We need to work on our ball possesion: Deepika, India’s Vice Captain

After a good display in the first match of the ongoing FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015, both India Men and Women teams have enhanced their confidence.

Birendra Lakra of India during the third match between the Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth Western Australia, 8th November 2014. (Credits: treebyimages)

File Photo: Indian defender Birendra Lakra in action (Credits: treebyimages)

Defending units of both the team showed spectacular hockey skills on the ball and keeping opponents in control. This has helped the teams to concede only a few goals and penalty corners. The experience of the first match will help the India players to perform better in their second match of the tournament. Continue reading →

Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

India to play Malaysia in Quarters of Champions Challenge I (Men’s) 2011

India whipped Poland (19th in FIH Ranking) with the score line reading 7-0 in a one sided game. Game was slow in the starting, Indian players looked out of their element. But, as soon they started getting warmed up, they scored 3 goals before lemon and pressed the pedal to score 4 more in second half. Poland had a few chances to score, missed one by hitting, deflected one on Indian defender’s stick and one wide.

(Full Results and Schedule of FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011)

Yuvraj-Walmiki

Yuvraj Walmiki

It was birthday boy Yuvraj Walmiki, who connected a midfield pass in time to give India the first goal in 18th minute of the game, the first for him in the tour as well. He did a lot of work in Polish half to build up the attacking moves. In 24th minute, Danish Mujtaba trapped a loose ball on the left flank, and took reverse shot that entered the net, but kissed Shivendra’s stick on the way to put India 2-0 up. India’s 3 goal came just two minute before the lemon break, through a well worked pass by birthday boy Yuvraj to Shivendra Singh, who put the ball in. Continue reading →