Dutch turn game around to take victory from England at World League

Netherlands snatched the game from England, who came within three minutes of their second victory over the world number two side in 2013. The dutch girls scored two quick goals in the 67th and 68th minutes to win 3-2 and take the three points from England at the Argentina World League Final in Tucumán.

England Captain Kate Walsh drag flicks at a penalty corner against the Netherlands at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Captain Kate Walsh drag flicks at a penalty corner against the Netherlands at the Argentina World League Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England defender Sally Walton and forward Nicola White both received flowers for reaching milestone caps; Walton 100 for England and White 100 combined [England & Great Britain].

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, “I thought the performance was ok, although not as good as we were aiming or hoping for. I didn’t feel like we deserved to be 2-1 up at the end, the Dutch had created a lot of chances throughout the game.” Continue reading →

Hockeyroos draw 1-1 with World Champions Argentina in Tucuman

The Hockeyroos drew 1-1 with hosts Argentina in their opening match at the World League Finals in Tucuman on Sunday morning (Saturday evening in Argentina). After 70 minutes of the thrilling end-to-end attacking spectacle nothing could separate the two sides although that was a much to do with the performances of both defences.

Hockey Australia LogoThe Hockeyroos fell behind in the 14th minute to Delfina Merino’s near post deflection but as their confidence grew throughout the first half, Australia’s women found themselves deservedly level at 1-1 thanks to an own goal just before the break. Anna Rodriguez was the unfortunate defender that turned Casey Eastham’s cross beyond her goalkeeper under pressure from Kellie White. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women lose opener 0-2 against China at World League

The Black Sticks Women are disappointed to have lost their opening game 0-2 against China today at the World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina.

Black Sticks Kayla Sharland in action against China during World League Final opener (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

Black Sticks Kayla Sharland in action against China during World League Final opener (Credits: Matias Noé Correa Arce)

When it came to the statistics the New Zealanders looked good – ten shots on goal compared to China’s three, five penalty corners and double the amount of circle penetrations – but it was little consolation for the Kiwis when they left the field at full time.

“I thought we were disappointing in the attacking third, we created enough opportunities to win the game but did not convert these,” said head coach Mark Hager. Continue reading →

England Women Start on Winning Note in Hockey World League Final

England were put through their paces by Korea in their opening game at the Argentina World League Final in Tucuman, but a strong second half performance saw them come through with what proved to be a comfortable 6-2 victory and secure three points in Pool A.

Kate Walsh celebrates scoring for England against Korea at the Argentina World League Final ( Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Kate Walsh celebrates scoring for England against Korea at the Argentina World League Final ( Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, “It wasn’t a great start of course going 2-0 down, but we managed to change a few things around and in the end I thought we quite comfortably won and could have scored even more. I’m also glad we scored quite a few goals because it’s such a tight pool of top class teams and I think goal difference could play a big part in deciding positions.”

He added, “We’re not used to playing Korea, especially having just had the summer with the Europeans, we’ve got quite used to playing a certain style. I thought it was a really good test for us today and the girls showed great resilience to come through with a 6-2 victory in the end.” Continue reading →

Argentina Hockey World League Final: Schedule and Results

Argentina Hockey World League Final

from 30th November to 8th December, 2013
at San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.

The World League Final is a culmination of the International Hockey Federation’s World League tournament which started back in October 2012. Following the completion of round one and two, 16 teams battled it out in the semi-final stage which took place in London and Rotterdam over the summer.

Final Standings: 1. Netherlands, 2. Australia, 3. England, 4. Argentina, 5. New Zealand, 6. China, 7. Germany, 8. Korea.

Highlights of the Tournament here:


(Highlights of Argentina Hockey World League Final (Women’s))

Detailed Schedule of Argentina Hockey World League Final: Continue reading →

England women’s squad named for Hockey World League Final in Argentina

Ahead of the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucumán, England Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes who will compete from 30 November – 8 December.

England women celebrate their place in the 2013 EuroHockey Championship Final after beating the Dutch in a penalty shoot out (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

File Photo: England women during 2013 EuroHockey Championship (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

The squad contains only one change from that which brought home a European silver medal this summer. After recovering from a thumb injury, which kept her out of the European squad, forward Sophie Bray has been called back into the squad. Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft is the athlete who misses out on this occasion. After suffering ligament damage to her ankle during the semi-final of the EuroHockey Championships Sally Walton is also named in the squad. Continue reading →