Month: June 2016

FIH Hero World Rankings – updated!

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest FIH Hero World Rankings following the conclusion of the hugely entertaining 2016 Hockey Champions Trophies in London. World Cup holders and Hero Champions Trophy 2016 winners Australia remain at the top of the men’s rankings, while Olympic and World champions the Netherlands hold on to top spot in the women’s rankings. There is no change in the men’s top three nations, with Netherlands ranked second and Germany third. While England (and Great Britain) remain fourth, India have leapfrogged Belgium (6) and Argentina (7) into fifth place thanks to their outstanding...

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Oranje and Las Leonas target historic seventh Champions Trophy title

26th June 2016, Brussels: The Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 will draw to a stunning climax today (Sunday 26th June) as the top two sides in the world face-off for the title at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, Great Britain. Reigning World and Olympic champions The Netherlands (FIH Hero World Ranking: 1) take on Champions Trophy title holders and Hockey World League champions Argentina (FIH Hero World Ranking: 2) in what promises to be an unpredictable contest between two undisputed heavyweights of the game. Even taking into account The Netherlands’ 2-0 pool phase win over...

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#FridayFocus – UDP at the Hockey Champions Trophy in London

UDP Groups 8, 9 and 10 held a joint seminar this past weekend at the FIH Hockey Champions Trophy in Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England. This was a unique opportunity not only for group 10 to officially meet the other groups but also to experience top level hockey and umpiring. Shane O’Donnell, from Group 10, sent us a report on his first experience at a UDP seminar. UDP touch down in London Town The weekend began in exciting fashion as the groups met on Friday evening at the final of the Men’s Champions Trophy. After introductions, the...

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Netherlands reach the final of the women’s Hockey Champions Trophy

24th June 2016, Brussels: On day four of the Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 in London (#HCT2016), the Netherlands and Argentina both recorded victories to seal places in Sunday’s showpiece final with one match of the pool phase remaining. Reigning Olympic champions the Netherlands celebrated Olympic Day with a 2-1 win over Australia’s Hockeyroos to claim their fourth successive win at the event currently taking place at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre Olympic legacy facility. The Netherlands’ victory was also good news for Argentina – who were 4-2 winners against New Zealand thanks to a double strike...

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#FridayFocus – EHF Large Club of the Year 2015 Sevenoaks at the Champions Trophy in London!

EHF Club of the Year 2015 (Large) Winner Sevenoaks HC was presented with its official prize by EHF President Marijke Fleuren last Friday at the Hockey Champions Trophy in London, England. The award was presented at half time during the 5th/6th match, BEL v KOR. Sevenoaks Hockey Club started early in 1912, with fifteen members forming a mixed team. Its membership today is around 900 players, with teams playing at several age levels, including the top English leagues for Men and Women, both Indoor and Outdoor. EHF President Marijke Fleuren said: “Sevenoaks HC were extremely proud of their club and...

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