Clash of the egos kill the SPORT

The Indian Hockey team did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics? That was painful, no doubt. However, in my opinion, not qualifying was/is still a better outcome than the disgrace of finishing last, failing to win a single match!. I mean after a long wait of 4 years, a wait of hope, for both players and hockey lovers, one did not see a performance from the Indian team. Sure, we qualified for the competition but then failed to compete.

Hockey India LogoThe next sequence of events is very predictable. After the home coming, the players would be made the scapegoats. Sack a few, make some changes and the circus shall continue until 2016. This can surely not be right, can it? The on field performance is only a reflection of the preparation, a process of which the selectors, administrators and the coaching staff are all an integral part of. Questions should be raised about the selection, about the effectiveness of the training camps conducted. Why should the players alone bear the brunt? The least that the national coach can do is to be a man and admit ‘his’ failure and not take the easy way out of blaming the players.  Continue reading →

Australia’s Men’s Hockey Team Claim BRONZE

Australia 3 (Simon Orchard 17m FG, Jamie Dwyer 48m PC, Kieran Govers 57m FG) def Great Britain 1 (Lain Lewers 29m PC)

The Australian Men’s Hockey Team claimed their sixth Olympic Games medal in a row and sixth Olympic Games bronze medal, with their all-out attack taming the host nation Great Britain in the third place playoff.

Hockey Australia LogoThe victory gave Australia their fourth bronze medal finish from their past five Olympic Games appearances.

Australia entered the Olympics as the overwhelming favourites, and as a result may see bronze as a failure. However, as time goes on everyone will learn to cherish and appreciate such a special victory. Continue reading →

Germany Retain the Olympic Hockey Gold Medal, as RABENTE scores two goals in Final

Two weeks of extra-ordinary hockey action came to end with Germany defending their title successfully, as yesterday Netherlands did in Women’s category. Germany defeated Netherlands (2-1) in fitting finale at Riverbank Arena in London Olympic Park to win their 2nd successive Olympic Gold Medal. While earlier in the day the World Champions Australia defeated (3-1) the hosts Great Britain to win the Bronze Medal i.e. their 9th Olympic Medal.

London Olympics 2012Final Standings:
1. Germany (Gold) 2. Netherlands (Silver) 3. Australia (Bronze) 4. Great Britain 5. Belgium 6. Spain 7. Pakistan 8. Korea 9. New Zealand 10. Argentina 11. South Africa 12. India

With London 2012 Conclusion here some interesting numbers: Continue reading →

Great Britain Denied Bronze by World Number One Australia

Despite a gallant performance, Great Britain went down to a 3-1 defeat by the world’s number one ranked side Australia in this afternoon’s Bronze Medal match at the Riverbank Arena.

Great Britain's Nick Catlin challenges with Australia's Fergus Kavanagh during the bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympic hockey tournament (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s Nick Catlin challenges with Australia’s Fergus Kavanagh during the bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympic hockey tournament (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Iain Lewers had equalised for Great Britain in the 29th minute, cancelling out Simon Orchard’s 17th minute opening goal for the Australians, but second half strikes from Jamie Dwyer and Kieran Govers were the difference between the two sides in the end as Australia pipped Great Britain to the Bronze Medal. Continue reading →

Australian Men Attempt to Ruin the Hosts Party

Australia will leave London without the Olympic gold medal they had hoped for, but there will be opportunity for redemption when they take on hosts Great Britain in the bronze medal-game at Riverbank Arena at 3:30pm London time today or 12:30am AEST, Sunday August 12. Foxtel Channel 189 will showcase the match LIVE from 12:20am AEST Sunday morning August 12.

Hockey Australia LogoThe two teams have an even record against each other in Olympic competition, but Australia has never forgotten one of the team’s most painful losses against Britain in the semi-finals in Seoul in 1988.

Back then coach Ric Charlesworth was the highest profile player in the team during a remarkable career spanning five Olympics. Continue reading →

Defending Champions Germany Vs Netherlands: Final of MEN’s Hockey in London Olympics

Defending Olympic Champions Germany will take on, in form Netherlands at 20:00 BST at Riverbank Arena in London Olympic Park. While Hosts Great Britain will face the World Champions and Number One side Australiain their quest of clinching Bronze Medal in front of home crowd at 15:30 BST.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsIn semi-final, the defending champions showed their character in defeating the World Champions Australia (4-2), while the Dutch outclassed the hosts, world number four, Great Britain (9-2) in semi-final. Continue reading →