Irish Goalie David Harte is Excited about Hockey India League

Ireland’s Goal Keeper David Harte has been selected by the Dabur Mumbai Magicians for the Hero Hockey India League. Hero HIL is entering its second season and will begin on January 23rd culminating into the finals on February 23rd 2014.

The auction for this season included 154 players from around the world of which 49 were picked up by the six franchises, players came from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, South Africa and India with a total spend of USD 1.37 million. The highest player going for 81,000 USD (Ramandeep Singh for Uttar Pradesh Wizards). Continue reading →

Manpreet to Lead India in Hockey Junior Men World Cup

New Delhi, 27 November 2013: Indian Junior Men National Team for the Hero Hockey Junior Men World Cup 2013 was announced today in a glamorous event organised at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi where all the 18 players were introduced one by one to the media and guests.

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

The 18 member team will be Captained by the experienced midfielder Manpreet Singh while defender Amit Rohidas will be the Vice-Captain.

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said “Our Junior team has been training hard to reach the pinnacle during the forthcoming Junior Men World Cup. Winning the Sultan of Johar Cup and subsequent exposure during the Asian Champions Trophy were steps in right direction for the preparations. I wish each and every player and support staff all the very best”. Continue reading →

Nine More Kookaburras and Two Black Sticks join Hockey India League

Nine more Kookaburras and two more Black Sticks have been picked up by the six franchises of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) in the closed bid for the second season of the sport’s showpiece league. In all, it brings the number of Kookaburras competing in the Hockey India League to 24 and Black Sticks to just 4.

Kookaburras Hockey Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)Trent Mitton (Perth, WA), Kiel Brown (Toowoomba, QLD), Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD), Russell Ford (Eltham VIC), Glenn Simpson (Eltham, VIC), Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA), Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW), Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA) and Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) went for a total of $317,000 in the weekend’s bidding while Black Sticks Ryan Archibald and Steven Edwards are two Black Sticks who are picked up for a total of $96,000. Continue reading →

YES BANK Joins HIL as Associate Sponsor

New Delhi, 27 November 2013: YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, signs a multi-year deal with the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) commencing with the 2014 season.

YES BANK LogoAnnouncing the deal, HIL Chairman, Dr Narinder Batra, said: “This is a fantastic, long-term partnership for the League. We look forward to our association with YES BANK to mobilise sports innovation and infuse positive energy into Hockey. Hero HIL had a terrific start last year and we are certain with YES BANK on board, it will benefit both the League and our millions of followers around the world. I welcome YES BANK to the Hero HIL family and our joint vision and commitment to the league and its fans will help make the League one of the best and the biggest in the world.” Continue reading →

Argentina Hockey World League Final: Schedule and Results

Argentina Hockey World League Final

from 30th November to 8th December, 2013
at San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina.

The World League Final is a culmination of the International Hockey Federation’s World League tournament which started back in October 2012. Following the completion of round one and two, 16 teams battled it out in the semi-final stage which took place in London and Rotterdam over the summer.

Final Standings: 1. Netherlands, 2. Australia, 3. England, 4. Argentina, 5. New Zealand, 6. China, 7. Germany, 8. Korea.

Highlights of the Tournament here:

(Highlights of Argentina Hockey World League Final (Women’s))

Detailed Schedule of Argentina Hockey World League Final: Continue reading →

Clean Sweep for Black Sticks against Chile before World League Finals

The Black Sticks Women have won their final test against Chile in Santiago today, giving them a 3-0 series win ahead of the World League Final starting next weekend in Argentina.

Hockey New Zealand / Black Sticks LogoHowever, their 3-2 win today was by far the closest game of the series, with the Black Sticks winning the previous two tests 6-2 and 7-0. The Kiwis were 3-0 up thanks to goals from Sophie Cox, Petrea Webster and Anita Punt before Chile found the back of the net twice in the final 15 minutes.

Head coach Mark Hager said it wasn’t the best performance from his side and better decisions up front would have helped them score more goals. Continue reading →