12th Sept 2012: Ireland’s National Women’s Coach (Interim) has today announced his 18 for the upcoming Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I tournament taking place in UCD, Dublin from September 29th to October 7th.
Commenting on his selection Denis Pritchard said “Given the calibre of teams involved in this tournament it is a really exciting challenge for this emerging squad. Given the short preparation time the players have been excellent in their application and focus, led well by the more experienced players the younger ones have made a serious impact and we will enter the competition with a good team spirit and fearing no-one.” Continue reading →
Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I, Dublin 2012 Schedule
Participating teams are as following:
Times given in the schedule is in IST-Irish Standard Time (Daylight Saving Time: GMT/UDT +1 Hour)
Pool A: Australia; India; Belgium; Wales
Pool B: South Africa; USA: Ireland; Scotland
The performance of Indian team has been improving slowly and steadily since last Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India cherished some moments in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 when they defeated Great Britain, drew with last World Champions Australia, but to falter in second half of the tournament which includes Black Sticks’ biggest win against India 7-3 in league stage and finishing 6th.
Chief Coach Michael Nobbs
The result of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 has changed a lot of things in Indian hockey (read on stick2hockey.com), including appointment of current Chief Coach Michael Nobbs. Under Nobbs, team’s performance has improved, which can be seen from the title winning performance at Asian Champions Trophy 2011 and qualifying for Olympics in style (defeated France 8-1 in final). But one area still needs improvement, i.e. India’s old problem of succumbing under the pressure in dying moments of game and conceding equalizer or losing goal, for example, the Final of Champions Challenge I in South Africa (lost to Belgium 3-4, conceded a goal in 70th minute), Semi Final of Asian Games 2010 against Malaysia (lost in extra time 3-4 after conceding equalizer in 67th minute). Similarly, India played well against Germany in Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament at Riverbank Arena, only to concede a goal in 65th minute and lost 2-1. Continue reading →
Former captain Rajpal Singh and veteran midfielder Ignace Tirkey were the notable omissions from an 18-member Indian squad announced for the FIH men’s Champions Challenge I from November 26 to December 4 in Johannesburg (Schedule). India has been drawn in Pool A of the championship along with Belgium, Poland and host South Africa
Ignace, vice-captain of the team for recently concluded Australia tour, has been replaced by forward Tushar Khandekar as vice-captain for the Champions Challenge I, and the team will be led by goalkeeper Bharat Kumar Chetri who has 116 international caps. Bharat Chikara, Ravipal and Gurvinder Singh Chandi are other notable omissions from the squad.
While the return of striker Shivendra Singh to the team is good news for the fans and team. He was on the sidelines for a few months with a freak collarbone injury that he suffered during Bhopal Nationals conducted by Hockey India in Bhopal in June 2011. Birendra Lakra and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam are the new faces in the team.
Bharat Kumar Chetri (GK) (Captain)
Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran (GK) Continue reading →