Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team to face Team USA in Victoria this weekend

EVENT PAGE: www.fieldhockey.ca/CANvsUSA
MATCHES
: May 19 (3:30pm), May 20 (3:30pm), May 22 (12:30pm), May 23 (12:30pm)
LOCATION: University of Victoria Field Hockey Turf

The Canadian Women’s National Team will take on Team USA in a four-match test series from May 19 to 23. The teams will compete on the University of Victoria’s Field Hockey Turf, home of the UVic Vikes.  This series marks the beginning of Canada’s campaign toward the 2016 Olympic Games.  For the USA, this is preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Continue reading →

India beat Canada 3-2, South Africa (W) beat India to Reach Finals

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

After three continuous win, on the roll, undefeated Indian men’s team defeated spirited Canada 3-2, who needed to win the match to stay in the tournament. South African women’s team came out with their best performances of the tournament to beat the hosts 2-5. The hosts were always behind the African champions and equalized at two occasion, but after that South Africa raced away by restoring the lead quickly and scoring three goals in last 18 minutes.  South Africa went in lemon break with the score board reading 2-1 in favor of them (CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie scored for RSA in 12th and 32nd minute/Ansuta Lakra in 23rd minute for IND). And the score remained the intact until the middle of second half, when India’s Yendala Soundarya found the board in 52nd minute to restore the parity. But South Africa replied in style and gained the lead within next minute through DAMONS Sulette. Dirkie and Sulette again found the target in 58th and 67th minute to complete the score tally of 5-2.

Indian men’s came out winning over stiff and methodical Canada. Shivendra Singh snatched the ball in a goal mouth melee to register first goal for India (26th minute) and his fifth in the tournament and India went in lemon break with this lead (1-0). 5 minutes after the break, India doubled the lead through Sandeep Singh in penalty corner to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. But resilliant and clinical team of Canada lead by Rob Short and Ken Periera in mid-field scored two goals (50th minute FG byPEARSON Mark and 53rd minute PC goal by TUPPER Scott) in the gap of three minutes to equalize the scores to 2-2. India got its winning goal through Sandeep Singh (his 9th in the tourney) in 61st minute in a PC. The match was played high tempo with lots of energy and umpires had to work really hard to keep it under control. With this win, India almost in the finals, while Canada is out of race.

 22nd February’s Results:
W  UKR – ITA 1 – 2          M  POL – SIN 11 – 3
W CAN – POL 1 – 0            M ITA – FRA 0 – 3
W IND – RSA 2 – 5      M CAN – IND 2 – 3

Tomorrow (23rd February) is the rest day,  Fixtures of 24th February:
W13 10:00am UKR – POL         M13 12:00pm ITA – SIN
W14 2:00pm RSA – CAN           M14 4:00pm FRA – CAN
W15 6:00pm ITA – IND     M15 8:00pm IND – POL

Men’s Points Table (4 Matches each team) Continue reading →

Gagan Ajit Singh to Make Come Back in World Series Hockey

The scheduled second round of the player draft for World Series Hockey was held today, with each team strengthening their squads from the pool of players. The first season of WSH starts on the 29th of February.

In this draft, players from Australia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa & India were picked by the various franchises.

Among the notable picks of the day, Canadian captain Ken Pereira was chosen by Pune Strykers while Australian Mark Harris and Indian Hamza Mujtaba got selected by Chennai Cheetahs. South African Olympian Clyde Abraham was picked by Mumbai Marines while Gagan Ajit Singh, the ace Indian striker, will make his comeback into hockey with Sher-e-Punjab.


See the video and guess, the level of hockey played by the likes of Gagan Ajit Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur, Viren Rasquina and Dhanraj Pillay, etc who are part of WSH

Gagan Ajit Singh said, “I’m glad to make a comeback through this prestigious league. I truly believe it will start a glorious new era for Indian hockey and I can’t wait to get started for Sher-e-Punjab. It is a team with a great combination of speed and spirit and I’m sure we’ll play entertaining hockey which will make us championship contenders.”

Preeti Pariat Mehta, Event Director, WSH, said, “All the 8 franchises have teams to last an entire season with tough competition for spots in the starting XI. This will ensure that the quality of hockey in the first edition will remain top-notch from start to finish and is fantastic news for the league and our fans” 

L T Nanwani, franchise owner of the Chennai Cheetahs, said, “We are extremely happy with our picks. Mark Harris, Davinderpal Singh, Jasbir Singh, Shivamani, B K Muthanna and Hamza Mujtaba are solid players who will add value at crucial stages of the tournament. With outstanding leadership at the top in the form of Jose Brasa & Brent Livermore, coupled with the addition of these players who will merge into a squad full of youth and experience, Chennai Cheetahs is well placed to make a serious challenge for the title”

Players who were drafted into different franchises (all from India unless mentioned):

Bhopal Badshahs: Affan Yousuf, A D Cariappa, Ganendrajit Ningombam, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet (South Africa), Harmanpreet Singh, Karan Bhaskaran, Rajesh Kumar.

Chandigarh Comets: Belsajar Horo, Gurmeet Singh, Harjot Singh, Manpreet Singh.

Chennai Cheetahs: B K Muthanna, Davinderpal Singh, Hamza Mujtaba, Jasbir Singh, Mark Harris (Australia), Shivamani, Gaurav Tokhi.

Delhi Wizards: Gurvinder Singh, Mark Pearson (Canada), Philip Sunkel (Germany), Vikramjeet Singh.

Karnataka Lions: Manpreet Pawar.

Mumbai Marines: Ajmer Singh, Bimal Lakra, Clyde Abrahams (South Africa), Richard Hildreth (Canada), Shanyl Balwanth (South Africa), Troy Sutherland (Australia).

Pune Strykers: Amardeep Ekka, Kenny Pereira (Canada), Lungile Tsolekile (South Africa), Mario Nicolas Almada (Argentina), Amol Baban Bhosale

Sher-e-Punjab: Antoni Kindler (Canada), Gagan Ajit Singh, Gurmail Singh (Sher-e-Punjab), Harpreet Singh, Jasbir Singh, Matthew Hotchkis (Australia), Mohammed Bin Mat Radzi (Malaysia), Simranjit Singh

Canadian and South African players sign on to WSH

Current Canadian captain Ken Pereira among list of 7 Canadians and 4 South Africans

World Series Hockey has a signed a host of internationals from Canada and South Africa.

 The signed players are Clive Terwin, Geowynne Kyle Gamiet, Lungile Tsolekile & Shanyl Balwanth from South Africa; Adam Froese, Antoni Kindler, Iain Smythe, Mark Pearson, Ken Pereira, Richard Hildred & Sukhwinder Singh Gabbar from Canada.

The line up from the African and North American regions includes a current international captain and a set of players who have played close to 800 international matches amongst them.

Ken Pereira, captain of the Canadian hockey team and one of the 7 Canadian players on the WSH roster, said, “World Series Hockey is a huge platform to raise the profile of our sport globally. With the diverse mix of international players in the fray, this is a tournament that is truly global. India is a great place to play, the fans are really passionate about the sport. I have some good memories from playing in the WC and CWG in 2010” Continue reading →

Final Days Before Canada Cup 2011

Ranjeev Deol

Ranjeev Deol (Former Canadian National Team Player), Captain of West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club's Team

The excitement is brimming as Canada Cup 2011 is days away.  Teams from around the globe like Mexico are confirmed and ready to hit the ground running at the action packed event, which takes place July 15-17, 2011. In addition, local talent, like the West Coast Kings will be participating and will include many national players in their line-up.

Designed to promote and celebrate the spirit of the game of Field Hockey, the event is family oriented and creates a platform for today’s field hockey athletes. 2011’s event features top field hockey play, spectator seating, and a safe – fun environment. Along with the amazing atmosphere, spectators have the chance to win a coveted prize of airfare to India.

Satwinder Bitti

Satwinder Bitti

Spectators and athletes can enjoy delicious food (Guru Ka Langar) and treats all three days care of Dashmesh Darbar Sikh Temple. To cap off all the festivities, renowned Punjabi singer, Satwinder Bitti will perform live on the final day. In addition, a special performance by the Surrey India Arts Club will be presented. Continue reading →

WEST COAST KINGS FIELD HOCKEY CLUB Set to Host CANADA CUP 2011

Canada Cup 2011

Canada Cup 2011

WEST COAST KINGS FIELD HOCKEY CLUB Set to Host CANADA CUP 2011: Press release

Get ready for an action packed July 15-17, 2011 weekend when the West Coast Kings Field Club host Canada Cup 2011 in Surrey BC. The event, which is sponsored by Kore Fit Living, BC Electrical and Alarm Association, and Uppal Building Supplies, will combine skill and talent on Tamanawis Turf Field for three days. Canada Cup 2011 is the only tournament of its kind in BC and is encouraged by community, temple associations and South Asian media outlets.

West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club Logo

West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club Logo

Designed to promote and celebrate the spirit of the game of Field Hockey, the event is family oriented and creates a platform for today’s field hockey athletes to compete. 2011’s event features top field hockey athletes, free food, spectator seating, security, music and a variety of other activities. Continue reading →