Black Sticks women team won the final test of the series by 1-0. The lone goal of the game was scored off a penalty corner in 6th minute by 23-year-old Clarissa Eshuis with her trademark dragflick. It was 50th international match of Clarissa.
Result of this did not take away series from India, as they had an unbeatable lead the series. The series of five test matches is concluded.
Results are as following:
1st Test: Saturday 15th May Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North
(India won 3-2, hat-trick by Rani Ramphal)
2nd Test: Sunday 16th May Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North
3rd Test: Wednesday 19th May Kelt Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier
4th Test: Saturday 22nd May National Hockey Stadium, Wellington
(India won 3-1)
5th Test: Sunday 23rd May National Hockey Stadium, Wellington
(New Zealand won 1-0)
Both the teams will compete in World Cup in Argentina (September) and Commonwealth Games in India (October) and the Black Sticks will also compete in the Champions Trophy in England (July).
Indian Women’s Hockey is on the tour of New Zealand. They are playing a series of 5 test matches.
Indian Eves have sealed the series the with 2 draws and 2 sensational win (1st and 4th Match of the series).
India won 4th match by 3-1. At the half time black sticks were leading 1-0 because of superb of performance their goalie Beth Jurgeleit, who stopped numerous Indian attacks. But late surge by Indians in second changed the result. India scored through Captain Surinder Kaur (43″), Saba Anjum (63″) and 15 year old impressive Rani Ramphal (69″).
Rani scored a Hat-trick in first test match and helped India in winning first test of the series (3-2).
IHF has been in news since its de-recognition and disaffiliation by centre govt and Indian Olympic Association in 2008 after K Jothikumaran (secretary, IHF) was caught on camera accepting bribe to select a player.
The decision of Centre and IOA was challenged by IHF through a petition filed by its president KPS Gill. And now court has passed the order to disband it.
In the process court has rejected the plea of Centre that revival the Federation would result in a chaotic situation as Hockey India had already been formed and CWG is round the corner.
“It would be unfair to the Federation, which has succeeded in showing that both the orders of disaffiliation and consequent de-recognition are wholly illegal, to be denied relief for over two years on the ground that such order might jeopardise India’s participation in a sporting event,” Justice S Muralidhar said. Continue reading →
A tough task is waiting for the Indian women in 2010 Hockey World Cup in Argentina. Indian have been clubbed with current world champions Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Japan and New Zealand in Pool A. Indian eves qualified for the world cup by reaching the finals of the 2009 Asia Cup.
The world cup will be held from August 29 to September 11 and will witness Asian rivalry between China and Korea in the opening match.
The top two teams of each pool will proceed to the semifinals, which are scheduled on September 9. The final will be played on September 11.
Schedule: (according to local time of Rosario i.e. -3:00 GMT)
August 29: Pool B Continue reading →
Indian women drew second test 2-2
16th May: The Indian Women hockey team drew 2-2 with New Zealand in the second Test at the Endeavour Trust Twin Turfs in Palmerston North today.
The two teams were locked 1-1 at half time. The Indian goal scorers were striker Rani Rampal (34th min) and Subhadra Pradhan from a penalty corner (69th min).
The Black Sticks struck through a penalty corner from Piki Hanahoma (14th) and a field goal by Charlotte Harrison (67th min).
The third Test will be played at Kett Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier on Wednesday.