Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico.
Reigning champions Canada will once again have to defeat Argentina if they are to win Gold in the Men's hockey competition at the Pan American Games. Canada overcame a strong challenge from Cuba to reach the final with a 3-2 victory, while Argentina crushed Chile 7-1 to let the world know that they are determined to win the Pan Am title this time around. The two sides will fight for the Gold medal on Saturday, with the winner sealing their place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Cuba and Chile will go head-to-head in the battle for Bronze.
Canada were pushed all the way in their Semi Final against a Cuban team that have impressed greatly in this tournament. The North Americans opened the scoring inside 60 seconds when Matthew Guest fired home from open play, and doubled their advantage five minutes later thanks to a penalty corner from Scott Tupper. Much to their credit, the Cubans showed that they were not going to go down without a fight and pulled a goal back in the 14th minute through Yoandy Blanco Hernandez, but the reigning champions soon re-estalbished their two goal advantage when Sukhwinder Singh fired in from the top of the circle.
However, the action was far from over. Roberto Carlos Lemus Dominguez pulled Cuba back to within one goal of the Canadians, setting up a frantic last 20 minutes of the match. Cuba thought that they had levelled the scores when they found the goal in the 68th minute, only for it to be ruled out as the shot was taken from outside the cirle. It proved to be Cuba's last chance of the game, with Canada claiming yet another appearance in the final of the Pan American Games.
In the second Semi Final, Argentina produced a devestating display of finishing to crush the challenge of South American rivals Chile. Argentina won the contest 7-1, and look to be in superb form ahead of Saturday's meeting with Canada in the Gold medal match.
Argentina established a 4-0 lead before half time thanks to goals from Ignacio Ricardo Bergner (PC 3m), Lucas Vila (FG 27m), Lucas Rey (FG 33m) and Pedro Ibarra (PS 34m) before Matias Vila made it 5-0 with a penalty corner strike 20 minutes from the end of the game. Chile scored a 60th minute field goal through Alexis Berczely but further Argentine strikes from Lucas and Matias Vila (PC 65m / FG 69m) completed the rout.
Looking ahead to Saturday's final, Agentina coach Pablo Lombi said that he expected the clash with Canada to be a closely fought contest. "We are two teams with 80% different strategies," said Lombi. "Canada is a team that plays a lot of compact defence, while we play a lot of attack with the ball. The two teams each have a great identity and system of play. I think it will be a very close game."
In other results, USA overcame Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 to set up a 5th-6th place play-off against Mexico, who defeated Barbados 10-0. Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will contest the 7th – 8th place.
On Friday, the women’s Final will take place between reigning champions Argentina and five time Silver medallists USA, while Chile and Canada will do battle for Bronze.
The results for the tournament thus far can be found below. All official tournament information including detailed reports, results, tables, match sheets, scorers lists and photos can be found on the website of the Pan American Hockey Federation by clicking the following link: http://www.panamhockey.org/en/competitions
Source material - Field Hockey Canada Media Release.
Wednesday 19th October 2011
09:00 Women's Group A Game 1 Argentina v Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 (6-0)
11:00 Women's Group A Game 2 Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)
14:00 Women's Group B Game 3 United States v Mexico 5-0 (3-0)
16:00 Women's Group B Game 4 Chile v Cuba 6-0 (3-0)
Thursday 20th October 2011
09:00 Men’s Group A Game 1 Canada v Trinidad & Tobago 7-2 (4-2)
11:00 Men's Group A Game 2 Chile v Barbados 9-1 (4-0)
14:00 Men's Group B Game 3 Argentina v Mexico 8-0 (3-0)
16:00 Men's Group B Game 4 USA v Cuba 2-4 (1-1)
Friday 21st October 2011
09:00 Women's Group B Game 5 Mexico v Cuba 1-3 (0-2)
11:00 Women's Group B Game 6 Chile v USA 1-2 (2-4)
14:00 Women's Group A Game 7 Trinidan & Tobago v Barbados 2-4 (1-3)
16:00 Women's Group A Game 8 Canada v Argentina 3-7 (3-4)
Saturday 22nd October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool B Game 5 Mexico v Cuba 1-2 (0-0)
11:00 Men's Pool B Game 6 USA v Argentina 0-2 (0-1)
14:00 Men's Pool A Game 7 Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados 11-1 (5-1)
16:00 Men's Pool A Game 8 Chile v Canada 0-4 (0-1)
Sunday 23rd October 2011
09:00 Women's Pool A Game 9 Argentina v Barbados 19-0 (10-0)
11:00 Women's Pool A Game 10 Trinidad & Tobago v Canada 1-2 (1-0)
14:00 Women's Pool B Game 11 USA v Cuba 9-0 (6-0)
16:00 Women's Pool B Game 12 Mexico v Chile 0-1 (0-0)
Monday 24th October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool A Game 9 Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)
11:00 Men's Pool A Game 10 Trinidad & Tobago v Chile 1-3 (0-1)
14:00 Men's Pool B Game 11 Argentina v Cuba 10-1 (4-1)
16:00 Men's Pool B Game 12 Mexico v USA 3-2 (3-2)
Wednesday 26th October 2011
09:00 Women's 5-8 Match 13 Barbados v Mexico 1-3 (1-0)
11:00 Women's Semi Final Match 14 Argentina v Chile 4-0 (2-0)
15:00 Women's Semi Final Match 15 USA v Canada 4-2 (2-1)
17:30 Women's 5-8 Match 15 Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 (1-1)
Thursday 27th October 2011
19:30 Men's 5-8 Match 13 Trinidad & Tobago v USA 0-2 (0-1)
11:00 Men's Semi Final Match 14 Canada v Cuba 3-2 (3-1)
15:00 Men's Semi Final Match 15 Argentina v Chile 7-1 (4-0)
17:30 Men's 5-8 Match 15 Mexico v Barbados 10-0 (3-0)
Friday 28th October 2011
09:00 Women's 7-8 Match 17 Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago
11:30 Women's 5-6 Match 18 Mexico v Cuba
15:00 Women's 3-4 Match 19 Chile v Canada
17:30 Women's Final Match 20 Argentina v USA
Saturday 29th October 2011
09:00 Men's 7-8 Match 17 Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago
11:30 Men's 5-6 Match 18 Mexico v USA
15:00 Men's 3-4 Match 19 Cuba v Chile
17:30 Men's Final Match 20 Canada v Argentina
All times are local (GMT -5)
Hockey at Guadalajara 2011
Who: The Men and women of Argentina, USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago.
Where: The Pan American Hockey Stadium, Revolución Sports Complex, 3232 Pablo Neruda Avenue, Providencia Zone, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. (Capacity: 1870)
When: 19th - 29th October 2011
The Prize: The men’s and women’s Gold medalists will secure a place at the London 2012 Olympics.
The FIH website will be posting regular updates of the hockey action from Guadalajara. More information about the 2011 Pan American Games can be found at the official event website: www.guadalajara2011.org.mx