Rani among Young FIH Player of the Year 2010 Award Nominees — Press Release FIH

Rani Ramphal

Rani Ramphal (Courtesy: stick2hockey.com)

India’s teen age sensation Rani Ramphal, who proved her scoring ability at Rossario World Cup 2010, has been among the nominees of the Young FIH Player Of the Year Award. She is the only India to be nominated for awards. The winners of the FIH Player of the Year Awards will be announced on Friday 12th November at a special ceremony in Montreux, Switzerland, the location of the 2010 FIH Congress and Forum. Over the coming weeks, the International Hockey Federation will be profiling each of the nominated players on its official website – www.fih.ch . These player profiles will be uploaded at regular intervals from Monday 1st November 2010.

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Petition to clean up Indian Hockey: Hurray!!!1st response from Dhanraj Pillay

So, here’s the 1st update on the petition that we sent to various people mentioned in earlier post:

We got a call from Dhanraj Pillay today. He was appreciative of the fact that such an initiative has been taken.

Rahul Dravid and Dhanraj Pillay at the inauguration of JFHA

He shared his challenges in bringing about the changes in the Hockey system and assured that in some time when he gets to meet the biggies of Indian Hockey he will put it across to them.
He also went on to suggest a few names to whom we should send this petition as well.

From what he said, it appeared that he did go through the comments from the public.
He was very happy to see that so many people have come together for a given cause.

The call ended with the assurance of his support on any such initiatives pertaining to Hockey.

P.S.: He asked me at least 3 times, “What can I do for you?”. Can anyone suggest in 1 line, a concrete answer, as to what I should say?

From – Shashank Gupta,

For more details please visit: http://indianhockeyonlinepetition.blogspot.com/

India Vs Pakistan on Nov 20 in 2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou, China

the logo of 16th asian games guangzhou 2010

16th Asian Games Guangzhou (China) 2010

Commonwealth Games silver medalists India have been grouped with arch-rivals Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong in the men’s hockey competition for November 12-27 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Defending champions South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman and hosts China are in pool A.

Indian Women will play Malaysia in their first fixture on 13 November. The women competition will be played on a round robin format between China, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Thailand. Continue reading →

Now eyes are on Asian Games 2010, after silver in CWG 2010

Again in 2010, it was the final of hockey in mega-sporting event at the same venue where it happened in 1982 Asian Games. This time it was Kookaburras, while 1982 it was arch-rivals neighbor Pakistan, India lost to both of them to settle for Silver Medals.

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Brasa and Ric on Finals of CWG 2010

DELHI, Oct 14 – Comments from Raj Pal SINGH (IND), Coach Jose BRASA (ESP), Liam DE YOUNG (AUS) and Richard CHARLESWORTH (AUS) after Australia’s 8-0 victory over India in the Men’s Gold medal match at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Thursday.

Raj Pal SINGH (IND)

On India’s 8-0 defeat to Australia:

“Our start was good. We took the first short corner. Australia was lucky to score the first goal, and from then they played better and kept scoring.”

“Every time they entered our D they scored.”

On what India can learn from Australia:

“The biggest thing we would want to take from Australia is converting chances into goals. We did it against Pakistan, but now we need to do the same things against the top teams like Germany and Holland.”

Coash Jose BRASA (ESP)

On India getting Silver:

“We’re very sad with the result. But to be second in the world after Australia is a good result. Australia are much better than any other team in the tournament. They score six in the semi, eight in the final, and they won the Champions Trophy and won the World Cup here, so they made it clear they’re two or three steps ahead of the others. We’re happy to be second to them.”

On why India didn’t score in the final match:

“The players are tired. They played out of their skins in the semifinal against England. They are playing out of games against England and Pakistan. We’re humans, not aliens. Everybody knows Australia are a difficult team to beat, and it’s difficult to stop them from scoring. So when the first goal was scored our morale went down.”

On Australia:

“They arrive to the final fresh because they beat all the other teams easily.”

On the opening 15 minutes against Australia:

“The first 15 minutes we were much better than Australia. We were killed by the first goal. It was a stupid goal to give away.”

Liam DE YOUNG (AUS)

On Australia’s 8-0 victory over India:

“We got a few late goals that flatter the score line.”

“We took our chances. India just failed in that area.”

Richard CHARLESWORTH (AUS) – coach

On Australia’s 8-0 victory over India:

“We play relentlessly and stop teams trying to challenge us.

“The first 20 minutes was a fierce contest. Even though India had the ball a lot, we didn’t let them penetrate us.’’

“We played well enough to break open the game and outrun them for 70 minutes. We have a way of playing that means that we create more goals even with a lead. We want to defend well, too. Our defensive record is good, with only four goals in six matches.”

“Making another goal in the match is what it’s about, playing for the moment.”

On winning by eight goals:

“I think it’s an aberration. Things were closer than that.”

On the end of the game:

“The last 15 minutes were beyond [India’s] reach, but until then they were still contesting.”

On India’s coach Jose Brasa BANJURJO (ESP):

“He’s done a good job. I can see improvements in the team.”

Source: http://results.cwgdelhi2010.org

Men’s in Semis, Women’s team beat Canada to finish 5th

Riding high on confidence and backing of crowd (including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi) in jam packed Major Dhyanchand Stadium Indian men’s showed that they are better than 4 time World Champions Pakistan and crushed the arch-rivals by 7-4. While women’s team beat Canada to finish fifth. Ritu Rani (18th minute), Thokchom Chanchan Devi (66th) and Saba Anjum (70th) sounded the board for India to ensure a comfortable win for the home team and to conclude a disappointing campaign in the Delhi Games on a high.

The schedule of Semifinals is as following, where India will lock the horns with England and will be looking for settling old accounts:

11:00 Men Semifinal 1
Australia vs New Zealand
17:30 Men Semifinal 2
England vs India

Bronze medal match will be played at 9:00AM on 14th Oct, 2010, the day of closing of CWG 2010, while Gold medal will be played at 11:30AM.