Gagan Ajit Singh to Make Come Back in World Series Hockey

The scheduled second round of the player draft for World Series Hockey was held today, with each team strengthening their squads from the pool of players. The first season of WSH starts on the 29th of February.

In this draft, players from Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa & India were picked by the various franchises.

Among the notable picks of the day, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.

See the video and guess, the level of hockey played by the likes of Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquina and Dhanraj Pillay, etc who are part of WSH

Gagan Ajit Singh said, “I’m glad to make a comeback through this prestigious league. I truly believe it will start a glorious new era for Indian hockey and I can’t wait to get started for Sher-e-Punjab. It is a team with a great combination of speed and spirit and I’m sure we’ll play entertaining hockey which will make us championship contenders.”

Preeti Pariat Mehta, Event Director, WSH, said, “All the 8 franchises have teams to last an entire season with tough competition for spots in the starting XI. This will ensure that the quality of hockey in the first edition will remain top-notch from start to finish and is fantastic news for the league and our fans” 

L T Nanwani, franchise owner of the Chennai Cheetahs, said, “We are extremely happy with our picks. Mark Harris, Davinderpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Shivamani, B K Muthanna and Hamza Mujtaba are solid players who will add value at crucial stages of the tournament. With outstanding leadership at the top in the form of Jose Brasa & Brent Livermore, coupled with the addition of these players who will merge into a squad full of youth and experience, Chennai Cheetahs is well placed to make a serious challenge for the title”

Players who were drafted into different franchises (all from India unless mentioned):

Bhopal Badshahs: Affan Yousuf, A D Cariappa, Ganendrajit Ningombam, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet (South Africa), Harmanpreet Singh, Karan Bhaskaran, Rajesh Kumar.

Chandigarh Comets: Belsajar Horo, Gurmeet Singh, Harjot Singh, Manpreet Singh.

Chennai Cheetahs: B K Muthanna, Davinderpal Singh, Hamza Mujtaba, Jasbir Singh, Mark Harris (Australia), Shivamani, Gaurav Tokhi.

Delhi Wizards: Gurvinder Singh, Mark Pearson (Canada), Philip Sunkel (Germany), Vikramjeet Singh.

Karnataka Lions: Manpreet Pawar.

Mumbai Marines: Ajmer Singh, Bimal Lakra, Clyde Abrahams (South Africa), Richard Hildreth (Canada), Shanyl Balwanth (South Africa), Troy Sutherland (Australia).

Pune Strykers: Amardeep Ekka, Kenny Pereira (Canada), Lungile Tsolekile (South Africa), Mario Nicolas Almada (Argentina), Amol Baban Bhosale

Sher-e-Punjab: Antoni Kindler (Canada), Gagan Ajit Singh, Gurmail Singh (Sher-e-Punjab), Harpreet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Matthew Hotchkis (Australia), Mohammed Bin Mat Radzi (Malaysia), Simranjit Singh

Las Leonas (Argentina) win first Champions Trophy on home soil

FIH President Leonardo Negre and Las Leonas Captain Luciana Aymar

FIH President Leonardo Negre and Las Leonas Captain Luciana Aymar

Silvina D’Elia scored lone for the hosts and word champions Argentina (Las Leonas) to secure their fifth title at an FIH Champions Trophy with a 1-0 victory over Great Britain and their first title of the FIH flagship tournament on home soil. The Olympic Champions, Netherlands, claimed the Bronze medal at the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy by defeating Germany 5-4 in an exciting match. Japan beat New Zealand 4-3 in extra-time to secure fifth place and to Qualify for next Champions Trophy. While Korea beat China 3-2 on penalties to finish 7th in the 8 team tournament.

Full reports on all the matches and extensive tournament information are available here.

Individual Awards
Best player: Luciana Aymar (ARG)
Top Scorers: Crista Cullen (GBR), Rika Komazawa (JPN), Lee Seon-Ok (KOR)  – 5 Goals
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Belen Succi (ARG)
Fair play: Germany

Photo by:  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH .

Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy (Women’s)

The FIH announced today the match schedule for the Argentina FIH 2012 Champions Trophy to be played in Rosario, Argentina from January 28 – February 5, 2012.

It will be the 20th edition of the women’s event and one that will carry several important story lines for the eight participating teams. First and foremost, the event will be the last major international tournament before the London Olympic Games in August 2012. Seven of the eight teams in Rosario have already secured their spot in the 2012 Games with only Japan having to go through the Qualification Tournament process.

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Indian Eves to Play Azerbaijan at MDC National Stadium, New Delhi

Indian women’s team will play a 4 match test series against Azerbaijan at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th January 2012 (3:00PM to 4:30PM) as a part of their preparatory camp for Olympic Qualifiers. These tests will not only provide invaluable experience for the players ahead of the Olympic Qualifications to be conducted at the same venue from 18 – 25 February, but also an opportunity for the selectors to identify the team for this Qualifying tournament.

Indian-Women's-Team-in-Argentina-12The 48 core probables are currently camping in the capital for their last phase preparation for Olympic Qualifiers. These core probables include the 18 members squad which visited South American Country Argentina to play 2 four nation’s tournament against South Africa, Ireland and hosts Argentina (the Las Leonas). Indian eves finished 3rd after the world champions Las Leonas (who are already qualified for London Olympics) and South Africa who will be traveling to New Delhi to take part in 1st qualifying tournament for London 2012. South Africans will be biggest challenge to be overcome by Indian women to book their tickets London.

Spectator entry for the Azerbaijan and India four match test series will be free.

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Another Bronze for Indian eves, Gold for Las Leonas

Final standings in the Parna 4 Nations Hockey Tournament in Argentina, remained same as in the Buenos Aires tournament, as India beat Ireland 4-1 for Bronze medal while the hosts Las Leonas beat South Africa 2-0 in the Final.

Indian-Women's-Team-in-Argentina-13Europeans could not capitalize their early lead through Aine Connery in the 7th minute as India took a foothold in the game. Indian eves earned three penalty corners the third of which resulted in a penalty stroke chance. And Jaspreet Kaur didn’t commit any mistakes to equalise the scores in the 25th minute which remained the same ( 1-1) till half time. Continue reading →

Its revenge time in Paraná (Argentina)

In the 2nd 4 Nations Hockey tournament in Argentina, India took sweet revenge of loss against Ireland (0-1) in the 1st tournament by beating the Irish women 2-1 and will be looking to play in the finals against hosts Argentina who has won their both the matches: against India (3-1) and South Africa (2-1). While, Ireland held South Africa (1-1) in the another match. After resting today, India needs to win against South Africa to be in the finals on Sunday or if they draw, the other finalists will be decided by the second match of Saturday, i.e. Argentina Vs Ireland.

Indian-Women's-Team-in-Argentina-12Anuradha Thokchom and Jaspreet Kaur scored for India to earn their first points in the tournament. The win will help captain Asunta Lakra to encourage the team and they should try hard to play finals against the hosts, Las Leonas. Continue reading →