Anjum to lead Indian Eves in Australia Tour

Experienced striker Saba Anjum was named captain for 18-member Indian women’s hockey squad for a four-match Test series against the hosts Australia and Three Nation 9-a-side Lanco International Super Series. Malaysia, India and hosts Hockeyroos will play in the nine-a-side tournament.


Hockey Australia’s International Super Series
launch video clip

For the details of the 9-a-side format  International Super Series which features nine players per side and is played on the normal dimension field with an additional one metre wider goal and a player in the attacking half at all times, visit this page and launch video here.

Saba AnjumSquad:
Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, E Rajani
Defenders: Joydeep Kaur, Preety Sunila Kiro, Jaspreet Kaur
Midfielders: Asunta Lakra Kirandeep Kaur, Ritu Rani, P Sushila Chanu, Mukta Prava Barla Deepika
Forwards: Saba Anjum (Captain), Jasjeet Kaur Handa (vice captain), Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Rani, Soundarya Yendala, Rosalin Dung Dung.

Standbys: Savita (goalkeeper), Th. Pinki Devi (defender), MN Ponnamma, Kiran Dahiya (midfielders), Rashmi Singh (forward)

Schedule Test Series: Continue reading →

Halappa, Chhikara and Khandekar back in the Team, Chetri named Captain

Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, mid-fielders Sardar Singh, Arjun Halappa, Bharat Chhikara and forward Tushar Khandekar,  have been recalled in the 22-member India squad for Australia tour which will be lead by Bharat Chetri while veteran Ignace Tirkey has been named his vice. India will play in the Four Nation 9-a-side Lanco International Super Series and a tri-series involving Arch Rival Pakistan and hosts Australia.

Ignace Tirkey (VC), Bharat Chetri (Captain) with Raghunath and Vikramkanth during a National Camp

Ignace Tirkey (VC), Bharat Chetri (Captain) with Raghunath and Vikram Kanth during a National Camp

Sandeep and Sardar had missed Asian Champions Trophy, because they were slapped with the ban of two-years by Hockey India, after they had left the national camp citing personal reasons, and are back after their ban was revoked. While Arjun Halappa, Bharat Chhikara and Tushar Khandekar had been out of the action because of injuries. For the details of the 9-a-side format  International Super Series which features nine players per side and is played on the normal dimension field with an additional one metre wider goal and a player in the attacking half at all times, visit this page and launch video here.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (captain), P.R. Sreejesh;
Defenders: Manjit Kullu, Rupinderpal Singh, V.R. Raghunath, Sandeep Singh;
Midfielders: Ignace Tirkey (vice-captain), Gurbaj Singh, Vikas Sharma, Manpreet Singh, Vikram Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Sardar Singh;
Forwards: Danish Mujtaba, Ravi Pal, Sarvanjit Singh, Rajpal Singh, Yuvraj Valmiki, S.V. Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Tushar Khandker, Bharat Chhikara

Standbys:Nanak Singh (goalkeeper), Birendra Lakra (midfielder), Mandip Antil (forward), Chinglingsana (forward), Roshan Minz (forward)

Schedule: Continue reading →

Bronze for India in the U-18 Girls Asia Cup

5th positioned in last edition, India,  defeated defending champions Korea 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal in the 3rd Girls U-18 Asia cup at Bangkok, Anupa Barla (43 minute) and Navjot Kaur (68 minute) scored goals for India.

Calender 2011 Women

Calender 2011 Women

Links to Hockey India Press Releases related to the U-18 Girls Asia Cup:
India go down to Japan 3?4 in semi final of  3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup (23 September 2011)
India beat Malaysia to top Pool ‘B’ 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup (22 September 2011)
India beat  China 4?2 and Advance to Semi Final of 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup (20 September 2011)
India Whip Sri Lanka 13?0 in 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup (17 September 2011)
Indian Team for 3rd Girls U-18 Asia Cup at Bangkok, Thailand (9 September 2011)


Song: Dum Bhar Ke – by Siddharth Kasyap for Abhi Foundation

This is the song Composed and Produced by Siddharth Kasyap for Abhi Foundation,which coached more than 200 underprivileged children in Hockey and other Team Sports. The purpose of this showreel is to promote sports and motivate youth for active participation in team sports . This is released by youth icon and president of Yuva Sena Aaditya Thakarey and Current Hockey sensation Yuvraaj Walmiki in presence of the legendary M.R Negi and Dhanraj Pillay. The video is shot by Kallol Sen and lyrics are penned by Shakeel Azmi. Continue reading →

Its Not About Champions Trophies, but About Our Heroes

We have lost the hosting rights of Champions Trophy 2011 (goes to Auckland, New Zealand) and likely to loose Olympic Qualifiers, if the current situation prevails? What do we do, shall we stop supporting our players/best players, who are our heroes, have won/played matches for us, if Hockey India does not consider them. Here is an argument, rather a big explanation of expectations from we fans? Written by one of we fans “Esma Hasanovic”.

Michael Nobbs (Coach Team India) Obeserving players in a practice match...

Michael Nobbs (Coach Team India) is on crosshair

Some Excerpts
he doesn’t want his collar tighter & leash any shorter than they already are, both courtesy of HI…and thank god!! he doesn’t say more…trying to decipher his inconsistent mixed messages is a skill that not even the greatest detective can decode…;o)..

we are we willing to forget them while they never forget us…NA?? It’s so easy to put blame on others rather than do some self-reflection…I have always believed change must begin from within ourselves first…there are many players/fans who are ready for the CT, OQ but the country is not..


until the country has it’s affairs in order and makes it’s players welfare the priority, Indian hockey will have to struggle to regain their glory…history repeats itself,

Talent is talent…there are many players with talent, and if worked with that talent can be strengthened, but there are only a miniscule few that are born with the gift..otherwise, there would have been more like Dhyan Chand..and they would have already shown up in the Indian hockey community…and the few gifted ones that were there:

I have always believed that bad things happen sometimes for good things to come out of it…and I believe this is one of those times. Never know might be these current players that unite us all…I have much faith Indian Hockey will rise above because those players we chose to forget and also those we chose to remember (Dhyan Chand), shall never forget us…God works in mysterious ways.. Chak De Indian Hockey!! :o))))

Esma Says, “I actually posted this with a reason because I felt it was probably one of the few semi-coherent, & semi-sensible things Nobbs has said in terms of the sport suffering and federations thinking on the same terms.. without Nobbs saying too much more..OF COURSE NOT!, Continue reading →

Team India Vs Army XI Practice Match (25th Aug, 2011)

Photographs from Team India Vs Army XI practice match during national camp for Asian Champions Trophy 2011.