Nobbs is Eyeing top Six finish in London, Lauds Juniors

  • Test event at London will be India’s real test before the Games as they will be up against  Australia, Germany and Great Britain in it.
  • Team is probably good enough to knock off top team once, but not good enough to do it consistently, feels Michael Nobbs about his team.
Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

India will have a tough task on hand when they take on top hockey teams in world at the London Olympics in July, 2012, but they are taking some huge steps and targeting to finish in top Six at the Games. Coach Michael Nobbs feels that his team is probably good enough to knock off top team once, but need some more time to be consistent in winning such opponents.

India’s Chief Coach said, “Facing world’s top teams at the London Olympics would be a tough job. Realistically, we are working towards finishing in top six bracket… Let us see where do we stand.”  Continue reading →

Ritu Rani to lead Indian women’s team in 4-nation tourney in New Zealand

Ritu Rani, After Scoring a Goal Against Ireland in Dec 2010

Ritu Rani, After Scoring a Goal Against Ireland in Dec 2010

Midfielder Ritu Rani will lead Indian women’s hockey team to participate in a double-leg four-nation tournament, featuring Australia, India, New Zealand and USA, to be held at Auckland, New Zealand from April 12 to 22.  The first leg of the tournament will be played at North Harbour Hockey Centre, while Lloyd Elsmore Reserve host the second one.

Defender Joydeep Kaur with 87 international caps with be deputy to Ritu Rani who has represented India in 125 International matches. Selection trials for the team were conducted at SAI Centre, Bhopal on March 23 and 24, witnessed by Hockey India selectors Col Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Syed Ali, alongwith government observer Harbinder Singh.

Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Sukhmani Virk.
Defenders: Th. Pinky Devi, Joydeep Kaur (VC), Kirandeep Kaur.
Midfielders: P Sushila Chanu, Asunta Lakra, Mukta Prava Barla, Deepika, Ritu Rani (C), Kiran Dahiya.
Forwards: Poonam Rani, Rani, Vandana Katariya, Chanchan Devi, Th Anuradha Devi, Anupa Barla, Navneet Kaur.
Standbys: Savita (Goalkeeper), Deep Grace Ekka (Defender), Namita Toppo (Midfielder), Lily Chanu (Forward).

Photo by:  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH .

Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s)

In the new format of Champions Trophy, the teams are divided into two groups of four: Pool A and B. After the group stage, the numbers 1 and 2 from the two group leagues will be merged into a new group: Pool C (A1, A2, B1 and B2). The numbers 3 and 4 are joined together to make a new group : Pool D (A1, A2, B1 and B2). The results of the games between the prelim group stage will be included in the new Pool C and D, and new pool teams will plays against the teams who were in other group in prelim stage. The third (D3) and fourth (D4) placed team in Pool D will play for 7/8 position, while first (D1) and second (D2) in Pool D will fight for fifth position. The topper (C1) and second (C2) of Group C will play the finals for trophy while third (C3) and fourth (C4) will play off bronze medal match.
Detailed scheduled : ( Time in NZDT, Current time CT News here.) Continue reading →

Tri-nation Series (India, Pakistan and hosts Australia)

Tri-nation Series (India, Pakistan and hosts Australia):

Please note: India played Kookaburras on 26th (3-8), seems schedule has been changed.
Pakistan play hosts on 27th

Fixture (Source:, Times are in WST , Current Time in Busselton and Bunbury )

Wednesday 26 October Busselton – 7.30pm Kookaburras v Pakistan (Result: 3-1)
Thursday 27 October Busselton – 7.30pm Kookaburras v India (Result: 8-3)
Friday 28 October Busselton – 5.30pm Pakistan v India (Result: 3-3)
Sunday 30 October Bunbury – 3pm Kookaburras v Pakistan (Result: 8-2)
Monday 31 October Bunbury – 7.30pm Kookaburras v India (Result: 5-0)
Tuesday 1 November Bunbury – 5.30pm India v Pakistan (Result: 1-1)

Finals: Pakistan Vs Australia Results 4-3, Pakistan won it.
Unofficial bronze medal match: India Vs Australia-A Result: 1-2

Halappa, Chhikara and Khandekar back in the Team, Chetri named Captain

Lanco International Super Series to be broadcast in India: a welcome step

At last after a long India hockey lovers will be able to see live action of their teams, against top teams like Kookaburras,  Hockeyroos, Black Sticks and arch rival Pakistan, though it will a new format of hockey which is expected to be fast and furious.

Live Telecast Schedule of India’s Matches (Note: classification matches are not live telecasted)

Date Match Time (IST) Match (Women/Men) Telecast
20-Oct 3.30pm Mal v Ind (W) Live (Star Sports)
20-Oct 5.45pm NZ v Ind (M) Live (Star Sports)
21-Oct 4.15pm Aus v Ind (W) Live (Star Sports)
21-Oct 5.45pm Pak v Ind (M) Live (Star Sports)
22-Oct 10.45am Mal v Ind (W) Live (ESPN)
22-Oct 11.30am Aus v Ind (W) Live (ESPN)
22-Oct 12.15pm Aus v Ind (M) Live (ESPN)
23-Oct 10.30am 3 v 4 (M) Delayed (Star Sports) (Same day at 9:30PM)
23-Oct 11.40am 1 v 2 (W) Delayed (Star Sports)
23-Oct 12.40pm 1 v 2 (M) Delayed (Star Sports)

Live Telecast Schedule (Schedule of the Lanco International Super Series here) :

Date On Air Timings (IST) Network Remarks
20th Oct 15:30 – 18:30 hrs Star Sports Live (4 games)
21st Oct 15:30 – 18:30 hrs Star Sports Live (4 games)
22nd Oct 10:00 – 13:00 hrs ESPN Live (4 games)
23rd Oct 21:30 – 23:30 hrs Star Sports Same Day delayed
Repeat Telecast Timings (IST) Network
20th Oct 22:00 & 22:30 hrs (2 India Games) ESPN (same day repeat)
21st Oct 22:00 & 22:30 hrs (2 India Games) ESPN (same day repeat)

Hockey Australia Press Release: Lanco International Super Series to be broadcast throughout India

Hockey Australia is excited to announce that Indian fans will be able to watch their two national teams in action at the upcoming Lanco International Super Series as the tournament will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN-STAR SPORTS, from October 20th to 23rd, 2011. Continue reading →