry 44)

Bronze Medal Match: China 3 (Xiaxoue Zhang 10, Mengyu Wang 15, Qianqian Bao 37) beat Korea 2 (Darae Kim 17 & 51)

Speaking after the match Australia Head Coach Adam Commens said, “It wasn’t our prettiest performance tonight, however, ultimately it was a victory. I think tonight we learnt a lot about our team and where we need to be if we want to be consistently winning tournaments. A gold medal is what we came here for and we are satisfied with the final result tonight.” Continue reading

Hawke’s Bay Cup: India beat Japan to finish 7th, USA defeated Argentina for 5th place

India saved their best till last at the Hawke’s Bay Cup women’s hockey tournament 2015, scoring two goals in the final quarter of the 7th & 8th playoff to beat Japan 3-2 after going down 2-0 early in the match. USA stunned their Pan-American rivals Argentina by 3-0 to finish 5th in the tournament.

7th-8th Place Match: India 3 (Sushila Pukhrambam 27, Deepika 54, Rani Rampal 57) beat Japan 2 (Mie Nakashima 9, Yukari Yamamoto 20)

5th-6th Place Match: USA 3 (Jill Witmer 20, Katie O’Donnell 26, Lauren Crandall 44) beat Argentina 0

Full Match video of India vs Japan: 7th Place Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

The teams from Asia, India and Japan, had just one draw each to show for their 5 matches at the tournament and were desperate to avoid bottom place. Japan attacked strongly from the beginning of the first quarter and their reward came in the 9th minute when Mie Nakashima drilled home from in front of goal. They extended their lead when Yukari Yamamoto slotted home, after a variation on a penalty corner. Continue reading

Australia to face New Zealand in all trans-Tasman final at Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Hockeyroos have booked their place in Sunday afternoons gold medal match at the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Cup in New Zealand against Trans-Tasman rivals, the Black Sticks, after defeating China 3-2 in the semi-final Saturday evening. New Zealand defeated Korea by 4-0 in the other semi final.

Earlier in the day, USA beat India 3-0 with two goals from Katie O’Donnell and one from Kathleen Sharkey. The Americans will now face Argentina in the 5th/6th play-off tomorrow after narrowly winning 3-2 against Japan. India will play Japan tomorrow to decide the 7th/8th position.

Full Video: Australia vs China: Semi Final Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

The semi-final marked a special milestone for Hockeyroos Captain Madonna Blyth. After playing in the team for more than a decade, Blyth made her 300th appearance in green and gold. She has now become the only second Australian female player to have reached 300 matches, and is three caps off record holder Nikki Hudson’s 303 appearances. Continue reading

Black Sticks Women through to final of Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Black Sticks Women have romped to a 4-0 win against Korea tonight in the semi-final of the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings. Earlier in the day, USA defeated India and Argentina beat Japan to set-up all Pan-American 5th place match.

Black Sticks celebrate during Hawke's Bay Cup semi final against Japan (Credits: Ned Dawson)

Black Sticks celebrate during Hawke’s Bay Cup semi final against Japan (Credits: Ned Dawson)

It was a commanding performance from the Black Sticks and coach Mark Hager says he hopes it can be repeated in tomorrow’s final against Australia who overcame China in other semi final. “I think it’s the best we have played since the London Olympics as a collective unit for the four quarters. From Georgia Barnett in goal right through to the strikers, it was a good effort from all the girls,” said Hager. Continue reading

India defeated by USA, to face Japan for 7th place, USA vs ARG for 5th: Hawke’s Bay

The women hockey team of India was defeated by USA in 5th-8th classification match at the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015. In the other 5th-8th classification match Argentina edged past Japan by 3-2 to set-up Pan-American contest for 5th place (report in later half of this article).

India vs USA during the Hawke's Bay Cup 2015 (Women's Hockey) in New Zealand

India vs USA during the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 (Women’s Hockey) in New Zealand

The classification match between India and USA witnessed yet another round of an exciting clash as each team looked at creating pressure through their attacks and cashing on the opportunities. It was USA which managed to capitalize and going on to beat India 3-0.

Immediately into the match both teams started with an intention of score the initial goal and taking one up in the match. In the 10th minute USA got a penalty corner in their name which they converted through the stick of Kathleen Sharkey. Not wasting further time they doubled their accounts in the 14th minute Katie O’Donnell scored through a smart field goal. Wit 2-0 on board, USA was leading the first quarter. Continue reading