- 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
Following 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
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
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
4. Hero Best Player of the Tournament – Robbert Kemperman – Netherlands Continue reading
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 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
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)
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
The Black Sticks reached the semi-finals of Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi, by defeating Argentina in an exciting game drawing 1-1 and winning the shoot-out 4-3 on sudden death.
Blair Hilton scored last goal in shoot-out for Black Sticks (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)
Blair Hilton was the hero of the night getting the final goal in the shoot-out to secure the semi-final spot for New Zealand, which will be against England at 1.15am on Saturday morning (NZ time). Earlier in 1st quarter-final England defeated Belgium by 1-0.
The match was very much a game of two halves, with New Zealand dominating the first 35 minutes and going 1-0 up thanks to a Kane Russell drag flick, and then Argentina piling on the pressure in the second half. Continue reading
In a picture perfect finish, England defeated New Zealand by 5-1 to stay unbeaten at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi. Earlier in the tournament, England defeated hosts India (2-0) and Olympic Champions Germany (2-1).
England’s Mark Gelgorne celebreates with East Grinstead teammate Ashley Jackson as both players add to England’s 5 1 win over New Zealand (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)
Ashley Jackson scored the only goal in a tight opening half, but England stepped up a gear in the final 35 minutes as the floodgates opened; Jackson added another to his tally, alongside Mark Gleghorne, Tom Carson and captain Barry Middleton to make it 5-1 and seal their place at the top of Pool A.
The result means that England will face the fourth place finishers from Pool B which will be decided after the rest of today’s matches; at the moment their opponents could be Australia, the Netherlands or Belgium. Continue reading