Semi-final line-ups confirmed at Commonwealth Games
Aussies remain red hot favourites for Gold, but big names still in hunt
Ashley Jackson scored twice to help England men to victory over Canada and into the semi-finals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Photo: England Hockey / Ady Kerry)
The pool phases of the men’s and women’s Hockey competitions at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have come to an end, and all of the big guns have negotiated a safe passage through to the semi-finals.
Brave SA men go down fighting
The South Africa men’s hockey team, missing the services of key players Jonty Robinson and Andrew Cronje, were beaten 5-2 by favourites India after are trailing 4-0 at half-time in what was effectively a quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Thursday evening.
India Cruise through to the Semis
by Dil Bahra in Glasgow
Akashdeep Singh, Manpreet Singh and Ramandeep Singh celebrate India's goal. Photo: Ady Kerry
A polished performance by India in the first half with four goals ensured a semi – final showdown against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.
India trounce South Africa, to meet New Zealand in semis
India’s Rupinderpal Singh celebrates his goal against South Africa in Glasgow on Wednesday
India overcame some uncertainty in the middle of the second half before finishing off South Africa 5-2 and pick up the second place in Group A and make the semifinals of the hockey competition at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Indian men in hockey semifinals
India breezed past South Africa 5-2 and qualified for the semifinals of the men’s hockey competition on Thursday. India will now take on New Zealand in the last four while Australia will meet England.
India beat SA 5-2, make semis
India played without any inhibition to beat South Africa 5-2 in the crucial tie to book a berth in the semifinals.PTI
Glasgow - The Indian men's hockey team won their fourth and final Pool A game 5-2 against South Africa on Thursday to qualify for the semifinals. For a place in the final, they will take on New Zealand on Saturday. India needed at least draw to have any chance of qualifying for the last four.
Australia men top Pool A
A 5-0 win over hosts seals Pool A top spot at Commonwealth Games
Australia’s men’s hockey team confirmed their status as Pool A winners at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a 5-0 victory over host nation Scotland to set up a semi-final clash with England on Saturday.
Australia show their class against Scotland
Australia's Trent Mitton advances on the Scottish goal. Photo Credit: Ady Kerry
Scotland rounded off their Pool A campaign in the Men’s Hockey competition today, performing admirably in a 5-0 defeat to World Champions and Gold Medal favourites Australia.
Jackson leads England to semis; India see off SA
England and India completed the men's Commonwealth Games semi-final line-up - along with already qualified Australia and New Zealand - following big wins over Canada and South Africa, respectively, in Glasgow.
England cruise to victory over Canada
England's Ashley Jackson challenges Canada's Gordon Johnston for the ball during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, 31st July 2014. - photo by Ady Kerry
England secured a place in the Commonwealth Games Semi Finals this morning with a comfortable 3-1 win over Canada on Thursday.
Semi-final place for England men
By Mike Haymonds
ASHLEY JACKSON bagged a double as England men secured their semi-final place with a comfortable 3-1 win over Canada.
Ashley Jackson’s double books a key date with Australia
ASHLEY JACKSON scored twice as the England men's hockey team beat Canada 3-1 yesterday in their final pool group to secure a semi-final against world champions Australia.
By Mike Haymonds
England's Ashley Jackson battles for the ball with Canada's Philip Wright [PA]
The East Grinstead playmaker, the leading scorer for the men's competition with seven goals, opened the scoring in the 25th minute to give England the early advantage. Captain Barry Middleton added his name to score-sheet and then Jackson completed his brace at the Glasgow Hockey Centre.
England men aim to break down 'fallible' Australia as world champions rebuild
A 3-1 victory against Canada sets up a semi-final against reigning champions Australia for England, though Ashley Jackson and pals will not be overawed
By Rod Gilmour
On target: Ashley Jackson fires in England's third goal against Canada on Thursday Photo: PA
England men can overcome a “fallible” Australian side, according to midfielder Nick Catlin, as the old rivals – two of the tournament’s top scorers – set up a Commonwealth Games semi-final showdown on Saturday.
Canadian men close out preliminary round with loss to England
There have been a lot of close calls for the Canadian Men's National Field Hockey Team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Thursday's final preliminary match versus England was no exception.
NZ Men win 6-1 against Malaysia to finish top
The victories keep rolling in for New Zealand’s hockey teams at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the men winning 6-1 against Malaysia and cementing their top of the pool position.
Hockey men top group
By David Leggat in Glasgow
Bradley Shaw of New Zealand is challenged by Meor Hasan of Malaysia. Photo / Getty Images
They're scoring goals, defending resolutely; the men's Black Sticks are in good shape heading for medals weekend at the Commonwealth Games.
Black Sticks men surge into semis in Glasgow
MATT RICHENS IN GLASGOW
WICKED SHOT: Andy Hayward kicks up water from the turf as he takes a shot during the Black Sticks' 6-1 victory over Malaysia. LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ
The New Zealand men's hockey team topped their pool with a 6-1 thumping of an out of sorts Malaysia.
New Zealand thrash Malaysia 6-1
Malaysia’s Mohd Hassan (right) dribbles past New Zealand defenders during the Commonwealth Games hockey match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Thursday. — AFP
GLASGOW: National coach K. Dharmaraj has come out fighting on a day his men surrendered meekly – again – by going down 6-1 to New Zealand as they wrapped up their disastrous hockey campaign in the Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Preview: women’s semi-final
Looking ahead to Australia v South Africa, Commonwealth Games semi-final
Australia’s women will face South Africa on Friday afternoon for a place in the final of the Commonwealth Games (12:15pm BST / 9:15pm AEST / 7:15pm AWST).
Michelsen hopes to reach goals in Glasgow
Star player Stacey Michelsen was out of the NZ Women’s hockey team for most of 2013 with a serious knee injury and it’s thanks to surgery and an extensive rehabilitation programme that she will play her 150th test cap in the Commonwealth Games semi-final.
Kiwi hockey player Rutherford a real keeper
MATT RICHENS IN GLASGOW
SHOT BLOCKER: Sally Rutherford has been a standout performer for the women's Black Sticks at the Glasgow Games. ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
It's very rarely New Zealand hockey player and double international Sally Rutherford is quiet, but it's been a good thing at the Commonwealth Games.
India eye 5th place finish in CWG women's hockey
GLASGOW: After failing to qualify for the semifinals, the Indian women's hockey team will take on hosts Scotland in the 5-6 position playoff at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Sardar Singh reprimanded for "inappropriate physical conduct"
GLASGOW: Indian men's hockey captain Sardar Singh was officially reprimanded for inappropriate physical conduct against an opposition player during his side's group match against Australia here.
Dharmaraj leaves it to MHC
By Vijesh Rai
GLASGOW: K. Dharmaraj has left his fate as national hockey coach in the Malaysian Hockey Confederation's (MHC) hands after the national team ended their Commonwealth Games group stage campaign with a 6-1 defeat to New Zealand today.
Sacrificing for the future
By K. DHARMARAJ
I WILL be slaughtered but the day will come when what we have done in the Commonwealth Games will be appreciated.
Terry sure that this team will waltz!
By Uthra Ganesan.
Terry Walsh... great clarity of thought. S. SUBRAMANIUM
“As for this team, there is no doubt it will continue to grow. Potentially, I see all of them still there in 2016. From the point of view of age and physiology, there is no one who couldn’t do it even in 2018,” Terry Walsh, the Indian men’s hockey chief coach, tells Uthra Ganesan.
Shahnaz wants international matches before Asiad
By Mohammad Yaqoob
Shahnaz Sheikh and Samiullah. — Photo by AFP
LAHORE: The third phase of the national training camp for the upcoming Asian Games begins in Islamabad from Aug 5 while the camp for the Youth Olympics starts in Lahore from Aug 4, secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Rana Mujahid said here on Thursday.
Ireland to take on Spain & France in August
The Irland Hockey Association has announced the schedule of their Women's Internationals to be played in August.
French star Soyez takes Spanish role
Former Lille man Frederic Soyez has been named as the new Spanish senior men's head coach following an RFEH decision not to renew the contract of coach Salvador Indurain after a two year stint in charge.
GAHA League kicks off Friday
The Greater Accra Hockey Association (GAHA) has announced the fixtures for the first round of the Dwadifo Adanfo Hockey League which starts on Friday at the Theodosiah Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra, Ghana.
The Nation mourns for Chua
It was today a year ago that fate dealt Malaysian hockey a bitter blow as Marcus Chua Boon Huat died tragically in a road accident.
SA hockey women in Commonwealth Games semi-final
Lisa Deetlefs (2nd from the right) earned her 200th cap for SA. Picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN/SASPA/SASCOC
The South Africa women’s hockey team beat India 3-2 after leading 2-1 at half-time at Glasgow National Hockey Centre Wednesday to qualify for the Commonwealth Games semi-finals.
Future is bright for the young Indians
by Dil Bahra in Glasgow
India's rising star, 18 years old Jaspreet Kaur. Photo Ady Kerry
The experience of the South African Women’s team was the difference between the two teams. Led by Skipper Marsha Cox who was playing her 345th international, having played at three Olympic Games, three World Cups and three Commonwealth Games, South Africa beat India 3 – 2 to reach the semi – finals of the Commonwealth Games being played at Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Our rising stars
By Dil Bahra in Glasgow
Three of the girls in the Indian Women’s team at the XX Commonwealth Games being played in Glasgow are Sikhs.
Kirandeep Kaur is one of the experienced members of the team. Aged 25, she was educated at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. A defender, she plays for Indian Railway. She played at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, the World Cu in Rosario in 2010, the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010, the Asia Cup in 2007 in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and The World League in 2014. She also played at the Junior World Cup in Boston in 2009. Kirandeep has played 143 international matches so far.
Indian women lose to SA in hockey
Indian women lost the chance to make it to the semifinals in the hockey competitions as they went down 3-2 against South Africa at the Glasgow hockey centre here on Wednesday.
Indian hockey women crash out of semifinal race in CWG
GLASGOW: India failed to qualify for the semifinals of the women's hockey competition in the 20th Commonwealth Games after going down 2-3 to South Africa in a keenly-contested must-win group match on Wednesday.
England into Semi-Finals with 2-1 victory
England's Susannah Townsend celebrates scoring the second goal with Sam Quek and Sophie Bray in their match against Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - photo by Ady Kerry
England women’s secured their passage through to the semi-finals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Scotland today.
England win Battle of Britain
By Mike Haymonds
ENGLAND women reached the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Scotland but it was a far from convincing victory.
Easy! Stopping the Scots is a cinch for England women's hockey
WHATEVER the outcome, unless you were one of the players, the early-morning journey across Glasgow to see Scotland play England in women's hockey was enough to tell this was going to be a great day.
By Bob McKenzie
Danson gives England the lead [ACTION IMAGES]
Any sporting meeting of the two countries has an extra edge, adding tension and entertainment for the supporters and the teams, and in the city's east end Bridgeton area, not known for flower arranging and bridge nights, having an army of hockey fans bedecked mainly in Saltires was a weird experience at breakfast.
Excellent Scots denied semi-final place by England
Cat Ralph in action against England. Photo Credit: Ian Steele
Scotland suffered the agony of missing out on a semi-final place in the Women’s Hockey competition after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of England in their final Pool B match.
England beat Scotland to reach hockey semis
GLASGOW: England women's hockey team secured their place in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games with a hard-fought 2-1 win over hosts Scotland on Wednesday.
NZ Women cruise ahead of Canada, 6-0
Anita Punt in action in today’s game against Canada at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Photo credit - photosport.co.nz.
The New Zealand women’s hockey team have stormed Canada 6-0 and are continuing their dream run at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, giving them confidence ahead of their big semi-final game against England early Saturday morning (1.30am NZT).
Black Sticks women to face England in semis
MARK GEENTY IN GLASGOW
FINDING FORM: Krystal Forgesson (left) high-fives Olivia Merry after scoring in the Black Sticks' 6-0 domination of Canada in their final pool match. Getty Images
As expected, New Zealand will face England in the Commonwealth Games women's hockey semifinals tomorrow night (NZT) after both sides won their final pool matches today.
Canadian women fall to powerhouse Black Sticks
The Canadian women fell to a very strong New Zealand team that took control of the game in the first minute of play and never released their pressure. The “Black Sticks” are still unbeaten in these Commonwealth Games and will finish on top of Group A to advance to the semi-finals.
Women’s hockey team earn first point
GLASGOW: The Malaysian women’s hockey team held Wales to a 0-0 draw for their first point in Group B at the Glasgow National Hockey Stadium.
Nick Haig ahead set for 150th test match
New Zealand’s Nick Haig will play his 150th test tonight against Malaysia in the Kiwis’ final pool game at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Preview: AUS (m) v Scotland
Aussies focused on task in hand before turning attention to semi-finals
With qualification for the Commonwealth Games semi-finals already secure the Australian men have one pool match remaining – Thursday’s clash against the hosts, Scotland (2pm BST / 11pm AEST / 9pm AEST).
India eyeing outright win against SA to seal semis spot
Glasgow - High on confidence after the spirited showing against Australia, the Indian men’s hockey team would look to win outright against South Africa in their final group match, even though a draw is enough to seal their semifinal spot.
Canadians in key matches Thursday at Commonwealth Games
The Canadian National Field Hockey Teams book-end the day of hockey in Glasgow on Thursday as both teams play key matches at opposite ends of the day.
MHC presses panic button
THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is in panic mode and rightly so. Losing to Trinidad & Tobago is a shocker but were it a case of one of those days, it would be acceptable.
WITH the Asian Games looming and the national hockey squad showing no signs of being capable of winning gold in Incheon, South Korea, the National Sports Council (NSC) may ask the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) to take drastic action.
Perfect match: Love at first sight for Sardar and Ashpal
Glasgow - Ashpal Kaur Bhogal, the first Sikh girl – and the first south Asian girl, too – to play for England in hockey, last visited India when she was eight, but she is deeply interested in the welfare of Indian hockey.
Rachel Williams awarded rank of International Outdoor Umpire
Rachel Williams - International Umpire
Rachel Williams has been promoted by the FIH to rank of International Outdoor Umpire.
The Magic of the 2014 Disney Junior Field Hockey Classic
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The fourth annual Disney Junior Field Hockey Classic for under-12 and under-14 athletes took place this past weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. The tournament has grown from 50 teams in 2012 to 125 teams this year.
Hockey is a Sandhu family affair
by Dil Bahra in Glasgow
Poonam Kaur Sandhu, right, celebrating Canada's second goal against Trinidad & Tobago Photo: Yan Huckendubler
Poonam Kaur Sandhu, who is representing Canada’s Women hockey team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is a 23 years old Sikh girl, born and bred in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. She made her international debut at the Champions Challenge 11 in 2009 and is now a well established player in the Canadian team.