Perth to host International Super Series Hockey 9’s

Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the return of the International Super Series to be played at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley, WA from 22 to 25 November 2012.

2012 Perth International Super Series 9's

2012 Perth International Super Series 9’s

“The Western Australian State Government through its events agency Eventscorp showed great support of this world first hockey format sitting alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last year and we are delighted to announce that the event will stay in Perth for at least the next two years,” stated Hockey Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Anderson.

The invitational event will feature both men’s and women’s teams that participated at the London Olympics.  Continue reading →

Hockey India Senior Nationals in Bangalore and Junior in Lucknow

Hockey India Senior (Men’s) Hockey Championship – 2012 will be played in Bangalore from 23rd September to 2nd October 2012, while Junior’s Championship will start on 1st September in Lucknow.

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27 teams from across the country will participate in 2nd Hockey India Junior (Men’s) Hockey Championship, including defending champions Haryana, runners-up Odisha and third-place holders Punjab. The 9 day event will start on September 1, at the Major Dhyan Chand Astro Turf Stadium at the Guru Govind Singh Sports College in Lucknow.

A total of 36 teams, with a new entrant Border Security Forces, will participate in 2nd Hockey India Senior (Men’s) Hockey Championship, which will be played at Bangalore Hockey Stadium (Aka Shanti Nagar Hockey Stadium) and MEG Astro Turf. Continue reading →

Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Schedule Released

The Federation of International Hockey today announced the match schedule for the Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2012 to be played in Melbourne, Australia from December 1-9.

Hockey Men's Champions Trophy 2012 MelbourneHome town favourites Australia will kick off their Hockey Champions Trophy defense by taking on 2011 Champions Challenge winners Belgium in the opening Pool B round match on 1st December at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre.

“Victoria is the home of major sporting events in Australia and visitors to the Champions Trophy will have a tremendous opportunity to experience our excellent restaurants, shopping and night-life as well as visiting some of our world renowned natural attractions”. Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Hugh Delahunty, MP said today. Continue reading →

North Harbour win battle of the bridge in Ford NHL

North Harbour men provided the upset in today’s fourth round of the Ford National Hockey League (NHL) at Auckland’s Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium.

In the battle of the bridge, Harbour rolled the joint defending champions Auckland 3-0 to inflict the first loss of the tournament on the home side.

The Aucklanders never really looked like winning and thanks to some strong goalkeeping from Harbour’s Richard Joyce they were even kept scoreless. When former Black Stick Jan Petersen touched in Harbour’s third goal with just minutes remaining, the boys from across the bridge had the game in the bag. Continue reading →

Auckland and Canterbury on top of Ford National Hockey League

Auckland and Canterbury women’s teams, and Auckland men are on top of their respective competitions after today’s second round of the Ford National Hockey League (NHL).

Today’s two feature matches were at Auckland’s Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium between Auckland and Midlands men’s and women’s sides – who were all unbeaten after yesterday’s first round.

Auckland men were a class above their Midlands counterparts as two early goals set up the home side for their 4-0 victory. But the women’s clash went right down to the wire. Continue reading →

Let’s not make Michael Nobbs a scapegoat for India’s disastrous showing in Olympics!

Watching some of the top hockey teams like Australia, Netherlands, Germany play at the 2012 Olympics gives you a fair impression of the improvement areas Indian team needs to focus on. Michael Nobbs-coached Indian team adopted the Australian style of hockey, the merits of which were seen in all the games India played in the last six months going into the London Olympics.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

But with the Indian team delivering their worst-ever performance at hockey’s showpiece event, all the demerits of it are coming out of the closet and that too, in droves.

As a hockey fan first, and second as a sports journalist, I am saddened at the way the Indian team has cut such a frustrating figure at the Olympics. In fact, all the pre-tournament hopes pinned on India got a massive leg up when India fought hard against the Netherlands, especially in the second half after a forgettable first half before an ‘unfair’ penalty stroke denial in the dying minutes of the game robbed us of the opportunity to script a 3-3 draw. The only solace was that we lost narrowly (2-3) against one of the world’s top sides. Continue reading →