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2018 Pioneer Energy Tri-Nations Women's International Hockey - Day 5
Cromwell (NZL)

AUS - NZL     RR     3 - 0

Pool standings

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Australia 3 3 0 0 11 2 9 9
2 New Zealand 4 1 0 3 6 10 -4 3
3 Japan 3 1 0 2 4 9 -5 3

FIH Match Centre

Hockeyroos Secure Place in Tri Nations Final

Ben Somerford

Savannah Fitzpatrick scored the opening goal

Wednesday 23 May 2018 | The Hockeyroos have secured their spot in the Tri Nations final on Sunday following their 3-0 win over hosts New Zealand in Cromwell on Wednesday.

The Hockeyroos, who defeated the hosts 4-1 in their first game on Sunday, once again claimed a small amount of revenge for last month’s Commonwealth Games gold medal match defeat.

Savannah Fitzpatrick got the Hockeyroos off to a great start with a goal in the 14th minute.

Rosie Malone continued to show why she was elevated to the senior squad just last week with her second international goal. The game was then sealed with a goal from Stephanie Kershaw in the 57th minute.

The Hockeyroos are in action next against Japan on Thursday 4:30pm AEST.

Queensland native Fitzpatrick got the ball rolling for the Hockeyroos in the 14th minute with her first goal of the tournament ending them into quarter time with the lead.

The second quarter was scoreless as the Hockeyroos withstood the pressure following Lily Brazel receiving a green card in the 21st minute.

The Hockeyroos continued to put the game out of reach with a goal from Malone in the 40th minute.

The fourth quarter saw the Hockeyroos continue their scoring ways with a final goal from Kershaw in the 57th minute to claim the win.

The Hockeyroos are into the final with three wins from three and a game in-hand against Japan on Thursday.

Australia 3 (Fitzpatrick 14’, Malone 40’, Kershaw 57’)
New Zealand 0

Hockey Australia media release

Black Sticks to fight for place in final

Photo: www.photosport.nz

Australia have defeated the Vantage Black Sticks 3-0 to book an automatic spot in the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations final in Cromwell.

The Hockeyroos kept a clean sheet against New Zealand while Savannah Fitzpatrick, Ambrosia Malone and Stephanie Kershaw all scored from the field to seal the result.

The Kiwis will now face off against Japan in a must-win playoff at 4:30pm on Saturday, with the winner going through to meet Australia in the final.

Saturday’s playoff and the final on Sunday will both be streamed live at www.tab.co.nz and the Vantage Black Sticks Facebook page.

Head coach for the series Sean Dancer said it was disappointing not to make more of their opportunities.

“While the score may not suggest it, I thought we played some very good hockey in patches. Credit to Australia’s defence which really closed down a lot of our attacking game,” he said.

“We know we need to be better and Saturday’s playoff against Japan offers a good challenge to try and progress to the final.”

The Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations is proudly supported by presenting partner Pioneer Energy and the Central Otago District Council.

Odds for games at the Tri Nations are available at www.tab.co.nz along with a special promotion. Simply download the TAB app, set up a new account, deposit $20 using the promo code 'HOCKEY' and TAB will boost your account with a further $20 as well as give $20 to Hockey New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA 3: (Savannah Fitzpatrick 14’, Ambrosia Malone 40’, Stephanie Kershaw 57’)
Halftime: Australia 1-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release

2018 Test Matches: POL v AUT (M) - 2nd test
Siemianowice Slaskie (POL)

POL - AUT         1 - 3

The 2 test series is drawn

FIH Match Centre

U-19 USMNT Falls in First Match of Junior Nations Invitational Tournament Against Japan

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The U.S. U-19 Men's National Team took the pitch last night at Yale University's Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. under the lights for their first game of the Junior Nations Invitational Tournament. Meeting a familiar opponent in Japan, who they met in October at the Sultan of Johor Cup twice, USA couldn't match their speed, skill and rapid rotations as they fell 7-1.

"Our team was excited for this first game after playing some of these same guys in Malaysia," said Christian DeAngelis, U-19 USMNT Captain. "We knew Japan would bring strong competition and I feel like we have improved since we played them in the Sultan of Johor tournament last October. We’re looking forward to our next match with Japan later this week."

To start the game, Japan came out well organized and were relentless in their overall team speed. They pressured early and finished the first quarter leading 2-0. After allowing one goal (3-0) early in the second quarter, USA settled into their defense to hold Japan to 3-0 at the half.

The third quarter saw Japan press more offensively, as they added three more goals. With under 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Alberto Montilla (Allen, Texas) gained possession and sent a well-placed aerial up field that was partially deflected by Japan and then redirected by Christian DeAngelis (Doylestown, Pa.) to Dean Schiller (Alexandria, Va.). Schiller took a shot which bounced off Japan's goalkeepers pads and was quickly flicked back into the goal by DeAngelis.

Possession in the fourth quarter was controlled by Japan but USA's grit in the final minutes held Japan to one goal as the final score stood at 7-1.

The U.S. U-19 Men's National Team will face Ireland this evening, Tuesday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET for their second game of the Junior Nations Invitational Tournament.

USFHA media release

Harte and Kampong quickly switch focus to EHL FINAL4 after Hoofdklasse heroics

©: World Sport Pics

SV Kampong goalkeeper David Harte says his side will not be able to dwell too long on their dramatic Hoofdklasse victory as they face a five-day turnaround from their win over Amsterdam before facing Herakles in the EHL FINAL4 (Saturday, May 26, 1.15pm CET).

The Utrecht club are now aiming to do the “double”, bringing everything together having previously won the EHL in 2016 and the Hoofdklasse in 2017.

Standing in their way are Belgian side Herakles and then, should they win, either HC Rotterdam or hosts HC Bloemendaal.

Speaking to the EHL website about the hectic week, Harte said: “We had a beautiful day (and night) celebrating with our family friends and supporters on Sunday after the match and have been together as a group the last number of days savouring the victory before getting back into training Tuesday evening again.

“We will train and prepare for our match on Saturday against Herakles, like we do for all of our games. Recovery both physically and mentally will be key but having the opportunity to play in another big game this weekend is something we are all really forward to.

“I would be lying if I didn't say all our focus has been on nothing but the playoffs but I know our coaching staff have been busy in the background with video and forming our tactical plan for this Saturday.

“I think any team that reaches an EHL FINAL4 deserves to be there and has done very well to do so. We know they will be a good quality side with some international quality in their ranks, they will not be underestimated!”

As for the Hoofdklasse victory, Harte said it was an extra special occasion, getting to do it in front of a packed home crowd, showing off their brand new clubhouse.

“It was honestly one of the best experiences in my hockey career! Last season's win was also incredibly special, of course, being the first in 32 years and having been close on a number of occasions before but to win at home in front of that 4,000 strong '12th man' was and still is amazing!”

Harte has been a crucial part of the story, particularly in shoot-outs where he was three times victorious after normal time could not separate Kampong from Oranje-Rood (twice) and Amsterdam. Last year, it was the same against Rotterdam and you have to go back to 2014 for a shoot-out loss for him for either club or country.

He is not sure exactly if that knowledge weighs on the attacker’s mind when they approach “the big man”.

“You gain confidence from putting the effort and training into many things you do and shoot-outs are one of those things we practice an awful lot of as a team.

“If it preys on some attackers minds then great but it is not something I would think about an awful lot. I always find it so impressive when the shoot-out takers score knowing they maybe have one attempt, as a keeper you have five opportunities!”

He would love nothing more, now, to add another EHL crown to his list but not just for himself but for the likes of Quirijn Caspers, Constantijn Jonker, Sjoerd de Wert and Philip Meulenbroek who have all announced they will retire following this season.

“For me, Qui and Connie are the epitome of what Kampong is as a club. Their hockey skills are clear to be seen by everyone on the pitch but it is also their characters both on and off the pitch is what has brought an awful lot of success to this team and group.

“I had no better feeling than seeing them both become national champions in front of our home crowd on their last ever home game for Kampong – a truly fitting moment for them both. I know I will not be the only one to say it but I will miss those guys.”

Euro Hockey League media release

Big celebrations for Western Wildcats!

Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill

Western Hockey Club is celebrating 120 years of hockey! Why not get involved and come along to the Big Birthday Bash, held on the weekend of the 26th May. This weekend involves plenty of hockey, including a challenge match between the Men’s 1’s and a Scottish Hockey Select and a series of games against Hokcey for Heroes who are raising money for services veterans. The climax of the weekend bash is the awards dinner which takes place in a marquee at Auchenhowie with full three course meal, drinks and a fantastic live band playing into the early hours!


Friday 25th May

7pm           U15 Boys Challenge Match

Saturday 26th May

9am            U12 Junior Festival
11am         Hockey for Heroes v Wildcats Select 1
12.30pm    Hockey for Heroes v Wildcats Select 2
2pm           Hockey for Heroes v Wildcats Select 3
3.30pm      Western Men v Scottish Hockey Select
5pm           Presidents’ Challenge Match
7pm           120th Anniversary Dinner
1am           Carriages

Scottish Hockey Union media release

England U18 & U14 Junior Club Championships

Boys & Girls U18 Championships Finals

In the Boys U18 Tier 1 final Marlow defeated Bournemouth after a shootout. The score was 1-1 at full time with Harry Pickard giving Bournemouth a 10th minute lead which they held onto until five minutes before the end when Nick Winters equalised with a stroke for Marlow. Successful shootout conversions for Sheldon, Beazley-Clarke and Cadinouche gave Marlow a 3-1 win in the shootout.
The Girls U18 Tier 1 final was won by Reading who beat Ben Rhydding 5-3. Rafael Brandau Lee gave the Yorkshire side an early lead but goals from Dyer, Saundh, Harris and Gilmour put Reaindg 4-1 up by half time. An Ellwood goal made it 4-2 and when Nisha Cant scored with 3 minutes to go a great  escape was on but Reading sealed the game with a last minute second for Manmeet Saundh.
In the U18 Tier 2 finals Canterbury beat Havant 4-3 in the Boys’ final and Repton beat Team Bath Buccaneers 4-1 in the Girls’ final.  
U14 Boys Junior Club Championships

In the pool stages held at Old Loughtonians, Clifton Robinsons made a strong start to the competition putting 4 goals past Southgate who scored one in reply. The other Pool A game resulted in a 2-0 win for Surbiton over Stourport.

The first round of matches in Pool B were a tighter affair, with Cheltenham winning 1-0 against Harleston Magpies while Canterbury and Brooklands MU playing out a 1-1 draw.

The second round of matches in Pool A were also tight, Stourport scoring the only goal of the game against Southgate, while honours were even between Clifton and Surbiton.

Both Canterbury and Brooklands found their goal scoring form in round two, scoring 4 and 3 without reply against Cheltenham and Harleston respectively.

The final round of matches in Pool A was all down to goals scored for top spot, Surbiton’s 2-0 defeat of Southgate was not enough as Clifton scored 5 against Stouport to book their place in the final. In Pool B Canterbury’s second draw of the day against Harleston saw them claim second place while Brookland’s 4-0 defeat of Cheltenham saw them into the final.

Onto Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre Hockey and Tennis Centre for the classification matches, Harleston beat Southgate by the only goal of the game to finish 7th, while honours were even in the 5/6th play off between Stourport and Cheltenham.

Surbiton and Canterbury finished 0-0, with Canterbury claimed 3rd spot after a 3-1 win on penalties. The final also finished 0-0, with Clifton running out winners 2-1 and becoming National Champions.
U14 Girls Junior Club Championships

With Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre under preparation for the Vitality Women’s World Cup, the girls’ teams were excited to play all their games on the main pitch, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd.

The first two games in Pool A were tight affairs, Sevenoaks claiming the only goal against Reading, while a late fight back by Repton was not enough to overcome Harleston Magpies who won 2-1.

Game 3 was a goal fest with Surbiton scoring 5 without reply against Clifton Robinsons. In the other Pool B game Alderley Edge beat Southgate 1-0.

For the second round of matches goals were hard to come by, Reading beat Harleston 1-0, Sevenoaks and Repton had one each, Clifton Robinson’s scored 2, with Southgate getting 1 in reply, while Surbiton could only manage 1 against Alderley Edge.

In the final round of matches Repton recorded their first win of the day, 2-1 against Reading, while a point from Sevenoaks in their 0-0 draw with Harleston was enough for them to top Pool A and progress to the final. Clifton found the net 3 times against Alderley Edge to earn themselves third place, while Surbiton’s winning streak continued with a 3-1 score line against Southgate.

The final was a tight affair with neither team managing to find the net in the first half. Surbiton broke the deadlock early in the second half with a goal by Mary Klugman, with 6 minutes to go they doubled their lead through Boau-Lilly Shepherd.

Annabel Cheveley pulled one back for Sevenoaks in the final minute of the game, but Surbiton hung on the claim the title.

England Hockey Board Media release

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