England men’s squad named for Hockey World League Semi Final in Johor Bahru

Friday 28 June: Ahead of their first game tomorrow England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named the final 18 athletes for the FIH World League Semi Final in Malaysia. The competition takes place from 29 June – 7 July 2013 and features eight top class international teams including Olympic gold medallists Germany.

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa tomorrow – Saturday 29 June – at 14:00 (UK time). Ranked at number four in the FIH world rankings, England will be favourite on paper to top their group, but they will no doubt face tough opposition from Pakistan, South Africa and hosts Malaysia who sit at 5, 12 and 13 respectively.

There is plenty at stake for Crutchley’s side as a top three finish will guarantee England a place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague. Continue reading →

Kookaburras’ 18 Known for Hockey World League at Rotterdam

Hockey Australia has submitted its final 18-athlete Kookaburras squad for the Rabobank Hockey World League in Rotterdam.  The newest tournament in the international hockey calendar, the Hockey World League is Australia’s first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their title.

Hockey Australia LogoA 20-strong group has been preparing for the tournament with a European tour encompassing warm-up fixtures against the Netherlands and Belgium. But with competition regulations requiring teams to nominate a squad of 18, Queenslander Jake Whetton and Aran Zalewski of WA are the unfortunate pair missing out on selection. Continue reading →

England ready for Investec Hockey World League challenge

12 June 2013: England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has selected the 18 athletes who will contest the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London from 22-30 June. Among the athletes selected there are eight London Olympic bronze medallists who will be playing back on home turf in front of thousands of supporters at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Commenting on the squad he has selected for the six day tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, Lee said, “Choosing the final 18 athletes for this tournament was difficult because we have a whole training squad who are challenging for a place. I think the selected athletes have a great mix of experience and youth and they’ve gelled really well in a short space of time. We had some training games against New Zealand [FIH world #3] last week and the way we played in those fixtures has definitely given us a good confidence boost going into the tournament. However, with the likes of South Africa and Australia in our Pool we are under no illusions how challenging the week will be.” Continue reading →

USA Field Hockey Team Named for Investec World Leauge Semi-Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 7, 2013 – U.S. head coach Craig Parnham has announced the 18-player roster for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England, June 22-30. The roster features a strong balance of experience and youth with 12 Olympians, including four two-time Olympians as well as three collegiate student-athletes from the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Princeton University.

USA Field Hockey Logo“The squad is a nice balance of youth and experience,” said Parnham. “There is a great spirit with the group and we are looking forward to the challenge of the World League Semi-Finals.”

Team USA is undergoing its final preparations for the World League Semi-Final at Rutgers University and is set to depart for London Saturday, June 15. The U.S. will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, an event they missed out on in 2010 after suffering a 3-1 loss to Korea in the finals of their World Cup qualifying event. The U.S. finished 6th at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Continue reading →

Meredith announces Irish Men’s Squad for Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi Final)

Irish Men’s Coach Andrew Meredith has named his squad for the upcoming Rabobank World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam from the 13th-23rd June 2013. Meredith has selected the 18 from an original training panel of 30 after two recent intensive training camps and a two-match test series against Germany in Mannheim which saw the Green Machine tie the series 1-1 with the reigning Olympic Champions.

O'Donoghue of Ireland scored a tat-trick against China in Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

Meredith’s selection sees the return of experienced duo Timmy Cockram and Peter Caruth who missed the Green Machine’s outing at World League 2. The squad also includes a number of players who have excelled in the recent Irish Hockey League with Peter Brown, Kyle Good and Jonathan Bell in particular all rewarded for putting in stellar performances in Irish Hockey’s premier domestic tournament this season. Continue reading →

England Men set for World League Semi Final, Crutchley Names a Squad of 20

29 May 2013: Ahead of the World League Semi Final in Johor, Malaysia, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 athletes who will fly out to Malaysia next month to prepare for the new FIH competition. The final 18 man squad will be announced closer to the event which runs from 29 June – 7 July.

England's Adam Dixon in action against Scotland in April 2013 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Adam Dixon in action against Scotland in April 2013 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The line-up sees six London 2012 Olympians returning to action, plus several other athletes who bring a wealth of experience to the squad. Alongside them, Crutchley has also named a number of less experienced athletes, three of whom will be looking to secure international debuts.

Back from a season playing for Dutch side HGC, England Captain Barry Middleton is ready for the new challenge ahead, “I am really looking forward to the tournament as it gives the squad a good chance to see where we stand right now in World Hockey. We have a new group with a good mix of youth and experience and there’s a real desire to get out there and challenge ourselves against the best sides in the world. It’s exciting to see the young talent we have coming through our development pathways.” Continue reading →