Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and Glasgow

That was someday for Irish Hockey. Both theNational Men and National Women’s teams of Irish Hockey won their quarter finals of their world ranking Champions Challenge I Tournaments today.

Both Irish Hockey Teams in QFs of CC1 at Kuantan and GlasgowIreland’s women beat World Number 8’s Korea 2-1 to cause the biggest upset of the tournament while the men took it all the way to extra time against France where they beat them 3-0 on a shoot out after normal time ended 2-2. Ireland women will play the winners of Belgium or Spain while the men will square up against Korea or Japan this Saturday.

Ireland beat France on Shoot-out at FIH Men’s Champions Challenge 1 (Kuantan, Malaysia): Continue reading →

Ireland held Spain, RSA beat USA at Glasgow CC1

Ireland came back from 0-2 down at half time to hold Spain for 2-2 in a Pool B match at the FIH Women’s Champions Challenge 1 being played at Glasgow. While, South Africa also bounced back from 0-1 down at half time and defeated USA 2-1 in today’s other game of Pool B to grab the top spot in the pool with 4 points.

South Africa are followed by USA and Ireland with 3 and 2 points respectively at 2nd and 3rd place in the pool with all the teams having to play one match each at pool stage. Continue reading →

Congratulations Poonam and Chanchan on 100 International Caps Milestone

Poonam Rani and Chanchan Devi, the members of the Indian Women Hockey Team have reached the milestone of 100 international caps.

Chanchan Devi being congratulated by Indian team manager Tingognleima Chanu (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

Chanchan Devi being congratulated by Indian team manager Tingognleima Chanu (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

In this journey of 100 international matches, both of them have done the country proud with their contribution since their debut at international stage with many learnings as well as experiences along with proud moments.

Poonam Rani completed her 100th international match during their European Tour against Ireland last week, Chanchan Devi completed the milestone as she entered the pitch at Glasgow National Hockey Centre in India’s first match of the FIH Champions Challenge 1 against Korea yesterday, which India lost 2-4. Continue reading →

Korea beat India 4-2 at Glasgow Champions Challenge 1

Korea came from behind to defeat India 4-2 in the last match of the opening day of FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Women’s) in Glasgow, Scotland. Ireland came back twice to hold South Africa for 2-2 draw, while Belgium edged past hosts Scotland 2-1 and USA defeated Spain by 3-1 in other matches of the day.

Indian Goalie Savita Punia making a save against Korea at FIH Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

Indian Goalie Savita Punia making a save against Korea at FIH Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

The Indian eves had a confident start of the match but went down fighting to Korea. India opened the score card in the 12th minute through Vandana Katariya’s field goal with a well placed back-handed shot. This got the Koreans on the back foot but they regrouped and attacked immediately to score the equalizer goal from the stick of Mihyun Park in 14th minute. The Koreans again scored in the 24th minute on PC via KIM Jong Eun and 28th minute via a field goal by CHEON EunBi in a goal-mouth melee taking the scorecard to 3-1 at the end of the first half. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Beat Japan 6-1 at Kuantan CC1

The Black Sticks Men defeated Japan with a score line of 6-1, Poland defeated Ireland 2-1, Canada beat France 3-2, while Korea overcame hosts Malaysia 3-1 at Pahang Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Four goals in the first half (Steve Edwards, Kane Russell, Alex Shaw and Simon Child) were enough to sink Japan’s hopes with 35 minutes still to play. Russell scored his double early in the second half before Stephen Jenness put the icing on the cake with a scintillating goal 10 minutes out from fulltime. Continue reading →

Black Sticks start Challenge on Winning Note

The Black Sticks Men have opened their tournament with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ireland in the opening match of the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Pahand Hockey Champions Challenge I (Men's): KuantanIn the other matches on opening day of the tournament, Japan and France their respective matches against Poland and hosts Malaysia respectively by 3-2 each, while Korea were held by Canada for a 3-3 draw.

Due to soaring temperatures around 34 degrees Celsius, the game was split into four 17.5 minute quarters for player welfare.

Steve Edwards opened the scoring for New Zealand in the 11th minute before the Irish responded through Alan Sothern to lock the game up 1-1 at halftime. Continue reading →