Indian Junior Men Hockey Team Felicitated

New Delhi, 17 October 2013:The Indian Junior Men Hockey Team was felicitated at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi for winning the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru, Malaysia last month.

Indian Junior Men Hockey Team with the dignitaries after felicitation

Indian Junior Men Hockey Team with the dignitaries after felicitation

In the felicitation ceremony, Chief Guest Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Mr. Jitendra Singh awarded cheques of Rupees One Lakh to each player of the Junior Men Hockey team and their National Coach Gregg Clark. Also a cheque of Rupees Fifty Thousand was awarded to each member of the team’s support staff. Continue reading →

India Won Bronze as Japan took Title of 8th Asia Cup (Women)

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan regained the Women’s Asia Cup title by defeating Korea in the final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, while India defeated the defending Champions China in shoot-out to clinch Bronze Medal.

Savita: The Best Goalkeeper in Asia Cup 2013 (Courtesy: Sports Analysis Service)

Savita: The Best Goalkeeper in Asia Cup 2013 (Courtesy: Sports Analysis Service)

Special Individual Awards:
Best player:  Kim Jong-eun ( Korea)
Best goalkeeper: Savita (India)
Most promising player: Wu Huang Yu (Chinese Taipei)
Top scorer: Kim Da-rae (Korea) – 9 goals
Player–of-the-final: Aki Mitsuhasi (Japan)

Japan, the champions of 2007 edition, had gone into the final with confidence against the three times champions Korea, but the Japanese side emerged as winners despite having lost to the Koreans in the group stage 3-0. Continue reading →

Japan Take on Korea in the Final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan pulled a major upset when they defeated the defending champions China 4-1 in the semi-finals to set-up summit class against Korea in the 8th Women’s Asia Cup being played at the National hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

China vs Japan in the Semi Final of 8th Women's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

The Japanese scored a convincing 4-1 victory over the defending Champions China, while three times champions Korea pipped Silver Medalists of 2009 Asia Cup India by 2-1 in the semi-finals.

Japan coach You Seung-jin said that he was looking forward to the game against Korea in the final as they want to take revenge for the group defeat, where Korea won 3-0. Continue reading →

Korea beat India to Reach Final of Women’s Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Korea defeated India 2-1 to march into the final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup and deny India a chance of making the cut for the 2014 World Cup, which also resulted Japan‘s qualification for the quadrennial event next year in the Hague.

India vs Korea in the Semi Final of 8th Women's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

Japan beat China 4-1 to set-up summit clash with Korea, while India will take on China for Bronze medal on Friday.

The Koreans, winners of the Women’s Asia Cup in 1985, 1993 an 1999, went ahead with two early goals in the match and with stood the Indian fight back to secure their place in the summit clash. Continue reading →

India vs Korea and Japan vs China in Semis of Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: There is nothing surprising when the defending champions China take on Japan while Korea, three-times champion, face India in the semi-finals of the 8th Women’s Asia Cup being held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

8th Women's Asia Cup 2013 LogoAs only the Champions of Asia Cup will qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, the eyes will be on India and Japan, if any of them can make it to the finals and fight for a world cup berth as China and Korea are already booked their tickets to the Hague through Hockey World League Round 3.

At the same time, semi-finals are also important as they are not only route to the World Cup but also pride and important ranking points. China is the highest ranked Asian team with a seventh spot in the FIH ranking list, followed by Korea and Japan at number eight and nine respectively, while India is at 12th place. Continue reading →

India and Japan Complete Semi Final Line-Up at Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: India overcame the hosts Malaysia to win 2-0 and booked their semi-final berth in the 8th Women’s Asia Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, while Japan thumped Kazakhstan 12-0 to stay in final four.

8th Women's Asia Cup 2013 LogoThe Asia Cup is also a World Cup qualifier. China and South Korea has already booked their tickets to Holland through the World Hockey League. Japan and India, who face China and Korea respectively in the semi finals on Thursday, need to win the Asia Cup title to go through to Holland.

The Malaysians did well to hold the Indian eves to a scoreless first half. But the tide changed in the second half with the Indians started pushing forward in greater numbers in search of that elusive goal. India scored through Poonam Rani and Lily Chanu to win the match. Continue reading →