India held Spain for 1-1 to Earn 1st Point at RWHC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 5 June 2014: India played 1-1 draw against Spain in their third match of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, played at the Kyocera Stadium, The Hague, Netherlands today. With this draw both the teams got one point each on the points table (given below). In the other Pool A matches of the day, Australia defeated Belgium 3-1 and England beat Malaysia 2-0 in men’s competition.

Francisco Cortes (Spain) and Manpreet Singh (India) after playing 1-1 draw the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

Francisco Cortes (Spain) and Manpreet Singh (India) after playing 1-1 draw the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

The Indian team looked composed and started well. Though both the teams had few half chances but none of them were able to convert them. Indian team got their first chance in the 28th minute of the game when they got a penalty stroke which was successfully converted by Vice-Captain Rupinder Pal Singh and gave India a lead of 1-0. Indian team maintained the attack and did not allowed Spain to score any further goal till the 33rd minute of the game. In the 34th minute, Spain’s Roc Oliva scored an equalizer goal for the team through field goal and leveled the score with 1-1 on the scoreboard till the half time. Continue reading →

India and Spain lock horns at RHWC2014 in The Hague

The Hague, Netherlands, 4 June 2014: After suffering two defeats with late goals, Indian side is determined to take on Spain in their third game of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 tomorrow (5th June) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

India will be clashing against the 10th ranked Spain tomorrow in its 3rd outing of the World Cup. While on one hand India have lost its last 2 matches in the final moments of the game (2-3 at the hands of Belgium and 1-2 against England), Spain on the other hand drew its first match against England 1-1 but went on to lose its second match to Australia 3-0 allowing Australia to sit on the top of the points table in Pool A. While Spain has more points than India, but India will still be having an edge in terms of confidence level. In the last two matches played against higher ranked teams Belgium and England, the Indian team had played quality hockey and gave a tough challenge to its opponents. Continue reading →

Dominating Kookaburras beat Spain 3-0 at RHWC2014

A commanding performance from start to finish helped the Kookaburras to a second consecutive win, 3-0 over Spain, at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague on Monday.

Kookaburras Kieran Govers flicking against Belgium in their opening of Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Coming out of the blocks like a steam train the Kookaburras stormed into the lead as Tim Deavin, who replaced the injured Glenn Simpson in Australia’s World Cup squad, casually placed a low tomahawk strike into the bottom corner two minutes in.

Captain Mark Knowles doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after just ten minutes but could only watch as a second penalty stroke rebounded back off the crossbar and out in the 21st minute. Continue reading →

England take one point against tricky opponents Spain

England’s first game of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup was against world number 10 side Spain. Alastair Brogdon gave England the lead inside six minutes as Bobby Crutchley’s side dominated the first half with a host of chances.

England's Alastair Brogdon scored the only goal against Spain at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Alastair Brogdon scored the only goal against Spain at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Spain came back at England in the second thirty-five minutes and Eduard Tubau pulled the crucial goal back to take a share of the spoils in the Pool A match. Iain Lewers did not play today after suffering a dead leg in last weekend’s game against Australia.

Wimbledon’s Alastair Brogdon put England in the driving seat after just six minutes with a fantastic shot in space from the top of the circle after Nick Catlin had played the ball through to find the Wimbledon forward.

A goal up, England looked confident and dominated play. Midway through the first half a great piece of set play from England saw both Barry Middleton and Adam Dixon fire shots towards Quico Cortes in Spain’s goal, but Cortes and a wide shot kept Spain within just one goal. England queued up the chances, Dixon, Mark Gleghorne and Catlin all came close to converting, but it remained 1-0 at half-time as the packed stadium basked in the evening sun. Continue reading →

USA Won Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow

USA Field Hockey team defeated Ireland 3-1 to win the FIH Champions Challenge I (Women’s) tournament at Glasgow (Scotland).

FIH Hockey Champions Challenge I (Women's): GlasgowSouth Africa edged past Spain with lone goal from CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie in 67th minute of the game to win Bronze Medal.

FINAL POSITIONS: 1.USA, 2.Ireland, 3.South Africa, 4.Spain, 5.Korea, 6.Belgium, 7.Scotland, 8.India

Ireland competed well from the start opening up the scoring in the 3rd minute from an unconventional corner routine which paid off, Captain Megan Frazer with the raised shot which was batted down and in by striker Emma Smyth to make it 1-0. Continue reading →

Ireland face USA in Summit Clash at Glasgow CC1

Ireland have made the final of the FIH Champions Challenge I beating South Africa in a fast paced and exciting match 2-1. Irish women’s will now face USA in the summit clash at Glasgow tomorrow, Sunday 4th may at 5.45pm.

USA defeated Spain 3-1 after leading 3-0 at half time of other semi final. South Africa and Spain will fight it out for Bronze medal, as Korea take on Belgium for 5th place and hosts Scotland face India for 7th place.

Ireland took a difficult route to the final having to knock out the number one seeds in this tournament (world no 8) Korea in the quarter finals in a tournament that contains four world cup teams. Continue reading →