After Ups and Downs in 2012, Wish to see Rangaswamy Cup being given away to National Champions in 2013

Everybody agrees on “India is important for the progress of hockey in the world of sports” but is India moving in right direction?

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey

2013 Calendar by The Fans of Hockey (Click here to buy a copy)

It has been a year of ups and downs for Indian Hockey, with World Series Hockey getting postponed because the national players were busy in preparing for Hero FIH Road to London: the Olympics Qualifiers, which India won in style to book their ticket for London. Continue reading →

Hannah Macleod reunited with Olympic bronze medal

Women’s Hockey Bronze Medalist of London Olympics Hannah Macleod thanked everybody for their support and urged to return the medal of Alex Prtridge, the bronze medalist of London 2012 in Rowing (Men’s Elight).

Great Britain's Hannah Macleod battles with South Africa's Dirkie Chamberlain on day one of the Investec London Cup (Credit - Ady Kerry)

File Photo: GB’s Hannah Macleod battles with South Africa’s Dirkie Chamberlain on day one of the Investec London Cup (Credit – Ady Kerry) /Great Britain Hockey

She said, “I’m extremely pleased to have been reunited with my medal. It’s a huge relief. I’m enormously grateful to the Metropolitan Police and in particular to DCI James Harman who has kept me informed of their investigation throughout.”

“I am indebted to everyone who has tweeted about it, everyone who has got in touch and who has publicised the situation. I can’t thank you enough. I think all of you played a part in encouraging whoever had my medal to return it.” she added while thanking everyone. Continue reading →

Hannah Macleod’s Olympic Bronze Medal is stolen

Hannah Macleod, member London Olympics Bronze Medalist GB Hockey Team, lost her Olympic Bronze Medal on 24th October.

She issued the following statement in relation to her stolen Olympic bronze medal, to thank everyone for the support: Continue reading →

Let’s not make Michael Nobbs a scapegoat for India’s disastrous showing in Olympics!

Watching some of the top hockey teams like Australia, Netherlands, Germany play at the 2012 Olympics gives you a fair impression of the improvement areas Indian team needs to focus on. Michael Nobbs-coached Indian team adopted the Australian style of hockey, the merits of which were seen in all the games India played in the last six months going into the London Olympics.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

But with the Indian team delivering their worst-ever performance at hockey’s showpiece event, all the demerits of it are coming out of the closet and that too, in droves.

As a hockey fan first, and second as a sports journalist, I am saddened at the way the Indian team has cut such a frustrating figure at the Olympics. In fact, all the pre-tournament hopes pinned on India got a massive leg up when India fought hard against the Netherlands, especially in the second half after a forgettable first half before an ‘unfair’ penalty stroke denial in the dying minutes of the game robbed us of the opportunity to script a 3-3 draw. The only solace was that we lost narrowly (2-3) against one of the world’s top sides. Continue reading →

Clash of the egos kill the SPORT

The Indian Hockey team did not qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics? That was painful, no doubt. However, in my opinion, not qualifying was/is still a better outcome than the disgrace of finishing last, failing to win a single match!. I mean after a long wait of 4 years, a wait of hope, for both players and hockey lovers, one did not see a performance from the Indian team. Sure, we qualified for the competition but then failed to compete.

Hockey India LogoThe next sequence of events is very predictable. After the home coming, the players would be made the scapegoats. Sack a few, make some changes and the circus shall continue until 2016. This can surely not be right, can it? The on field performance is only a reflection of the preparation, a process of which the selectors, administrators and the coaching staff are all an integral part of. Questions should be raised about the selection, about the effectiveness of the training camps conducted. Why should the players alone bear the brunt? The least that the national coach can do is to be a man and admit ‘his’ failure and not take the easy way out of blaming the players.  Continue reading →

Australia’s Men’s Hockey Team Claim BRONZE

Australia 3 (Simon Orchard 17m FG, Jamie Dwyer 48m PC, Kieran Govers 57m FG) def Great Britain 1 (Lain Lewers 29m PC)

The Australian Men’s Hockey Team claimed their sixth Olympic Games medal in a row and sixth Olympic Games bronze medal, with their all-out attack taming the host nation Great Britain in the third place playoff.

Hockey Australia LogoThe victory gave Australia their fourth bronze medal finish from their past five Olympic Games appearances.

Australia entered the Olympics as the overwhelming favourites, and as a result may see bronze as a failure. However, as time goes on everyone will learn to cherish and appreciate such a special victory. Continue reading →