Harjeet to lead India in Volvo U-21 Men Tourney 2015

The India Junior Men Team was announced today for the Volvo International U-21 Men Tournament 2015. The tournament will be played in the Netherlands from 18th July to 25th July 2015 in Breda.

India Junior Men's Hockey for the Volvo International U-21 Tournament

India Junior Men’s Hockey for the Volvo International U-21 Tournament 2015

Six teams will compete against each other in a Round-Robin format in the tournament. The Junior Hockey team of India will face the hosts Netherlands, Germany, England, Belgium and New Zealand will play for the top honors.

The Volvo International Tournament 2015 will provide a testing platform to the U-21 Men team, who are even gearing-up from the upcoming Men’s Junior Asian Cup 2015 in Malaysia and the FIH Junior World Cup 2016 (Men) 2016. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (M): Kookaburras triumph over Red Lions in final, Ceriello finds net in overtime PC

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Men
Final Standings: 1. Australia; 2. Belgium; 3. Great Britain; 4. India; 5. Ireland;
6. Malaysia; 7. France; 8. Pakistan; 9. Poland; 10. China

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award: John-John Dohmen (BEL)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Blake Govers (AUS)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: David Harte (IRL)
HERO Top Scorer: Blake Govers (AUS) – 7 goals

A dramatic late goal from Chris Ciriello gave Kookaburras, the Men’s Hockey team of Australia a 1-0 win over host nation Belgium to secure a first place finish at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp. Ciriello – who scored a hat-trick in the final of last year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup – struck with a blistering overtime penalty corner drag-flick to give the Kookaburras a hard-earned win in a fantastic and hugely competitive match with the Red Lions. Continue reading →

Latest World Rankings released by FIH: India Steady at 9th (M) and 13th (W)

  • Australia men & Netherlands women hold firm at the top of the rankings
  • Belgium men leap-frog England into 4th while USA women move up to 5th

Lausanne – 26th March 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest FIH World Rankings as of March 2015. These include points awarded following the completion of the Hockey World League Round 2 events.

FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking

FIH Men’s and Women’s World Ranking

In the FIH Men’s World Rankings, 2014 World Champions Australia (1), World Cup Silver medallists the Netherlands (2) and 2012 Olympic Champions Germany (3) continue to hold the top three positions, with Tom Boon’s Belgium moving into fourth place ahead of Ashley Jackson’s England, who drop to fifth. Argentina’s Los Leones retain sixth place ahead of New Zealand (7), Korea (8), India (9) and Pakistan (10).

Malaysia (12), Ireland (14), Canada (15), Japan (16), Poland (17), France (18), Egypt (20), Austria (22) and China (31) all secured top three finishes in the Hockey World League Round 2 events, reaching the Olympic qualifier Semi-Final phase and collecting crucial ranking points in the process. Although these teams have seen little change in their current FIH World Ranking on this occasion, their involvement in the upcoming Hockey World League Semi-Finals will generate even more points and could trigger some significant movement. Continue reading →

Germany won their 10th Champions Trophy Gold

  • Wesley & Fuchs strike as Germany secure 10th CT Gold medal with 2-0 win over Pakistan
  • Germany co-captain Moritz Fürste named Player of the Tournament
  • World Champions Australia defeat hosts India to take Bronze

The Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 has come to an end in Bhubaneswar, India with London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany taking the title by defeating Pakistan 2-0 in the final. Goals from Christopher Wesley and Florian Fuchs were enough to give Germany a superb 2-0 victory over Pakistan, with a sell-out crowd witnessed the Germans claim their 10th Champions Trophy Gold medal but their first since 2007.

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

The Bronze medal contest between Australia and India ended in another medal for World Cup winners, who overcame the host nation to take a 2-1 win. The final day began with the playoffs for 7th and 8th place, with England triumphing 3-2 against Belgium before Netherlands sealed 5th place by defeating Argentina 4-1.

Individual Awards at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
Hero Best Player of the Tournament: Moritz Fürste, GERMANY
Hero Top scorer of the Tournament: Jeroen Hertzberger, THE NETHERLANDS
Tata Steel Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: PR Sreejesh, INDIA
Cairn India most energetic Player: SV Sunil, INDIA
MCL Best Junior Player of the Tournament: Akashdeep Singh, INDIA
Nalco Fan’s Choice Award: Sardar Singh, INDIA

Final Standings at Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
1. Germany; 2. Pakistan; 3. Australia; 4. India; 5. Netherlands; 6. Argentina; 7. England; 8. Belgium Continue reading →

Germany are the Champions, Bronze for Australia in #CT2014

Olympic Champions Germany defeated Pakistan in keenly contested final to win the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014. World Champions Australia defeated hosts India 2-1 in Bronze Medal match at Bhubaneswar to continue their podium finish streak. Earlier in the day, World number side the Netherlands managed a fifth place finish with a 4-1 win over Argentina, after scoring four times in the final quarter to turn things around after trailing 1-0. Earlier Pool A topper England edged past 3-2 Belgium to avoid wooden spoon.

Crowd in the stand was amazing at Bhubanewar throughout the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Crowd in the stand was amazing at Bhubanewar throughout the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

In the final, Christopher Wesley scored a field goal for Germany in 18th, but Germany had many chances in first two quarters and failed to utilize them. Pakistan came strongly in 3rd quarter and played good in final quarter as well. Germany Captain Moritz Feurtse played an areal ball, which was picked and finished clinically by Florian Fuchs. As Germany won the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 after 7 years. Continue reading →

It’s Germany vs Pakistan in CT2014 Final, India-Australia for Bronze

Olympic Champions Germany defeated World Champions Australia by 3-2 to reach the final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar against Pakistan, who overcame the hosts India by 4-3 with a goal 2 minute from final hooter. Earlier in the Netherlands defeated Belgium 4-2 in shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regulation to set-up fifth place play off against Argentina. Argentina edged past England by 2-1 in other 5th-8th classification match.

Germany team acknowledging the crowd as they take victory lap after reaching final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Germany team acknowledging the crowd as they take victory lap after reaching final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

It means that an Asian team will be in the final of Champions Trophy after 1998, when Pakistan  lost to Netherlands 3-1 to finish second and the World Champions Australia’s six-year domination of the competition will come to an end.

Such is the format of the eight team competition, with every team qualifying for the quarter finals irrespective of their pool phase results, both Pakistan and Germany reached the final having finished on the bottom of Pools A and B respectively, winning one match between them in the opening phase. Continue reading →