Its Malaysia Vs India and Korea Vs Pakistan in Asiad Semis

India defeated Japan 3-2 to top the points table of group B in Asian Games 2010. Ever reliable captain Rajpal Singh leveled the scored in 31st minute after Japad had taken lead through a field goal by Hiroki Sakamoto in 21st minute. Then Sandeep Singh converted both penalty corners (38th and 62nd minute) which India had earned in the match. However, Japan pulled one back through another field goal from Sakamoto. India finished victorious with the score reading 3-2.

With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while Pakistan finished second with 9 points. While rising hockey nation, Malaysia beat formidable China (4-2), held hockey giant Korea (2-2) on their way to semi final against India which will be played on 23rd November at 2:30 PM (IST). While Pakistan will take on the topper of Group A Korea in another semi-final on same day at 12:30 PM (IST).

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Below are the points table of men’s Group A and B: Continue reading →

4th time in row India beat Pakistan

After World Cup 2010, Azlan Shah Cup 2010 and Commonwealth Games 2010, India proved themselves better than Pakistan in Asian Games also. India won the match against arch-rivals Pakistan 3-2, but India should not carried away with this win. Indian should team analyze the match and look for negatives and their mistakes, iron them out before next stage.

Bharat Chetri (courtesy and copyrights: stick2hockey.com)

File Photo: Bharat Chetri (courtesy and copyrights: stick2hockey.com)

Both teams played very nice game. India rotated the ball very well with small passes and quick movement but committed mistakes in defense which cost them goals. Though, Indian defense was much improved in comparison to their performance in recently concluded Commonwealth Games. If we see both the goals scored by Pakistan were defense lapse by Indians. In the first goal, Gurbaj did not trap the ball, which was collected by veteran Rehan Butt and did rest of job for Pakistan. While second goal came through Shakeel Abbasi who picked up loose ball from Sandeep Singh. Otherwise, India did some brilliant work in defense to come out victorious. Actually, Indian goalie Bharat Chettri won it for India. He pulled a brilliant and accurate save by taking Sohail’s flick on his stick during the execution of Pakistan’s lone PC. Continue reading →

Its India Vs Pakistan in China…

The South Asian arch-rival neighbors and the former power houses of hockey, India and Pakistan will be head on head again at Asian Games in Guangzhou (China), it is their third encounter in 2010. Last two matches were played in Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium, New Delhi during World Cup 2010 (March) and Commonwealth Games 2010 (October), hosts won both the games comfortably but Pakistan has a better overall record against India. In Guangzhou, India wont be having the advantage of the crowd of 16,000 who cheered them during WC and CWG.

India Pakistan Flags

This encounter is crucial for both of them, as the winners will have a better chance in semis, since winner of this game is expected to top the table for Group B and will face the 2nd team in Group A.

In actuality, this game is going to be much more than India Vs Pakistan, it will be:
Sohail Abbas Vs Sandeep Singh … the best flickers in world, in terms of number goals and conversion rate resepectively.

Jeeshan Ashraf Vs Rajpal Singh … the captains of both sides, Jeshan will be leading defense against Indian attack lead by captain Rajpal Singh and young guns like Dharamveer Saini and veterans like Tushar Khandekar, Shivendra Singh.

And this match is a crucial one for judging coaching skills of Jose Brasa (the Spaniard, Indian Coach) and Michel Van Den (the Dutch, Pakistani Coach), who is more capable of blending European style in Asian style (rather Indian style, which ruled the world of hockey until the arrival of astro-turfs and power hockey).

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Points table of Group B and results of other matches: Continue reading →

Feel Turf, Chennai, programm off to a good start : One Thousand Hockey Legs

About One Thousand Hockey Legs:

Hockey is India’s national game, and is an integral part of the country’s sporting culture. This open air game, apart from building physical fitness, helps youngsters develop their personality, imbibing qualities such as stress management, leadership, decision making skills, teamwork and self confidence.

One Thousand Hockey Legs is a program envisaged by the Hockey Citizen Group, aimed at providing school children with an opportunity to understand, play and enjoy hockey.

One Thousand Hockey Legs

One Thousand Hockey Legs

The program aims to:
* Form one or two hockey teams per school
* Conduct friendly matches between schools
* Form a combined school team in each city
* Participate in State and National level competitions
* Hold exhibition matches on special occasions
* Organize an annual Hockey Run
* Mentor exceptional talent for the national team

For more details and news please visit www.onethousandhockeylegs.com

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India’s chances in Asian Games Hockey: Points table till now

Indian men’s team has won their both the matches against lowly Hong Kong China (7-0) and Bangladesh (9-0) while their female counter parts won their first game against Malaysia (4-0) and lost next two against Japan (0-3) and Korea (0-1). Indian women’s team is virtually out of the contest of Gold medal, but still are in race for Bronze. India need to win two games to be in top four in the league round and they can easily come over Thailand (19th Nov) and Kazakhstan (20th Nov), before facing to hosts and favorites China on 22nd Nov. While men’s team need to win their two matches against Pakistan (20th Nov) and Japan (21st Nov) to top the pool and have easy semi finals, as Korea (defending champions) are expected to top other pool which only strong team in Pool A.

Men’s Group B Points Table
# Team Pts MP W D L GD
1 IND 6 2 2 0 0 16
2 PAK 3 1 1 0 0 12
3 JPN 3 1 1 0 0 2
4 BAN 0 2 0 0 2 -11
5 HKG 0 2 0 0 2 -19
Women’s Standings
# Team Pts MP W D L GD
1 KOR 12 4 4 0 0 17
2 JAP 9 3 3 0 0 8
3 CHN 6 2 2 0 0 16
4 IND 3 3 1 0 2 0
5 MAS 0 3 0 0 3 -10
6 KAZ 0 3 0 0 3 -13
7 THA 0 2 0 0 2 -18

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FIH release 2012 Olympic Qualification quotas

FIH has released the quota for 2012 Olympic Games qualification quotas, details are given below:

The London 2012 Hockey first-class stamp

The London 2012 Hockey first-class stamp

Automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Hockey Tournament

  • Host nation – Great Britain
  • Africa – Champion at Africa Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • America – Champion at 16th Pan American Games (men’s hockey competition)
  • Asia – Champion at 16th Asian Games (men’s hockey competition)
  • Europe – Champion at 13th EuroHockey Nations Championship for Men
  • Oceania – Champion at 7th Men’s Oceania Cup

Extra Quotas:

2 for Europe and 1 for Oceania, while rest three place will be field through qualification tournaments.

Automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games Women’s Hockey Tournament Continue reading →