Month: August 2011

Day 7 – GANT EuroHockey Championships, Women and Men

Ireland’s victory secures a spot in the 2013 Championships 26. August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Ireland – Russia 8:2 (5:1)   26.08.2011 – The relegation match between Ireland and Russia was a one-sided match right from the beginning. Ireland, having already three league points in the pool C took the initiative right from the start and played fast and efficient hockey. They were rewarded with three fast goals by Michael Watt, Michael Darling and Eugene Magee in the first 25 minutes of the match. Rain delay doesn’t dampen Spain’s hard fought victory. 26. August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Spain – France 2:1 (1-1)     26.08.2011 – Also in the relegation Pool, Spain battled it out in terrible conditions, the first half ended a draw 1-1 and then we had a “rain delay” while an anticipated storm passed. The second half was really a battle of wits with the Spanish taking their chance in the 62nd minute and a goal from Marc Salles. First semi-final is an Orange Day! 26 August, EHC in Mönchengladbach, Men: Belgium – Netherlands 4:2 (2-2) 26.08.2011 – The first semi-final of the day was a cracking game in the first half with The Netherlands taking the early lead from Valentin Verga. Belgium equalised in the 22nd minute and the score was an even 2-2 at half time. In the second half the Dutch were simply too...

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England’s Mark Pearn misses remaining games

England Hockey men’s team forward Mark Pearn will miss the remainder of the GANT EuroHockey Championships in Monchengladbach after picking up a knee injury. The 34 year old East Grinstead player sustained the injury during England’s 4-2 defeat of Ireland on Sunday and sat out England’s second match, against the Netherlands on Monday. He returned to the UK on Tuesday and will see a specialist on Wednesday. The injury is not thought to be serious. Head Coach Jason Lee said of Pearn’s withdrawal: “We’ll miss Mark’s creativity on the pitch and his positive influence around the group. We know how disappointed he is and wish him all the best for his recovery.” Pearn cannot be replaced in England’s squad at this stage of the tournament....

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Ireland hit for 4 in second game against Argentina

Ireland 1 (1) Emma Smyth (34 mins FG) Argentina 4 (1) Martina Cavallero (18 Mins FG), Delfina Merino (43 mins FG), Daniela Scroga (45 mins FG) Luciana Aymar (51 min PS) Ireland played Argentina, the world number 1’s again this afternoon in their second and final test match.  The first half was evenly contested with Ireland defending much better than in the 1st game.  Argentina took the lead in the 18 minute after nice work down the right flank for a pull back where Cavallero’s finished neatly. Ireland were back level in the 34th minute when Emma Smyth finished from the left edge.  Ireland 1-1 Argentina half time. Argentina came out much stronger in the 2nd half and in an 8th minute spell had scored 3 times to finish the game.  The first came in the 43 minute when Merinos shot/cross from the right slips under Aymar stick and evaded Gray.  Within a minute Gray was left one on one and Sruoga to make it 3-1.  Argentina kept pouring forward and were awarded s penalty stroke when following a penalty corner the ball came back off Sargent’s foot to put Argentina 4-1 up. Commenting after the match Coach Muller said “I am happy with our preparation for the Europeans these  matches were very useful for us as they highlighted some of our weakness but at the same time we...

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Ireland women go down 4-1 to Argentina

Ireland 1 (0) Julia O’Halloran 38FG Argentina 4 (2) Maria Barrionuevo 5m pc; Carla Rebecchi 35m op; Agustina Garcia 40m; Rosario Luchetti 47m Ireland played Argentina, the world number 1’s tonight in the first of a double header in UCD, in their final preparation matches ahead of the EuroHockey Nation Championships. Ireland can hold their head’s high after a respectable performance this evening, which saw Luciana Aymar notch up her 306th cap for Argentina. The visitors got off to an early start with Barrionuevo converted on her sides first penalty corner attempt. But this early goal did not seem to upset the girls in green as they made a few early threats particularly through Watkins and Clarke in midfield. Ireland dealt well with the pace of Argentina in the first half and as the clock ticked towards the 35minute mark the girls looked for a way through the Argentinean defence but on the half way mark Argentina showed great pace and skill as Rebecchi with style weaved into the circle to slot home for 2-0 at half time. Ireland did not wait long to put their own mark on the score board and just 3 minutes into the second half O’Halloran got on the end of Ireland’s only goal. Despite some querying the goal stood as Ireland closed the gap to 2-1. Ireland continued to create chances but could not match...

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Dutch men’s squad is announced for the GANT EuroHockey Championships

The coach of the Dutch men’s hockey team, Paul van Ass, announced the 18 players that the GANT EuroHockey Championship (August 20 to 28, Mönchengladbach, Germany)  No. Name Caps   Club 2  Jaap Stockmann (K) 38 0  H.C. Bloemendaal 4  Klaas Vermeulen 36 2  Amsterdamsche H.& B.C. 7  Wouter Jolie 94 10  H.C. Bloemendaal 9  Roderick Weusthof 131 67  H.C. Rotterdam 10  Taeke Taekema 229 209  Amsterdamsche H.& B.C. 11  Jeroen Hertzberger 90 37  H.C. Rotterdam 12  Robbert Kemperman 56 10  Rot-Weiss Köln 14  Teun de Nooijer (C) 434 214  H.C. Bloemendaal 16  Floris Evers 207 13  Amsterdamsche H.& B.C. 19  Bob de Voogd 17 5  M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart 20  Sander de Wijn 8 1  S.V. Kampong 22  Rogier Hofman 98 27  H.C. Bloemendaal 24  Robert van der Horst 165 10  H.C. Rotterdam 25  Seve van Ass 7 0  H.G.C. 26  Valentin Verga 30 0  Amsterdamsche H.& B.C. 28  Billy Bakker 31 5  Amsterdamsche H.& B.C. 29  Tim Jenniskens 21 1  H.C. Bloemendaal 32  Pirmin Blaak (K) 1 0  H.C. Rotterdam Source:...

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