India men are set for Semi-Final against hosts Belgium in #HWL2015

India are all set to meet the hosts Belgium in the semi-final game during the FINTRO World Hockey League Semi-Final 2015, while Great Britain will up against world champions Australia in other semi-final match.

Rupinderpal Singh opened scoring for India after being 0-2 down against Belgium in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Will India miss services of Rupinderpal Singh against Belgium, who opened scoring in come-back win against Red Lions in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

After registering an exciting win against Malaysia yesterday which helped them book the all important semi-final, India will be looking at repeating a similar feat in tomorrow’s clash against Belgium, which will have the crowd backing at the Dragons Hockey Club in Antwerp. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Rani & Savita help India eves in beating Italy, to play for 5th

India‘s Goalkeeper Savita Punia and Forward Rani Rampal played crucial roles in their spirited comeback against Italy in 5th-8th classification match at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Rani Rampal helped India in winning against Italy

Italy scored early in the match to take lead in 9th minute, later Rani Rampal scored equalizer in early second half to force the shoot-out. In the shoot-out, Indian Goalkeeper Savita Punia saved first sudden death attempt while Rani scored her both the attempt to take India to 5th place play-off, where India will face the winner of the match between Belgium and Japan. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (Women): India face Italy in must win 5th-8th classification match

With an aim at 5th place and keep chances alive for RIO Olympics, India Women Hockey Team will take on Italy in the 5th/8th position classification match at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

India met Italy last year during the Italy Test Series 2014 where India lost the series to the host team by a narrow margin of 1-0. While India is confident of showing no signs of decline this time, they would be looking at avenging their defeat against the European team and will look at giving a sturdy performance when they meet them in the upcoming clash. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Netherlands score 7 past Indian eves, set up semi with Hockeyroos, Korea vs New Zealand in 2nd Semi

  • Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
  • Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
  • Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp.

They overcame the respective challenges of Italy by 2-0, Japan by 5-1, India by 7-0 and host nation Belgium by 3-0 in shoot-out after 2-2 draw in full-time. The four winners of quarter-final stage has reached semi-finals (to be played on Thursday, 2nd July) dand booked their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina. They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia. Continue reading →