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Thu
22
Nov
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Sheffield to become new home of Olympic Smurfturf

[img_assist|nid=5691|title=ICONIC BLUE|desc=London's blue Olympic hockey pitch is moving north to Sheffield. Photo: hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, November 22 - The blue and pink Olympic hockey pitch is moving to Yorkshire with Sheffield Hockey Club chosen to receive the turf.

In partnership with Sheffield Hallam University the hockey club will have the turf re-laid at its Abbeydale Sports Club in time for hosting the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in September.

The blue artificial turf with its brilliant pink surround, nicknamed the ‘smurf turf’, was one of the stand-out images of the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford and it will now make the 163 mile journey north from the Riverbank Arena to its new home.

Sat
27
Oct
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GB hockey player's stolen medal returned in the post

[img_assist|nid=5566|title=Returned|desc=GB hockey player Hannah Macleod has had her stolen Olympic Games hockey medal returned in the post - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, October 27 - GB striker Hannah Macleod has had her stolen Olympic Games bronze medal returned anonymously in the post.

Macleod and fellow London 2012 Olympian, rower Alex Partridge had their Oympic blazers, with the medals in the pockets, taken from Mayfair nightclub Mahiki on Wednesday after attending a reception at Buckingham Place.

Partridge's jacket was handed in at a north-west London police station on Thursday but not the medal. Macleod's medal was posted to England Hockey at Bisham Abbey, arriving on Friday.

Thu
11
Oct
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Nominate GB's women's hockey team for Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year - Team of the Year

[img_assist|nid=5804|title=BRONZE|desc=Team GB women's hockey players celebrate winning bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games - photo: hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, October 11 - There is going to be stiff competition this year, but why not give the judging panel a nudge by nominating Team GB's bronze-medal-winning women's hockey team a nomination in the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards?

Vote here.

Sat
11
Aug
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Rabente scores twice to deny Dutch hockey double

[img_assist|nid=5901|title=Golden moment|desc=Germany - Olympic men's hockey champions - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=149]LONDON, August 11 - A Jan Philipp Rabente double too Germany to their second successive men's Olympic Games hockey title with a 2-1 final win over Netherlands.

An individual effort from the Uhlenhorst Mulheim midfielder two minutes before half-time set Germany on their way. Then a final deflection on a pass into the circle from Tobias Hauke restored the winning margin two minutes ahead of the final whistle.

Sat
11
Aug
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Third place is a step too far for Great Britain as Australia take Olympic Games bronze

[img_assist|nid=5892|title=Advance Australia Fair|desc=GB's Barry Middleton (l) and Joel Carroll at teh Riverbank Arena - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, August 11 - Australia have repeated their Olympic Games bronze-medal performance of four years ago with a 3-1 defeat of host Great Britain in the third/fourth men's hockey playoff game.

The match was tied 1-1 at half time with goals from Simon Orchard and Iain Lewers, but second half strikes from Jamie Dwyer and Kieran Govers captured the bronze medal for an Australia side who came to London with a realistic chance of gold.

Sat
11
Aug
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Great Britain face Australia for bronze, Netherlands and Germany battle for gold

[img_assist|nid=5179|title=Groundhog day|desc=The Olympic Games hockey medal matches are repeats of pool games of August 5 when GB and Australia drew (Pictured Ashley Jackson and Barry Middleton celebrate James Tindall's equaliser - hockeyimages.co.uk) and Netherlands beat Germany 3-1|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, August 11 - Olympic champions Germany will attempt to stop record-breaking Netherlands from claiming their third Olympic title, and first since Sydney 2000, on the final day of hockey at the Riverbank Arena.

Great Britain, meanwhile, will try to upset world No.1 Australia f and win their first men's hockey Olympic medal since Seoul 1988.

Tournament conversion rates at the start of play on Saturday are: 18% for field goal attempts, 28% for penalty corner attempts. 

Fri
10
Aug
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Netherlands retain their Olympic Games hockey title in London

[img_assist|nid=5815|title=Golden girls|desc=Netherlands on the podium - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, August 10 - Netherlands became only the second team in history to retain their Olympic hockey title with a 2-0 victory against world champions Argentina in the women's gold medal match at the Riverbank Arena on Friday.

Chances were even in a scoreless first half before Netherlands got the opening goal of the match in the 45th minute. Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel followed up an Eva de Goede penalty corner flick to slap the ball into the goal for a 1-0 lead.

Captain Maartje Paumen made it 2-0 to Netherlands in the 54th minute with an unstoppable penalty corner flick, scoring a record 14th Olympic goal in her second consecutive Olympic final.

Fri
10
Aug
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GB win first Olympic hockey medal since 1992

[img_assist|nid=5814|title=Medallist|desc=Alex Danson with her London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal won with GB hockey - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, 10 August - Great Britain won their first Olympic hockey medal since Barcelona 1992 with a 3-1 victory against New Zealand in the women's bronze medal match at the Riverbank Arena on Friday.

Hannah Macleod earned the match's first penalty corner in the 14th minute with a run into the New Zealand circle but Crista Cullen's strong hit was kicked away by goalkeeper Bianca Russell.

For more pictures see the gallery.

Cullen had a second chance moments later after Melody Cooper impeded Alex Danson, but Cullen's low flick to the right was deflected past the post by Russell.

Fri
10
Aug
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Finals day for women's hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games

[img_assist|nid=5554|title=Back in action|desc=Argentina's Luciana Aymar (right), celebrating her 35th birthday, plays in today's final, Great Britain's Georgie Twigg plays in the bronze medal game - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=left|width=220|height=146]LONDON, August 10 - Britain are looking to win their first Olympic medal in women's hockey since Barcelona 1992 and New Zealand for their first ever.

Olympic champions Netherlands will try to deny world champions Argentina their first Olympic title on the final day of women's hockey at the Riverbank Arena.

Thu
09
Aug
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Great Britain crash out of the semi-finals with a 9-2 hammering from the Dutch

[img_assist|nid=5698|title=Hat-trick hero|desc=Roderick Weusthof celebrates a goal on the way to his hat-trick in Netherlands record-equalling 9-2 win - hockeyimages.co.uk|link=node|align=right|width=220|height=146]LONDON, August 9 – Great Britain crashed to their equal worst Olympic Games hockey defeat losing 9-2 to the Netherlands.

The Dutch, however, will go into the gold medal game against Germany with serious injury problems. Klass Vermulen has a broken collarbone from a collision with Glenn Kirkham  and will not be fit. Corner ace Mink van der Weerden was hit on the foot by a Matt Daly hit and will have a scan tomorrow.

The Dutch were always ahead in the game after taking the lead through a Rodrick Weutshof PC in the ninth minute. Weusthof added a second six minutes later, officially an open play goal but coming from a mis-executed corner.

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