London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Review & Results: Santi Freixa Ruled out of the Games

On Day 1 of the Men’s Hockey Competition at London 2012, Great Britain and Australia of Pool A, Netherlands, Korea and Germany from Pool B earned full points from their respective matches while Spain and Pakistan shared the points as they played a draw. Spanish Captain Santiago FREIXA is ruled out of the rest of competition after suffering from broken arm during the match against Pakistan. FREIXA will be replaced by defense man Andres MIR BEL.

Great Britain vs Argentina 4-1 (1-0 half-time)

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena. For Argentina Ibarra pulled one back at the 55th Minute. (Detailed report: Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1)

For more info on GBR vs ARG, click here (FIH Website).

Netherlands vs India 3-2 (2-0 half-time)

Indian Hockey Team returned to Olympics after missing the Beijing Games in 2008 after they failed to qualify for the first time in history. Eight time Olympics Gold Medallists India are building up towards golden glory again, and the responsibility lies with former Kookaburra Michael Nobbs. Though India lost in their opening game (2-3) of London Olympics to world number 3 side Netherlands, but signs of progress in Indian Hockey are quite visible. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Preview

The Men’s Hockey Competition at Riverbank Arena will kick start on the 30th of July, Monday. The Black Sticks will feature in the Men’s Hockey opening game of London Olympics like their Women’s counterparts who were part of Opening Game of the Women’s Hockey Competition. The 1976 Olympic Gold Medalists – New Zealand will play Korea – the Silver Medalists of 2000 Olympics in the first match of Pool B at 8:30 BST. World #7 Black Sticks (New Zealand) have faced Korea twice in the Olympics and have won on both the occasions.

Hockey at London Olympics 20122nd Match of the day (1st of Pool A) will be played between current World Champions and #1 team in the FIH World Ranking – Australia and the lowest ranked team in the current competition – South Africa in morning session at Riverbank Arena. Kookaburras (Australia) have played South Africa 3 times in Olympics and won twice and drawn once. The last Olympic match between Australia and South Africa was played in Beijing Olympics in 2008, where the Kookaburras outclassed the Springbocks (RSA) with a 10-0 victory. Continue reading →

India Finish 3rd in Santander Hockey Tri-Nations after Great Britain and Spain

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.

VR Raghunath

VR Raghunath

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 →

Great Britain build winning momentum with Spanish victory

Santander (July 16): A lightning start and second half grit ensured Great Britain’s men’s hockey team took the honours at the tri-nations Olympic warm-up tournament in Santander on Monday evening.  First half goals from Reading’s Jonty Clarke and HGC’s Barry Middleton fired GB into an early lead and although Pau Quemada halved the deficit before half time, Great Britain rode out 2-1 victors, winning the tournament in the process following their 3-1 victory over India on Saturday.

Head Coach Jason Lee played his 16 man Olympic squad in the match, which saw Surbiton forward Matt Daly make his 50th appearance for Great Britain.  Afterwards Lee said he was pleased with the outcome: “We started brightly and there were some nice signs but as you’d expect Spain stepped it up after going two nil down.  But we toughed it out and the players showed some real grit in the second half.” Continue reading →

India loses to South Africa 3-4

India went down fighting 3-4 to South Africa in its last friendly in the run-up to the Tri-Nation at La Albericia, the capital city of Cantabria, today.

Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh

The goal scorers for India were Danish Mujtaba, Sandeep Singh and SK Uthappa while Clinton Panther, Thoton McDade, Llyod Norris-Jones and Justin Reid Ross were on target for South Africa.

Clinton Panther put South Africa ahead in the 9th minute, scoring a field goal. Thoton McDade scored another goal for his team in the 17th minute. India  reduced the margin four minutes later with the field goal scored by forward Danish Mujtaba.

Going into the second half India created good moves penetrating in the circle and leveled 2-2 in the 47th minute through a penalty corner converted by Sandeep Singh. However three minutes later Llyod Norris- Jones put South Africa ahead. India fought back strongly and equalized seven minutes later through a field goal by SK Uthappa. Continue reading →

India beat South Africa 6-5 in the third test

India defeated South Africa 6-5 in a thrilling third test at La Albericia, the capital city of Cantabria, on Sunday night.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Strikers Shivendra Singh (13th, 38th minutes), Dharamvir Singh (19th, 21 st minute), Tushar Khandker (36 th minute) and penalty corner specialist V.R. Raghunath (penalty stroke 53 rd minute) were on target for India.

The goal-scorers for South Africa were Austin Smith (penalty stroke 17th, penalty corner 69th), Tim Drummond (42nd), Ian Haley (48th) and Justin Ried Ross (penalty corner 67th).

Shivendra put India ahead in the 13th minute, scoring a field goal. South Africa – who qualified for the London Olympics winning the last qualifier at Kakamigahara in Japan – equalised four minutes later through Smith, who converted a penalty stroke. Continue reading →