Indian Women’s Hockey Team for FIH World League Round 2 is Known

Indian Women’s Hockey Team is known for FIH World League Round 2 which is scheduled to be played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from 7th March to 15th March 2015. The league featuring eight teams is divided in Pool A and Pool B.

The 18 member Indian squad will be captained by the very proficient midfielder Ritu Rani who has to her credit of 193 International caps. Deepika, who has donned Indian jersey 138 times will be her deputy. Also, to guard the nets under the bar will be goalkeeper Savita who has made several crucial saves for the Indian Women’s Hockey team in the past. Continue reading →

India ready to host FIH World League Round – 2 (Women) from March 7

The FIH World League Round – 2 (Women) is all set to make a start on the 7th of March 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi in India. The turf will witness eight international women hockey teams take on each other with the sole objective to win and advance to the semi finals of the League.

FIH World League Round – 2 (Women) Logo

The Indian Women Hockey Team was touring Spain to play matches in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2. Playing five games at Valencia, two against Spain, one each against the two Dutch hockey clubs – GCHC and HDM and Germany, the team India was seen giving a tough fight to their opponents on the foreign turf prior to the upcoming FIH World League Round 2. The girls from India were appreciated for their on-ground skills and team coordination as they dished out some noticeable performances at Spain.

The League holds importance as each team will look at winning and going on to play the World League Round 3 which is the final stage of qualification for the 2016 RIO Olympics. The Indian team, post their great show at Spain will look at winning and proceeding to the next round of the League. Continue reading →

India to play in Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey (W) in Hastings (NZL)

India’s women hockey team will feature in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) to be held from 11th to 19th April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand).

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Next month, India will be playing in FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015. Hawke’s Bay Cup (in April) will be good exposure for Indian women, who are expected to qualify for FIH World League Round 3 to be held in June, that is their final chance to book a place in Rio Olympics. Continue reading →

Indian Women finish Spain tour with 2-1 win over Germany in Valencia

Valencia (Spain), 23 February 2015: Indian eves completed their Spain tour with a 2-1 victory over Germany played in Valencia on February 22. The tour was in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015.

Indian Women's Hockey team in Valencia during their Spain tour 2015

Indian Women’s Hockey team in Valencia during their Spain tour 2015

The Indian women hockey team started the tour with a goalless draw and 1-0 win over the hosts Spain. Vandana Katariya scored lone Indian goal in 2 matches against Spain, which were litmus tests of Indian forward line against well organized Spanish defence. In following matches of the tour, Indian team went down to Men’s teams Dutch clubs Haagsche Delftsche Mixed Hockey Club (HDM) JA 1 and Groningsche Cricket en Hockey Club (GCHC) by 10-2 and 4-1 respectively. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays crowned champions of #HeroHIL 2015

Ranchi Rays emerged the Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015 with a 3-2 win in shoot-out over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the grand finale after coming back twice to keep scores level at 2-2 in regulation time at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Earlier in the evening, Delhi Waveriders defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-1 to finish 3rd in the league.

Ranchi Rays: Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays: Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

The Grand Finale of Hero Hockey India League 2015 witnessed the presence of many eminent dignitaries. Arun Jaitley, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Minister of Finance, Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India, Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA, Jan Albers, President of the Royal Dutch Hockey and Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secreatary General, Hockey India. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat UP WIzards by 2-1 to finish 3rd in Hero HIL 2015

Playing for the third position, Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards met in the third place playoff match of the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Having missed the Finale berth, both the teams were determined to win and claim the position in the League. With the scores locked at 1-1 the second half was the decider session for both the teams. It was Delhi Waveriders who successfully kept the pressure on the opponents and won the match 2-1, taking home Rs. 75,00,000.

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Eminent dignitaries Rajeev Shukla, Member of Parliament and Cam Vale, Hockey Australia seen enjoying the tough tussle between both the teams for the win.

Getting into their business side of the field, Uttar Pradesh Wizards were on the attack immediately as the match started, but the defence of Delhi Waveriders were more determined and cleared the danger. Delhi Waveriders earning their first penalty corner in the sixth minute missed converting, but Rupinder Pal Singh counter attacked by entering the D and scored a brilliant field goal, giving Delhi Waveriders their first goal in the match. Seconds left for the first quarter to end, Bob de Voogd standing in D got a clean pass but missed hitting the ball completely, giving the Delhi defenders a chance to save again for the team. Continue reading →