Malaysia beat Korea to face France in Semis

New Delhi, 12 December 2013: Malaysia defeated Korea 2-1 in the quarter-final of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 and will now face France, who stunned Belgium in QF, in semi-final to be played tomorrow (13th December – Full schedule here).

Fitri Saari of Malaysia celebrates their win against Korea in quarter-final of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Fitri Saari of Malaysia celebrates their win against Korea in quarter-final of Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Impressive Malaysians, who came in as Asian Champions, held their nerves and riding high on man-of-the-match performance of their captain Fitri Saari and two crucial penalty corner goals of Shahril Saabah defeated their Asian rivals Korea to be sure of best ever finish after 1979 and 1983 edition of Junior World Cup.

After winning the quarter-final, Malaysian Coach Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah said “today’s game was the result of everyone players effort an they played with full confidence and I dedicate this win to the people and fans of Malaysia.” Continue reading →

India score their 1st victory in 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy

India registered their first win in the 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, as they defeated Oman 3-0 in their third league match at the Kakamigahara, Japan today. In the other matches of the day, Pakistan pipped Malaysia by 1-0 with a penalty corner goal in the last-minute, while China defeated hosts Japan by 3-1.

Amit Rohidas (Indian Hockey Player)

India opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute when a lapse from Oman defense allowed Akashdeep Singh into the circle and he made no mistake in finding the target for India, who have fielded their junior squad in the Asian Champions Trophy in a bid to prepare for next month’s Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in Delhi.

India scored their second goal in 30th minute as Prabhdeep Singh made a fine run on left flank before sending a cross into rival D. The cross came off the stick of Faiz Helmi, which was collected nicely by Talwinder Singh to score and double the lead for his side. At the lemon break, India lead 2-0 against 36th number side in the world. Continue reading →

Manpreet to Lead India in 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 28 October 2013: Mid-fielder Manpreet Singh will lead Indian Men Hockey team at the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy to be held at Kakamigahara, Japan from 2-10 November 2013.

Manpreet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Indian team management has decided to send the Indian Junior squad to the tournament for giving them crucial match experience and exposure before all important Hero Hockey Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi from 6-15 December 2013.

Kothajit Singh will be the vice-captain of 18 member squad, 13 of which were part of Indian Junior Men Team who recently won the Sultan of Johor Cup 2013 in Malaysia. Continue reading →

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 25 October 2013: Today, Indian Senior Women Hockey Team was announced for the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in training session at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium before Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

The 18 member squad will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani while midfielder Chanchan Devi will be her deputy for the tournament to be played from 2-9 November 2013 at the Green Stadium in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Apart from India and hosts Japan, China and Malaysia are other teams in the women’s tournament, while this year’s men’s tournament will see the Defending Champions Pakistan, 2011 Champions India, Malaysia, China, Oman and hosts Japan taking on each for the top honors. Continue reading →