RHWC2014: It is Australia vs Netherlands in Men’s Final as Well

The defending champions, Kookaburras, will face the hosts in the chance to defend their 2010 title in Sunday’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 final in The Hague. Australia defeated Argentina by 5-1 in semi-final, while Netherlands edged past England by 1-0 to set up two Aussie-Dutch finals this weekend with the Kookaburras following their female counterparts, as the Hockeyroos take on the hosts in the final of Women’s Competition.

It's a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

It’s a tough defeat for England captain Barry Middleton against the Netherlands in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

In Semi Final 1: After a good chance in the opening minute for Ashley Jackson, England was under pressure for most of the half as the Netherlands played their free attacking style of hockey. England created chances on the counter attack, but it was the hosts, through penalty corner specialist Mink van der Weerden, who took the goal advantage going into the break with a brilliant drag-flick on 31 minutes.

England came out fighting in the second half and both sides created chances from some great link-up play, but the Netherlands still had the upper hand with more circle penetrations and more shots on goal. England had a chance to equalise with a couple of penalty corners during the half, but the Dutch defence, led by their Captain Robert van der Horst, thwarted both Jackson’s and Gleghorne’s attempts. Continue reading →

England Beat Belgium to reach Semis of RHWC2014

England are through to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Semi-Final after a nail-biting 3-2 victory over rivals Belgium and finished 2nd in Pool A behind the defending World Champions Australia and ahead of Belgium (3rd), Spain (4th), India (5th) and Malaysia (6th) in the points table.

England's Captain Barry Middleton and head coach Bobby Crutchley celebrate after reaching the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton and head coach Bobby Crutchley celebrate after reaching the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

It was the final group game in Pool A and England needed the win to take the three points and steal second place from the Red Lions who only needed a draw to go through. Iain Lewers was calmness personified in the 66th minute as he fired his penalty stroke into the roof of Belgium’s goal to give his side the 3-2 victory. Continue reading →

Netherlands and Hockeyroos in RHWC2014 Semis from Women’s Pool A

The Hockeyroos reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Hockey World Cup for the first time since 2006 with a tight 0-0 draw against rivals New Zealand and the hosts Netherlands defeating Korea by 3-0 in Pool A.

Hockeyroos Casey Eastham puts her body on the line against New Zealand (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Hockeyroos Casey Eastham puts her body on the line against New Zealand (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

The result, which came at the end of a tense trans-Tasman battle in humid conditions in The Hague, keeps the Australian women second in Pool A on ten points, three ahead of the New Zealand and Koreans and five behind the hosts Netherlands.

Australia might have won the match but for a disallowed goal early in the second half, which was awarded at first but overturned on appeal to the video umpire by the Black Sticks. Emily Hurtz thought she had given her side the lead with a deft deflection over the goalkeeper in the 38th minute only for the goal to be ruled out after replays showed Anna Flanagan had not attempted to stop the ball after being awarded a free hit in the build-up. Continue reading →

Kookaburras make it 5 of 5 with 4-0 win over India

A ferocious opening 25 minutes in which they scored four unanswered goals saw the Kookaburras progress to the semi-finals of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 with a 100% record after beating India 4-0 to top Pool A with a maximum 15 points.

Kookaburras Jeremy Hayward celebrates his goal during their last Pool game against India at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Kookaburras Jeremy Hayward celebrates his goal during their last Pool game against India at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Later in the day, Spain defeated Malaysia by 5-2 to move to the 4th place in pool standings ahead of India and Malaysia. This means Spain will play for 7th position, India for 9th place, while Malaysia will play to avoid last position in the quadrennial tournament.

Kieran Govers’ third minute opener gave the Australian men the perfect start with Chris Ciriello doubling the advantage from a penalty corner in the 16th minute, firing his 80th goal for his country.

21 year old Jeremy Hayward made it 3-0 when he flicked home a rebound at a penalty corner, coolly slotting the ball over the shoulder of goalkeeper Sreejesh, who would go on to make a string of outstanding saves in the second half. Ciriello bagged his second and Australia’s fourth with a low penalty corner two minutes later. Continue reading →

Las Leonas Edge Past England at RHWC2014

Pan American teams, USA and Argentina won their respective Pool B matches at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in women’s competition to stay on course for Semi Finals.

Argentina score against England at the Rabobank World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Argentina score against England at the Rabobank World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

USA defeated Germany by 4-1, while Argentina edged past England by 2-1 with a penalty corner goal after final hooter. In the other match of Pool B, China managed to defeat South Africa by 4-3 to keep their chances alive for final four. USA will face South Africa in their last pool game, while Argentina will take on China who are 3rd place behind the Las Leonas and have chance to leap-frog to 2nd place if they could manage a 4 goal win over the defending World Champions. The hosts Netherlands have already secured their place in the final four after a 2-0 victory over Australia last night in Pool A.
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Germany dent RHWC2014 Semi Final Hopes for Black Sticks Men

The Black Sticks Men’s road to the semi finals has become harder after being defeated 5-3 by Germany at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague.

Phil Burrows Black Sticks New Zealand (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

After mixed results earlier in the tournament, Germany hit top form today to join New Zealand on two wins and two losses and leapfrog the Kiwis on goal differential.

For the Black Sticks, the loss leaves them on six points in Pool B and means they now must beat the Netherlands on Tuesday morning (NZ time) and rely on other results to fall in their favour to have a chance of progressing to the semi finals. Continue reading →