Ansuta Lakra to Lead Indian Eves in “Hero FIH Road to London” Olympic Qualifiers

Hero FIH Road To London Logo

Hero FIH Road To London Logo

Asunta Lakra will be leading the 18-member Indian team for the women’s hockey 2012 Olympic qualifier “Hero FIH Road to London” at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Feb 18-26, while experience defender Joydeep Kaur returns to the action after being on sidelined for months due to injury.  The team was selected after national selector observed the players in the recently concluded hockey Test series against Azerbaijan in New Delhi.

Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine are the other participating teams besides India. India will open their campaign against Ukraine on Feb 18. They will next face Canada (Feb 19), Poland (Feb 21), South Africa (Feb 22) and Italy (Feb 24) in the round robbin stage of the tournament and first two placed teams will play final whose winner will qualify for London Olympics.

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Canadian and South African players sign on to WSH

Current Canadian captain Ken Pereira among list of 7 Canadians and 4 South Africans

World Series Hockey has a signed a host of internationals from Canada and South Africa.

 The signed players are Clive Terwin, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet, Lungile Tsolekile & Shanyl Balwanth from South Africa; Adam Froese, Antoni Kindler, Iain Smythe, Mark Pearson, Ken Pereira, Richard Hildred & Sukhwinder Singh Gabbar from Canada.

The line up from the African and North American regions includes a current international captain and a set of players who have played close to 800 international matches amongst them.

Ken Pereira, captain of the Canadian hockey team and one of the 7 Canadian players on the WSH roster, said, “World Series Hockey is a huge platform to raise the profile of our sport globally. With the diverse mix of international players in the fray, this is a tournament that is truly global. India is a great place to play, the fans are really passionate about the sport. I have some good memories from playing in the WC and CWG in 2010” Continue reading →

Chetri to Lead India in Olympic Qualifiers “Hero FIH Road to London”

Experienced Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri will lead Indian Men’s hockey team in the Olympic qualifiers  “Hero FIH Road to London” to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from February 18 to 26. Indian two-wheeler giant, Hero MotoCorp Limited (HMCL) will be the title sponsor for the first men’s and women’s hockey Olympics Qualifying Tournament for the London Olympics.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

While former captain Rajpal Singh, who is still not match-fit after an appendix surgery, and Gurbaj Singh who got injured during the camp are among the notable absentees in the squad of 18, while veteran midfielder Arjun Halappa could only make it to the list of four standbys alongside Manjeet Kullu, VS Vinaya and Chinglensana Singh.

India is the host of Olympic qualifiers for both men and women in the capital city of Delhi. The women’s team is scheduled to be announced later this week.

The Indian men’s team will be fight for the birth in London 2012 against Canada, France, Italy, Poland and Singapore, who replaced USA after they pulled out of the tournament in the eleventh hour.

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Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy (Women’s)

The FIH announced today the match schedule for the Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy to be played in Rosario, Argentina from January 28 – February 5, 2012.

It will be the 20th edition of the women’s event and one that will carry several important story lines for the eight participating teams. First and foremost, the event will be the last major international tournament before the London Olympic Games in August 2012. Seven of the eight teams in Rosario have already secured their spot in the 2012 Games with only Japan having to go through the Qualification Tournament process.

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Injured Gurbaj to Miss Olympic Qualifiers

Injured midfielder Gurbaj Singh, who sustained an injury on his right knee during the start of second phase of the preparatory camp here earlier this month, was left out of India’s 32 probables for the hockey Olympic Qualifying  tournament to be played from February 18 to 26 in New Delhi. Besides India, the other participating teams in the tournament are Canada, France, Poland, USA and Italy.

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Gurbaj Singh

The dynamic midfielder did not play in India’s just-concluded five-match Test series against South Africa, which was the basis of the selection of the probables. According to the team management, his injury is not serious and he has been advised rest for three weeks.  The selectors Balbir Singh, BP Govinda, Syed Ali alongwith government observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey and the chief coach, Michael Nobbs shortened the list of probables from from 45 to 32 after watching the Test series against South Africa, which India won 3-1.

According to Hockey India statement, “The core probable players were tested in these matches so as to determine the best possible team that would represent the country in the Olympic Qualifier Tournament.” The squad of 18 members and 4 standbys the Olympic Qualifiers will be selected from these 32 probables.

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World Series Hockey Mumbai franchise names team Mumbai Marines

WSH Mumbai team reveals new identity 

The Mumbai franchise of World Series Hockey has been rebranded as Mumbai Marines. The brand identity has been specially designed to incorporate the core values of the team – dynamism, stability and a strong city affiliation.

Mumbai-Marines-LogoMumbai has a proud legacy of Hockey and the team boasts of some of the finest players. Adrian D’ Souza, one of the world’s best goalkeepers will captain the side and be ably supported by two former India captains, Viren Rasquinha and Prabodh Tirkey.

Exciting young Indian players like the Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj and Devender, along with International superstars like Pedro Ibarra (Argentina), Sung Min Lee (South Korea), Melchior Looijen (Netherlands), Phelie Maguire (Ireland), Connor Grimes (Canada) and Juan Martin Lopez (Argentina) makes Mumbai Marines a world class squad.

The task of forging these players into a winning unit will be handled by the master strategist Andrew Meredith, assistant coach of the German national team in their World Cup and Olympic Gold winning campaigns of 2006 and 2008 respectively. Continue reading →