Wins for New Zealand, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina on Opening Day of Women’s CT

Host Argentina, Australia, Netherlands and New Zealand started off their FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 campaign with victories at Mendoza in Argentina.

Luciana Aymar, Argentine legendary player, who is retiring after the Champions Trophy, scored only goal for the hosts when she found the target on pass from Agustin Habif in 52nd minute. And scripted the right start for her team in the campaign opener in front of vocal home crowd.

Dutch star Maartje Paumen struck twice on penalty corners to defeat struggling China and got her team a perfect start of the tournament with 3 points from the first match. In the 41st minute Paumen broke the deadlock as fired a precise flick past the Chinese goalkeeper and doubled the lead with exactly same goal a minute later. Continue reading →

Indian Team is All Set to Start Champions Trophy Campaign

Gearing up for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, the Indian Men team was seen practicing at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Pitch 2 which is the new pitch in the stadium and used for the first time by the team today.

Playing their first match against Germany on the inaugural day (Full Schedule of Champions Trophy is here), India team looked upbeat to beat Markus Weise coached team. Under Roelant Oltmans guidance the team was seen practicing and fine tuning their skills on the field today.

Roelant Oltmans oversee as Rupinder Pal Singh practice at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar ahead of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Roelant Oltmans oversee as Rupinder Pal Singh practice at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar ahead of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

On the other hand, post a practice session at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi yesterday, the Netherland’s team was seen practicing at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar today morning. Playing their first match against Argentina, the team looked confident and believe that they have the resources to deliver the goods in the Champions Trophy, which will be aired live on Ten Sports in India. Continue reading →

Three Flickers to power India in the Champions Trophy at Bhubaneswar

With eight top teams of the world vying for Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014 title, the Indian Men Hockey Team for the upcoming tournament was announced today. The Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 scheduled to be held from 06-14 December 2014 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Men's Hockey Team of India for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Men’s Hockey Team of India for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

The 18 member squad having power of three strong drag flickers namely Rupinder Pal Singh, Raghunath VR and young gun Gurjinder Singh, will be led by Sardar Singh (200 caps). The man under the bar P.R. Sreejesh (115 caps) will be the Vice-Captain for the team, while promising young goalie Harjot Singh has been also called up. Continue reading →

Indian Senior Women Team to travel to Italy

The Indian Women Hockey Team will be heading to Rome, Italy for training and test matches to be held from 01 to 12 December 2014 in preparation for the World Hockey League Round 2.

Indian Women Hockey Team for Italy Tour 2014

Indian Women Hockey Team for Italy Tour 2014

The 18-member team is looking forward to repeat the success of the Incheon Asian Games 2014 where the team clinched a bronze medal. The team will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani supported by midfielder Deepika as the Vice-Captain. Continue reading →

Indian Men Junior Hockey Team to Tour Australia from 2nd December

Indian Men Junior Hockey Team is announced for training and Test matches scheduled to be held from 02 to 13 December 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia in preparation for the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup in 2015.

Indian Men's Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

Indian Men’s Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

The 18-member squad will be led by midfielder Harjeet Singh, and forward Imran Khan will be his deputy for the 5-match Test series. The team also include the stars of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014; defender Harmanpreet Singh and forward Simranjeet Singh. The champions of the Sultan of Johor Cup are looking forward to continue their winning spree and repeat the success of the Senior Men Team, who defeated Australia on their home turf. Continue reading →

Hockey India League Officials Panel Announced for 2015 Season

For the fast approaching Hero Hockey India League 2015, scheduled to commence from 22 January 2015 in India, Hockey India League has Henrik Ehlers as the Umpires Manager for the tournament and a panel 12 Indian officials and 6 umpires from around the world.

Raghu Prasad RV (Indian Hockey International Umpire)

A File photo of Raghu Prasad RV

Currently serving as the member of the EHF Appointments Committee at the European Hockey Federation and an FIH International Umpires Manager since 2010, Henrik Ehlers will now also be seen taking up the responsibilities as that of an Umpires Manager at the upcoming Hero Hockey India League 2015.

The recently appointed Panel of Indian Officials boasts of many esteemed and experienced names such as Raghu Prasad RV, who officiated London 2012 Olympics apart from Junior and Senior World Cups, Commonwealth Games, etc. and Javed Shaikh, who has been officiating major tournaments like the FIH World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games since 2003. Continue reading →