Australia and Netherlands top FIH World Hockey Rankings, India 9th

Good performances at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup means Argentina men’s team and the USA women’s team climb FIH World Hockey rankings

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

FIH World Hockey Rankings June 2014

The latest FIH (International Hockey Federation) men’s and women’s world rankings have been released today following the conclusion of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup – Australia and the Netherlands – have maintained their positions at the top of the FIH World Hockey Rankings. Continue reading →

CWG2014: Diwakar Included in 33 Indian Hockey Probables

The preparatory camp of the Senior Men Core Probables for the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 scheduled to take place in Glasgow (Scotland) from 23rd July – 3rd August 2014, is set to commence at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi from 25th June 2014.

Diwakar Ram and Danish Mujtaba sharing a light moment during Indian Hockey National Camp in 2011

Diwakar Ram and Danish Mujtaba sharing a light moment during Indian Hockey National Camp in 2011

Inclusion of Diwakar Ram in the 33 core probables is the highlight. He was last seen in the national camp in 2011, when Michael Nobbs had taken the charge of the team in mid-2011. Diwakar, a seasoned defender-mid-fielder and penalty corner specialist, did not make to the Indian team for Asian Champions Trophy 2014, but continued his impressive performance in domestic circuit including the best full back award in National Championship 2014 representing Uttar Pradesh, and in various other domestic tournament representing his employer ONGC.

It could be noted that another out of favor player Vickram Kanth was considered before Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and he was in stand byes. It is still not very clear why the likes of Chhikara, Minz, etc are still ignored or they could expect a call before Asian Games 2014? Continue reading →

“Stick to Dreams” A Hockey Movie by Chinmaye, IDC, IIT Bombay

Stick to Dreams – A story of a young German lady who came to India as a tourist and fell in love with the rustic countryside. she saw a dream…to produce hockey talent for India…Andrea Thumshirn … who epitomizes courage to dream big.

Andrea had set up Hockey Village India in Rajasthan, where nobody played Hockey!
A dusty way to a new ground.. Hockey Village India @ Garh Himmat Singh, Rajasthan

Directed by – Chinmaye Bhave
An IDC IIT Bombay Presentation
Releasing Soon!

Indian Women should have gone to Europe instead of Malaysia!

In the preparation of Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Indian Women’s Hockey team traveled to Kuala Lumpur to play a 6 match-series against Malaysia from June 9th to 17th.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in Malaysia

Indian Women’s Hockey Team in Malaysia

13th ranked India won all the matches to return home with 6-0 victory in the six-match series against 21st ranked Malaysia.

It would have been better if India had chosen to travel to Europe instead of Malaysia. India could have played two series 3-tests against either two of the Spain (14th World Rank), Scotland (16th), Azerbaijan (17th) and Ireland (15th) or may be a tri-nation series. India would have got better teams to play with in Europe hence better test of their preparations resulting in more learning. If not Europe, they could have played a series against good domestic sides such as Railway or Haryana or Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Continue reading →

V Baskaran appointed as Manager, High Performance (South Zone) Hockey India

New Delhi, 18th June 2014: With an aim to find fresh talents in the country and to benefit the game at all levels, Hockey India today announced the appointment of Olympic Gold Medalist V Baskaran as the Manager, High Performance (South Zone) Hockey India.

V Baskaran (Manger, High Performance (South Zone), Former Coach and Captain of India)

V Baskaran (Manger, High Performance (South Zone), Former Coach and Captain of India)

He was recently appointed as coach to assist current chief coach Terry Walsh before FIH World League Finals in Delhi in January 2014, and now he will be working under Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans. Baskaran was also the coach of Bhopal Badshahs in World Series Hockey 2012, a league with eight city franchises supported by Hockey India’s rival body Indian Hockey Federation .

In the new set-up, Former coach of the Senior Men Hockey Team, V Baskaran will be working in the direction of implementing the Hockey India development programme as part of overall High Performance programme for men and women hockey at the grassroots level including school, college and district level hockey in the South Zone of the country. Continue reading →

Kookaburras defended their World Cup Title Successfully

Australia powered to a sensational 6-1 victory over host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Drag-flicking defender Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to help the Kookaburras retain the title that they won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

  • Australia successfully defend Hockey World Cup title with 6-1 win over the Netherlands
  • IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge on site to witness hockey spectacle
  • Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles named Rabobank Best Player of the Tournament

While 11th ranked Argentina continued to impress as they defeated England by 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal, which is 2nd for the coach Carlos Retegui, who is the head of both Los Leones and Las Leonas, Men’s and Women’s Hockey team of Argentina.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – MEN: Final standings
Gold: Australia; Silver: The Netherlands; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: England; 5th: Belgium; 6th: Germany; 7th: New Zealand; 8th: Spain; 9th: India; 10th: Korea; 11th: South Africa; 12th: Malaysia

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Tournament Awards – Men
Rabobank Best Player: Mark Knowles, Australia
Hero Best Junior Player: Jeremy Hayward, Australia
Volvo Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann, Netherlands
Hero Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat, Argentina
Ten Cate Best Goal: Sebastien Dockier, Belgium Continue reading →