Germany Sweep FIH Awards for Men 2nd year in a row

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that Germany’s Tobias Hauke and Christopher Rühr have been named as the men’s Player of the Year and Talent of the Year for 2013.

Christopher Rühr of Germany in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

File Photo: Christopher Rühr of Germany in action during Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in New Delhi

Hauke is the second successive Germany international to be crowned as the world’s best player, following in the footsteps of 2012 winner and fellow midfielder Moritz Fürste and with the dazzlingly gifted Christopher Rühr succeeds 2012 title holder Florian Fuchs to make it for 2nd year in a row for Germany to win both the awards.

The brilliant defensive midfielder, Tobias Hauke, received his award from Alberto Budeisky, FIH Executive Board member, at a special presentation ceremony at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi, India. Continue reading →

Amazing Aymar lands eighth FIH Player of the Year crown, Rani among 5 Talents

Argentine superstar Luciana Aymar has been unveiled as the International Hockey Federation’s Player of the Year for 2013 at a special presentation ceremony at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman. Maria Verschoor, the 19-year-old Dutch forward, has been named as the FIH Talent of the Year.

Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

File Photo: Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

Indian Forward Rani Rampal was also nominated for FIH Talent of the Year, which recognises the most outstanding performer aged 21 or under.

Maria Verschoor saw off strong challenges from some of the most exciting young players in the game, with Argentine duo Agustina Albertarrio and Florencia Habif joining England’s Lily Owsley and India’s Rani on the five player shortlist for Talent of the Year. Continue reading →

Luciana Aymar signed shirt up for auction as fundraiser for Jr Black Sticks

Signed and framed Luciana Aymar singlet for Auction

Signed and framed Luciana Aymar singlet for Auction

Luciana Aymar signed a shirt and gifted it to the Hockey Foundation as a fundraiser for the Junior Black Sticks and it is available to purchase here on our online auction.

Playing for Argentina, four times Olympic medallist, Luciana Aymar is the only player to have been awarded Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation seven times.

Compared to footballer Diego Maradona for her magical dribbling skills, she is an absolute sensation in Argentina and idolised by hockey players the world over. It has been professionally framed and is an absolute prized possession for any hockey fan!

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The Hockey Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women ahead of the 2013 Junior World Cup at a glitzy gala dinner in Auckland, which was attended by over 300 people including the 1976 Olympics Gold Medalists Arthur Parkin, Greg Dayman and Ramesh Patel.

Future Black Sticks Supporters Club, an initiative which aims to attract a group of donors which will help reduce the costs for athletes on their journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, was also launched at the occasion. To know more about the Supporters Club, click here.