After the completion of WOMEN’s Hockey Competition Day 3 at Riverbank Arena, 4 Pool B teams (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and Germany) are having 6 points from three matches with two wins and one loss each. Only two teams from Pool A, i.e. the Dutch(#1 in FIH World Ranking) and Hosts Great Britain, remained unbeaten of the 12 participating in the competition. However Japan and South Africa are yet to earn a point.
Great Britain goal-scorer Ashleigh Ball in action against Belgium (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)
On the low scoring day, a total of 11 goals only, in 6 matches (half of total goals scored on 2nd day i.e. 22, while a total of 23 goals were scored on the opening day of competition), there were 5 clean sheet wins. The 4 out of 6 matches were a close fight with just one goal’s margin, out of which, three of the winning teams had clean sheets.
The day started with Korea and Japan stepping on the Blue Surface in search of their first victory or points. The Korean CHEON Seul Ki converted a PC in 42nd minute, which turned out to be winning goal for world #8 side over Japan, who are just one place below Korea in FIH World Rankings. Continue reading →
London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 2 Review & Results
The only surprising result of Day 2 of the London 2012 Hockey MEN’s competition was the 2-2 draw between South Africa and hosts Great Britain. Australia and Netherlands registered their 2nd victory. Pakistan also earned the much needed 3 points with the victory against Argentina after drawing the campaign opener with Spain, while New Zealand defeated India and earned their first points to keep themselves in the contention for semi-finals.
New Zealand vs. India 3-1 (half-time: 3-1)
Both India and New Zealand stepped on the pitch in search for their first win of the London 2012 Olympics. And it was India who got the dream start, by getting a penalty corner in the opening minute of the match and Sandeep SINGH made it look easy to take India 1-0 ahead. After that, the Black Sticks stamped authority on the game and scored thrice before lemon break hooter to go into breather with 3-1 lead. Continue reading →
On the 2nd day of Women’s Hockey Competions, Americans and Aussies surprised World #2 and #3 sides (Argentina and Germany) respectively leaving Pool B wide open. The Black Sticks women continued their form and registered second win from as many matches to sit on the top of Pool B, while Argentina, Australia, USA and Germany with 3 points each from one win each of their two matches, separated only by one goal’s difference.
In Pool A, Great Britain and Netherlands defeated Japan and Korea respectively, to add 3 more points to their kitty, while Asian Giant and Beijing Silver Medalists China were held by minnow Belgium. Thus, Great Britain and Netherlands are on the top in Pool A points table, followed by China at third place. Belgium, Japan and Korea, who are yet to register a win, complete of lower half of the table of Pool A.
Great Britain’s Georgie Twigg just before she scores against Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)
Great Britain vs. Korea: 5-3 (half-time: 2-1):
WHITE Nicola (6″-FG) DANSON Alex (38″-PC) CULLEN Crista (25″-PC) TWIGG Georgie (61″-PC) and ROGERS Chloe (62″-FG) scored one each, when hosts Great Britain bagged three points with the 2nd win from the 2nd match of London 2012 in front of the vocal home ground. Continue reading →
Day 1 of the Women’s Hockey Games at Riverbank Arena in London concluded with Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, China, Netherlands and New Zealand earning 3 points each after winning the matches.
Germany vs USA 2-1 (2-0 half-time)
World #3 Germany scraped past (2-1) World #10 USA to earn their crucial 3 points. Germany will be relieved after winning it 2-1 from 2-0 lead at half time. It was Yvonne FRANK and the defending unit of Germans who kept their nerves to win the game, when Americans pressurized for an equalizer in the last minutes.
Captain Fanny RINNE’s flick in the top corner in the 8th Minute and close range rocketing reverse hit in the roof of net by Lisa HAHN on Janne MULLER-WIELAND’s pass in 21st Minute saw Germany going for the lemon break with a 2-0 lead. Putting up a keen fight, the USA women forced penalty corners in the second half but could convert only one when Captain and Injector Lauren CRANDALL guided the Claire LAUBACH’s flick home.
For more information on GER vs USA, click here (FIH Website).
Great Britain vs Japan 4-0 (4-0 half-time)
Backed by home advantage and support of the 12th man-the Supporters in Stands, hosts Great Britain scored a comfortable win (4-0) over Japanese Women, who are at 9th place in FIH World Rankings.
Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)
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India took on hosts Spain in the last match of Tri-Nations Hockey Tournament at Santander, after both of them lost their respective matches against Great Britain. Great Britain defeated India (3-1) and Spain (2-1) to finish first, while Spain defeated India (2-1) in the last match of the tournament to finish Second. India lost their both the matches and finished Third.
India played better hockey in first half, looked inspired by their last match before the London Games. After a scoreless first half, the match became more tensed, which saw 6 temporary suspensions (2 green and 2 yellow cards for hosts, while one of each for India).
Spain controlled the game from the starting of second half, kept possession, reached to Indian goal. David Alegre (43rd Minute) and Miquel Delás (61st Minute) scored on penalty corners to earn a lead of 2-0 for the hosts. However, India pulled one back through VR Raghunath in a Penalty Corner in 64th Minute of the game to 2-1, and ran out of time in search of equalizer.
Results of the Tri-Nations Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain: Continue reading →
6th Junior Women’s Asia Cup
from 27 June to 7 July 2012 at Bangkok, Thailand
Pool A: China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Pool B: Korea, Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Pakistan
- Sri Lanka
Schedule and Results: Continue reading →