Hockey 9s to host World Champions Argentina

Tuesday July 23, 2013 by  

World Champions Argentina will join Australia’s Hockeyroos and Kookaburras at the top of the bill for hockey’s family friendly four day extravaganza, the International Super Series Hockey 9s, in Perth this October.

The women’s World Champs were one of five top teams announced as tickets went on sale today.

From 17-20 October, Perth Hockey Stadium will play host to some of the world’s top hockey superstars with Australia’s very own Kookaburras and Hockeyroos joined for the first time by Argentina’s women’s team, and the men’s teams of Pakistan and Malaysia. Read more

Hockeyroos win World League Final in London

Monday July 1, 2013 by  

Australia’s Hockeyroos turned it on to win the final of the Investec World League round three tournament in style with an uncompromising, first class performance that the hosts England struggled to cope with.

A commanding and highly exciting 3-0 win in the ‘Ashes’ clash was the reward for their efforts, although it might have been more had the Hockeyroos not had two goals disallowed on appeal.

Ashleigh Nelson (WA) and Kellie White (NSW) combined to put the Hockeyroos ahead early in the first half as White set up Nelson on the back post, before White herself doubled Australia’s lead after good work by Eddie Bone (ACT). Read more

Hockeyroos qualify for 2014 World Cup

Sunday June 30, 2013 by  

Hockeyroos celebrate qualification to the 2014 Hockey World Cup.
Photo courtesy of Ady Kerry, AK Pictures

Australia’s women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup with a commanding 4-1 victory over China in the semi-final of the World League in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The win also earns the Hockeyroos a spot in Monday’s final against either England or Argentina. The final takes place at 3:00am AEST, Monday.

It was an utterly dominant and highly skilled performance by the form team of the tournament, overcoming a Chinese side ranked just one place below Australia in the World rankings in seventh. Read more

Hockeyroos clinch semi-final spot

Friday June 28, 2013 by  

A clinical first half team performance helped the Hockeyroos to a 4-1 win over USA in their World League quarter-final in London and sealed a place in the semi-final against the winner of the subsequent match between China and Spain.

The result guarantees the Hockeyroos a berth at the World League Finals tournament in Argentina later in the year and keeps them in contention for a valuable World Cup qualification spot should they win their semi-final in the early hours of Sunday morning.

First half goals from Emily Smith, Kellie White, Karri McMahon and Jodie Schulz did the damage for the Australian women with White’s spectacular tomahawk strike a serious contender for goal of the tournament. Read more

Flanagan guides Hockeyroos to victory

Wednesday June 26, 2013 by  

Newly crowned World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan proved why she’s so highly rated as her goal from a second half penalty corner sealed victory over South Africa in the Hockeyroos’ World Cup qualifying campaign in London.

The 1-0 win maintains the Hockeyroos unbeaten run at the World League following victory over Spain and a draw with England in their opening two matches and sets Australia up well going into the quarter-final round.

Despite the narrow margin, the Australians enjoyed the best of the match with Jodie Schulz, Emily Smith and Ashleigh Nelson all threatening the goal of Vuyisanani Mangisa, who was in fine form for the South Africans. Read more

Hockeyroos hit back against England

Monday June 24, 2013 by  

Following their comprehensive victory over Spain 24 hours earlier, the Hockeyroos came from behind to share the spoils with hosts England at the World League tournament in London.

It was a match in which the Hockeyroos improved throughout and a result that keeps Australia top of Pool B, ahead of a crucial quarter final on Thursday, which will go a long way to determining qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

Trailing at half time to a goal by England’s Hollie Webb, Jodie Schulz’s second half rocket of a penalty corner earned the Hockeyroos a deserved equaliser with ten minutes remaining. And it could have been even better had Schulz not seen another effort in the final minute of the match well saved by the English goalkeeper. Read more

Hockeyroos win World League opener

Sunday June 23, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos got their Investec World League campaign off to an emphatic start with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Spain in London on day one.

Having been held at bay for much of the first half, Georgia Nanscawen’s goal just before half time opened the floodgates for a second period that witnessed goals from Claire Messent, Kellie White and Emily Hurtz, plus an unfortunate Spanish own goal, rounding off an intelligent performance by the Hockeyroos.

Head Coach Adam Commens was delighted with his side’s performance, saying afterwards, “I’m really pleased with the result and the performance. Spain can be a little tricky and they proved that in the first 20 minutes or so, but we knew if we persisted and adapted we’d get the result. Read more

Flanagan named World Young Player

Thursday June 20, 2013 by  

Australian Anna Flanagan has been named hockey’s World Young Player of the Year. The Canberra-born Hockeyroos defender becomes the third Australian woman to win the award, following in the footsteps of current teammate Casey Eastham, who won in 2009, and Angie Skirving, the inaugural winner of the Young Player award in 2001.

Flanagan, who is currently with the Hockeyroos squad in London preparing for the World League, which gets underway on Saturday, said: “I am very honoured to be named World Young Player of the Year. I want to thank my coaches Adam Commens and Jason Duff for their support and the ongoing challenges to which they ask me to rise. I would not be here without my teammates who help and inspire me, and I am so grateful that I get to play this amazing game with them whilst representing my country.”

The FIH World Young Player of the Year is awarded to the best international player aged 21 or younger. Flanagan wins the award on the back of her performances in 2012, which included scoring twice at the Olympic Games where she helped the Hockeyroos to fifth place, two places higher than their world ranking of the time. Read more

Flanagan penalty corner equaliser richly deserved

Saturday June 8, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos began their World League warm-up tour to Europe with a spirited 1-1 draw against Belgium on Saturday. Anna Flanagan was the Hockeyroos heroine, netting a penalty corner two minutes after Belgium had taken the lead just over midway through the second half.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens, who previously coached the Belgian national men’s team, was pleased with how his team began the match and said there’s more to come from his side.

“We had quite a good first half,” he said. “It was a tough battle against an improving team and we created lots of chances. Belgium played well in the second half, which made it much more even and the draw was probably a fair indication of that. Read more

Hockeyroos target World Cup qualification

Wednesday May 22, 2013 by  

The Hockeyroos will welcome back a number of familiar faces as they head to Europe for next month’s Hockey World League in London with the aim of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The 20 athlete squad strikes a strong balance of experience and youth with seven athletes also eligible for the U21s and July’s Junior World Cup.

Former World Young Player of the Year Casey Eastham (NSW), Jordyn Holzberger (QLD), Jodie Schulz (QLD) and Jade Warrender (NSW) are among those returning to the side following injury. Emily Hurtz (NSW) is selected after spending the season playing club hockey for Dutch side Amsterdam. Read more