The Hague, Netherlands, 31st May 2014: In their opening match of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, being played at the Hague, Netherlands, India were defeated 5th ranked Belgium by 3-2.
Raghunath celebrating with Sardar Singh and Birendra Lakra after Akashdeep Singh deflected on his pass to score India’s 2nd goal against Belgium
India and Belgium fought a tough clash with a nail-biting climax, where the latter edged past by a close 3-2. The first half of the match saw a dry run till the 34th minute of the game as Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept Belgian attacks away from net, while the Belgians hardly allowed India to enter in their D. It was only in the 34th minute when Belgium’s Florent van Aubel managed to beat P.R Sreejesh on deflection to earn lead for his team just before the half time. Continue reading →
India’s men Hockey team will be opening their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium at 1930 IST, which will be available live on Indian television on Ten Sports. As the Indian Hockey fans have high hopes from the team, Coach Terry Walsh feels they can finish in top 8.
Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014
What do you think, where India will stand at the end of Rabobank Hockey World Cup? Will they improve from the performance of last edition or get another wooden spoon? When will they play their last match, will it be on 12th or 14th or 15th June? Let us have a look.
In the last edition of the quadrennial hockey extravaganza, India finished 8th above their World Ranking in 2010 at New Delhi, while returned home with wooden spoon from London Olympics 2012 after losing all the matches. Indian side bounced back towards the end 2012 as guided India finished at fourth place in Melbourne in Champions Trophy under the watchful eyes of Michael Nobbs. Continue reading →
The Hague, Netherlands, 30 May 2014 – India will open their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium, who are 3 places above the Asians sitting at 8th place in world ranking.
It will be an important day for both Indian Men Hockey Captain Sardar Singh as well as Begium Captain John-John Dohmen as both are looking at opening the all important tournament with a win in their kitty.
Speaking on the opening match tomorrow, Indian Captain Sardar Singh said, “The team is all set for the opening match against Belgium and we are confident to make a winning start. We are putting our strategies in place for each player of Belgium with great focus on their drag flicker Tom Boon. We all are aware that he is one of the best drag flickers in the world today and hence the team is working on how best to tackle him. Keeping him under control will be like half the game won. Last we played Belgium in the Hero World League Finals 2014 and we lost the match to them 2-1 and this was solely because of the goal scored by Tom Boon in the last few minutes and till that point the game was locked at 1-1. So he cannot be taken lightly at any point in the game”. Continue reading →
The Hague, Netherlands, 29th May 2014: In its last warm-up game for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 played against South Africa yesterday at The Hague, Netherlands, Team India displayed maturity and sense of purpose to achieve resounding victory over South Africa 4-1 after a 1-2 losing against Argentina on Monday.
Action during India vs South Africa practice match before Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at the Hague
India dominated the game from the very first half of the game itself, when Vice-Captain Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake in converting a penalty corner opportunity and took a 1-0 lead over South Africa at the end of the first half. In the second half of the game, it was Rupinder Pal Singh again who successfully converted another penalty corner to further add on to the lead and take it to 2-0. Continue reading →
28th May 2014: His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah (Sultan of Perak), passed away today at the age of 86. He is regarded as ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey‘ for contribution towards the sport in Malaysia.
Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)
Sultan Azlan Shah was an accomplished lawyer, became Lord President of Malaysia, a highest judicial position in Malaysia and served the country as 9th King of Malaysia. Sultan Azlan Shah served as President of Malaysian Hockey Federation for 21 years and as President of the Asian Hockey Federation since 1990. He was also the Vice-President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for two terms since 1992. Continue reading →
New Delhi, 27th May 2014: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Jharkhand 5-2 in the finals of the 4th Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Hockey Championship (Division A) held at Pune, Maharashtra today. While Chandigarh defeated Haryana 3-1 to finish win the Bronze Medal.
Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy: the Champions 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 – Women (A-Division)
In the final match played between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Hockey Jharkhand, the opening goal of the match came from MPHA’s Preeti Dubey as early as in the 2nd minute of the game. Two quick goals collaborated by Pratibha Arya and Preeti Dubey in the 17th and 22nd minute respectively indicated the game to be in favour of MPHA . The score stood at 3-0 until the whistle blew signalling the end of first half. Continue reading →