Category Archives: HPL2019

Spain men finally claim first win as Australia’s Grand Final qualification put on hold

Match Day 59 of the FIH Pro League was a momentous occasion for Spain’s Red Sticks, who finally claimed their first win of the competition by defeating league leaders Australia in an intriguing contest in Madrid on Thursday (13 June).

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Germany women and Belgium men claim crucial victories in Grand Final qualification race

Germany’s women and Belgium’s men both recorded key victories in the race to secure an all-important top four finish in the FIH Pro League on Wednesday (12 June), while the Netherlands women were also winners as they ended New Zealand’s Grand Final ambitions. A top four finish in the FIH Pro League comes with tickets to this month’s FIH Pro League Grand Final in Amsterdam and also the FIH Olympic qualifiers, which take place later this year.

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KOOKABURRAS HELD TO A 2-2 DRAW IN LONDON

Australia conceded the bonus point to Great Britain in a 4-3 shootout after regulation time ended in a 2-2 draw in London on Sunday night. Australia came from behind twice through goals to Jake Harvie and Tim Brand, though a yellow card to Tom Craig late in the final quarter made for a nervous finish to regulation time.

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Netherlands women hold on against Germany; Dutch men snatch bonus point against New Zealand

The race to secure an all-important top four finish in the FIH Pro League continued on Tuesday (4 June), with the Netherlands women taking a narrow win over Germany before the Dutch men claimed two points from a possible three by winning a shoot-out against New Zealand at HC Oranje-Rood in Eindhoven.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY TEAMS SCOOP NEW SPONSORSHIP WITH BOHO

BOHO is the new official sponsor of Scotland’s national hockey teams. The exciting four-year partnership with Scottish Hockey will see the Scottish National Teams supported by property brand, BOHO, for the long-term.

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Great Britain Stun the Dutch in Eindhoven

An open, free-flowing first quarter saw both teams creating openings. The first penalty corner was won by David Condon, whose surging run drew the foul. Phil Roper’s shot was chased down and the subsequent foul gave Great Britain (WR:7) a second chance from the top of the circle. This time Pirmin Blaak in the Netherlands (WR:3) goal cleared confidently.

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Red Lions fight back to deny Germany

The German men’s team could have been forgiven for thinking they had consigned Belgium (WR:1) to a first FIH Pro League defeat. With seven minutes of the match to go, Germany (WR:6) were leading 4-2 and their defence was on fine form. But Belgium have enormous powers of self-belief and resilience and the resulting draw, which saw Germany win the shoot-out bonus point, was a fair reflection of a game between two magnificently competitive teams.

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Stapenhorst shines in antwerp

Germany women got off to a cracking start against Belgium as Player of the Match Charlotte Stapenhorst proved yet again why she is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. First she latched onto a ball that had been played into the circle, deflecting it into the goal. This was followed with a piece of audacious skill: Stapenhorst bounced the ball on her stick as she ran past the despairing Belgium defenders and then coolly flicked the ball past Aisling D’Hooghe in the Belgium goal.

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