Korea won Kuantan CC1, Bronze for hosts Malaysia

Korea have qualified for the 2016 Champions Trophy with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Canada in the final of the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan. The hosts Malaysia defeated Ireland 4-2 to grab Bronze medal.

Pahand Hockey Champions Challenge I (Men's): KuantanBoth the finalists had good results, as Korea grabbed their first Champions Challenge 1 title in their fourth appearance and Canada finishing second, their best result was a 6th place finish in Quilmes, Argentina, in 2012.

The Koreans scored the 2 goals in each half to win the final by 4-0, with the help of a brace from JANG Jong Hyun (10th minute PC and 56th minute PS goals), and field goals from KIM Young Jin and KIM Seong Kyu in 13th and 69th minute respectively. Continue reading →

USA Won Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow

USA Field Hockey team defeated Ireland 3-1 to win the FIH Champions Challenge I (Women’s) tournament at Glasgow (Scotland).

FIH Hockey Champions Challenge I (Women's): GlasgowSouth Africa edged past Spain with lone goal from CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie in 67th minute of the game to win Bronze Medal.

FINAL POSITIONS: 1.USA, 2.Ireland, 3.South Africa, 4.Spain, 5.Korea, 6.Belgium, 7.Scotland, 8.India

Ireland competed well from the start opening up the scoring in the 3rd minute from an unconventional corner routine which paid off, Captain Megan Frazer with the raised shot which was batted down and in by striker Emma Smyth to make it 1-0. Continue reading →

Wooden spoon for India Glasgow CC1 (Women’s)

On the last day of FIH Champions Challenge 1 (Women’s) at Glasgow (Scotland), the hosts Scotland came back from 1-3 down at 63rd minute to win game by 4-3 to hand over wooden spoon to India, while Korea defeated Belgium 2-1 in shoot-out after having scores tied at the regulation time to finish at the 5th place.

India vs Scotland at FIH Women's Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

Though India played a competitive game but lost out in last 7 minute even after having a goalless first half and leading 3-1 in 63 minute.

In the sparkling second half of the game Scotland’s Vikki Bunce took the lead and found the target in 44th minute. The game turned out to be in favour of the India as this time there were three continuous goals that came from the Indian team. India’s Neha Goyal, playing her first international tournament, equalized the score and gave India’s first goal in 46th minute on a penalty corner. Continue reading →

Korea Edge Ireland to Face Canada in Final of Kuantan CC1

Korea defeated Ireland 2-1 in the semi-final of the Pahang Champions Challenge 1 at Kuantan, Malaysia, while Canada edged past the hosts Malaysia in an exciting shoot-out to set-up the summit clash.

Pahand Hockey Champions Challenge I (Men's): KuantanFinal match between Canada and Korea will be played 2130 (Local time/MYT), as Ireland take on hosts Malaysia in the Bronze Medal match at 1915 (Local Time) i.e 1215 Irish time on Sunday (May 4th). Poland will take on Japan for 7th place and New Zealand face France for 5th place.

Ireland trailed early on when Korea converted on the drag flick thanks to Jang Jong Hyun’s handiwork in just the 3rd minute. Ireland had a great equalising opportunity in the 15th minute when their initial goal ward bound shot secured them a penalty corner but the strong Korean defence was up to the task. Continue reading →

Ireland face USA in Summit Clash at Glasgow CC1

Ireland have made the final of the FIH Champions Challenge I beating South Africa in a fast paced and exciting match 2-1. Irish women’s will now face USA in the summit clash at Glasgow tomorrow, Sunday 4th may at 5.45pm.

USA defeated Spain 3-1 after leading 3-0 at half time of other semi final. South Africa and Spain will fight it out for Bronze medal, as Korea take on Belgium for 5th place and hosts Scotland face India for 7th place.

Ireland took a difficult route to the final having to knock out the number one seeds in this tournament (world no 8) Korea in the quarter finals in a tournament that contains four world cup teams. Continue reading →

India to Play hosts Scotland for avoiding last position at Glasgow CC1

3 May 2014, Glasgow: Indian women’s hockey team lost yet again at FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow (Scotland). India went down to Belgium 2-4 while Korea edged the hosts Scotland 3-2 in 5th-8th place classification matches.

Savita Punia (Indian Women's Hockey Goalkeeper) (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

Savita Punia in action against Belgium during FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow (Credits: Rodrigo Jaramillo)

India will now play Scotland for 7th place, while Belgium and Korea will fight out for 5th place in the FIH Champions Challenge. 

Indian team was defending very well from the start of the match in the first half. In the 20th minute of the game, Captain of Belgium Charlotte de Vos scored the first goal for the team through a field goal. Soon after in the 25th minute Poonam Rani scored the first goal for the Indian team by converting a penalty corner and levels the score by 1-1. Belgium team came back well and Emilie Sinia scored second goal for the team in 28th minute of the match through a field goal. Indian team defended really well and did not let Belgium score any more goals till the end of the first half. Continue reading →