India to Adapt to New System without Major Changes: Paul van Ass

The Men Hockey Team of India is all set to depart tomorrow (2nd April 2015) from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi for the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be played at Ipoh, Malaysia. The all important tournament is slated to take place from 05- 12 April 2015.

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

In a tournament where six teams will be seen participating namely, India, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia and Canada, India will be seen clashing against Korea in their first match scheduled for 5th April 2015.

Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh feels that Gurbaj’s versatility will prove to be advantageous for the team India, while Birendra Lakra feels it is good opportunity for the team. Chief Coach of Inda Paul van Ass is getting familiar with the team and players as he chalks out his plan for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and future tournaments. Continue reading →

Coach Paul van Ass says, “Indian Player are skilful, Can improve further”

After taking the charge of the Indian Men Hockey team, Chief Coach, Paul van Ass addressed the media for the first time at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. He took charge of the team on Monday (16th March) at preparatory camp for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be played from 5th April in Malaysia.

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

Starting the briefing session with media, the coach officially introduced himself then he went on to talk on his meeting with the players alongwith highlighting how the Indian team has been performing in the recent past, his plans for the team and his aim as a coach.

Speaking on the Indian team and performance in the last few tournaments, Indian Men Hockey Coach, Paul van Ass said, “After 16 years India won the Asian Gold and last year they won it again. This is proof that they have risen and this gave me the motivation to come and join this team. This team has beat big teams in recent times and the gap is closing”. Continue reading →

India Start Preparations for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The Men’s Hockey team of India has started the preparations for upcoming 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, to be held from 5th-12th April, 2015 at Ipoh in Malaysia. The Indian Men Core probables have started the preparatory camp at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on 16 March and will continue till 2 April 2015.

India celebrate as they took lead against Netherlands with Rupinder Pal Singh's low flick goal at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

File Photo: India celebrating during the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Thirty Two players are part of the camp which is for the refinement and training of the players before they depart for Malaysia, but seems some good performers at Hero Hockey India League have been ignored yet again. Out of 32 players, 3 are goalkeepers including PR Sreejesh, Harjot Singh and Sushant Tirkey, 10 Defenders, 9 Mid-Fielders and rest 10 Forwards. Continue reading →

Father of Malaysian Hockey HRH Sultan Azlan Shah Dies

28th May 2014: His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah (Sultan of Perak), passed away today at the age of 86. He is regarded as ‘Father of Malaysian Hockey‘ for contribution towards the sport in Malaysia.

Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)

Sultan Azlan Shah (1928-2014)

Sultan Azlan Shah was an accomplished lawyer, became Lord President of Malaysia, a highest judicial position in Malaysia and served the country as 9th King of Malaysia. Sultan Azlan Shah served as President of Malaysian Hockey Federation for 21 years and as President of the Asian Hockey Federation since 1990. He was also the Vice-President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for two terms since 1992. Continue reading →

Kookaburras won Azlan Shah Cup 8th time

Set piece supremo Chris Ciriello’s four goals helped the Kookaburras to an unprecedented eighth Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title on Sunday night as Australia ran out 8-3 winners over hosts Malaysia.

On the way to finals Kookaburras defeated Malaysia (6-2), Korea (5-1), South Africa (7-0), Canada (6-0) and China (7-0) in league stage.

Final Standings
1. Australia, 2. Malaysia, 3. Korea, 4. China, 5. Canada, 6. South Africa

Kookaburras Won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for 8th Time

Played at a frenetic tempo in front of a capacity partisan crowd, the match burst into life in the sixth minute when Victorian Ciriello powered home the game’s first penalty corner. Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden doubled the Kookaburras’ advantage shortly afterwards and by midway through the first half Australia were three goals up, Ciriello having netted his second. Continue reading →

Malaysia Beat Black Sticks in 2nd Hockey Test before Azlan Shah Cup

The Black Sticks Men are disappointed to have lost 3-2 to Malaysia last night in the second of two tests being played ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup starting this Saturday. After trailing 3-nil at half time, the Black Sticks fought back in the second half, with goals from Andy Hayward and new player Cory Bennett, but it was not enough to give them the win they were after.

Black Sticks Logo“It was disappointing that we did not show the same intensity that got us through the previous night [a 3-2 New Zealand win]. In saying that, the second half was more encouraging and 3-nil is not insurmountable for this team. We will learn valuable lessons from this game, ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading →