India Women to play in Olympics after 36 years, Spain men booked ticket to Rio

  • India women hockey team will be playing in Olympics after 36 years
  • India women confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as EuroHockey finalists Netherlands and England (as Great Britain) already qualified for Rio 2016
  • India qualified through their final position at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp
  • Spain qualified through their final position at the Hockey World League Semi-Final and EuroHockey finalists Netherlands and upcoming semi-finalists Germany and England (as Great Britain) already qualified for Rio 2016
Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrate during FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi

Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrate during FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed today that India women and Spain have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

India qualified after England defeated Spain in the semi-finals of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London, which ensured that the only teams who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Netherlands and England (as Great Britain). Continue reading →

Rani to lead India in Junior Women’s Asia Cup 2015

India Junior Women Hockey team for the upcoming 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup was announced today. Experienced forward Rani Rampal will lead the India team in Changzhou, China from 05 September to 13 September 2015.

Indian Junior Women Hockey team for 7th Women's Junior Asia Cup 2015

Indian Junior Women Hockey team for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015

India is placed in Pool A along with China, Malaysia, Singapore, DPR Korea. In Pool B, Korea Rep, Japan, Thailand and Chinese-Taipei will contest against each other. This tournament will be a qualification event for the Junior Women World Cup 2016.
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Rani ‘s experience and leadership is helpful, Goalie Inderpreet is strength

For the upcoming 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015, the women team’s preparation is on full swing at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi.

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

After finishing third in the recently concluded, Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament 2015, the Junior Indian eves are working hard to eliminate the loop-holes in the defence-line and penalty corner area. Among the defenders, drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur is improving her defence and tackles to increase her contribution towards the team. She has been an integral part of the team and has proved her mettle during the Volvo Invitational U-21 where she scored brilliant goals. Continue reading →

India Junior and Senior Women Hockey Players in Delhi for Camps

The Junior Women Core probables of India have started their preparations for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup, scheduled in Changzhou, China from 5th September- 13th September 2015.

Indian Women Hockey Players Sonika, Manisha Rathi, Udita and Poonam Malik (at New Delhi Railway Station) traveling to Delhi for the camp in August 2015

Indian Women Hockey Players Sonika, Manisha Rathi, Udita and Poonam Malik (at New Delhi Railway Station) traveling to Delhi for the camp in August 2015

The Senior Women Hockey team core probables are also training in same premises of Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. Seniors are preparing themselves for RIO Olympics, as the Indian women Hockey is expecting ticket to RIO after their 5th position finish at the just culminated FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Belgium. Continue reading →

India U-21 Women beat England for 3rd Place, Men finished 4th #VolvoTournament

After losing against England in their last league match, the India U-21 Women Team took revenge after beating them by 1-0 in shoot-out to finish 3rd in the Volvo U-21 (Women) Invitational Tournament 2015 held at Breda, The Netherlands.

India U-21 Women Hockey Goalkeeper Inderpreet Kaur

India U-21 Women Hockey Goalkeeper Inderpreet Kaur saved all attempts in penalty shoot-out

The hosts, Netherlands defeated China by 5-1 to win the title and Germany edged past New Zealand by 2-1 to finish fifth in 6 team tournament.

India’s goal-keeper Inderpreet Kaur was the hero of the match as she brilliantly thwarted all attempts by the English players during the penalty shootout which helped India clinch the closely fought match and the 3rd position. While, India U-21 Men had lost to England by 0-3 in men’s 3rd place play-off match yesterday. Continue reading →

Rani Scored Hat-Trick in India’s 6-1 Win over New Zealand at Breda

Riding on captain Rani Rampal’s Hat-trick, India Under-21 Women Hockey team defeated New Zealand by 6-1 to register first win in Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament today.

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

File PhotoL Rani Rampal Captain of Under-21 Women Hockey team of India (Credits: Grant Treeby)

India girls had lost their first match to Netherlands by 0-1 and played an exciting 4-4 draw with Germany in Breda.

Both the teams in their bid to not allow easy goals to each other ensured that their defence was strong, restricting the forwards to capitalise on the opportunities. It was the commendable performance from the Captain Rani who scored a hat-trick and took India to the winning score of 6-1 against New Zealand. Continue reading →