Lynch Saved two in Shoot-Out to take Hockeyroos to Semis

The Hockeyroos are through to the semi-final of the Hockey World League Final after a dramatic shoot-out victory over European Champions Germany in searing heat in Tucuman, Argentina.

Hockey Australia LogoThe nail-biting finish saw Madonna Blyth, Kellie White, Georgie Parker and Claire Messent all hold their nerve to score the Hockeyroos’ first four shoot-out attempts with goalkeeper Rachael Lynch proving her expertise between the posts with two fine saves. The match went down to the wire after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Victory assures the Hockeyroos of a shot at the medals with a semi-final against either England or Korea on the cards. (Detailed schedule here) Continue reading →

Netherlands Edge Past Black Sticks to reach Semis at World League

The Black Sticks Women played their best game of the tournament but were edged 1-0 by the Netherlands in this morning’s quarter final at the World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina.

Anita Punt of New Zealand in action against Netherlands at Argentina World League Final (Credits: Hockey New Zealand)

Anita Punt of New Zealand in action against Netherlands at Argentina World League Final (Credits: Hockey New Zealand)

In temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius, it was Lidewij Welten’s lone second half goal which sealed the result for the Olympic champions.

The Black Sticks played strongly on both sides of the ball and created several opportunities in the second half from penalty corners, while Sally Rutherford was again outstanding at the other end in goal for the Kiwis. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Beat Black Sticks to Set Up QF against Germany

Australia’s Hockeyroos will face European Champions Germany in the quarter-finals of the FIH World League Finals tournament in Tucuman, Argentina, after finishing top of Pool B by defeating Black Sticks 5-1 in their last pool match.

Black Sticks Anita Punt Hockeyroos Bone Edwina Argentina Hockey World League (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

Black Sticks Anita Punt Hockeyroos Bone Edwina Argentina Hockey World League (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

The Hockeyroos’ final position in the pool was dependent on hosts Argentina’s result against China following the Australian women’s victory over New Zealand. Argentina required an eight goal margin of victory to leapfrog the Hockeyroos and beat China 3-1.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens says “the tournament begins now” after Australia’s women defeated their trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand.

Kellie White’s superb individual tomahawk strike into the top corner of the net – her second goal of the game – was the stand-out strike in five for the Hockeyroos for whom Georgie Parker, Ashleigh Nelson and Jodie Schulz were also on target. Continue reading →

England beat Germany with a Brace from Danson

England dug deep today as they recorded a gutsy 3-1 victory over Germany in the Argentina World League Final. England star Alex Danson scored twice alongside Sophie Bray to secure the three points and a second place finish in Pool A (Full results here).

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England's third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Alex Danson celebrates with Hannah Macleod after scoring England’s third goal against Germany in the Argetina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Earlier in the day the Netherlands recorded their third consecutive win of the tournament beating Korea 3-1. England will play the team that finishes third in Pool B in their Quarter Final match on Thursday at 2:30 (UK time). The final Pool B matches will be played out tonight.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh received flowers before the match to mark her 200th appearance for England (308th combined England & Great Britain). Continue reading →

Black Sticks Lost 1-2 to World Champions Argentina at the World League

World champions Argentina have beaten the Black Sticks Women 2-1 in the second pool game of the World League Final in Tucumán, Argentina despite a much improved performance from the Kiwi side.

Sam Charlton (Black Sticks) and Scarone Mariela (Las Leonas) in action during New Zealand vs Argentina at the World League Final (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

Sam Charlton (Black Sticks) and Scarone Mariela (Las Leonas) in action during New Zealand vs Argentina at the World League Final (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

“It was definitely an improvement on the Chinese game yesterday. We are still disappointed not to come away with a draw, we had a few chances to make that happen, but perhaps lacked the experience to make it count,” says Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager.

New Zealand’s defensive work in the circle held off a number of strong attacks from the hosts early on in the first half. Although Argentina had the lion’s share of possession, New Zealand created a handful of opportunities and it was Anita Punt who made the most of it in the 21st minute when the ball fell to her in the circle and she brilliantly flicked it to the top left giving the Black Sticks a 1-0 lead. Continue reading →

Emily Smith’s Brace helps Hockeyroos to 5-1 win over China at World League

The Hockeyroos picked up all three points on day two of the World League Finals in Argentina with a 5-1 win over world number seven China.

Argentina Hockey World League LogoFirst half goals from Victorian Claire Messent and New South Wales’ Kellie White, a brace of close range second half tap-ins from White’s Crookwell compatriot Emily Smith and a late penalty corner from Queenslander Jodie Schulz earned Australia’s women victory.

The Hockeyroos dominated from start to finish, racing into a two goal lead midway through the first half. Their only set-back came in the form of a penalty corner strike by China’s Ting Huang shortly before half time but Emily Smith’s first goal restored Australia’s two goal cushion in the opening minute of the second half. Schulz’ late corner was just reward for her efforts in the opening two matches of the competition. Continue reading →