Haryana Women are the Champions of Indian Hockey Nationals

30 April 2013: Haryana registered 4-1 victory over Railways to win the 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championship. While Jharkhand finished third in the championship, which was held at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow.

Ram Karan Arya, Minister of Stater for Youth Affairs & Sports presenting winners trophy to the players of Haryana team for winning 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championship

Ram Karan Arya, Minister of Stater for Youth Affairs & Sports presenting winners trophy to the players of Haryana team for winning 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championship

Railways scored their opening goal through Amandeep Kaur in the 15th minute. After conceding an early goal, Haryana forwards played attacking game and built pressure on their opponents. Haryana scored through Udita (34th & 65th min) and Narinder (47th & 49th min). The defending champions failed to convert a total of ten penalty corners. Continue reading →

Chalersworth Names 5 Debutants for Kookaburras vs Korea Test Series

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth will hand five players their senior international debuts this week when Australia’s men’s hockey team welcome Korea to Perth Hockey Stadium.  Jeremy Edwards (TAS), Tyler Lovell (WA), Andrew Philpott (VIC), Tom Wickham (SA) and Matthew Willis (NSW) will all make the step up during the four match series.

Hockey Australia LogoBeginning on Friday evening, the matches represent the Kookaburras’ first competitive action since returning from Malaysia in March with a record seventh Sultan Azlan Shah title.

Naming a group of 27 athletes, Charlesworth explained: “The games against Korea represent a selection trial ahead of our trip to Europe for the World League competition in June. The series presents us with a good opportunity to increase the depth of our squad as we look further ahead to the Oceania Cup, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the World Cup and beyond. Continue reading →

Haryana vs Jharkhand and Punjab vs MPHA in the Semi-Finals of Junior Women’s Hockey Nationals

Ranchi 29 April 2013:  Haryana will take on Jharkhand while Punjab will face Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in the semi-finals of the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship being played at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy registered easy win over Delhi 6-1 in the quarter-final match.
MPHA scored through R Ramngaihzuali (27 min), Diksha Tiwari (33 min), Priyanka Wankhede (35, 54, 58 min) and Own Goal (37 min). For Delhi Manisha Verma (57 min) scored the only goal. Continue reading →

Haryana take on Defending Champions Railways in Final of Senior Women’s Hockey Nationals

New Delhi, 29 April 2013: Last year’s runners-up Haryana scored a comprehensive 3-1 win over Punjab to enter the final of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championship being played at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow, while defending champions Railways defeated Jharkhand 2-1 in other semi-final to reach finals.

After playing a goalless half, Haryana forwards showcased their skills and pace from the start of the second half to enjoy the upper hand. Narinder scored an opening goal for Haryana in the 37th minute by converting a penalty corner. In the 46th minute Haryana scored its second goal through Reena Devi and three minutes later Udita scored another goal to give them a 3-0 lead. Continue reading →

Korea Leveled the Series With 3-1 Win Over Hockeyroos

Hockeyroos: Karri McMahon 23 (PC)
Korea: Cheon Seul Ki 15,40 (PC,PC) , Park Mi Hyun 20 (F)

Hockey Australia LogoIn a match that saw Victorian Georgia Nanscawen become the youngest woman to reach 100 international appearances for the Australia, Karri McMahon’s (SA) first international for Australia was not enough to see the Hockeyroos over the line on Sunday as they went down 3-1 to Korea in Perth.

An enterprising start saw the Hockeyroos create three good opportunities to take the lead inside the opening ten minutes but it was the visitors that broke the deadlock after quarter of an hour through Cheon Seul Ki from a penalty corner. Five minutes later the Koreans were two up through Park Mi Hyun; the captain grabbing her third of the series from close range after Toni Cronk’s initial save. Continue reading →

Sharland and Wilson named best Black Sticks Hockey Players

27th April, 2013: Co-captain Kayla Sharland and striker Nick Wilson have taken out the top honours at the Hockey New Zealand Annual Awards Dinner held in Auckland tonight.

Michaela Curtis (right) congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File Photo: Kayla Sharland being congratulated for a goal by Michaela Curtis (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Both were presented with the 2012 Player of the Year Award and acknowledged for their consistently exceptional performance throughout the year, especially during the London Olympics.

The Under-21 Player of the Year was handed to Dunedin drag flicker Kane Russell while hard working defender Sam Charlton collected the women’s equivalent.

A plumbing apprentice, Russell has worked his way into the Black Sticks over the last two years and is now regularly outclassing the opposition with his trademark drag flick. Continue reading →