Australia won Hero Hockey World League, India clinched Bronze

  • Kookaburras take title thanks to strikes from Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson
  • Host nation India stun Netherlands in shoot-out to claim bronze medal
  • Australia‘s Jamie Dwyer named Hero Best Player at the event in Raipur, India

Australia won the men’s Hero Hockey World League 2015 champions thanks to 2-1 win against Belgium in the tournament final in Raipur, India. But it was party time for the hosts, India, who clinched Bronze medal by defeating mighty Dutch team in high voltage match in shoot-out after being held for 5-5 draw in regulation time in front full capacity Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium.

The crowd witnessed Rupinder Pal Singh score twice in the contest but it was the shoot-out heroics of goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh that gave Asian champions India victory in what was one of the games of the tournament and one of most important medal won by the Asian Giants in recent decades.

Australia’s Jamie Dwyer was named Hero Best Player of the tournament, while Arthur van Doren of Belgium was given the NMDC Best Junior Player award. Netherlands shot-stopper Jaap Stockmann was named SECL Best Goalkeeper while Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina finished as Hero Top Scorer with eight goals. The NTPC Fans Choice Award went to Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh.

Highlights of Bronze Medal match:

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India jumps to 6th place in Latest FIH World Ranking, Top 3 are same

  • World Rankings updated following conclusion of Continental Championships
    Australia men and Netherlands women remain top
  • Venezuela men and Dominican Republic women biggest risers, India men climb 2 spots to 6th place

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) released the latest World Rankings earlier today following the conclusion of all five Continental Championships. Men’s World Cup holders Australia and women’s Olympic and World champions Netherlands remain at the top of the FIH World Rankings.

FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking released on 6th November 2015

FIH Men’s and Women’s World Ranking released on 6th November 2015

India jumped up two places into sixth as they look to enter the top five nations in the world, while the biggest rise in the men’s rankings saw Venezuela move up 22 places to 47. India men are biggest climbers in the top ten bracket. India leapfrogged Belgium and New Zealand to reach to 6th spot from 8th in last ranking Continue reading →

Ireland (M) and Japan (W) qualify for Rio Olympics as Kookaburras and Hockeyroos won Oceania Cup

  • Ireland men confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia win Oceania Cup
  • First Irish hockey team to take part in the Olympic Games since 1908
    Fifth place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final enough to secure Ireland’s qualification
  • Japan women confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia and New Zealand qualify for Oceania Cup final
Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Ireland men’s hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Ireland men and Japan women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It marks the first time in over 100 years since an Irish hockey team participated in an Olympic Games, with their men picking up the silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event which took place in London, England in 1908. Continue reading →

Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 (Under-21 Hockey): Schedule and Results

5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

Venue: Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Date: 11th October to 18th October, 2015

Participating teams in the only invitational international hockey tournament for under-21 age category, Sultan of Johor Cup 2015, are as following:
Argentina, Australia, Great Britain, India, Malaysia, Pakistan

Points Table of Sultan of Johor Cup 2015:

No  Teams P W D L G/A +/- Pt
1 India 5 4 0 1 14 – 8 6 12
2 Great Britain 5 3 2 0 15 – 9 6 11
3 Malaysia 5 2 1 2 11 – 11 0 7
4 Argentina 5 2 1 2 8 – 9 -1 7
5 Australia 5 1 1 3 12 – 11 1 4
6 Pakistan 5 0 1 4 5 – 17 -12 1

 

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Schedule and Results: Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur LogoVenue: Raipur International Hockey Stadium, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) India
Dates: 27th November – 6th December 2015

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Belgium, 3. India, 4. Netherlands, 5. Argentina, 6. Great Britain, 7. Germany, 8. Canada

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur Individual Awards:
Hero Best Player: Jamie Dwyer (AUS)
SECL Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED)
NMDC Best Junior: Arthur van Doren (BEL)
Hero Top Scorer: 8 – Gonzalo Peillat (ARG)
NTPC Fans Choice: P. R. Sreejesh (IND)

Participating Teams:
Pool A: Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium
Pool B: Argentina, India, Germany, Netherlands

Television Broadcast and Live Streaming Details of Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur:
Star Sports (India); Canal Siete (Argentina); NOS (Netherlands); Astro (Malaysia); OSN (North Africa and United Arab Emirates); Supersport (South Africa); PTV (Pakistan) and Willow TV (USA).
Live Stream: starsports.com

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HIL Auction on 17th Sept: No team from South India, 135 Indians and 142 Foriegners in Fray

Hockey India League (HIL) is conducting a fresh auction of players for the upcoming season of the League on September 17 at New Delhi. The six franchisee will bid for players from India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, Malaysia, Japan and Korea to complete their teams.

Birendra Lakra Ranchi Rays Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays has retained Indian Star defender Birendra Lakra for upcoming season of Hero Hockey India League 

This is going to be 4th season of HIL, but still there are no teams from South India, either of Chennai or Bangalore should have had a franchise in the league by now. In the interest of the game and for increasing its reach, hockey hotbeds like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu can not be ignored in important league like HIL, which has become one of the best league in world, however it is yet to spread its arms pan-India. Keeping the stadium attendances during World Series Hockey 2012 in mind, HIL organizers should try to get a franchisee from either of the cities specially Bangalore. Continue reading →