Indian Hockey Team Honored

Yes, Shivraj Ji did it once again for hockey….

Yesterday, Indian hockey team and all the staff members were invited to Bhopal at the CM House for their honour for their brilliant performance at the Azlan Shah Cup 2010…

During the function he also cleared everybody that he doesn’t need a place in HI (Hockey India) cause many were thinking like that. He said that he just want to see the hockey at the top and nothing else.

He also said to the team that they should just concentrate on the game and leave rest of the things to him as he is ready to give even a blank cheque to them….

One more special thing was about the coach Brasa…
He came just 5 mins before the starting of the function and aate hi unhone sabse pehle ashok kumar (former olympian and son of legendary dhyanchand)  ke pair chue [:o]…..was shocking for everyone present there…..

Well, hope shivraj ji continues to be same in future as well.:)

Here are the photos of the function: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/vipulbpl/HonorOfIndianTeam#

Punjab's artificial grassroots boost for hockey

Punjab’s artificial grassroots boost for hockey- Hindustan Times

Buying old turfs and installing them in small towns and villages for kids, is a very good and sustainable idea for increasing the number of astro-turfs in the country. That is what, is being done in Punjab by sports department.

This idea is the brainchild of Pragat Singh (Olympian and Punjab Sports Director). He told: “Due to fewer astroturf stadiums in the state, children were not being exposed to playing on synthetic turf. We also had a budgetary crunch (as astroturf is expensive). So, we decided to buy old turf and convert it into smaller turf. The department provided the turf and the local clubs constructed the concrete base on which the turf was laid.”

India won the series but lost final test against Black Sticks Women

Black Sticks women team won the final test of the series by 1-0. The lone goal of the game was scored off a penalty corner in 6th minute by 23-year-old Clarissa Eshuis with her trademark dragflick. It was 50th international match of Clarissa.

Result of this did not take away series from India, as they had an unbeatable lead the series. The series of five test matches is concluded.
Results are as following:
1st Test: Saturday 15th May  Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North 
(India won 3-2, hat-trick by Rani Ramphal)
 
2nd Test: Sunday 16th May Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North 
(Draw 2-2)
 
3rd Test: Wednesday 19th May Kelt Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier 
(Draw 2-2)
 
4th Test: Saturday 22nd May National Hockey Stadium, Wellington 
(India won 3-1)
 
5th Test: Sunday 23rd May National Hockey Stadium, Wellington 
(New Zealand won 1-0)
Both the teams will compete in World Cup in Argentina (September) and Commonwealth Games in India (October) and the Black Sticks will also compete in the Champions Trophy in England (July).

Indian Eves beat Black Sticks 3-1 to seal the series…

Indian Women’s Hockey is on the tour of New Zealand. They are playing a series of 5 test matches.
Indian Eves have sealed the series the with 2 draws and 2 sensational win (1st and 4th Match of the series).
India won 4th match by 3-1. At the half time black sticks were leading 1-0 because of superb of performance their goalie Beth Jurgeleit, who stopped numerous Indian attacks. But late surge by Indians in second changed the result. India scored through Captain Surinder Kaur (43″), Saba Anjum (63″) and 15 year old impressive Rani Ramphal (69″).
Rani scored a Hat-trick in first test match and helped India in winning first test of the series (3-2).

Hockey Schedule at Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010

Note: Please check the official website of CWG for latest schedule or click here.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have released the hockey schedule for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. The competition will kick-start with four women’s matches on 4 October.

The 11-day hockey tournament will be played on two pitches of the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi which was the venue for Hero Honda FIH World Cup in March 2010. A total of 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams will compete in the tournament.
The teams are allocated across two pools.
Men
Pool A: Australia, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Scotland.
Pool B: England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago.
Women
Pool A: Australia, South Africa, India, Scotland, Trinidad & Tobago.
Pool B: England, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Wales. Continue reading →