India Finish 3rd in Santander Hockey Tri-Nations after Great Britain and Spain

India took on hosts Spain in the last match of Tri-Nations Hockey Tournament at Santander, after both of them lost their respective matches against Great Britain. Great Britain defeated India (3-1) and Spain (2-1) to finish first, while Spain defeated India (2-1) in the last match of the tournament to finish Second. India lost their both the matches and finished Third.

VR Raghunath

VR Raghunath

India played better hockey in first half, looked inspired by their last match before the London Games. After a scoreless first half, the match became more tensed, which saw 6 temporary suspensions (2 green and 2 yellow cards for hosts, while one of each for India).

Spain controlled the game from the starting of second half, kept possession, reached to Indian goal. David Alegre (43rd Minute) and Miquel Delás (61st Minute) scored on penalty corners to earn a lead of 2-0 for the hosts. However, India pulled one back through VR Raghunath in a Penalty Corner in 64th Minute of the game to 2-1, and ran out of time in search of equalizer.

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Great Britain build winning momentum with Spanish victory

Santander (July 16): A lightning start and second half grit ensured Great Britain’s men’s hockey team took the honours at the tri-nations Olympic warm-up tournament in Santander on Monday evening.  First half goals from Reading’s Jonty Clarke and HGC’s Barry Middleton fired GB into an early lead and although Pau Quemada halved the deficit before half time, Great Britain rode out 2-1 victors, winning the tournament in the process following their 3-1 victory over India on Saturday.

Head Coach Jason Lee played his 16 man Olympic squad in the match, which saw Surbiton forward Matt Daly make his 50th appearance for Great Britain.  Afterwards Lee said he was pleased with the outcome: “We started brightly and there were some nice signs but as you’d expect Spain stepped it up after going two nil down.  But we toughed it out and the players showed some real grit in the second half.” Continue reading →

Great Britain beat India 3-1 in Men’s Tri-Nations Hockey at Santander

In the final warm up tournament ahead of the Olympics, Great Britain’s Men’s Hockey team came from behind to defeat India 3-1 in tri-nation tournament in Santander, Spain. Goals by James Tindall, Ashley Jackson and Harry Martin for Great Britain cancelled out Shivendra Singh’s early opener.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Indian team started well and were sharp in attack. India took early lead through Shivendra Singh’s deflection on Tushar Khandkar’s cross on counter attack in 3rd minute of the game. Within two minutes, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri pulled off a two-stage to deny any chance of scoring to Great Britain’s Rob Moore.

Great Britain scored a equaliser midway through the first half (17th Minute) when James Tindall sent home a loose ball at a penalty corner to make it 1-1 and both teams were locked with score line till the lemon break. Continue reading →

Belgium Beat Ireland to Finish 2nd After South Africa in UCD 3 Nations

Ireland took on Belgium this evening in the closing match of the UCD 3 Nations which took place between South Africa, Belgium and hosts Ireland.

Ireland didn’t get off to the best starts and tired legs gave way to a very fit looking Olympic bound Belgium team who netted five past the Irish side. Belgium broke through in the 12th minute when Dekeyser’s persistence paid off and he netted to open the account. Two minutes later Belgium extended their lead to two when Briels took a sweet touch from Van Strydoncks pacy cross to deflect in giving Harte no chance in goals. Ireland were forced to soak up periods of pressure and Harte in goals pulled off some great saves and his defence mopped up as much as possible but the persistent attack by Belgium proved too much in the end. Belgium made it three in the 26th minute when Van Aubel tapped in from close range before they made it four thanks to Thys before half time. Continue reading →

Schedule of India’s Europe Tour: Last Outing before London Olympics

In the run up to the London Olympics Games 2012, Team India will play a two match Test Series against France and a 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain from 28- 30 June 2012 and 14-18 July 2012 respectively, before heading to London for Olympics 2012.

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitionsIndia will play two test matches against France in Lille on 28 and 30 June 2012. The team will then travel to Spain to take part in a 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain from 14-18 July 2012. Before the start of 3 Nation Invitational Hockey Tournament, Team India will also play two test matches each against Spain and South Africa from 5- 11 July 2012 at the same venue (Detailed Schedule given at the end of article).
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