Ireland (M) and Japan (W) qualify for Rio Olympics as Kookaburras and Hockeyroos won Oceania Cup

  • Ireland men confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia win Oceania Cup
  • First Irish hockey team to take part in the Olympic Games since 1908
    Fifth place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final enough to secure Ireland’s qualification
  • Japan women confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia and New Zealand qualify for Oceania Cup final
Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Ireland men’s hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Ireland men and Japan women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It marks the first time in over 100 years since an Irish hockey team participated in an Olympic Games, with their men picking up the silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event which took place in London, England in 1908. Continue reading →

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women) dethrone defending champs in Bengaluru Cup 2015

Star-studded Air India dethroned Indian Oil Corporation Limited 3-1 in the men’s final to lift the 2nd Bengaluru Hockey Cup, while in women’s competition Haryana XI edged past defending champions Madhya Pradesh Academy 2-1 in shoot-out to win the title. Both the teams played a 0-0 draw in the regulation time at the hockey Stadium here on Monday.

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Winners Haryana XI (women) and Air India (men) got richer by 2.5 lakhs and runners-up MP Academy (women) and IOCL (men) were awarded with 1.25 lakhs each.

Special Awards:
Women
: Best Player: Rashmy PP (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Rukmini Virk (Haryana); Best Defender: Nisha (Haryana XI); Midfielder: Manpreet Kaur (MP Academy); Forward: Reena Khokhar (MP Academy)
Men: Upcoming Player: Md Raheel (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Adrian D’ Souza (Air India); Best Defender: Cheeyanna (Air India); Midfielder: Sonu Ponnanna (Karnataka); Forward: Binay Bengera (Army XI). Continue reading →

Harmanpreet’s Brace help India in beating Malaysia

Riding on Harmanpreet Singh’s double strike, India Junior Men Team edged past the host team Malaysia by 2-1 in their fourth league match of the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup, being played at Johor Bahru today.

Harmanpreet Singh of India in action against Malaysia during 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

Harmanpreet Singh of India in action against Malaysia during 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

The Indian colts dominated the match from the first minute and penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh’s two conversions in helped his team to earn three more points. With 9 points, defending champion India Junior Men Team now leads the points-table, ahead of Great Britain (8 points) and Argentina (7 points). Continue reading →

India junior boys held on to beat Argentina by 3-2

India Junior Men Team held on to beat Argentina by 3-2 after taking early lead in the game in the ongoing 5th Sultan of Johor Cup at Johor Bahru today.

Arman Qureshi of India in action against Argentina during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in Johor Bahru

Arman Qureshi of India in action against Argentina during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in Johor Bahru

After winning start against Pakistan and defeat by the hands of Great Britain, Indian colts maintained their positive result against the Latin Americans and defeated them in all aspects of the game. Armaan, Gurjant and Nilkanta scored for India while Casena and Keenan scored for Argentina in well contested match. Continue reading →

India team reaches after successful New Zealand tour

The India Men Hockey Team arrived with a boosted confidence after a successful campaign in New Zealand. The team reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi last night. India scored a resounding 2-0 win in first two games against New Zealand A and secured a series win against the New Zealand national team 2-1 in a four-match series.

India men team at IGI Airport New Delhi after arriving from New Zealand tour 2015

India men team at IGI Airport New Delhi after arriving from New Zealand tour 2015

The team returned with many positives that give them a boost of confidence for the upcoming Hero Hockey World League Final, to be held in India later this year. The team enjoyed an impressive winning campaign as they stepped up defensively on the field and took good control of the game in every match that they played against both the teams. Continue reading →

India edged by Great Britain in Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

Defending Champions India went down fighting by 4-3 against last year’s finalists Great Britain in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in a well contested match.

India setting up defending line against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

India setting up defending line against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

It was an important match for both the teams as, while Great Britain was looking at settling scores with India for their Finale loss to them last year, India was looking at registering their second consecutive win in the tournament post their convincing win against Pakistan yesterday. Trailing the game by 2-3 at the end of the first half, Great Britain kept its nerves to come back into the game and win by 4-3. Continue reading →