Watt’s Ireland Lose To Australia In World League Last Eight

Ireland gave reigning world champions Australia a real test in the first quarter-final of the second Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp on Wednesday afternoon (1 July) before going down 4-1. Ireland, who are ranked 14th in the world, and included Surbiton’s sole tournament representative Michael Watt in their squad, held Australia (WR 1) to a single goal until the 45th minute. Unfortunately, they were then sunk by a burst of three goals in ten minutes. Even then the “Green Machine” hit a deserved score of their own from a penalty corner three minutes before the 60th-minute final hooter. The result means that Ireland will be playing Malaysia (WR 12) – to whom they have already lost 4-2 in last Thursday’s (25 June) Pool B fixture – in the 5th-8th play-offs this Friday (3 July). Then on Sunday (5 July) if they win that game they meet the winners of Pakistan (WR 10) against France (WR 18) for 5th/6th places; or, if they lose, the other losers for 7th/8th. All the Irish games are being shown live on Sky Sports, while full details of the tournament can be followed via: http://www.fih.ch/events/hockey-world-league/ (Seán...

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Michael Watt’s Ireland Gamble And Lose In Antwerp

Surbiton’s Michael Watt suffered the heartbreak of his country, Ireland, losing in the last minute of its final pool B game at Antwerp this evening (28 June). Drawing 1-1 and knowing his squad would be in the quarter-finals even if they lost, Irish coach Grant Fulton, brother of former Surbiton player Craig, took a canny tactical gamble. With two minutes left he replaced his goalkeeper with an extra outfielder in a bid for the victory that would take the Irish up to third in the group. A third placed finish would have ensured that they avoided meeting pool A winners Australia (World Ranking 1) – rather facing runners-up India (WR 9) – in the last eight. Sadly for the “Green Machine” not only did the last-gasp gamble fail but hosts, Belgium (WR4), broke away to score into an empty net with 25 seconds left in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,000. Not that all is lost for Ireland however, as they can still go on to beat Australia in the second quarter final on Wednesday (1 July) and so play in the semis and finals on Friday 3 and Sunday 5 respectively for a top-four finish. If they lose they play in the fifth to eighth classification matches also being held on 3 and 5 July. “Mikie” is in fact Surbiton’s sole representative at this second Men’s Hockey World...

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M1’s Scots Win All Three Tests In Glasgow This Weekend

Surbiton Men’s 1st XI’s three full Scotland internationals helped trounce the Czech Republic in a three-Test series at Glasgow Green this long weekend. While defender William Marshall helped keep the opposition goals down to just four, the two Sugden Road forwards notched six of the Scot’s total 24 scored. Alan Forsyth started with a brace in the first 9-1 victory on Friday afternoon (26 June, 3pm), one from open play and the other after both forcing and putting away a penalty stroke. He then notched another two from open play in a 9-2 victory the next afternoon (27 June, 3pm) with captain Chris Grassick adding one. Grassick then scored another in the final morning’s (28 June, 9am) 6-1 victory. The results auger well for world-ranked 27th Scotland’s upcoming EuroHockey Championship II to be held in Prague from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July which is being hosted by their 23rd-ranked Czech opponents Reports on all the Scottish Tests can be found at: www.scottish-hockey.org.uk and the England U21 Tests at: www.englandhockey.co.uk (Seán...

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Michael Watt’s Ireland Lose Then Win At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-finals being held in Antwerp this week, “Mikie” Watt, has helped his country, Ireland, come back from a first setback on Thursday to a first win on Friday. His world 14th-ranked country had overcome the odds to draw their first Pool B fixture on Monday (24 June)  against a 5th-ranked Great Britain side containing no less than three former fellow Irish internationals who had switched allegiance to England But they failed to beat another higher-ranked country, 12th-ranked Malaysia, on Thursday eventually going down 4-2. However, they showed no mercy to the group whipping boys, world 31st-ranked China, winning 6-0 this afternoon (26 June). That leaves them with a final tough group game against world 4th-ranked hosts Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5. All Irish games are being shown live on Sky Sports. The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (1st), India (9th), France (18th), Pakistan (10th) and Poland (17th). With Chris Grassick just returned from injury and David Beckett not selected Surbiton have no players in the Great Britain squad, so just the Irish games are being reported on the Surbiton HC website. But those interested can follow the entire tournament via:...

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Michael Watt’s Ireland Draw With GB At World League Semis

Surbiton’s sole representative at the second Men’s Hockey World League semi-final tournament being held in Antwerp this week and next will be a happy man after his country’s first match. His world 14th-ranked country, Ireland, came back to hold world 5th-ranked Great Britain to a 2-2 draw after trailing 2-0 inside the first eight minutes of their opening Pool B game on Tuesday morning. The “Green Machine” next meet Malaysia (WR 12) tomorrow (Thursday, 25 June, 13.00). Then they will play China (WR 31) on Friday (26 June, 14.00); and finally world 4th-ranked Belgium on Sunday (28 June, 18.00). All three of these games will be shown live on Sky Sports 1. The 9th/10th play-off game and quarter finals take place on Wednesday 1 July, with the 1st-8th place finals on Saturday 3 and Sunday 5. The five countries in Pool A are: Australia (WR 1), India (WR 9), France (WR 18), Pakistan (WR 10) and Poland (WR 17). With Chris Grassick just returned from injury and David Beckett not selected Surbiton have no players in the Great Britain squad, so just the Irish games will be reported on the Surbiton HC website. Those interested can follow the entire tournament via: http://www.fih.ch/events/hockey-world-league/ Julia King, who played for Surbiton Ladies last season, is playing for New Zealand in the Women’s semi-final in Antwerp. The Black Sticks have made an excellent start beating Poland...

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