Hockey India announces grant for State Associations and financial Support for Junior Men and Women Players

With the aim to popularize the game of hockey at the grass-root level, Hockey India (HI) has decided to give an annual grant to all its State Associations. The decision was taken during the Hockey India Executive Board meeting held in New Delhi today 12th May 2012.

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Hockey India

HI has decided to give Rs 5 lakhs each to all its State Associations to help them improve the sport of hockey in their respective region. The grant will be used to organize Senior, Junior, Sub-Junior level tournaments as well as most importantly school level tournament. This will help them attract more youngsters towards the national game and play for the pride of our country.

This is the first time in the history of Indian Hockey that Hockey India will give grant to its State Associations, since the commencement of men and women hockey from 1927 onwards. Continue reading →

ONGC won KSHA – OZONE Group National Hockey League Championship 2011-12

ONGC won the KSHA – OZONE Group National Hockey League Championship 2011-12 with clear a margin of 5 points (27 points) from 2nd placed IOCL (22 points). ONGC who lost only one of their 10 matches in the league, was captained by Mandeep Antil. Second placed IOCL, lead by India’s experienced forward Deepak Thakur, finished the league with 22 points from 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. Air India finished 3rd with 21 points, while BPCL was placed at 4th place with 19 points.

ONGC: the Winners of KSHA – OZONE Group National Hockey League Championship 2011-12

ONGC: the Winners of KSHA – OZONE Group National Hockey League Championship 2011-12

Special Prizes:
Best Goal Keeper – Jagdeep Dayal – SAI
Best Defender – Ajay Saroha – BPCL
Best Half Back – Prabhakar – IAF
Best Forward – Ramandeep Singh – ONGC
Player of the Championship – Lalit Upadhyay – ONGC
Fair play Trophy – SAI, Bangalore. Continue reading →

Kookaburras Thrash Belgium as Gohdes Scores Hat-trick

THE Kookaburras kick started the continental leg of their European tour with an 8-2 victory in the first of two test matches against Belgium overnight.

With the Belgians in the middle of their club play-offs, national coach Colin Batch, the Australian who was assistant to Barry Dancer through the gold and bronze medal campaigns in Athens and Beijing was denied several of his star men.

However, the contest gave Batch the chance to look to the future and gave the Kookaburras an opportunity to rediscover the goal scoring form which temporarily deserted them in England. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men’s team named for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Black Sticks Men’s team has been announced for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from 24 May to 3 June. It is the last tournament the Black Sticks will compete in before the Olympic team is named in mid June.

Black Sticks LogoOther teams competing are Great Britain, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina and India as well as host country Malaysia, who are the only team not to have qualified for this year’s Olympics.

“This will be a great quality tournament for us and offers an opportunity to test ourselves against teams we’ll be playing against in London. Korea and India are both in our pool at the Olympics, so we are looking forward to playing them,” says captain Dean Couzins, who will likely reach his 250th test cap during the tournament. Continue reading →

South Africa Joins in London through FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Men) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   RSA – South Africa (Qualifies for London Olympics)
  2.   JPN – Japan
  3.   CHN – China
  4.   AUT – Austria
  5.   CZE – Czech Republic
  6.   BRA – Brazil

Detailed news and match reports on FIH Website.

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Japan Books ticket to London in FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

FIH Olympic Qualifier (Women) Kakamigahara 2012

Final Standings:

  1.   JPN-Japan (Qualifies for London Olympics 2012)
  2.   AZE-Azerbaijan
  3.   CHI-Chile
  4.   BLR-Belarus
  5.   MAS-Malaysia
  6.   AUT-Austria

Detailed news and match reports on FIH Website.

Schedule and Results Continue reading →