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2021-22 FIH Hockey Pro League - 23 May

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp
All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)     3 - 3 (3 - 2 SO)
21 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)     5 - 1

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 16:30     GER v ARG (RR)     6 - 3
22 May 2022 14:30     GER v ARG (RR)     1 - 1 (4 0 2 SO)

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 13:00     ENG v FRA (RR)     5 - 4
22 May 2022 12:00     ENG v FRA (RR)      4 - 1

Men's Pool standings


Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp

All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)     1 - 2
21 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)     3 - 0

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 13:30     GER v ARG (RR)      1 - 2
22 May 2022 11:30     GER v ARG (RR)       1 - 3

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 15:30     ENG v CHN (RR)     1 - 1 (3 - 4 SO)
22 May 2022 14:30     ENG v CHN (RR)     1 - 3

Women's Pool standings

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FIH Match Centre

Unbeatable Leonas; German men draw with Argentina; England men flaw France; and China find winning ways    

Argentina women continued to dominate the FIH Pro League as they recorded their 12th win, beating a Germany who were slightly below par today. Germany men came from behind to draw with Argentina and then took the shoot-out bonus point. At Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre in London, England men beat France for the second time in two days, while China women recorded their first win against England since 2014.

Argentina women continue FIH Pro League winning streak

By Vimal Sankar

Maria Granatto, left, scored the opener for Argentina against Germany ©Getty Images

Argentina’s women’s team showed their class once again as they beat Germany 3-1 in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League while the men’s team suffered a 2-4 defeat to Germany on penalties.

England Put In Fine Performance To Beat France 4-1

England's men won their second game in two days with another super performance against France.

China Take All Three Points From England Women

England's women suffered defeat to China in the FIH Hockey Pro League in London.

Bendurak double helps England Men defeat France and England Women lose to China

By Rob Wheeler

The double headers for England Men vs France and England Women vs China concluded on Sunday with the men beating France 4-1 with a brace from Nick Bandurak. As for the women they faced another tough test against China.

Sunday 22 May:

England 4-1 France (M)

On another sunny day at Lee Valley the match had a lot to live up to after yesterdays nine goal thriller.

England’s top scorer in the competition, Nicholas Bandurak put his side ahead from a penalty corner early in the second quarter. He then doubled England’s lead as he fired in from another penalty corner.

England scored soon into the fourth quarter as David Condon slotted in from the edge of the circle. However, France got one back not long after through Timothée Clément.

Late on in the quarter England were awarded a penalty strike. Sam Ward came on to take it and squeezed it past Arthur Thierry to seal the 4-1 victory.

Speaking after the game Bandurak who was also making his home debut said, “It was a good atmosphere, a tough game and I’m pleased that we improved on areas that we wanted to from yesterday.”

“We’re focussing on getting better, keeping on doing that week in, week out. All the way through to the Commonwealth Games.”

When asked if he had any goalscoring targets at the start of the season, he replied, “No, for me It was just about settling into it, it’s all very new to me and I’m chuffed to be able to have the opportunity. It’s what I have been working for for the last ten years and chuffed with how it’s started and aware that it is only the start and there are bigger things to what we are trying to do here.”

England men face South Africa at Lee Valley next weekend. Looking ahead to next weekend, Bandurak said, “Should be another good atmosphere, hopefully the weather is going to be good. We know that South Africa have produced some good results particularly away in Argentina so we know it’s going to be some tough games.”

England 1-3 China (W)

After a frustrating late equaliser yesterday followed by a defeat in the penalties for the bonus point, England faced China again looking to put things right.

In China the colour red symbolises luck and England changed their kit from the white they wore yesterday to red possibly in an attempt to bring good fortune. The Chinese remained in their yellow with red trim.

Grace Balsdon opened the scoring as she fired in from a penalty corner on the 10th minute. The second quarter saw Sabbie Heesh brought down Liyu Zhu in the box and a penalty stroke was awarded. Gu Bingfeng equalised from the spot.
Half-time entertainment saw a Lion King quiz on the big screen in the stadium and England came out roaring winning a penalty corner in the first minute of the quarter. Balsdon tested Liu Ping with a shot but the Chinese goalkeeper saved with her feet.

The Chinese then took the lead as Zhang Xindan scored on the reverse into the roof of the net. Their lead was then extended as Chen Yang slotted in. Fiona Crackles came close to getting one back for England but her shot with her back to goal went wide.

The match finished 3-1. Reflecting on the game, England’s goalscorer Grace Balsdon said, “there were a lot of inconsistencies, we started well and it’s learning to ride waves in the game. We just need make sure we are learning, as long as we are not cruising from game to game. We need to be learning and taking things on board and into the next matches.”

When asked how she felt to be back in front of a home crowd, Balsdon said, “Buzzing to be back, with people here it is fantastic. We want crowds here and we want to hear the noise and support. It’s so nice to be back.”

Next weekend England face Spain. Balsdon was in a positive mood looking ahead. “It’s a quick turnaround. We’ve got to put these games to bed and come out stronger next week.”


England men beat France for second time in two days while women lose to China

Nick Bandurak celebrates scoring against France Nick Bandurak scored twice on his home debut against France

England's men beat France for the second time in two days, while the women's side went down to China in the FIH Pro League.

2021-22 FIH Hockey Pro League - 23 May

All times GMT +7

23 May 2022 11:45     MAS v OMA (Pool B)     7 - 0
23 May 2022 14:00     KOR v BAN (Pool B)     6 - 1
23 May 2022 16:15     JPN v INA (Pool A)         9 - 0
23 May 2022 18:30     IND v PAK (Pool A)        

24 May 2022 11:45     OMA v BAN (Pool B)    
24 May 2022 14:00     PAK v INA (Pool A)    
24 May 2022 16:15     KOR v MAS (Pool B)    
24 May 2022 18:30     JPN v IND (Pool A)    

Pool standings

Live streaming and full game replay on the Watch Hockey App (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

FIH Match Centre

India v Pakistan to kick start Men’s Asia Hockey Cup

Defendinf champions India and Pakistan will kick off the Hero Men’s Asia Cup on Monday with the match anticipated to “reach an all-time high with millions tuning in”.

Don't expect help from others

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysian Goalkeepers Hafizuddin Othman (left) and Adrian Andy Albert.

YOU are on your own, and don't depend on the other 10 players to defend your goalmouth.

Speedy Tigers aim to bash Bangladesh

Malaysia have met Bangladesh three times since 2014, and the record is all in favour of Arul Selvaraj’s men. - Pic courtesy of MHC

MALAYSIA have met Bangladesh three times since 2014, and the record is all in favour of Arul Selvaraj's men.

Hard work for Malaysia later

Playing in Group B, the Malaysian men’s hockey team have avoided walking a tightrope in the Asia Cup which begins in Jakarta today. - Pic courtesy of MHC

PLAYING in Group B, the Malaysian men's hockey team have avoided walking a tightrope in the Asia Cup which begins in Jakarta today.

NZ Women’s World Cup squad announced

Twenty players, including two travelling reserves, have been selected for the FIH Women’s World Cup campaign in July.

Aniwaka Haumaha named in Black Sticks squad for women's hockey World Cup

Aniwaka Haumaha was called up for the trans-Tasman series, with an eye on finally achieving a goal in Birmingham. David Unwin/Stuff

Veteran defender Aniwaka Haumaha will be part of the New Zealand women’s hockey squad for the World Cup, after seven years away from international competition.

Matla magic secures yet another Den Bosch title

Frédérique Matla added to her already considerable legend as she scored the winning goal for Den Bosch with 40 seconds to go to hand them their 21st national title.

Repton And Army Lift Silverware After Cup Final Wins

Evie Grindal scored twice as Repton beat Liverpool Sefton 4-1 in the Tier 2 final at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Community Umpire of the Year Award given to Roseanna Porter

For someone still so young Roseanna has the maturity and dedication of any long term umpire. Not only is she continually improving her individual umpiring to a high level she gives back to the game and looks to guide and develop other umpires in a nurturing and caring way.

Hockey featured in Birmingham’s Chelsea Flower Show entry

Hockey is featured in Birmingham’s entry into this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Ken Wilson

1956 - 2022

Ken Wilson, 65, passed away on Saturday, May 21st, 2022, peacefully in hospital after a short fight with Lymphoma. Anyone who knows Ken knows that his family, wife Kaye and children Hannah and James, meant everything to him. Ken was married to Kaye, for 36 years, after being a customer at the bank where she worked.

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