Ireland’s Green Machine march on to Champions Challenge Semi Final

Ireland’s Green Machine marched into the Champions Challenge 1 Semi-Final in Quilmes, Argentina today with a convincing 4-0 Quarter Final win over European neighbours Poland.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIreland, fresh from a 3-1 victory over South Africa on Tuesday started brightly and dominated possession in the early part of the contest but faced a Polish Keeper, Arkadiusz Matuszak, in inspired form. In a short space of time he made consecutive top drawer saves following strikes at goal from Ireland’s Caruth, Watt & O’Donohue.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, David Harte in the Irish goal was making his 100th appearance for Ireland and despite being a spectator for large parts was called on to make important saves as Poland found their feet mid-way through the half. Surprisingly the half came to a close at 0-0 with Ireland on top but not being able to find a way past the magnificent Polish Keeper. Continue reading →

Ireland book Quarter Final date with Poland in Champions Challenge 1

Ireland’s Green Machine got back on track and booked a Quarter Final showdown with fellow Europeans, Poland following a hard fought victory vs South Africa in hot & humid Quilmes, Argentina today.  Ireland Coach Andrew Meredith grabbed his first competitive win having watched his new side lose their first two games in Champions Challenge 1 vs Argentina & Japan despite his team showing promising signs in both games.

Irish Hockey Association LogoIn a frantic first half, Ireland grabbed the lead after only 8 minutes when Andy McConnell scrambled the ball home following good play from Mitch Darling. South Africa were back on level terms at 1-1 within 5 minutes though as Ireland failed to clear following a penalty corner and Miguel Da Garca pounced to score. The remainder of the half was played in a fast and furious manner around the centre of the field with neither team really opening the other up. The two best chances of the half both fell to Ireland though with Timothy Cockram & Michael Watt going close for the Green Machine before the sides headed for the break all square. Continue reading →

Canada Men’s National Team to face Korea in first match of Champions Challenge I

On Saturday, the Canadian Men’s National Team will take the field for their first international competition since February.  Canada’s first match of the 2012 Champions Challenge I is against Korea at 10:00am local time in Quilmes, Argentina.  Korea will be a tough opponent – they are currently ranked seventh in the world.  But Team Canada is ready to compete.

Field Hockey Canada Logo

“The team is feeling good,” says Forward Matt Guest.  “We have shown steady improvement throughout our practice matches.  With several guys making their international debut in the first match – there are mixed feelings of nerves and excitement within the group.”

“We have two practice scrimmages under our belts, which has helped us get our legs under us and work out a few tactical adjustments,” says Defender Scott Tupper.  “It has been good to get used to the pace again and have a feel for competition before the tournament starts.” Continue reading →

HIL Players’ Auction: 24 Australians & 15 Pakistani among 91 overseas players

NEW DELHI, November 19: As many as 24 Australian hockey players, including all 16 members of the squad that won the bronze medal in the Olympic Games at London earlier this year, are among the 91 overseas players who have signed up for the Hockey India League Players’ Auction to be held here in December in the run up to the six-team event in early 2013.

Dr Narinder Batra

Dr Narinder Batra

“A look at the list of players will assure the hockey fraternity that it is in for an intensely competitive event from 5 January to 3 February 2013,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “We are confident that the quality of hockey on view in the 33 matches will be very high and exciting.

“We are happy that a vast majority of the world’s best players from 12 countries besides over 150 Indians have made themselves available for Hockey India League,” Dr Batra said.  “It will be of particular interest to hockey lovers here that, with 15 players in the Auction, Pakistan is second only to Australia in terms of numbers. Continue reading →

Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team ready for Champions Challenge 1

OTTAWA (FHC) – The Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team is ready to compete on the international stage once again.  From November 24th to December 2nd, our men will represent Canada at the 2012 Men’s Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina.

Field Hockey Canada LogoThis will be Team Canada’s first competition in the new quadrennial.  Since the Olympic Qualification Tournament in February, the Men’s National Team has been immersed in a revamped training regimen and professional environment at home in Vancouver.

“The training program has been quite intensive,” says Scott Tupper.  “We’ve made changes to how we train both on field and away from the field.  We’ve seen physiological improvements, and now we’ll get the opportunity to measure where we are in terms of our play.” Continue reading →

Argentina Hockey Champions Challenge I (Men’s) Quilmes 2012 Schedule / Results

Argentina Hockey Champions Challenge I (Men’s) Quilmes (Buenos Aires) 2012 Schedule

FIH Champions Challenge I LogoParticipating teams are as following:

Pool A: Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Poland
Pool B: Argentina, South Africa, Ireland, Japan

Time given in the schedule is in ART-Argentina Time (UTC/GMT -3.00)

# Info Time Team 1   Score: FT (HT)  Team 2
November 24th, 2012
1 Pool A 10:00am Korea 2 – 0
(1 – 0)
 Canada
2 Pool A 12:30pm Malaysia 4 – 0
(2 – 0)
 Poland
3 Pool B 3:00pm South Africa 4 – 4
(2 – 1)
 Japan
4 Pool B 5:30pm Argentina 4 – 3
(2 – 2)
 Ireland
November 25th, 2012
5 Pool A 10:00am Canada 3 – 3
(1 – 1)
 Poland
6 Pool A 12:30pm Malaysia 4 – 2
(3 – 1)
 Korea
7 Pool B 3:00pm Ireland 0 – 3
(0 – 1)
 Japan
8 Pool B 5:30pm South Africa 1 – 2
(0 – 1)
 Argentina
November 27th, 2012
9 Pool A 10:00am Korea 4 – 5
(2 – 1)
 Poland
10 Pool A 12:30pm Canada 2 – 4
(1 – 3)
 Malaysia
11 Pool B 3:00pm Ireland 3 – 1
(1 – 1)
 South Africa
12 Pool B 5:30pm Argentina 4 – 1
(2 – 0)
 Japan
November 29th, 2012
13 QF 8:30am Malaysia 4 – 1
(1 – 0)
South Africa
14 QF 11:30am Japan 2 – 3
(1 – 1)
Korea
15 QF 2:30pm Poland 0 – 4
(0 – 0)
Ireland
16 QF 5:30pm Argentina 5 – 1
(4 – 0)
Canada
December 1st, 2012
17 5th-8th 8:30am South Africa 1 – 2
(1 – 1)
 Japan
18 5th-8th 11:30am Poland 2 – 4
(2 – 2)
Canada
19 SF 2:30pm Malaysia 3 – 6
(0 – 4)
 Korea
20 SF 5:30pm Ireland 1 – 2
(0 – 0)
 Argentina
December 2nd, 2012
21 7th 8:30am South Africa 4 – 2
(3 – 0)
 Poland
22 5th 11:30am Japan 4 – 2
(2 – 1)
 Canada
23 Bronze 2:30pm Malaysia 3 – 4
(1 – 2) (AET)
 Ireland
24 Gold 5:30pm Korea 0 – 5
(0 – 2)
 Argentina

Pool Standings after League Stage:

Pool A 
Team Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points
Malaysia 3 3 0 0 12 4 8 9
Poland 3 1 1 1 8 11 -3 4
Korea 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
Canada 3 0 1 2 5 9 -4 1
Pool B 
Team Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points
Argentina 3 3 0 0 10 5 5 9
Japan 3 1 1 1 8 8 0 4
Ireland 3 1 0 2 6 8 -2 3
South Africa 3 0 1 2 6 9 -3 1

Source: FIH Website