Oman & Kazakhstan beat Fiji teams in Hockey World League Round 2 Delhi

New Delhi, 24 February 2013: In the first two matches of the last day of Men’s and Women’s Hero Hockey World League, Oman Men’s team and Kazakhstan Women’s defeated Fiji with 7-3 and 4-0 scoreline at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.

Oman and Fiji Men's Hockey Teams after their last match in Men's Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

Oman and Fiji Men’s Hockey Teams after their last match in Men’s Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

In the men’s game, Fiji played an attacking game since the first minute of the match and kept the Omani defenders busy in the first half. Fiji opened the account with Captain Hector Smith’s goal in the 2nd min. Within a few seconds, Oman Captain Samir Haliyas Al Shibli equalised the score in the 2nd min. Continue reading →

Wins for India, Bangladesh and Ireland in Men’s Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

New Delhi, 23 February 2013: Hosts India outplayed their northern neighbors China 4-0 in the last match of the day in Men’s Hero Hockey World League Round 2, Delhi 2013 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today. In other matches Ireland and Bangladesh defeated Oman and Fiji respectively.

Leng Weiwei of China trying to catch up S V Sunil of India during Hockey World League 2 in New Delhi

Leng Weiwei of China trying to catch up S V Sunil of India during Hockey World League 2 in New Delhi

Indian vice captain VR Raghunath scored a penalty corner in 12th min and a field goal in 28th min to earn lead 2-0 before lemon break. While, Dharamvir Singh found target in 39th min and 4 minutes later, Rupinder Pal Singh converted a PC for his team to complete the tally.

Indian forward S V Sunil was adjudged as the Hero Player of the Match for his attacking game and assists. Continue reading →

Russia and Malaysia beat Kazakhstan and Fiji in Women’s Hockey World League 2

New Delhi, 22 February 2013: Twentieth-ranked Russian women’s team thrashed thirty-third–ranked Kazakhstan in a one-sided match on the fifth day of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2, Delhi 2013 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.

KONDRATIEVA Natalia of Russia against Kazakhstan in Women's Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

KONDRATIEVA Natalia of Russia against Kazakhstan in Women’s Hockey World League 2 New Delhi

Alina Krasnoperova (11th min), Ekaterina Shaburova (25th min), Kristina Shumilina (39th min), Daria Vasileva (50th min – PC), Tamara Ivanova (52nd min & 59th min) and Evgenia Sorokina (64th min) scored for Russia.

Vera Domashneva scored the consolation goal for Kazakhstan in 41st minute. Continue reading →

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Sneak Past Ireland, Women’s Beat Fiji in World League 2 New Delhi

New Delhi, 21 February 2013: India men’s sneaked past Ireland with 3-2 victory while women’s team defeated lowly Fiji 10-0 to won their respective matches on fourth day of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 Delhi 2013 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.

Dharamvir Singh of India fighting for ball with MCCABE William Geoffrey of Ireland during Hockey League 2 in New Delhi

Dharamvir Singh of India fighting for ball with MCCABE William Geoffrey of Ireland

Eleventh-ranked India men’s team beat fifteenth-ranked Ireland 3-2 in the toughest match of the tournament and remains top of the points table with nine points. Rupinder Pal Singh (16th min PC), VR Raghunath (39th min PC) and Dharamvir Singh (56th min) scored for India.

In reply, Conor Harte (27th min) and Eugene Darling (51st min) scored for Ireland and gave tough competition to opponent. Dharamvir Singh was adjudged as Player of the Match for his powerful attacks.

India will now face China on Saturday, 23 February 2013 at 20:00 and Ireland will play against China on Sunday, 24 February 2013 at 16:00.

In women’s tournament, 12th-ranked India won against 59th-ranked Fiji 10-0 and dominated through-out the match. Soundarya Yendala converted an early penalty corner into the first goal for India in the 7th minute followed by Nmamita Toppo in the 11th minute. Continue reading →

Fiji and Kazakhstan score goals but lost to China and Malaysia, Japan beat Russia on Penalty Shoot Out in Hockey World League 2

New Delhi, 21 February 2013: Minnows Fiji men’s team and Kazakhstan women’s team scored their first goals in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2, Delhi 2013 tournament played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.

Fiji Men's Hockey Team performing 'Cibi' before match

Fiji Men’s Hockey Team performing ‘Cibi’ before match

Seventieth-ranked Fiji showed a better performance than previous matches and fought well against eighteenth-ranked China on the fourth day of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2. However, they lacked behind the experience and skills of Chinese players and lost the battle by 1-4. Continue reading →

‘Cibi’ Fiji War Dance by their Men’s Hockey Team

The Fijian men’s team performing their traditional pre-match ‘Cibi’ for the camera. ‘Cibi’ (pronounced as Thimbi ) came to prominence in the rugby field in 1939 when it Fijian National Rugby team performed before the match. A national Basketball player taught this pre-match tradition to the Fijian Hockey Team. Continue reading →