India to 3 play test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka from Aug 6

Development Side of India will leave for Dhaka to play a three match series against Bangladesh in attempt to provide international exposure to the young players just before the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Korea from 19 September – 4 October 2014.

India should be looking at the Gold medal at 2014 Incheon Asian Games to book their place in Rio 2016 Olympics in the first ever opportunity, otherwise will have to depend on World League, which has replaced the Olympics and World Cup qualifiers since Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

As this website, www.thefansofhockey.com, have said in past, India should be looking at playing stronger sides, this series could have been capitalized better if Pakistan could have joined and made it 3 nations tournament. Continue reading →

World Cup Broadcast and Streaming Details: On Ten Sports in Indian Subcontinent

• Rabobank Hockey World Cup to be broadcast on TV to over 80 countries
• Digital streaming to hit 192 countries via YouTube
• Fan experience enhanced by social media, mobile app and latest technology

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014The International Hockey Federation target to 368 million viewers via television and digital rech including live streaming on YouTube for the upcoming Rabobank Hockey World Cup, 31 May – 16 June in The Hague. While 1.25 million views are projected for the live YouTube streaming. The Hockey World Cup broadcast experience will be complemented with fan-engagement opportunities via FIH social media channels, while the HD coverage and analysis will be enhanced thanks to Spidercam and ball tracking technology.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014  |  Broadcasting Reach

AUSTRALIA ABC
All Australia games and finals live, plus prime time daily highlights will be available to all households across the country on ABC.

BELGIUM Telenet / VRT, BeTV / RTBF
Belgium games and finals live on VRT and Telenet in Flemish and on BeTV and RTBF in French

ENGLAND, IRELANDSky Sports
England games and finals live on Sky, UK’s premium sports channel. Continue reading →

It is India vs Malaysia and Pakistan vs Korea in Semis of Asia Cup

On the final day of Pool stage at the 9th Asia Cup, India and Korea won their respective matches to set up Semi Finals against Malaysia and Pakistan respectively, which will be played on Friday at 1915 and 1700 IST respectively (Schedule here).

Indian Hockey Players Rupinder Pal Singh, Raghunath VR and Malak Singh

File photo of Rupinder Pal Singh and Raghunath VR along with Malak Singh

As expected, Asian Giants India did not give much space and chance to their neighbours, Bangladesh and completed their pool stage with 3 straight victories to top the Pool A at the Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. India had defeated Oman (8-0) and Korea (2-0) in their first two matches.

On the day, which belonged to the penalty corner specialists, Nikkin scored his maiden international goal. With the help of 4 goals each from Rupinder Pal Singh and Raghunath, India scored a total of 9 goals against Bangla boys, and also conceded their first goal of the tournament, when, Md.Mamunur Rahman Chayan, Bangladesh Captain found the mark on penalty corner in 34th minute. Continue reading →

9th Men’s Asia Cup 2013: Schedule and Results

9th Men’s Asia Cup 2013: Schedule and Results

The Fans of Hockey24th August to 1st September 2013
at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh (Malaysia)

Final Standings: 1. Korea, 2. India, 3. Pakistan, 4. Malaysia, 5. Japan, 6. Oman, 7. Bangladesh, 8 Chinese-Taipei

Pool A: Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Chinese-Taipei
Pool B: Korea, India, Bangladesh, Oman

Live Telecasts: ESPN Star Sports (Hindi Commentary) and Star Cricket/HD (English Commentary) will telecast all the matches Hockey Asia Cup 2013 in India.

Detailed Schedule and Results Men’s Hockey Asia Cup 2013: Continue reading →

India Men’s Hockey Team Remain Unbeaten to Win World League 2 New Delhi

New Delhi, 24 February 2013: Indian men’s hockey team remained unbeaten to win the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 Delhi 2013, by registering an easy victory against spirited Bangladesh 5-1 on final day ofat Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today. Earlier in evening their women counter part defeated Russia to win Women’s title. (Detailed reports below)

In the other matches of the day in men’s competition, riding on O’Donoghue’s hat-trick Ireland defeated China 4-0 to finish second while, Oman beat Fiji 7-3 to avoid wooden spoon.

Indian Men's Hockey Team: Champions Hockey World League 2 New Delhi 2013

Indian Men’s Hockey Team: Champions Hockey World League 2 New Delhi 2013

Individual Awards:

Top Goal Scorer – VR Raghunath (IND) and Alan Sothern (IRL)
Best Player of the Tournament – Sardar Singh (IND)
Best Defender – VR Raghunath (IND)
Best Goalkeeper – David Harte (IRL)
Best Forward Player – Alan Sothern (IRL)
Best Mid-fielder – Rashel Mahmud (Jimmy) (BAN)

Points Table (Detailed Results here) Continue reading →

Wins for India, Bangladesh and Ireland in Men’s Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

New Delhi, 23 February 2013: Hosts India outplayed their northern neighbors China 4-0 in the last match of the day in Men’s Hero Hockey World League Round 2, Delhi 2013 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today. In other matches Ireland and Bangladesh defeated Oman and Fiji respectively.

Leng Weiwei of China trying to catch up S V Sunil of India during Hockey World League 2 in New Delhi

Leng Weiwei of China trying to catch up S V Sunil of India during Hockey World League 2 in New Delhi

Indian vice captain VR Raghunath scored a penalty corner in 12th min and a field goal in 28th min to earn lead 2-0 before lemon break. While, Dharamvir Singh found target in 39th min and 4 minutes later, Rupinder Pal Singh converted a PC for his team to complete the tally.

Indian forward S V Sunil was adjudged as the Hero Player of the Match for his attacking game and assists. Continue reading →