Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

Great Britain Women won Valencia #HWL2015 Semi Finals

  • Great Britain win Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia
  • Third qualification place goes to Germany after they beat Argentina in shoot-out
  • Georgina Oliva (ESP) wins Player of the Tournament
Great Britain celebrate winning the gold medal and booking their place at the Olympics (Credits: Stanislas Brochier World Sport Pics)

Great Britain celebrate winning the gold medal and booking their place at the Olympics (Credits: Stanislas Brochier World Sport Pics)

Great Britain beat China 2-0 to take first place at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia. In the third place match, Germany beat Argentina to win the coveted third automatic Olympic qualification place. All four teams competing 1-4 in Valencia have qualified for the Hockey World League Final in Argentina at the end of the year.

Individual awards were presented to Spain’s Georgina Oliva, the Player of the Tournament; Maddie Hinch (GBR) was voted as Goalkeeper of the Tournament; Charlotte Stapenhorst was named Young Player and Top Goal Scorer was shared by Carla Rebecchi of Argentina and Sophie Bray of Great Britain, who scored five goals apiece. Continue reading →

India Women Hockey Team to leave for Spain for Valencia test series

The India Women Hockey Team is all set to leave for Spain to play matches at Valencia from 10 – 24 February 2015. The preparatory camp for the tour had commenced on 10 January 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi. The series is in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 7 – 15 March, 2015. The team will be led by Captain Ritu Rani and Deepika will be the Vice-Captain.

During the fifteen day tour, the Indian team will be playing two matches with Spain on 14th and 16th February, followed by two with Dutch hockey clubs, GCHC (19th February) and HDM (20th February). Two matches are also slated to be played with Germany (22nd and 23rd February) giving the team a holistic experience of working against varied strategies. The Test matches will also provide ground to the entire team to work on their skills and perfect their team coordination. Continue reading →

Italy beat Electric Ireland Irish Women to progress to Hockey World League 3

Italy 1 (Pacella) beat Ireland 0

3rd March 2013: The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team bowed out at World League 2 today following a narrow defeat vs. Italy in Valencia, Spain

Irish Hockey Association LogoDarren Smith’s side came into the game knowing a win would guarantee a spot in World League 3 in the summer with the exact same scenario for their Italian opposition. It was an extremely close fought encounter today with neither side dominating a game that ebbed & flowed from the start.

Ireland had the better of the early exchanges and marginally shaded a first half where neither team were able to edge themselves in front. Hermes’ Lisa Jacob was a constant threat for the Green Army while Goal Keeper Emma Gray was effective as always in minimizing the Italians threat. Both sides failed to convert a number of penalty corners in the first half and headed to the break with the score at 0-0. Continue reading →

O’Flynn fires Ireland past Spain in Women’s Hockey World League 2 in Valencia

Ireland 1 (O’Flynn) beat Spain 0

The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team gained a hugely valuable win over World League 2 hosts Spain in Valencia today to set up a winner takes all encounter with Italy tomorrow.

Irish Hockey Association LogoA much improved Ireland put in an excellent professional performance to get their World League 3 qualification hopes back on track following Tuesday’s loss to Belarus. The rain of the previous few days in Valencia disappeared and the sun was back out as Ireland started the game brightly against a team they had already faced 3 times in the last 3 weeks at a training camp in the same venue in preparation for the tournament. Continue reading →

Belarus Stunned Irish Women’s Hockey Team in Valencia World League 2

Belarus 2 (Batura, Strayezhka) beat Ireland 0

The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Belarus in their 2nd game at World League 2 in Valencia, Spain.

Ireland paid the price today for too many unforced errors and a lack of ability to finish off chances vs. a dogged & determined Belarus side. Belarus had the better of a first half without really creating many clear cut scoring opportunities. The Green Army were guilty on a number of occasions of turning the ball over in the middle of the field and failed to find any real rhythm to their play in the opening period. The sides headed for the break with the scores level at 0-0. Continue reading →