HWL2015 Antwerp (W): Looking back … and ahead
With the quarter-finals of the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals getting underway on Tuesday (30th June), we look back at what has happened so far as well as look forward to the business end of a colourful and action-packed competition in Antwerp.
Black Sticks looking to continue finals push
Liz Thompson in action for the Black Sticks. Photo courtesy Kiwi Hockey
The Black Sticks Women are ready for a tough challenge when they face off against Japan in the quarters at the FIH World League Semi-Final in Antwerp.
Eves face the Dutch with Rio Olympics in mind
By V Krishnaswamy
A look at the teams suggests both men and women have a similar problem – defence and penalty corner conversion.
The men have already booked their berth and the women have an outside chance of making it to Rio Olympics next year for the Olympic hockey competition. While the men have missed just one Olympic Games (in 2008) since 1928, the women have played just one before - in the truncated Olympic hockey field in 1980 in Moscow.
India women need to tighten defense ahead of Netherlands clash
ANTWERP (Belgium): The Indian women's hockey team needs to plug the gaps in its defensive structure when going into attack, ahead of their quarterfinal clash against reigning World Cup and Olympic champions The Netherlands in the World League Semifinals here on Tuesday.
Belgium and Australia almost a shoo-in for Rio Olympics
by S. Ramaguru
Chris Ciriello (left) of Australian in action during the match against Pakistan in the World Hockey League Semi-Finals group match in Belgium. - GRANT TREEBY
ANTWERP: World champions Australia and hosts Belgium are the favourites to meet in the final and secure their Olympic berths with ease as the World Hockey League Semi-Finals move into the knockout phase.
World No. 1 Australia, the Group A champions, will play No.14-ranked Ireland while No. 4 Belgium, the Group B winners, are up against 18-ranked France in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
As expected, Australia wrapped up their Group A matches unbeaten. Their final group match was a 6-2 victory over India on Sunday to be the only side with the maximum 12 points. Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to stop Australia’s three-match losing streak against India.
“We still have a long way to go and improve on our performances, but we’re confident of winning here,” said Ciriello.
Belgium shot to the top of Group B ahead of Britain after a nail-biting 2-1 win over Ireland. The Belgians scored the winning goal with just 25 seconds left on the clock.
Said Belgium coach Jeroen Delmee: “Now our hopes is to secure a place in the semi-finals with ease.”
The other two quarter-finals will see fifth-ranked Britain taking on Pakistan and India doing battle with Malaysia.
Of these four teams, only India do not have anything to worry about as they have already qualified for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics by virtue of being the Asian champions.
The Star of Malaysia
It's crunch time for Malaysia hockey team
by S. Ramaguru
National hockey captain Mohd Razie Rahim (left) in action against India during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April. - Filepic
ANTWERP: Let’s get the job done. That’s the clarion call issued by skipper Mohd Razie Rahim as Malaysia go into Wednesday’s quarter-finals against India in the World Hockey League Semi-Finals.
Pakistan in a pickle at World Hockey League
by S. Ramaguru
Pakistan assistant coach speaking to his players in the match against France at the World Hockey League Semi-Finals in Belgium on Sunday. - FIH
ANTWERP: Pakistan are facing another crisis of sorts.
GB's prolific scorers
By Mike Haymonds
GREAT BRITAIN'S men are in prolific goal scoring form as their team has reached the quarter-finals of the World League semi-final, which is also an Olympic Qualifier, in Antwerp and it is not only the most experienced players who are making their mark.
Pakistan to take on Great Britain in quarters
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will take on Great Britain in the quarter-finals on Wednesday as race for Hockey World League Final and Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues.
Stats Speak: How the Quarter finalists (Men) fared
Sehore-Bhopal (India): Top ranked teams have an edge in last 5 matches played between the rivals. Australia has never lost to Ireland in total 7 matches played so far. Belgium, India and Great Britain (includes England) also have more wins against their quarterfinal competitor in last 5 meetings. Details are:
Tuks edge Maties in eight-goal thriller
JONATHAN COOK at UKZN Greenfields Turf
Matt de Sousa of Maties in possession as Tuks captain Andrew Buckley (left) and Tim Guise-Brown look on during Tuks' 5-3 win in the match of the day at UKZN Monday.
THE quality of hockey, coupled with the sheer drama and competitive nature of a men’s clash between such long-time rivals, set the tone for a superb opening day of the 2015 University Sport South Africa tournament at UKZN Pietermaritzburg’s Greenfields Turf Monday.
Sascoc says qualifying through Africa alone is not enough and will not relax the requirements.
No Olympics for SA hockey
JOHANNESBURG – South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam has told EWN Sport no alternative measures will be made to get either the men’s or women’s national hockey teams to the Rio Games next year.
Wien's dream comes true in Austria
HC Wien ended a 22-year wait for the Austrian title on Sunday as Tomasz Szmidt’s side beat reigning champions SV Arminen 2-0 in a shoot-out in the final after regulation time had ended 1-1.
Legerton leads Petrotrin to men’s title
Discarded T&T international Wayne Legerton scored a brace as Petrotrin blanked Paragon 3-0 to reclaim the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division title at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday night.
Regions ready for National Under-18 Tournament
Teams around New Zealand are in the final stages of preparation ahead of the 2015 National Under-18 Regional Tournament being held at North Harbour Hockey next week.
Athens Wins US U16 National Futures Championship
LANCASTER, Pa. – At Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. the National Futures Championship finished out another age division as the U-16 group concluded today.
USA's JPOL Champions of Spring
The curtains came down on the 3rd Annual Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL). Earlier this year JPOL welcomed the addition of the Midwest region (R-9/10) and the current plan is to have Region 8 up and running for 2016.
Fun on the RISE
GAHANNA, Ohio – This weekend the first-ever FUNdamental Field Hockey Program, Columbus Academy, hosted its first-ever RISE Instructional Clinic for beginning to novice players. After a rainy week, the clouds parted and the sun shined for a beautiful day of field hockey for 25 athletes from age 7 to 12 and their five local USA Field Hockey Coach Members. Also on site was USA Field Hockey Development staff members Keli Smith Puzo (2008 and 2012 Olympian and Regional Development Manager for Great Lakes) and Kyle Boyer (National Development Director) to see the program in action.
‘I will if you will’ initiative
Flames Development College creates new initiative targeted at young girls
The Flames Girls Development College was born out of a desire to improve the development opportunities for young girls in the Central Melbourne region - South Yarra, Toorak, Hawthorn and St. Kilda - and thereby help improve their retention in the sport.
Quarter-final revealed as Kookaburras & Red Lions top Pools
Day 8: Nearly 5000 fans were present at the home of KHC Dragons to witness another pulsating day of action at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals, and the line-up for the men’s quarter-finals became known.
Kookas top Pool A
Kookaburras beat India to finish top of Pool A ahead of quarter finals
The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the Hockey World League thanks to a 6-2 win over India in Antwerp.
India goes down 2-6 to Australia
After winning two matches and drawing against Pakistan, the Indian Men Hockey team today went down to Australia by 2-6 in their last Pool A league match of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015, being played in Antwerp, Belgium. Australia’s Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick and helped the FIH Rank # 1 team to remain unbeaten in the tournament, leading the Pool with 12 points. On the other hand, India placed at second position in the Pool with seven points and is now looking at their quarter-final clash.
Rampaging Australia flick India for a six
India had a harrowing time against the Australians who pumped in six goals. India did pull back two but it was no consolation. File photo
Antwerp: India's defence caved in under pressure as a rampaging Australia crushed them 6-2 in the last league fixture of the FIH World League Semifinals here on Sunday.
India finish second in Pool A after 2-6 loss to Australia
ANTWERP (Belgium): World champions Australia maintained their dominance in the Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 by finishing the league stages unbeaten and with 12 points, after thrashing India 6-2 in their final Pool A game at Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday.
Nerves and high rhythm caught India off-guard: Van Ass
ANTWERP: India hockey coach Paul van Ass said inability to handle fast-paced attack resulted in his side's capitulation against World champions Australia in the FIH World League Semifinals, on Sunday.
Valuable lessons learnt ahead of quarterfinal: Paul van Ass
ANTWERP (Belgium): Indian coach Paul van Ass is imploring his wards to be fast learners and take the lessons from the preliminary round into the encounter against Malaysia in the Hockey World League Semifinals.
Gurbaj Singh completes his 200th international cap for India
ANTWERP (Belgium): India midfielder Gurbaj Singh added another feather in his cap as he played his 200th international match when he took the field against Australia in the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final here on Sunday.
Patient Great Britain seal Malaysia win
David Condon in action
A goalkeeping master class from Malaysia’s Roslan Jamaluddin ultimately proved in vain as second half goals from David Condon, Ashley Jackson and Sam Ward overturned a half time deficit to steer Great Britain to a 3-1 win. Bobby Crutchley’s side had trailed at the break thanks to Muhammed Shamsul’s 14th minute strike, but GB’s patience and an improved second half display paid off and sent them into the quarter finals unbeaten.
Team GB maintain unbeaten World League run with 3-1 win over Malaysia
By Mike Haymonds
David Condon celebrates Team GB's equaliser. Frank Uijlenbroek
GOALS from David Condon, Ashley Jackson and Sam Ward in a 3-1 win against Malaysia in their final pool game maintained Great Britain men's unbeaten record at the World League semi-final, also an Olympic Qualifier, in Antwerp.
Great Britain men draw Pakistan as umpire costs Ireland chance of win
A controversial umpiring decision cost Ireland in Antwerp, Belgium while Great Britain's route to Rio Olympics made tougher
By Rod Gilmour
In on the act: Great Britain finished pool stages unbeaten after 3-1 win over Malaysia Photo: WORLDSPORTPICS.COM
Great Britain men were denied a potential quarter-final with lowly-ranked France and will instead face Pakistan in the World League after controversy in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday night.
Malaysia just not good enough against Britain
by S. Ramaguru
Malaysia's Faiz Jali (left) face up to Britain's Nick Catlin in their Group B match at the World Hockey League Semi-Final hockey tournament in Belgium on Sunday. Malaysia lost 3-1. - pic by FIH
ANTWERP: Out-hustled and out-muscled, Malaysia’s hopes of gaining a point in their final Group B match went up in smoke.
France hold Pakistan to 2-2 draw in HWL semi-finals
Mohammad Imran's missed penalty cost Pakistan the game in the end - Photo courtesy FIH
Pakistan hopes of finishing second in Pool A were dashed by a spirited France side as the teams played out a 2-2 draw on day 8 of the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp, Belgium, on Sunday.
Disappointing performance as Pakistan play 2-2 draw against France
Greenshirts to play tough quarterfinal against Britain on Wednesday
By Muhammad Ali
ANTWERP: Mohammad Imran and his charges gave a disappointing performance as Pakistan's last Pool A match of the Hockey World League against France ended in a 2-2 draw at KHC Dragons Stadium here on Sunday. In other matches of the day, Australia thrashed India 6-2 in Pool A while Britain overcame Malaysia 3-1 and Belgium outplayed Ireland 2-1 in Pool B. The last pool matches yesterday also finalised the line-up for the quarterfinals to be played on July 1 (Wednesday): Australia will face Ireland, Pakistan will be up against Britain, India will take on Malaysia while Belgium will clash with France. The tournament is the Olympic qualifying round for the Rio Summer Games 2016.
Pakistan secure third place after draw
By Nabil Tahir
Pakistan's players look on during the Group A field hockey match between Pakistan and India of the men's group stage of the World League semi-final in Brasschaat on June 26, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI: Pakistan extended their run in the Hockey World League semi-finals and comfortably secured third place after an electrifying 2-2 draw against France in the last Pool A match at the KHC Dragon Hockey Ground in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday.
Pakistan scrape draw against France as Aussies maul India
ANTWERP - The opening match of the Day 8 at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final saw France battle to a fine draw against Pakistan, but it wasn’t enough for them to leap-frog their opponents in the Pool A standings. France twice lead the match thanks to Simon Martin Brisac and Charles Masson, but Muhammad Waqas and Muhammad Dilber pulled the Greenshirts level on both occasions, ensuring that Pakistan finished the pool phase in third place and will face the team that finished second in Pool B in the cross-over quarter-finals.
Pakistan finish third in Group A
by S. Ramaguru
ANTWERP: Pakistan finished third in Group A after they were held to a 2-2 draw by France at the World Hockey League Semi-Finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium.
Samiullah lashes out at hockey team performance in Belgium
ISLAMABAD - Olympian Samiullah described Pakistan Hockey team performance in Hockey World League Semi-Finals Pool A pathetic until now and said if they somehow manage to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, they stand no chance with such average game.
Green Machine fall 2-1 to Belgium
The final pool match of World League saw Ireland, ranked 14th in the world, put in a massive defensive performance against world number 4 Belgium but come up just short in a 2-1 defeat. The Belgians enjoyed 67% of possession throughout the match and entered the circle over 30 times, however the winning goal only came in the final 2 minutes.
Stats Speak: Uphill task for Indian Eves
By B.G.Joshi with inputs J.Sanders (Australia)
Sehore-Bhopal, India: To beat World number 1 Netherlands in quarter final is uphill task for India. India-Netherlands played on 11 occasions, Netherlands wins 10, only occasion India beat Netherlands was in Mandeieu (France) World Cup 1974. India wins pool match by 1-0. In semifinal India lost to Argentina and finished fourth, whereas the Dutch ladies won the World Cup.
Deepika's injury a concern for fast-improving Indian eves
ANTWERP (Belgium): Key defender Deepika's injury sustained in the match against Australia is a concern for the fast-improving Indian women's team ahead of the knock-out rounds of the Hockey World League Semifinals at the KHC Dragons Stadium.
Three in a row as Scotland ease to win over Czech Republic
Louise Campbell finishes from a tight angle to score the fifth Scottish goal. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray
A double each for Vikki Bunce and Kareena Marshall, added to goals from Aileen Davies and Louise Campbell, gave Scotland Senior Women a 6-0 win over Czech Republic at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre today.
Czech mate as Scotland wrap up series win
Scotland's Gavin Byers collected his 100th international cap against Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray
Scotland Senior Men wrapped up a 3-0 series win over the Czech Republic with a 6-1 victory over the Eastern Europeans in the third and final international match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre this morning.
Scotland U18 Women earn draw against England but men lose out
Scotland U18 Women bounced back from yesterday's defeat to earn a 2-2 draw against England in Glasgow.
Varsity hockey fun and games at UKZN Pietermaritzburg
SA striker Natius Malgraff a threat for NMMU Madibaz during the University Sport South Africa tournament at UKZN Pietermaritzburg this week. PHOTO: RODRIGO JARAMILLO
The stage is set for a memorable week of university hockey fun and games in Pietermaritzburg.
HTHC and Krefeld qualify; Rot Weiss top table
Harvestehuder and Krefeld confirmed their place in the final four of the German league next weekend on a dramatic last couple of days of the regular season.
Walmiki brothers inspire village to take up hockey
ALIGARH: Kapil Dev has long strides and like the cricket legend he was named after, he always wanted to "conquer the pitch". But every morning the 16-year-old comes out for training with a hockey stick instead.
My name is Micaela Sarzosa
My name is Micaela Sarzosa. I am 14 years old, Chilean and live in Coquimbo, IV Region in Chile (north of Chile). I was born with Imperfect Osteogenesis (OI), and need a wheelchair, as I am just beginning to learn how to stand up and walk. Both my mother and brother are affected with the disease as well. This disease weakens your bones because calcium is not absorbed normally, and causes the bones to break easily with no apparent cause.
Pakistan take on the mighty Australians in Antwerp
By Nabil Tahir
According to the captain, the difference in Pakistan and Australia’s rankings does not matter as modern hockey is highly unpredictable. PHOTO: FILE
KARACHI: The Greenshirts are eager to build on their unconvincing 2-1 win over Poland behind them as they take on the world champions Australia in their second group match of the Hockey World League Semi-finals at Antwerp, Belgium on Wednesday.
India lose 2-1 to Belgium in second practice game
Akashdeep Singh scored the lone goal for India during their practice match against Belgium. File photo
The Indian men’s hockey team went down fighting 2-1 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match ahead of the FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway here on June 20.
Will miss SV Sunil on the field: Yuvraj Walmiki
ANTWERP (Belgium): As the Indian hockey team gears up for the FIH World League Semi-Final, forward Yuvraj Walmiki said the services of ace striker S V Sunil would be missed.
Green Machine Squad for Belgian Series
Ireland’s Men’s National Squad will take on Belgium, ranked 4th in the world, in their final warm up matches before World League 3. The 2 tests will take place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th at 3pm (Belgian time). The matches will be hosted at KHC Dragons, the same venue that will host World League 3 (June 20-July 5).
Scotland retains Euro Hockey League place
Scottish Hockey yesterday recieved confirmation from the European Hockey Federation (EHF) that Scotland will retain its Euro Hockey League (EHL) place for the 2015/16 season.