Champions trophy

Well, what can we say? Another year of champions trophy is now over for the women. It was a great competition and it is even better to see that now the top 8 teams is the world are so close.

Interestingly there are some new techniques that international goalkeepers are trying. These techniques are mainly to combat the drag flick, which is relatively new in the women’s game. There was a mix of goalkeepers diving more and a mix staying more on their feet, I think that both these techniques have advantages and disadvantages. I’d be interested to hear your views.

The final (Argentina v Holland) saw the new one-on-ones used versus the good old penalty shoot out. This is the first major tournament that this has been used. I think it was a crowd pleaser as there were lots of cheers.

Rachael Lynch: champions trophy practice game 1

Hello from Germany

First day of games over and all teams are sitting even on 1 draw with 3 goals for and 3 against. We played the Argies yesterday and drew 3-3. It was a reasonable game and a pretty good start to the tour for us. The Argies were at full strength with the number one player in the world back after some time off and at one point we were beating them 3-1 so cant complain. One of our girls who was playing her first game scored a ripper goal after the goalie deliberately let it go in thinking it was outside the circle. Funnily enough though it wasn’t even close. Brain explosion I guess and a gks worst nightmare. I sat out yesterday and so had to watch the game through the video camera. Not nice. I was going cross eyed by the end. I did miss one of our goals so hopefully that will secure me a spot on the field next game and never filming again ūüėõ

The other game, Ger v Korea was also a 3-3 draw which was pretty exciting. Goals are always great. The Koreans are playing one short now as in a practice match the other day an Argie smacked one of the girls in the jaw with her stick. Accident of course. She had multiple fractures and had to have surgery. ouch!!

Today is a rest day so not much happening but I have included a few photos for you to have a look at. Including one very unattractive one of Cronky and I where I look like a Gigantor! We got a new uniform before we left and our lovely sponsor decided to give us both small goalie smocks. We are both now at risk of dislocating our shoulders every time we put them on. Eeek! The other photos are just muck around ones. More to come.

Next game is against Germany so ill be in touch after that


Champions Trophy 2009

Heres the final update on the Now finished Champions Trophy. Congratulations to Australia.

0,11410,1181-0-155784-0-custom,00Heres the official points, results and upcoming fixtures tables from the Champions Trophy being held in Melbourne at the moment as well as some images of an amazing save by germanys Tim Jessulat (even though he plays in TK its still a great save). Also check out this video of some amazing saves by Korean Goalkeeper Myung-Ho Lee.

Completed matches.

# Time Teams : Score
Saturday 28 November
01 13:05 Germany Germany : England 3:2 (1:1)
02 15:05 Australia Australia : Korea 4:0 (2:0)
03 17:05 Spain : Netherlands Netherlands 2:3 (0:2)
Sunday 29 November
04 13:05 Korea : Germany Germany 5:3 (1:1)
05 15:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Australia Australia 2:7 (1:5)
06 17:05 England : Spain 3:3 (3:2)
Monday 30 November
Rest Day
Tuesday 01 December
07 15:05 Spain : Germany Germany 4:5 (2:3)
08 17:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Korea 1:2 (1:1)
09 19:05 Australia Australia : England 2:1 (1:1)
Wednesday 02 December
Rest Day
Thursday 03 December
10 15:05 Korea : Spain 5:5 (1:4)
11 17:05 England : Netherlands Netherlands 2:3 (1:2)
12 19:05 Germany Germany : Australia Australia 3:1 (3:0)
Friday 04 December
Rest Day
Saturday 05 December
13 11:05 England : Korea 3:2 (1:1)
14 13:05 Australia Australia : Spain 10:3 (2:2)
15 15:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Germany Germany 4:3 (2:2)
Sunday 06 December
16 10:05 ENG (5) v ESP (6) 2:5 (1:3)
17 12:35 Netherlands NED (3) v KOR (4) 2:4 (1:0)
18 15:05 Australia AUS (1) v Germany GER (2) 5:3 (1:3)

Upcoming matches.

Sunday 06 December
16 10:05 England v Spain -:- (-:-)
17 12:35 Netherlands Netherlands v Korea -:- (-:-)
18 15:05 Australia Australia v Germany Germany -:- (-:-)

Current Results Table.

League Table
Australia Australia 5 4 0 1 24 9 12
Germany Germany 5 3 0 2 17 16 9
Netherlands Netherlands 5 3 0 2 13 16 9
Korea 5 2 1 2 14 16 7
England 5 1 1 3 11 13 4
Spain 5 0 2 3 17 26 2

Final Placings

Final Standings
2. Germany
3. Korea
4. Netherlands
5. Spain
6. England



Myung-Ho Lee Saves.

Keep an eye out for more updates coming soon.

Champions Youth Cup


SportsLink Australia has sent us the following information…

My name is Alexis and i work for Ivan Boulton FIH grade one coach and director of SportsLink Australia. I”ve been asked to let you know about an exciting new hockey tournament which is set to get underway in July and November of this year, ‘The Champions Youth Cup 2009’.

The Champions Youth Cup tournaments are endorsed by Hockey Australia, Hockey New South Wales and Hockey Victoria, the organising bodies for the Champions Trophy tournaments to be played in Sydney and Melbourne 2009.

The Champions Youth Cup tournaments coincide with the Champion Trophies in Sydney and Melbourne, and will offer talented young hockey players not only the opportunity to partake in this exciting event and play against Australian and international teams, but they will also be able attend the Champions Trophy, and meet some of their international hockey heroes!

We are pleased to be associated with these events and supporting our future stars, which is why we would very much like to see if any of your teams would be interested in registering a team in the event.

Since the days are counting down to the tournaments debut, and participating in this fantastic opportunity is something your team might be interested in, I would be more than happy to provide you with more of the relevant information on the event and optional extra’s, as well as discuss the matter further so we can secure your team a place.

I have attached a copy of our promotional flyer which explains the event in more detail, and i’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

Moreover, If you happen to know of another team that would also benefit from, or be interested in partaking in Champions Youth Cup, it would be much appreciated if you could kindly forward this email to them.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and i hope to hear from you shortly.

Sincerely, Alexis.

Alexis Laird
Mobile +61 415 497 692

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