Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

Ireland beat Malaysia in #HWL2015 and keep Olympic dream alive

Ireland have done all they can to secure their spot at the Rio Olympics with a polished 4-1 victory over world number 12 Malaysia today in 5th place play-off match at FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. Goals from Good, Caruth, Sothern and Darling put the game out of reach of a pacey Malaysian side that struggled to take their chances.

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

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

The Green Machine got off to the perfect start with a goal each for Good and Caruth in the opening 10 minutes. Malaysia enjoyed the bulk of possession but pressure from the Irish defence and superb goal keeping from Harte meant the sides went into the half 2-0 to the Irish. Continue reading →

Great Britain beat India by 5-1 to finish 3rd in #HWL2015

A stunning attacking display from Bobby Crutchley’s Great Britain team blew India away as five different players helped themselves to goals in a 5-1 win. The win gave GB third place in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium and confirmed a place in both the World League Final and at the Rio Olympics.

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Alastair Brogdon, Chris Griffiths, Ashley Jackson, Adam Dixon and Barry Middleton were on the score sheet as Great Britain ran riot in Belgium. Middleton’s goal was particularly fitting, coming as it did on his 350th international appearance. Continue reading →

India men are set for Semi-Final against hosts Belgium in #HWL2015

India are all set to meet the hosts Belgium in the semi-final game during the FINTRO World Hockey League Semi-Final 2015, while Great Britain will up against world champions Australia in other semi-final match.

Rupinderpal Singh opened scoring for India after being 0-2 down against Belgium in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Will India miss services of Rupinderpal Singh against Belgium, who opened scoring in come-back win against Red Lions in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

After registering an exciting win against Malaysia yesterday which helped them book the all important semi-final, India will be looking at repeating a similar feat in tomorrow’s clash against Belgium, which will have the crowd backing at the Dragons Hockey Club in Antwerp. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (Women): India face Italy in must win 5th-8th classification match

With an aim at 5th place and keep chances alive for RIO Olympics, India Women Hockey Team will take on Italy in the 5th/8th position classification match at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

India met Italy last year during the Italy Test Series 2014 where India lost the series to the host team by a narrow margin of 1-0. While India is confident of showing no signs of decline this time, they would be looking at avenging their defeat against the European team and will look at giving a sturdy performance when they meet them in the upcoming clash. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Netherlands score 7 past Indian eves, set up semi with Hockeyroos, Korea vs New Zealand in 2nd Semi

  • Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
  • Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
  • Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp.

They overcame the respective challenges of Italy by 2-0, Japan by 5-1, India by 7-0 and host nation Belgium by 3-0 in shoot-out after 2-2 draw in full-time. The four winners of quarter-final stage has reached semi-finals (to be played on Thursday, 2nd July) dand booked their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina. They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia. Continue reading →