India defeat Japan 3-1 to register second win in Doha Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 21 December 2012: VR Raghunath’s brace helped India beat Japan 3-1 and won their second match of the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy in Doha on Friday.

VR Raghunath

VR Raghunath Scored a Brace for India

India earned their first penalty corner in 22nd minute with the help of Birendra Lakra and Gurvinder Singh Chandi, which was successfully converted into goal by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath and took the lead in the first half of the match.

Japan earned two consecutive penalty corners in  the first half but Indian defenders ruined both of their opportunities. Continue reading →

India Starts Campaign on Winning Note, Defeat China 4-0 in Asian Champions Trophy Doha

New Delhi, 20 December 2012: India started their campaign on a winning note in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated China 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Thursday.

VR Raghunath (IOC) : Player of the Tournament MCC Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey 2012

VR Raghunath Scored a Brace for India (Photo by: Deepthi Indukuri)

India scored through SV Sunil (13th minute), VR Raghunath (17th minute Penalty Corner & 52nd minute Penalty corner) and Birendra Lakra (53rd minute).

A fine field goal by SV Sunil in the 13th minute and a penalty corner conversion by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath in the 17th minute gave India 2-0 lead at the halftime. Continue reading →

Indian Senior Men hockey team announced for 2nd Asian Champions Trophy, Doha

NEW DELHI, December 7: India will look forward to defend its title in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy to be played on a round-robin league format at Doha, Qatar from 20-27 December 2012.

Sardar Singh

Sardar Singh

India is the defending champion as they defeated Pakistan 4-2 via penalty shootout in a nerve-wrecking final to clinch the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament played at Ordos Hockey Stadium, China in 2011. The high voltage clash between India and Pakistan remained goalless after normal and extra time but finally ended into India winning it via penalty shootout.  Continue reading →

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012: Schedule / Results

Doha Asian Champions Trophy 2012 LogoThe Schedule and Results
of 2nd Asian Champions Trophy 2012

Venue: Hockey Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium,
Doha, Qatar
(20-27 Dec, 2012)

Participating teams: China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan

For live text commentary of the matches please visit stick2hockey.com.

Final Standing: 1. Pakistan, 2. India, 3. Malaysia, 4. China, 5. Oman, 6. Japan

The Schedule and Results :
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India beat Pakistan on penalties (4-2) to win Asian Champions Trophy 2011

Continuing unbeaten streak at the tournament, India beat arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 on penalties in the Final of the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s) in Ordos, China. Both teams played an attacking game but failed to find the target in stipulated time of 70 minutes and extra time of 15 minute, and result of the match had to be decided by penalties. Pakistan reached the final after drawing with India in the final round robin match and were leaders in the final points table with 10 point while unbeaten India were second 9 points.

In the tie breaker, Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Yuvraj Walmiki and Sarvanjit Singh, while Gurvinder Singh Chandi could not score in his attempt on Pakistan’s Goalie Imran Shah. The tie-breaker was a one on one between the striker and the goalkeeper, Striker had to starts from the 23 meter line and was given only eight seconds to score. This way of tie-breaker is known as Penalty Shoot-out and it is in testing phase by FIH.

Congratulate team by clicking on the photo and commenting on it in Facebook, where most of the players are tagged. (Video Clip of the news coverage, etc)

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Dream Final India Vs Pakistan: Asian Champions Trophy 2011 at Ordos, China

India Pakistan FlagsThe traditional arch rivals India and Pakistan will face again each other in the finals of Asian Champions Trophy 2011 at Ordos, China, with a gap of one day. The finalist were decided after great day of hockey which saw three awesome matches, 2 draws and 1 win with catch me if you can situations. In first match, India held Pakistan (2-2) after going down 0-2 in the early minutes of second half, resulted in Pakistan reaching the finals but India’s hang on Malaysia Vs Japan match in the latter half of the day. China held formidable Korea from 0-1 deficit to 1-1 in the second match of the day. Malaysia showed nice game and came from behind from 0-2 at half time to win it 3-2 against to set up repeat of Friday on Sunday, with India Vs Pakistan in finals, Japan Vs Malaysia in bronze medal match and Korea Vs China in fifth place play off.

Men’s Finals on September 11 (Sunday, Time in IST)
10:30-12:30     China Vs Korea: 5th Place
13:00-15:00     Japan Vs Malaysia:  Bronze Medal
15:30-17:30     Pakistan Vs India: Final

Women’s Finals on September 10 (Saturday, Time in IST)
12:30-14:30      Japan Vs India: Bronze Medal
15:00-19:00      China Vs Korea: Final

Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) posts on their Facebook page, “India must be smiling being in the Finals. Malaysia achieved the MHF target to be top 4 finsih but need to win against Japan in the 3rd & 4th placing match on Sunday, at least bronze medal. Korea (London Cup Champions) playing against China for 5 & 6…. Thanks god for supporting us for the win. Malaysia Boleh!!!!” We congratulate them wholeheartedly for achieving their target and wish them good luck for bronze medal match. Continue reading →