Palakkad takes a step to Revitalize Hockey in Kerala

As the most of us were busy in celebrating the last weekend of 2013, preparing to welcome 2014, analyzing what happened in the last one year, etc. a bunch of hockey players were preparing to host 16 teams (12 Boys and 4 Girls) for Five-a-Side Hockey Tournament at the grounds of Southern Railway Institute in Palakkad, Kerala.

The Ground under preparation at Palakkad Hockey Academy, Railway Institute, Palakkad, Kerala

The Ground under preparation at Palakkad Hockey Academy, Railway Institute, Palakkad, Kerala

The Fans of Hockey witnessed Palakkad Hockey Academy players spending their holiday season in preparing the ground, erecting temporary floodlights, putting rink (side boards) and goal-posts in place for the tournament, even a live digital score-board was also put up at the stadium.

In a step towards of revitalizing the hockey in Kerala and revival of the academy, it is the first tournament at the Palakkad Hockey Academy after 2006. The tournament was very well supported by the friends, families and other sports lovers, the board of Directors. Continue reading →

National Bank of Pakistan won 60th NBP National Hockey Championship

LAHORE: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) defeated defending champion PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) 4-3 in a thrilling final, ended in the sudden death stage, to clinch the coveted Trophy of the 60th NBP National Hockey Championship at the Johor Hockey Stadium in Johor Town on Sunday.

The hotly contested final of Pakistan Nationals saw two top teams with the services of Olympians and international players fighting hard to outshine each other in the stipulated 70 minutes session. The result remained 2-2 at the end and the match went into the penalty shoot out which also ended in a draw and it had to be decided in sudden death, where bankers controlled their nerves better than the airmen as baker forward Ali Shan scored the winning goal. Continue reading →

Yuvraj, Chandi and Danish called for India Sr Camp for World League

New Delhi, 27 December 2013: Indian men’s Hockey team will start the training camp for preparation of the Hero Hockey World League Final to be held at New Delhi from 10-18 January 2014.

Yuvraj Walmiki of Mumbai XI in action against IOB (Courtesy: Surjit Hockey Society)

File Photo: Yuvraj Walmiki in action (Courtesy: Surjit Hockey Society)

Yuvraj Walmiki, Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Danish Mujtaba are among the players who have been included in the core probables, who will gather at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from 28 December 2013 for preparing the final round of inaugural Hockey World League.

India is placed in Pool A with Germany, England and New Zealand, while Australia, Netherlands, Belgium and Argentina are placed in Pool B. India will open its campaign against England on 10 January 2014 followed by New Zealand on 11 January 2014 and Germany on 13 January 2014. (Full Schedule here) Continue reading →

Knowles and Govers Return to Kookaburras Squad

Australia men’s hockey team coach Ric Charlesworth has named his 18 athlete squad for next month’s inaugural Hero Hockey World League Final tournament. The tournament will be played from 10th-18th January at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, India, where 8 best teams will fight for first Hockey World League title and valuable ranking points (Full Schedule here).

Kothajit Singh of India and Kieran Govers of Australia in action (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Photo: Kieran Govers in action during Champions Trophy 2012 (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

As the Australian men commence a busy and high profile year featuring the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy competitions, as well as the World League Finals, Charlesworth’s squad features a number of athletes for whom the World League Finals offers an opportunity to gain highly valuable major tournament experience. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men are ready for Hockey World League Final

The Black Sticks Head coach Colin Batch has announced his team of 18 players, featuring a versatile combination of experience and young firepower, who are set to kick-start the new year with a bang when they contest the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi from 10-19 January.

Kane Russell of New Zealand in action against South Africa during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

File Photo: Kane Russell in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Southern defender Kane Russell has been rewarded for his sublime form at the recent Junior World Cup where he finished as third top scorer overall with seven goals from penalty corner drag flicks.

Russell brings strength and defensive instinct to the Black Sticks backline alongside veterans Dean Couzins and Nick Haig. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey World League Final in Delhi from Jan 10

December 16, 2013: The Hero Hockey World League Final is about three weeks away, where world’s finest men’s Hockey teams will play each other for the title of first edition of Hockey World League, which started in August 2012.

J Narain (Advisor - Sports, Hero MotoCorp Ltd), Leandro Negre (President, FIH), Sardar Singh (Captain, Indian Hockey Team), Dr. Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India) at Hero Hockey World League Final announcement

J Narain (Advisor – Sports, Hero MotoCorp Ltd), Leandro Negre (President, FIH), Sardar Singh (Captain, Indian Hockey Team), Dr. Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India) at Hero Hockey World League Final announcement

The Hero Hockey World League Final i.e. Final round of Hockey World League, will feature eight world class teams including host India, Olympic champions Germany, world champions Australia, Pan American champions Argentina, Netherlands, Belgium, England and New Zealand. The event will take place from 10-18 January 2014 at, the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi (Full Schedule here) and will be telecast Live on Ten Sports.

The Hockey World League (HWL) is the newest addition to the international hockey calendar and was conceived with an aim to make the sport more accessible across the globe. It is open to all member national associations of the FIH, creating a unique platform of inclusiveness that saw World League events held all across the globe, including the Czech Republic, Ghana and the Caribbean. Countries such as Scotland, Azerbaijan and Fiji faced off against established hockey powers in an effort to make their mark on world hockey. Continue reading →