India Men Climbs to 8th place in latest FIH Ranking, Top Unchanged

  • Australia and the Netherlands maintain top spot in men’s and women’s FIH World Rankings
  • India and Canada men move up the rankings
  • Changes in the women’s top eight as USA slide down rankings

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest World Rankings following the completion of the four events comprising the Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Buenos Aires and Antwerp (men); Valencia and Antwerp (women).

Men's FIH World Ranking as on 23rd July 2015 (Source: http://www.fih.ch/rankings/outdoor/)

Men’s FIH World Ranking as on 23rd July 2015 (Source: http://www.fih.ch/rankings/outdoor/)

World Cup holders Australia men and the Netherlands women remain at the top of the World Rankings after both teams won their respective Hockey World League Semi-Final events, beating Belgium and Korea in the finals. Canada and India men are climbers among top15 while South Africa slides two places to 15th place. Continue reading →

Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

Black Sticks clinch Azlan Shah Cup title from Kookaburras, India won Bronze

The Black Sticks Men have won the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in thrilling style with a 3-1 shoot-out victory over defending champions Australia. Earlier in the day, India and Canada defeated Korea and hosts Malaysia shoot-outs respectively to take bronze and fifth place respectively.

Black Sticks celebrate their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 win

Black Sticks celebrate their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 win

On the day of shoot-outs in Ipoh, India and Korea found themselves locked at 2-2 at full-time hooter in Bronze medal match, which later India won by 4-1 in shoot-out, while hosts Malaysia were locked at 4-4 with Canada at full-time score. Ho-Garcia Gabriel scored a hat-trick for Canada, while Faizal Saari scored a brace for the hosts. In the end, Canada emerged as winner as they converted 3 of 5 attempts in shoot-out while Malaysia could convert only 1. Continue reading →

First Win for India in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Beat Canada 5-3

Playing their fourth match of the tournament, India clashed against Canada today wherein they claimed a their win during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Ipoh, Malaysia as they overcame the opponents by 5-3. The last quarter of the game proved to be an action packed session as it rained goals for both the teams. With this win, India is sitting at Fourth place in points table, ahead of hosts Malaysia and Canada.

Indian Players Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurbaj Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh Celebrate a goal during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Indian Players Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurbaj Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh Celebrate a goal during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The first quarter saw valuable efforts from both the teams as they produced a neck-to-neck fight as they aimed at ball possession and did not give away any chance to each other to score. While India was seen embarking on scoring opportunities from the onset, Canada earned two penalty corners but failed to capitalize it. Retaliating Canada’s attempts to score, India made full use of the awarded penalty corner through Rupinder Pal Singh and convert it in the 13th minute of the game. By the end of the first quarter, India took the lead 1-0. Continue reading →

Black Sticks continue winning streak in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The Black Sticks Men have continued their winning streak with an emphatic 5-0 rout over Canada at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Malaysia. Black Sticks started the campaign with a 4-2 win over hosts Malaysia, followed by a 2-1 win over India.

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Leading by one goal at halftime, the Kiwis put together a highlight reel of hockey late in the third quarter with three goals in four minutes. A double from man of the match Hugo Inglis and another strike from captain Simon Child took Canada out of contention in a matter of minutes.

The result sees the Black Sticks solidify second spot with three wins from three matches behind Australia on goal difference with two round robin games still to play against Australia and Korea. Continue reading →