Rani Rampal to lead Indian Girls in Volvo U-21 Women Tourney 2015 in Breda

With the Volvo International U-21 Women Tournament 2015 all set to commence on 19th July 2015 in Netherlands, Indian team was announced today for the tournament.

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

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

The tournament being played ahead of the 7th Women Asia Cup will help the team as well as the coaches to understand the loopholes and how best to better oneself before the all important tournament slated for September 2015. Continue reading →

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 →

Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Netherlands score 7 past Indian eves, set up semi with Hockeyroos, Korea vs New Zealand in 2nd Semi

  • Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
  • Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
  • Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp.

They overcame the respective challenges of Italy by 2-0, Japan by 5-1, India by 7-0 and host nation Belgium by 3-0 in shoot-out after 2-2 draw in full-time. The four winners of quarter-final stage has reached semi-finals (to be played on Thursday, 2nd July) dand booked their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina. They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia. Continue reading →

Great Britain Women won Valencia #HWL2015 Semi Finals

  • Great Britain win Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia
  • Third qualification place goes to Germany after they beat Argentina in shoot-out
  • Georgina Oliva (ESP) wins Player of the Tournament
Great Britain celebrate winning the gold medal and booking their place at the Olympics (Credits: Stanislas Brochier World Sport Pics)

Great Britain celebrate winning the gold medal and booking their place at the Olympics (Credits: Stanislas Brochier World Sport Pics)

Great Britain beat China 2-0 to take first place at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia. In the third place match, Germany beat Argentina to win the coveted third automatic Olympic qualification place. All four teams competing 1-4 in Valencia have qualified for the Hockey World League Final in Argentina at the end of the year.

Individual awards were presented to Spain’s Georgina Oliva, the Player of the Tournament; Maddie Hinch (GBR) was voted as Goalkeeper of the Tournament; Charlotte Stapenhorst was named Young Player and Top Goal Scorer was shared by Carla Rebecchi of Argentina and Sophie Bray of Great Britain, who scored five goals apiece. Continue reading →