Korea Qualify for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup

Korea are the latest team to be confirmed as qualifiers for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, which will take place at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from 31st May to 15th June next year.

Nick Catlin in action for England in the third place play off against Korea at the World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that Korea are the latest team to be confirmed as qualifiers for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 after the completion of the Men’s Pan American Cup 2013 in Brampton, Canada.

Korea – who just missed out on direct World Cup qualification by finishing fourth at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia – were promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants courtesy of Argentina’s success in the Pan American continental championship on Saturday. Continue reading →

Black Sticks qualify for 2014 World Cup, as Las Leonas Finish 3rd in London

With Argentina’s win over China in the bronze medal match of Invest World League Semi Final in London, the Black Sticks Women’s team became 7th team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Black Sticks Stacey Michelsen (left) celebrates with captain Kayla Sharland (right) after scoring a goal against Korea (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File phto: Black Sticks celebrating (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

New Zealand had finished at fourth place in the Rabobank World League Semi Final in Rotterdam last weekend and Netherlands, who finished 2nd place at Rotterdam, are automatically qualified for the World Cup 2014 as hosts leaving one spot empty after completion of World League Round 3. So, next countries in line for World Cup 2014 qualification were 4th placed teams at Rotterdam and London World League tournament. Since the Kiwis are at number 3 FIH World Ranking and China are at #7, so the Black Sticks are now qualified. If Argentina had have lost, then the Kiwis would have needed to beat Australia at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki in October. Now China need to win Asia Cup to qualify for the World Cup. Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Kookaburras on Sudden Death Shoot Out to Win World League in Rotterdam

KOOKABURRAS 2-2 (HT: 1-0) BELGIUM*
For Kookaburras: Chris Ciriello 21 (PC), Russell Ford 70 (F)
For Belgium: Tom Boon 49 (F), Sebastien Dockier 59 (F)
*Belgium win 7-6 after a sudden death shoot-out 

In a dramatic final at the World League in Rotterdam, the Kookaburras came out on the wrong side of an enthralling 2-2 draw and a sudden death shoot out against Belgium. Earlier in the day, Netherlands and Spain defeated New Zealand and India to finish at 3rd and 5th place respectively.

Russell Ford - Kookaburras (Australia Men's) Hockey Player (Photo Credit: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Phot of Ford who scored equallizer in 70th minute (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

For much of the match the Kookaburras battered the Belgian defence but despite goals from Chris Ciriello and Russell Ford, a textbook goalkeeping performance by Belgium’s Vincent Vanasch and the faintest of saves from his replacement Jeremy Gucassoff in the shoot-out denied the Australian men victory.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth admitted afterwards his side had enough chances to win the game but said they had achieved two of three of their pre-tournament ambitions. “It’s a disappointing way to lose but we can only blame ourselves,” he said. “We had the chances but we didn’t take them; we even had chances to win it in the shoot-out. We had six penalty corners to their one but the goalkeeper made a lot of good saves and we put one past our own goalkeeper, too. Continue reading →

Netherlands Beat New Zealand to Finish 3rd at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Men have finished fourth at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam after being defeated 4-1 by Netherlands in Sunday’s bronze medal playoff.

Phil Burrows netted a goal early and the score was level at halftime, but the Black Sticks were outmuscled in the second half with the Dutch capitalising on a high percentage of possession. Continue reading →

Ireland Come Back from 0-4 Down to Win 7th Place Play off at Rotterdam

Ireland staged a remarkable fight to comeback from 4-0 down to France early in the 2nd half to claim a truly amazing 6-4 victory and claim 7th place at the World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam.

Ireland’s World League adventure appeared to be coming to a disappointing end as France racked up a 3-0 first half lead with clinical goals from Genestet, Deront & Sevestre coming in a frantic 9 minute spell that saw France’s clear dominance rewarded in a first half that also featured a considerable delay as torrential rain interrupted proceedings. Continue reading →

Korea Women Beat Black Sticks to Finish 3rd at Rotterdam and Qualify for World Cup 2014

Korean Women pipped the Black Sticks in the bronze-medal match in a dramatic shoot-out at the World League in Rotterdam as both the teams were locked at 3-3 after regulation time. Earlier in the day Japan and India defeated Belgium and Chile to finish 5th and 7th respectively.

The shoot-out, which Korea won 3-2, brought an end to a pulsating third place playoff match which could have gone either way with the scores level 3-3 at full time. The first half was a blockbuster with the sides sharing six goals as the game flew from end to end with stalwarts Krystal Forgesson, Katie Glynn and Kayla Sharland all getting on the board. Continue reading →