Black Sticks Men Edge Spain to Book Semis against Belgium

An enormous team effort has led the Black Sticks Men to a 1-0 win over Spain and sees them progress to the semi finals at the Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) in Rotterdam.

A first half goal from Hugo Inglis was enough to put the still undefeated Kiwi men into the semi-finals where they will play Belgium on Saturday morning at 3am (NZ time) for a shot at the final. Belgium defeated Ireland 6-3 in the 1st quarter final on the day. Continue reading →

Kookaburras beat India 5-1 to reach Semi Final at Rotterdam

A clinical first half display helped the Kookaburras seal a semi-final berth at the Hockey World League and, so long as France do not cause one of the biggest upsets in world hockey later, a place at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague thanks to a 5-1 victory over India in Rotterdam.

For Australia not to automatically qualify to defend their title, Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands will need to lose their quarter final to outsiders France. Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Ireland in Quarter Final of Hockey World League at Rotterdam

A tough day at the office for the Irish Senior Men saw them fall 6-3 to a talented young Belgian side in Hockey World League at Rotterdam this morning.

Two goals in two first half minutes before a Chris Cargo reply saw them go in at the break 2-1 down and fighting hard, but six goals in twenty minutes of the second period left Andrew Meredith’s side beaten by the better team on the day. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women qualify for semi-final, face Netherlands

The Black Sticks Women have successfully booked themselves a spot in the semi-final and are a step closer to World Cup qualification thanks to a 3-1 win over Japan at the World League in Rotterdam. New Zealand will now take on hosts Netherlands who defeated India 8-1 in the quarter-finals. Korea will face Germany in other semi final.

Japan were a tough opponent and New Zealand found themselves trailing 1-0 at half time in the do-or-die cross-over match. But persistence paid off and the goals came in the second half from Krystal Forgesson, Anita Punt and Charlotte Harrison who netted one each. The win means New Zealand has qualified for World League Four in December in Argentina, a top three place would get them to the 2014 World Cup. Continue reading →

Netherlands Fire 5 in Ireland’s Goal in Rotterdam

A disappointing performance by the Irish Senior Men against quality opposition in a balmy Rotterdam this evening saw them fall to a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Netherlands in Hockey World League Round 3.

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands: Hockey World League in Rotterdam

Jeroen Hertzberger Scored a brace for Netherlands

It was always going to be a tough game against the current World Champions, but once again Irish defensive errors and incisive Dutch finishing proved the difference between the two sides. The attacking trio of Hofman, Hertzberger and Jonker provided the magic for the Dutch, who were far superior throughout. The result leaves Andrew Meredith with plenty to ponder ahead of their quarter-final game on Wednesday.

It was a bittersweet occasion for Irish Captain Ronan Gormley, who made his 169th appearance for Ireland and in doing so, broke Eugene Magee’s record as the record Irish Caps holder. Holland made a bright start and could have gone ahead in the opening minutes as Verga won their first corner of the game, Hertzberger’s flick charged down by McConnell. Continue reading →

India Black Sticks Draw in Rotterdam World League

The Black Sticks Men have drawn 3-3 with India in their final pool game at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam. Black Sticks striker Phil Burrows became the first ever New Zealand player to represent his country in 300 international matches.

Mandeep Singh Indian Hockey PlayerThe undefeated Black Sticks will either be at first or second place in Pool B depending on the result of Netherlands v Ireland match. Thus, Kiwis will play France or Spain in Thursday’s cross-over quarter-final, while India will either play Australia or Belgium in the quarter-finals.

The Black Sticks were on the scoreboard early with Nick Haig hitting a powerful ball into the circle for Marcus Child to deflect in past the Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Continue reading →