Sunday 8 February 2015

Top 10 Goals: Hockey World Cup 2014

This video shows the top 10 goals scored in the 2014 Hockey World Cup.

  1. This first goal was scored by Lucas Vila, he plays for Argentina. In this match Argentina were playing South Africa. This goal is very impressive because Lucas hit this reverse shot at a full sprint which is very hard to do and not only was it at a full sprint he managed to beat many players before hand and then powerfully place his shot into the top right hand corner.
  2. This second goal was scored by Kieron Govers, he plays for Australia and they were playing England. This goal is a very rare goal to see and very extraordinary to see being executed with such skill. It was the last 5 seconds of the 1st halve, the right through an Ariel ball into the circle which was perfectly placed for Lucas to tap in with great skill.
  3. This 3rd goal was scored by Ellen Hoog who plays for the Netherlands.  They were playing Belgium and Ellen Hoog scored this amazing reverse shot which went into the top left corner to put Netherlands into the leed at the end of the 1st half.
  4. The 4th goal was scored by Kathleen Sharkey who plays for the USA. She stole the ball off the German center back which showed great skill and bravery to attack the player, she then hit the ball on the reverse into the side netting to put the USA 3 nil up.
  5. The 5th goal was scored by Gonzalo Peillat who plays for Argentina. This goal was scored from a short corner, Gonzalo ripped the ball with a tremendous amount of power into the top left to put Argentina ahead against Korea.
  6. This 6th goal was scored by Peng Yang who plays for china. She hit this amazing squeeze shot which found the top left corner. This goal put China ahead in the game against England.
  7. The 7th goal I think is the best goal out of the 10 here shown. This goal was scored by Kim Lammers who plays for The Netherlands. This goal is extraordinary as she deflected the ball through her legs but also at a very tight angle which is very hard to do which is why I think is the best goal.
  8. The 8th goal was scored by Simon Child who plays for New Zealand. For this goal he beat 3 defenders while running into the circle and then finishing the attack off with a squeeze shot flying past the goal keeper.
  9. The 9th goal was scored by Simon Mantell who plays for england. This goal came from a short corner which was saved by the dragflick but Simon Managed to control the ball and hit an up-right reverse into the side netting to send away a very impressive goal to put England in the leed against India.
  10. The 10th goal was scored by Simon child once again. Here he showed great skill and ball control where he managed to take down a raised reverse pass which was over his shoulder which was very well done, he then controlled the ball and hitting it on the volley with an amazing strike and smashing it into the roof of the net.
   Top Hockey Teams

Here I am talking a little about the top world ranked teams since 2010.
In the 2010 Australia won the World cup in New Delhi, India, They were playing the defending champions Germany and won 2 - 1. This was Australia's second World Cup win. This was Australia's second world cup win since 1986.

In the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy, Australia came first with a total of 9 points. Spain were second with a total of 6 points. Australia defeated Spain in the final 1-0.
This was Australia's 4th consecutive win and their 12th win in total.

In the 2012 London Summer Olympics which was held in United Kingdom, Germany won the gold medal after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final. Australia took the bronze after beating Great Britain 3-1.

In 2013 Germany won the Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship. The EuroHockey Championship was held in Boom, Belgium. Germany defeated Belgium 3-1 to claim their eighth EuroHockey win.
The Netherlands came third after defeating England 3-2.

In 2014 Australia won the Men's Hockey World Cup. The 2014 World Cup was held in Hague, The Netherlands. Australia beat The Netherlands 6-1in the final after going 1-0 shortly into the first half.
This was Australia's 3rd World Cup win. 
Argentina won 3rd place after defeating England 2-0 to claim their first ever World Cup medal.

Awesome Field Hockey Skills by World Cup Players

Rules of Hockey

In general the rules hockey are quite simple and straight forward. 
Hockey used to be played on grass but is now preferred to be played on an artificial grass called AstroTurf.
A rough outline of the rules of hockey are that there are two teams. Each team has 11 players on the pitch at one time and 5 substitutes on the side line, during a match each team can make as many substitutes as many times as like and at what ever time they want.
On every team there are four categories or positions of players, goalkeeper, defender, midfield and attackers. The defenders, midfield's and attackers are all out field players because they are allowed to go anywhere on the pitch but a goalkeeper must stay inside the circle. 
The circle on a hockey pitch is actually a semi-circle but is named the circle or the D as it is shaped as the letter D.
Out field players must be able to control, pass, push, hit and stop the hockey ball with the hockey stick.
A hockey stick has two sides, the right side is rounded and the left side is flat, you are only allowed to use the left side or flat side of the hockey stick.
The outfield players are not allowed to use their feet or any part of their body to stop or control the hockey ball with exception to the goalkeeper defending inside their own circle.
Goals can only be scored when the outfield player is inside the opponent's circle and gets the ball into the opponents goal. You can only get one point for each goal scored.
Each hockey match last 70 minutes which is broken into two 35 minute halves with a 5 to 10 minute break between the two halves. 
There are also two umpires for each game. 

Monday 2 February 2015

Welcome to the Big Bad Hockey Blog, I will be talking a little about the history of hockey and how and where it begun and also some of the best teams and goals that have ever happened and more.

Friday 30 January 2015

The Roots of hockey

A form of hockey was first played by in Egypt about 4000 years ago and also in Ethiopia around 1,000 BC. The Romans, Greeks and the Aztec's also had a form of hockey.
The modern game of hockey that we know today first originated from England in the mid- 18th century.
Hockey first appeared in the Olympics in 1908 in London with only England, Ireland and Scotland competing against each other.
After hockey made its first appearance in the 1908 Olympics, it was dropped in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Hockey then made an appearance once again in the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

In 1909 Hockey started to head towards a international federation. This happened because the hockey association in England and Belgium agreed to jointly regulate the International hockey relations.
1924 was the date when the International Hockey Federation (FIH) was founded.

In 1927 women started women started to play hockey which led to the International Federation of Women's Hockey associations (IFWHA) being formed. Australia, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the United States and Wales founded the IFWHA association.