India in Finals for against France(Men’s) and South Africa (Women’s)

Indian girls did wonderful a job in overcoming the defencive mode of their Italian counter-parts. As Italy needed a just draw to reach the finals of Olympic Qualifiers (to be played tomorrow at 8PM IST), whose winner will be play in London 2012, they played defencive and did not want to concede goals and attacked rarely. So India had to face a lot of resiliance from the Italians and this deadlock continued till the 55th minute of the game, when India’s Ritu Rani sent the ball in net on a high rebound from Italy’s Gaolkeeper’s pads on Jaspreet Kaur flick on a penalty corner. Italian players protested but Ritu Rani’s stick was not dangerously high. And, after having lead India, India had to do lot of work in defence as Italy was in attacking mode, but hosts kept attacking also. Though India conceded a penalty corner but Joydeep Kaur stood tall between the nets and fierce hit from Italy’s player and deflected it just wide with her stick. Indian women’s team game lacked the intensity initially, as they missed many opportunity which came their way, finally the hard work gave them the deserved win and a place in finals, a chance to play in Olympics after 32 years. Girls would take it both handed, should go all out against South Africa in the finals tomorrow at 8:00PM IST in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, plus they will have crowd behind them.

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

Poland was tough nut to crack for India (already in the final, as France was held by Canada). Not only the Polish team took lead in 13th minute (PC goal by DUTKIEWICZ Tomasz), but also equalized (2-2) in 63rd minute through PC goal by JUSZCZAK Miroslaw. While India first levelled the score in 26th minute though a direct conversion of penalty by Sandeep Singh and they could take lead only in 59th minute through nicely worked pass Sarvanjit Singh to Shivendra Singh in front of Goal mouth, who neatly deflected it into the net. But 4 minutes later, Poland restored parity, which lasted on 90 seconds and India lead again (3-2) in 65th minute through an unstoppable flick by Raghunath on a penalty corner. Sandeep Singh converted the last PC, which they got at the stroke final hooter to make it 4-2.

24th February’s Results:
W13 UKR – POL 1 – 0 (1 – 0)           M13 ITA – SIN 4 – 0 (2 – 0)
W14 RSA – CAN 4 – 1 (1 – 1)            M14 FRA – CAN 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
W15 ITA – IND 0 – 1 (0 – 0)   M15 IND – POL 4 – 2 (1 – 1)  

 Fixtures of Qualification matches: Continue reading →

India beat Canada 3-2, South Africa (W) beat India to Reach Finals

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

After three continuous win, on the roll, undefeated Indian men’s team defeated spirited Canada 3-2, who needed to win the match to stay in the tournament. South African women’s team came out with their best performances of the tournament to beat the hosts 2-5. The hosts were always behind the African champions and equalized at two occasion, but after that South Africa raced away by restoring the lead quickly and scoring three goals in last 18 minutes.  South Africa went in lemon break with the score board reading 2-1 in favor of them (CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie scored for RSA in 12th and 32nd minute/Ansuta Lakra in 23rd minute for IND). And the score remained the intact until the middle of second half, when India’s Yendala Soundarya found the board in 52nd minute to restore the parity. But South Africa replied in style and gained the lead within next minute through DAMONS Sulette. Dirkie and Sulette again found the target in 58th and 67th minute to complete the score tally of 5-2.

Indian men’s came out winning over stiff and methodical Canada. Shivendra Singh snatched the ball in a goal mouth melee to register first goal for India (26th minute) and his fifth in the tournament and India went in lemon break with this lead (1-0). 5 minutes after the break, India doubled the lead through Sandeep Singh in penalty corner to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. But resilliant and clinical team of Canada lead by Rob Short and Ken Periera in mid-field scored two goals (50th minute FG byPEARSON Mark and 53rd minute PC goal by TUPPER Scott) in the gap of three minutes to equalize the scores to 2-2. India got its winning goal through Sandeep Singh (his 9th in the tourney) in 61st minute in a PC. The match was played high tempo with lots of energy and umpires had to work really hard to keep it under control. With this win, India almost in the finals, while Canada is out of race.

 22nd February’s Results:
W  UKR – ITA 1 – 2          M  POL – SIN 11 – 3
W CAN – POL 1 – 0            M ITA – FRA 0 – 3
W IND – RSA 2 – 5      M CAN – IND 2 – 3

Tomorrow (23rd February) is the rest day,  Fixtures of 24th February:
W13 10:00am UKR – POL         M13 12:00pm ITA – SIN
W14 2:00pm RSA – CAN           M14 4:00pm FRA – CAN
W15 6:00pm ITA – IND     M15 8:00pm IND – POL

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Indian Teams (Men and Women) Beat France (6-2) and Poland (3-0) Respectively

Both Men and Women Indian teams clinically outclassed their opponents in their respective matches against France and Poland. Men beat France by a margin of 6-2, while women won the match 3-0 with clean sheet. Experienced forward Shivendra Singh opened the account for India in 4th minute of the game in a eye pleasing move with one touch passes involving Tushar Khandekar and Sarvanjit Singh. Sandeep Singh scored next three goals in 9th, 30th and 37th Minute on two penalty corners and a penalty stroke (30th). In 39th minute, SV Sunil found the net after recieving a well judged and accurate pass from Shivendra Singh. India’s sixth and last goal came from a powerful of Tushar Khandekar, after collecting a pass on the go at the D-top from Sarvanjit Singh.

Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh

France scored both of their goals through penalty corner in 35th Minute(after the hooter of half time) and 57th minute through Lucas Sevestre and Fabien Magner. Indian team was dangerous in counter attacks, but showed some lack of tooth in finishing the moves.  For some moments mid-fielders from both the sides looked out of ideas, but defence did reasonable except few mistakes, like conceding soft penalty corner. Presence of any experienced mid-fielder like Gurbaj Singh, Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, Vikram Pillay or Bharat Chhikara, might have enhanced the peformance Indian team.

Continuing the good performance from last match, women’s team played brilliantly today and showed how to win game with combination of individual skills and team work with great presence of mind. The Rani trio of (Ritu Rani, Rani Ramphal and Poonam Rani) registered their names in the score sheet by outsmarting Poland defenders and Goalie NOWICKA Dominika.  Ritu Rani (14th minute), Rani Rampal (36th minute) and Rani Poonam (62nd minute) scored for India. The goal from Rani Rampal was treat to watch, quite similar to her yesterday’s goal against Canada, started off from dotted line from the base line on a free hit, weaved through the wall of defenders, umpire said play on, and showing great presence of mind, she did not waste time to control ball before dodging the goalie and pushed the ball on target from a baseline.

Jose Brasa Effect:

Ukraine’s women team being helped tactically by Indian men’s team former chief coach Jose Brasa, has performed reasonably well in holding the hosts for draw (1-1), beating Canada (5-2) but lost to tournament favorites South Africa (0-2).

In the mean while, lowly ranked Italy (W) held the tournament favorite South Africa for 1-1.

22nd February’s Fixtures:
W 10:00am UKR – ITA,       M 12:00pm POL – SIN
W 2:00pm CAN – POL ,        M 4:00pm ITA – FRA
W 6:00pm IND – RSA ,   M 8:00pm CAN – IND

W CAN – UKR 2 – 5 (1 – 2)           M SIN – CAN 1 – 15 (1 – 8 )
W ITA – RSA 1 – 1 (1 – 0)              M POL – ITA 7 – 2 (4 – 2)
W POL – IND 0 – 3 (0 – 1)    M FRA – IND 2 – 6 (1 – 3)

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Indian Eves were Impressive, Men’s Big Tests Ahead

Indian women’s team came up with impressive performance, after yesterday’s draw against Ukraine, to beat Canada with an impressive score of 4-1. Their men counterparts did well in converting penalty corners (4 successful conversion of 5 chances) to defeat Italy 8-1. But Indian mens did not look as ruthless as they were against Singapore. They committed some usual mistakes in defending e.g. as slow foot movement. These mistakes against top teams may cause dearly.

Ansuta Lakra

Ansuta Lakra, Player of the match

For India, Sandeep singh found board thrice out of 4 PCs (4th, 22nd and 23rd Minute), while Ragunath scored 1 PC (that was second PC for India) goal in 12th Minute, SV Sunil scored a goal in each half (30th and 38th Minute), Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Shivendra Singh found the target once each in 32nd and 52nd Minute respectively. While Italy pulled one back in 17th Minute through NANNI Alessandro in an indirect penalty corner conversion. Italy managed to hold India very well in second half and conceded only two goal after lemon break when the score board read 6-1 in favor of the hosts.

India vs Canada women’s match, started on quite rough note when Canadian mid-fielder body tackled an Indian player and kept the physios on both side busy till the end, though all was un-intentional injuries. Determined Indian girls were on song and scored some beautiful goals with some individual skills and variations in penalty corners, but conceded unlucky one in the dying moment of the game. Continue reading →

Indian Womens held by Ukraine, Mens thrashed Singapore ruthlessly

mIIndian womens started their journey on “Hero FIH Road to London” on a disappointing note when they were held by lowly ranked Ukraine 1-1, on the other hand their mens counterpart performed as per expectation when they thrashed the minnows Singapore with score line reading 15-1 at the end of 70 minutes.

gurvinder singh chandi

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Indian men’s scored 15 goals through  Gurwinder Singh Chandi (FG10th Minute, FG21, FG40), Sardar Singh (FG11), Shivendra Singh (FG18, FG30), Danish Mujtaba (PC25,FG52), Tushar Khandkar (FG42), Sandeep Singh(PC47),  SK Uthappa (PC48), Yuvraj Walmiki (FG53), SV Sunil (FG54, FG57) and Birendra Lakra (FG70), while Singapore registered on score board through Enrico Marican (FG39). Clearly India dominated the game, but Singapore pulled off some nice saves, specially in Penalty Corners.

Indian women’s team slow in start, the first half saw a under-standard performance by Indian eves, but when they came out with loaded ammunition in second half, could only manage to level the score through Yendala Soundarya in 42nd minute. Some contraversial decision by umpires made sure that Ukraine escaped with the one point from the match after taking the lead in 26th through captain Maryna Vynohradova in penalty corner.

Tomorrow(February 19th)’s Matches:
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WSH says Go India Go, ‘Strive for Gold’

  • World Series Hockey announces mega incentive plan for 2012 Olympics
  • Hockey  Stalwarts back Indian Team to win Olympic medal
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions
WSH says Go India Go, rewrite the history on blue pitch

World Series Hockey (WSH) is confident that the Indian National Hockey Team will come out with flying colours at the Olympics Qualifying Tournaments, starting February 18 in Delhi, and wishes them the very best for their campaign.

Before India’s first match against Singapore in the Men’s Qualifiers, Yannick Colaco, COO Nimbus Sport said, “The legacy of Indian hockey at the Olympics is unmatched with the national team winning 11 medals, including 8 gold medals. WSH is committed to promote hockey and hence has launched an incentive campaign – Strive For Gold to motivate the Indian team to play their best. Our current Indian team has tremendous potential and WSH wishes them the very best for their Olympic campaign”  

With the objective to motivate and reward the Indian hockey players, WSH announces the following incentive plan for the 2012 Olympics:

  • Indian team qualifies for the 2012 Olympics : Rs 5 lakh to every WSH player in the Indian Team
  • Indian team wins Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 50 lakh (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 1 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 2 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)

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