Wales, New Zealand, England and Australia earn opening day wins at Gold Coast 2018 women’s hockey

  • Wales stun India in opening game
  • Downpour of goals as New Zealand put six past Scotland
  • Reigning champions Australia delight home crowd with narrow win

Continue reading Wales, New Zealand, England and Australia earn opening day wins at Gold Coast 2018 women’s hockey

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HOCKEY AUSTRALIA CONGRATULATES MARK KNOWLES ON FLAG BEARER HONOUR

Hockey Australia congratulates retiring Kookaburras captain and three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Knowles after he was named as the Australian Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Continue reading HOCKEY AUSTRALIA CONGRATULATES MARK KNOWLES ON FLAG BEARER HONOUR

Day 4, Rotterdam and Bloemendaal join the EHL FINAL4 party

Euro Hockey League – KO16; HC Rotterdam, March 30 – April 2, 2018

HC Rotterdam and HC Bloemendaal stormed through to the EHL FINAL4, joining fellow Dutch side SV Kampong and the Belgian fairytale story Herakles. Continue reading Day 4, Rotterdam and Bloemendaal join the EHL FINAL4 party

Herakles raise the roof to set up FINAL4 date with Kampong

Euro Hockey League – KO16; HC Rotterdam, March 30 – April 2, 2018

Herakles and SV Kampong will meet in the FINAL4 of the Euro Hockey League following another enthralling day of action at the KO16 in Rotterdam in front of another big crowd. Continue reading Herakles raise the roof to set up FINAL4 date with Kampong

Day 2 Rotterdam rocks as over 6,400 enjoy EHL KO16 carnival

Euro Hockey League – KO16; HC Rotterdam, March 30 – April 2, 2018

HC Rotterdam produced an amazing late comeback to delight a capacity home crowd of over 6,400 as they recovered from 4-0 down to beat Mannheimer HC. Continue reading Day 2 Rotterdam rocks as over 6,400 enjoy EHL KO16 carnival

Day 1, Kampong, Racing, Herakles and Polo through to EHL KO8

Euro Hockey League – KO16; HC Rotterdam, March 30 – April 2, 2018

SV Kampong eliminated Rot-Weiss Koln in a tense and intense 1-0 thriller to close out day one of the KO16, taking their place in Sunday’s KO8 where they join Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, Herakles and Real Club de Polo. Continue reading Day 1, Kampong, Racing, Herakles and Polo through to EHL KO8

Trouble in Argentina as Retegui returns as Head Coach

“They betrayed us, they lied to us in the face, they disrespected us and left us exposed to an unmanageable situation” 

In a sensational U-turn former Argentina Head Coach, Carlos Retegui returns to the  Los Leones. Continue reading Trouble in Argentina as Retegui returns as Head Coach

“I feared for my sight” Kookaburras Matt Dawson speaks after a training ground accident

Kookaburras defender Matthew Dawson admits his vision is still blurry after a freak training ground incident where he feared he may have lost his sight.

The 23-year-old from Killarney Vale in New South Wales was on the wrong end of a hockey stick to his eye when a teammate attempted to shoot at goal.

Dawson initially feared the worst, but has recovered adequately to be selected in the Kookaburras’ 2018 Commonwealth Games team.

“It was just at training. Normal drill, player missed a shot and I was in a bad position and unfortunately copped a stick straight to the eye,” he recalled.

“The past few weeks have been pretty tough for me.

“I have seen the footage. I’ve not heard it but apparently the screams were pretty loud. Obviously it was pretty painful.

“I was pretty lucky not to burst an eyeball. Looking on the bright side, I can still see, I’ve still got my vision.”

Dawson was forced to withdraw from the Azlan Shah Cup which Australia, putting at risk his spot in the side for Gold Coast.

“I didn’t really now where I stood within the group looking forward,” he said.

“I knew I didn’t have a great deal of time before a home Commonwealth Games which, apart from the World Cup at the end of the year, this is the main goal for me.

Dawson has been given the all-clear by doctors, having returned to training last week, although he still needs to pass a hockey test from medical staff.

He will need to wear protective glasses should he play in the Commonwealth Games, where he’s likely to reach 100 caps for Australia, currently sitting on 98.

“I’ve been training and everything is looking positive,” he said.

“My vision is a little bit blurry but I can see, so that’s positive.

“The eye has opened up a fair bit over the last week. We’ve still got two weeks before our first match, so that’s a positive for me.”

The Kookaburras, who are in Pool A alongside New Zealand (ninth), Canada (11th), South Africa (15th) and Scotland (23rd), will head to the Gold Coast on Wednesday 28 March.

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Resilience and Determination, the key to Holcombe HC’s Success

Holcombe’s Nick Bandurak says his team’s “resilience and determination” will play a key role as they look to take down Real Club de Polo in the KO16 and reach the last eight for the first time. Continue reading Resilience and Determination, the key to Holcombe HC’s Success

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