India won the series but lost final test against Black Sticks Women

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 
(Draw 2-2)
3rd Test: Wednesday 19th May Kelt Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier 
(Draw 2-2)
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 Eves beat Black Sticks 3-1 to seal the series…

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).

Delhi HC : Recognise IHF again….

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 →

Women’s World Cup 2010 Schedule

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 →

Hockey stadium at high-altitude Shilaroo inaugurated…A nice step by sports ministry and SAI

I think now players can practice in Shilaroo for the tournament which are played in such extreme conditions like low temperatures, that is very common in Europe and North American countries like Canada.

Few points about Shilaroo SAI Centre:

>> It is located at an altitude of 8,000 feet and surrounded by picturesque Narkanda and Hatu peaks and some 52 km from Shimla, the capital Himachal Pradesh (India).

>> It has excellent indoor facilities for handball, volleyball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, fencing and wrestling apart from gymnasium and hostel facilities.

The construction of the hockey stadium has drawn a lot of criticism, especially from the sport fraternity, for such a huge investment in an area where the temperatures remains below freezing point from mid-October to February. Three times Olympian Pragat Singh thinks otherwise and said: “It is scientifically proven that training in an oxygen-deficient environment increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Practicing at such a high-altitude helps the players to utilise greater amounts of oxygen that will enhance their capabilities.”

Hockey stadium at high-altitude Shilaroo inaugurated- Hindustan Times

Indian women drew second test 2-2

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.