Netherlands beat Hockeyroos to Win World League Final, England won Bronze

The Olympic Champions Netherlands came from 0-1 down at half time to score 5 past Australia in 2nd half to claim the Gold Medal at Argentina Hockey World League in Tucumán.

Maddie Hinch goalkeeper of the tournament at Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Maddie Hinch goalkeeper of the tournament at Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

In the Bronze Medal match between hosts Argentina and England, Maddie Hinch, Goalkeeper of England, pulled out yet another excellent performance to win the match for her side and was also adjudged Goalkeeper of the Tournament i.e. her third in a row. She was also named keeper of the tournament at the Investec World League, TriFinance EuroHockey Championships and now the Argentina World League Final.. After 1-1 draw at full time, Hinch saved two of Argentine shoot-out to clinch the Bronze for her side from hosts Las Leonas in front home crowd. New Zealand pipped China 1-0 to finish fifth and Germany beat Korea 7-4 for 7th place. Continue reading →

England Beat Argentina in Shoot-Out to Win Bronze at World League

There was nothing to separate England and hosts Argentina after 70 minutes of play as they battled to a 1-1 draw in the Bronze Medal Match of Argentina Hockey World League at Tucumán, but England reigned supreme in the resulting penalty shoot-out, winning it 4-2, to take a brilliant victory over Las Leonas on home turf.

England celebrate winning bronze in the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England celebrate winning bronze in the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Helen Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson, Susie Gilbert and Sally Walton all scored and with Maddie Hinch, once again brilliant in goal, England claimed the bronze medal from the world number one side. Maddie Hinch was named goalkeeper of the tournament. This makes it three out of three for Hinch in 2013, who was also named keeper of the tournament at the Investec World League, TriFinance EuroHockey Championships and now the Argentina World League Final. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women finish at 5th Place in World League Final

The Black Sticks Women have finished on a high at the Hockey World League Final in Tucumán, Argentina after beating China 1-0 to take fifth place at the tournament, and Germany defeated Korea in a high scoring match by 7-4 to finish 7th at 1st edition of the tournament.

Kayla Sharland (Captain of New Zealand), who earned her 200th cap for Black Sticks, scored the winning goal

Kayla Sharland (Captain of New Zealand), who earned her 200th cap for Black Sticks, scored the winning goal

Inspirational captain Kayla Sharland celebrated her 200th international cap in style, delivering the game winning goal late in the second half.

While the game only provided one goal, the statistics told the story of New Zealand’s dominance with 22 circle penetrations to four and 75% of possession in China’s half.

The match put both sides under testing conditions with temperatures again approaching 40 degrees Celsius, but the final result was retribution for the Black Sticks who lost 2-0 to China in the campaign opener. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos to Face Netherlands in Final of Hockey World League at Tucumán

Australia’s Hockeyroos will face the London Olympic Champions Netherlands in the final of the World League Final tournament in Tucumán, Argentina following both sides’ semi-final victories.

England Maddie Hinch in action in goal against Australia in Semi Final at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Maddie Hinch in action in goal against Australia in Semi Final at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

The Dutch progressed to the grand final by defeating the hosts Argentina on a shoot-out (3-2) following a 2-2 draw, while the Hockeyroos outclassed England by 3-0 in “Ashes” clash in the semi-final with goals coming from Jodie Schulz, Georgie Parker and Karri McMahon.

The final will take place at 9pm local time in Tucumán on Sunday evening, which is 11am AEDT / 8am AWST on Monday morning in Australia (Full Schedule here). Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women Set Up 5th Place Play off against China

The Black Sticks Women will play off for fifth place at the Hockey World League Final in Tucumán, Argentina after soundly defeating Korea 3-1. The Black Sticks are now up against China who defeated Germany by 3-1 in other 5th-8th classification match.

Petrea Webster of Black Sticks celebrates during Argentina Hockey World League (Courtesy: Hockey New Zealand)

Petrea Webster of Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Korea during Argentina Hockey World League (Courtesy: Hockey New Zealand)

In their first win at the tournament, the New Zealand players were clinical in both their attacking play and defensive organisation for most of the game.

Goals from Kayla Sharland, Petrea Webster and Gemma Flynn were enough to see them through to 5th-6th place match to be played on Sunday (Full schedule & results here).

Head coach Mark Hager said he was pleased with the result and is looking forward to finishing on a positive note. Continue reading →

England set up ‘Ashes’ clash in Semi-Final

England have set up a Semi-Final clash against Australia on Saturday following a narrow 1-0 victory over Quarter-Final opponents China at the Argentina World League Final. Despite the score line, it was a dominant display from England, with Georgie Twigg converting a penalty stroke in the 46th minute of the game to take them through to the top four.

Alex Danson & Susie Gilbert earn milestone international caps at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Alex Danson & Susie Gilbert earn milestone international caps at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the day the Netherlands beat New Zealand 1-0 in the first match, and AustraliaGermany went all the way to the wire with the Hockeyroos eventually winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot out. And the hosts Argentina defeated Korea 3-1 in last quarter final to set up semis against Netherlands.

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England’s Alex Danson and Susie Gilbert both received flowers before the match to mark milestone appearances for England & GB; Danson earning her 200th and Gilbert her 100th combined caps. Continue reading →