India Start New Zealand Tour on Winning Note

The India Men Hockey team defeated New Zealand A by 3-1 to start their New Zealand tour on winning note in Auckland. India will be playing their 2nd practice match against New Zealand ‘A’ tomorrow at 0530 AM IST, i.e. 1300 in local time, followed by 4 test matches against New Zealand national team.

India Men Hockey team listening to coach Roelant Oltmans after the match against New Zealand A at Auckland 2015

India Men Hockey team listening to coach Roelant Oltmans after the match against New Zealand A at Auckland 2015

India played good hockey in patches after taking time to settle in matches. Second quarter of the match saw the best display from the visitors, while youngsters Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah scored fantastic goals to earn win. Continue reading →

India to play New Zealand A in opening match of tour, 2nd Oct at 530AM IST in Auckland

The India Men Hockey team is all set to start their New Zealand tour with the match against New Zealand A team, which is scheduled to be played on 2nd October in early morning at 05:30 IST i.e. 13:00 in local time.

India men hockey at a practice session in Auckland before their 1st test against New Zealand A

India men hockey at a practice session in Auckland before their 1st test against New Zealand A

India will be playing the first two games against New Zealand A followed by 4 matches against the Black Sticks team in the six match series. The live stream of 4 matches against New Zealand national team will be available on this website, www.thefansofhockey.com, stay tuned!. Continue reading →

Indian Men Hockey Squad for New Zealand Test Series is Announced

Hockey India today announced the Indian Men Hockey squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour which is scheduled from 02 October to 11 October 2015. India will play a total of six games in the tour. The first two games will be played against New Zealand A and the rest of the four matches against the New Zealand’s National squad.

Indian Men Hockey Squad for New Zealand tour

Indian Men Hockey Squad for New Zealand tour

The New Zealand tour will be in preparation for the Hero Hockey World League Raipur 2015 which is scheduled from 27 November to 6 December in Raipur, India followed by the all important RIO Olympics next year. Continue reading →

India to tour New Zealand to play 6 test series from Oct 2nd

Hockey India and Hockey New Zealand today announced a six match series between India and New Zealand scheduled to take place from 2 to 11 October 2015 in New Zealand. New Zealand (ranked 7th in FIH Hockey Ranking, i.e. a place above India) are yet to qualify for Rio Olympics, while the visitors had booked their ticket by winning Asian Games in 2014.

India vs New Zealand during Champions Trophy 2012, Black Sticks Phil Burrows and Kothajit Singh at Melbourne (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Photo: India vs New Zealand, Kothajit Singh taking on Black Sticks Phil Burrows (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

The matches will be played in Auckland, Nelson and Christchurch. While India will play the first two matches against the New Zealand A team the last four matches will be played against the New Zealand senior men team. For India the Tour will be in preparation for the all important FIH Hockey World League Final 2015 to be held in Raipur later this year, followed by Rio Olympics slated in 2016 while for New Zealand they will prepare for the upcoming 2015 Oceania Cup wherein a win there would confirm a berth for them in the Rio Olympics 2016. 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 →