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News for 29 May 2022

All the news for Sunday 29 May 2022

2021-22 FIH Hockey Pro League - 29 May

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London

All times GMT +1

28 May 2022 12:00     ENG v RSA (RR)     4 - 2
29 May 2022 12:00     ENG v RSA (RR)    

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp

All times GMT +2

28 May 2022 18:00     BEL v FRA (RR)     2 - 1
29 May 2022 18:00     BEL v FRA (RR)    

Men's Pool standings


HC Union

All times GMT +2

28 May 2022 13:00     NED v ARG (RR)     1 - 1 (4 -2 SO)
29 May 2022 13:00     NED v ARG (RR)    

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London    

All times GMT +1

28 May 2022 14:30     ENG v ESP (RR)     3 - 1
29 May 2022 14:30     ENG v ESP (RR)    

Women's Pool standings

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FIH Match Centre

Hosts victorious as Dutch women, Belgian men and England teams take the weekend’s first points

An always the highly-anticipated match up between the Netherlands women and Argentina did not disappoint. A penalty corner goal from each side sent the game to a shootout. The brilliant Dutch scored four straight and thanks to two saves from keeper Josine Koning the Netherlands earned the bonus point. Over in London, the hosts, England, powered their way to a 3-1 win over the always tenacious Spanish side. The teams will match up again tomorrow, May 29, for the second of their double-header.

England pull off double victory in hockey's Pro League

 By Owen Lloyd

England's men have now won three consecutive matches in the FIH Pro League ©Getty Images

Both of England's sides were victorious today in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League as the men's team beat winless South Africa before the women's side overcame Spain.

England Men Continue Good Form in 4-2 Victory

England’s men earned a third consecutive win with a very good performance at home to South Africa in the FIH Hockey Pro League.

Spirited South Africans fall short against England

South Africa continued their FIH Pro League participation with a game against England today at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium. The South Africans were without a number of players that form the nucleus of the squad, but the opportunity presented itself for players to work their way into the Commonwealth Games, FIH Nations Cup or even the FIH Hockey World Cup teams in the next 9 months.

Women See Off Spain With Fine Home Display

England’s women earned a first home win of this FIH Hockey Pro League season with a good performance against Spain.

FIH Pro League: England Men survive late South Africa fight back to win 4-2, England Women beat Spain as Ansley makes 100th appearance

By Rob Wheeler

Four Olympians returned to the England squads to take on South Africa and Spain this weekend in and Maddie Hinch, Anna Toman, Phil Roper and Liam Sanford. On a cloudy afternoon at Lee Valley in East London the Men beat South Africa 4-2 thanks again to a Bandurak double while the women beat Spain 3-1 in a match that included Giselle Ansley scoring on her 100th cap.

Sat 28 May -

England 4-2 South Africa (M)

After two victories over France last weekend England picked up where they left off, Nick Bandurak getting them off the mark from a penalty corner in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Bandurak win and score from another penalty corner. Chris Griffiths made it three from another penalty corner. Captain David Condon scored soon after but after a referral it was disallowed.

Half-time saw England legend George Pinner presented on the pitch with a framed photo collage and was interviewed on his international playing career.

The third quarter saw Sam Ward’s diving deflection from a Jack Turner pass beat South Africa goalkeeper Siyavuya Nolutshungu.

South Africa got one back in the fourth quarter as Matt Guise-Brown slotted in from a penalty corner. They soon got another as captain Keenan Horner fired through the legs of James Mazarelo.

The match finished 4-2 to England. Speaking after the game Nick Bandurak said, “We thought we controlled the game well today but theirs a general sense of frustration that at the end we let our standards slip. We let them back in and that is entirely on us.

“For large parts we played pretty well, tomorrow we’ve got to make sure we’re a bit more clinical and hopefully we’ll take our chances better.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Bandurak added, “Their going to come out the blocks pretty hot tomorrow, the finished really strong and they’ll take a lot of heart from that so we’ve got to be switched on from the start and make sure we can wrestle that moment back and play our game from there.”

England 3-1 Spain (W)

England had two frustrating games against China last time out but they started well against Spain. Grace Balsdon tested goalkeeper Jana Martinez from a penalty corner at the end of the first quarter.

Giselle Ansley who was maker her 100th appearance for England deflected in Anna Toman’s strike from a short corner to give her side the lead in the second quarter.

Lily Owsley doubled their lead with an impressive dribble round the keeper before passing the ball into the goal.

Half-time entertainment saw an inflatable hamster wheel race on the pitch which was won by the University of Nottingham.  

It was Spain who came out rolling in the third quarter getting a goal back through Xantal Gine from a penalty corner.

The fourth quarter swung back in England’s favour as Balsdon fired in a powerful strike from a penalty corner which sealed the 3-1 victory.

Giselle Ansley reflecting on making 100 appearances said, “I still remember my first cap back in 2013. In South Africa I thought this is amazing I’ve got one cap. I never imagined I’d get to 100 so I’m really proud and really grateful.”

When asked what her best memory playing for England was, Ansley replied, “It has to back in 2015 on this pitch at Lee Valley winning the Europeans in the shootout against the Dutch in the final.”

After a victory today Ansley is looking forward to facing Spain again tomorrow. “It was really good for us to get that win today. We know they’ll come out really hard tomorrow. That’s what Spain are like. They are a really good team so we’ve got to be prepared.”


England men beat South Africa as women triumph over Spain

England's Nick Bandurak scores from a penalty corne. Nick Bandurak made his England debut in February and has now scored four goals

England's men beat winless South Africa before the women's side overcome Spain in the FIH Pro League.

Hero Asia Cup 2022 - 29 May

All times GMT +7

28 May 2022 13:30     PAK v OMA (5-8th Place)      5 - 2
28 May 2022 16:00     MAS v KOR (Super4s Pool)   2 - 2
28 May 2022 18:30     IND v JPN (Super4s Pool)    2 - 1

29 May 2022 13:30     BAN v INA (5-8th Place)     4 - 2
29 May 2022 16:00     JPN v KOR (Super4s Pool)    
29 May 2022 18:30     MAS v IND (Super4s Pool)    

Pool standings

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FIH Match Centre

Pakistan rebound to cruise past Oman

JAKARTA: Pakistan captain Umar Bhutta (L) challenges an Oman player during their fifth-place classification match at the Asia Cup on Saturday.—courtesy AHF

JAKARTA: Pakistan got over the heart break of not being able to qualify for next year’s World Cup as they beat Oman 5-2 in the fifth to eighth place playoff match of the Asia Cup at the GBK Sports Arena on Saturday.

Pakistan thump Oman 5-2 in Asia Hockey Cup match

LAHORE – Pakistan will be hunting for the fifth position on June 1 after thumping Oman 5-2 in the ongoing Asia Hockey Cup at Jakarta’s GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Speedy Tigers hit a hump

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysia captain Marhan Jalil (right) vies with a Korea player during their Asia Cup match yesterday. PIC COURTESY OF MHC

MALAYSIA shared the spoils with South Korea in an exciting 2-2 draw in hockey's Asia Cup at the GBK Stadium in Jakarta yesterday.

Ashran strikes in third quarter to earn draw with Koreans


Giving no quarters: Malaysia’s Faiz Helmi Jali (left) in action against South Korea yesterday. — AHF

PETALING JAYA: South Korea, with their goalkeeper Kim Jae-hyeon in splendid form, showed their true colours but an Ashran Hamsani strike in the third quarter kept Malaysia’s hopes alive in the Asia Cup with a 2-2 draw in Jakarta yesterday.

Angry Arul cooled down by his men's commitment

By Jugjet Singh

National coach Arul Selvaraj, - NSTP/ OWEE AH CHUN

JAKARTA: It was not the script that coach Arul Selvaraj had written for his men, and he was even angry with Malaysia's 2-2 draw against South Korea in the Super Four of the Asia Cup in Jakarta today.

Much-Improved India Conquer Samurai Frontier

After a not-so-auspicious start to their 11th Asia Cup campaign, the Indian men’s hockey team wore a transformed look in the Super 4s stage at GBK Stadium in Jakarta. The Birendra Lakra-captained Indian outfit stuck to a disciplined structure and did not allow Japan to unleash free-flowing hockey they are known for. Individual brilliance in hockey is always a joy to watch, and against Japan Manjit provided that, drawing first blood for India. Darting down the baseline, the youngster showed eye-catching 3D skills to wrong-foot the Japanese defence before slotting it past Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa.

India beat Japan 2-1 in first Super 4 league match

In the Super 4s, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia will play each other once with the top two teams progressing to the final

India vs Japan Hockey

The Indian men's hockey team scored two fantastic field goals to beat Japan 2-1 in its first Super 4 league match and avenge its loss in the pool stage of the Asia Cup here on Saturday. The defending champions, who lost 2-5 against Japan in the pool stage, scored two eye-catching field goals through Manjeet (8th minute) and Pawan Rajbhar (35th) to register a narrow win.

India edge out Japan in first Super 4s match

Manjeet and Rajbhar Pawan scored in a 2-1 win. India now top the Super 4s group.

By Utathya Nag

Asia Cup hockey 2022: India edge out Japan in first Super 4s match Picture by Hockey India

The Indian men’s hockey team beat Japan 2-1 in their first Asia Cup 2022 Super 4s match at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium in Jakarta on Saturday.

Malaysia get Swiss invite

Malaysia have been invited to play in the inaugural Hockey 5s in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 4-5. - NSTP file pic

MALAYSIA have been invited to play in the inaugural Hockey 5s in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 4-5.

Need for speed in Hockey 5s but Nabil’s game for it

Back in the fray: Former international Nabil Fiqri Nor (right ) has been tasked to lead Malaysia at the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s tournament in Lausanne next month.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be banking on former international Nabil Fiqri Nor and six players from the gold-medal winning squad of the 2018 Youth Olympics to mount a strong challenge in the inaugural FIH Hockey 5s tournament in Lausanne from June 4-6.

Promising signs but Scotland’s Aspiring squads defeated by clinical England in Lilleshall

Scotland’s Aspiring Girls’ and Boys’ squads took on England at Lilleshall with the girls losing 4-1, while the boys lost 8-1 in a game where the score didn’t quite reflect the performance.

Bloemendaal complete perfect season to land 22nd Dutch title

HC Bloemendaal completed another perfect season as they beat Pinoké 3-0 in the second leg of the Dutch men’s final, landing their 22nd crown.

Old Georgians Complete Domestic Double With Tier 1 Cup Final Victory

Old Georgians completed a domestic double by defeating Oxted 3-0 in the Men's Tier 1 Championship final at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Malik Club clinches COAS Hockey Championship trophy

NOWSHERA: Malik Hockey Club clinched the trophy of Chief of Army Staff District Hockey Championship after winning the final match of the tournament here on Saturday.

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