Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women) dethrone defending champs in Bengaluru Cup 2015

Star-studded Air India dethroned Indian Oil Corporation Limited 3-1 in the men’s final to lift the 2nd Bengaluru Hockey Cup, while in women’s competition Haryana XI edged past defending champions Madhya Pradesh Academy 2-1 in shoot-out to win the title. Both the teams played a 0-0 draw in the regulation time at the hockey Stadium here on Monday.

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Winners Haryana XI (women) and Air India (men) got richer by 2.5 lakhs and runners-up MP Academy (women) and IOCL (men) were awarded with 1.25 lakhs each.

Special Awards:
Women
: Best Player: Rashmy PP (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Rukmini Virk (Haryana); Best Defender: Nisha (Haryana XI); Midfielder: Manpreet Kaur (MP Academy); Forward: Reena Khokhar (MP Academy)
Men: Upcoming Player: Md Raheel (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Adrian D’ Souza (Air India); Best Defender: Cheeyanna (Air India); Midfielder: Sonu Ponnanna (Karnataka); Forward: Binay Bengera (Army XI). Continue reading →

Black Sticks defeated by India men and Argentina women in Christchurch

The visitors India men and Argentina women edged past the Black Sticks teams by just one goal respectively, at Marist Park at St Bede’s College in Christchurch (New Zealand) tonight. The winning goals came in the last few minutes of the matches.

Black Sticks Hugo Inglis tackled by India's Birendra Lakra at Marist Park, Christchurch (Credits: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz)

Black Sticks Hugo Inglis tackled by India’s Birendra Lakra at Marist Park, Christchurch (Credits: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz)

With this win, India are leading in the series by 2-1, as India lost the 1st match of the series by 2-0 and won second match by 3-1 at Nelson. In the last match of the series, the Black Sticks Men face India in the South Island Tour at 13:00 local time i.e. 05:30 IST this Sunday in Christchurch. Live streaming of the India vs New Zealand test series is available here. Continue reading →

New Zealand beat India 2-0, make it double victory for Black Sticks at Nelson

New Zealand defeated India by 2-0 in their first test match in the ongoing New Zealand Tour. New Zealand‘s Nick Haig and Jared Panchia scored the goals while India failed to find target in four quarters of 15 minutes each. In the women’s match, Black Sticks women defeated Argentina by 4-1 to make it double victory for the hosts at Nelson.

India men team during  the first test against New Zealand  at Nelson

India men team during the first test against New Zealand at Nelson

The game started in great space as spectators witnessed both teams getting into their business side of the field immediately. But it was New Zealand’s early goal which helped them take the edge over the game and allowing them to register the win. Continue reading →

Japan edge past India to set up final against China in Women’s Junior Asia Cup

On the penultimate day of 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup, Changzhou, China and Japan defeated Korea and India in the respective semi-finals to reach the tournament final and also claim a ticket to next year’s Junior World Cup. Malaysia defeated Thailand to claim fifth place, while Singapore slipped past Chinese Taipei to secure the opportunity to play DPR Korea for seventh place tomorrow.

India junior Women Team taking a penalty corner against Japan in the semi final of the 7th Women's Asia Cup 2015

India junior Women Team taking a penalty corner against Japan in the semi final of the 7th Women’s Asia Cup 2015

India Junior Women Hockey team today went down fighting 2-2 (2-3 Shot Out) against Japan during the Semi-Final match. After a closely fought match and riding with the goals scored by Deep Grace Ekka and Renuka Yadav, Indian eves lost the match in the Shoot-Out where their Asian counterpart edged-past Indians by 3-2. Continue reading →

India beat Malaysia 9-1 to set-up Semi against Japan in Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015

On the final day of pool action in Changzhou, India defeated Malaysia to join China, Japan and Republic of Korea in the semi-finals of Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015.

India junior Women Team stretched Malaysia defence to the limits in pool match of the 7th Women's Asia Cup 2015

India junior Women Team stretched Malaysia defence to the limits in pool match of the 7th Women’s Asia Cup 2015

The classification games are set up as follows: in the semi-finals on Saturday, China will face Korea and Japan will take on India. Malaysia play Thailand for 5th place, and Singapore and Chinese Taipei will do battle for a spot in Sunday’s game for 7th place (full schedule here). In the topscorer list, Gu Bingfeng from China is the new sole leader with nine goals scored in four matches ahead of India’s Rani’s eight. Continue reading →

India went down to Hosts China in Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015 league stage

India Junior Women Hockey team lost 2-4 against hosts China in their third match of the 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup, with one match remaining against Malaysia. With this win China has reached semi-final of the tournament at Changzhou.

India junior Women Team on attack against China during the 7th Women's Asia Cup 2015

India junior Women Team on attack against China during the 7th Women’s Asia Cup 2015

Both the teams started with aggressive attacks and tried to dominate each other. India started the match with effective strategies and gained the ball possession in the early minutes. However, China scored three back-to-back goals through penalty corners and that made a difference between the two fighting teams. Continue reading →