Having looked yesterday at the players of the tournament in the men’s competition, today it is the turn of the women. As with yesterday’s article, these are players who I enjoyed watching play and not necessarily those winning the official player of the tournament awards. So without further ado, here they are.
The Rabobank Hockey World Cup was without doubt an incredible two weeks of hockey in both men’s and women’s competitions. I was fortunate enough to spend the whole competition inside the stadium watching the action and the drama unfold. Below are some of the players who caught my eye during those two weeks. These may not necessarily be those players who won awards or gained “official” recognition but they are players I personally enjoyed watching play, for a variety of reasons.
With the Rabobank World Cup 2014 all over and the return to the harsh realities of real life firmly setting in, it’s time to reflect on what was a spectacular tournament in both men’s and women’s competitions. Judging by the lack of abuse directed my way from social media; regular readers have either been too nice or forgotten that before the tournament three hardy souls and I put forward our predictions for what would happen in the competition. If you’d like to remind yourself who the brave predictors were, click here. If you’d like to find out how we did, read on. (Spoiler: Inevitably I’ve not done so well.) Continue reading
A wonderful World Cup draws to a close with Australia producing a stunning display to win the final 6-1. Quotes from a few people and the last word, as it should be, from Ric Charlesworth. Continue reading
A stunning display from the Kookaburras destroyed the home side’s World Cup hopes as a hat-trick from Chris Ciriello helped Ric Charlesworth’s team to a superb 6-1 win.
Despite falling behind to an early strike from Jeroen Hertzberger Australia came back and were simply ruthless in front of goal. Ciriello’s strikes all came from penalty corners but there were further goals from open play by Kieran Govers, Glenn Turner and Jamie Dwyer, showing the Kookaburras’ all round dominance of the game. Continue reading
A brace from Matias Paredes sunk England and captured the bronze medal for Carlos Retegui’s Argentina side. In the game none of the semi-finalists wanted to play in, Los Leones’ No10 struck twice in quick succession to get his side in front and that is where they stayed. Continue reading
The Netherlands scooped their eighth world title with a splendid 2-0 win over Australia. Plenty of happy faces and a few sad ones in the mixed zone, but here is what the players and coaches had to say. Continue reading
The Netherlands won the Rabobank Hockey World Cup here in The Hague this afternoon with a dominant display to see off Australia by two goals to nil.
First half strikes from Maartje Paumen and Kim Lammers, on her 200th and final international appearance were enough to give the hosts the win in front of a raucous home crowd. The Dutch, who have won every game in the competition, conceding just one goal along the way showed their class despite a strong effort from the Hockeyroos who just didn’t have enough on the day. Continue reading
Ric Charlesworth’s men swept aside the challenge of Argentina to set up the dream final between Australia and the Netherlands with a powerful display of clinical penalty corners and solid defending.
A brace from Jeremy Hayward and further strikes from Kieran Govers, Jake Whetton and Chris Ciriello did the damage before Gonzalo Pelliat notched a trademark penalty corner as a consolation. Continue reading
In the women’s competition it is an Australia vs Netherlands final and today, the same matchup for the men was confirmed. All the semi-finalists had their say, including the great Ric Charlesworth and Argentina’s “Superman”. See what they make of it all here: Continue reading