Japan beat India to win 3rd Hockey Asian Champions Trophy for Women

In the final of 3rd Women’s Hockey Asian Champions Trophy being played at Kakamigahara, Japan won the final against India to win the title for the first time. In the third place match, Malaysia defeated China by 3-1 to finish on podium.

Chanchan Devi of India in action against Japan in the Final of 3rd Women's Asian Champions Trophy 2013 in Kakamigahara, Japan (Credit: AHF)

Chanchan Devi of India in action against Japan in the Final of 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2013 in Kakamigahara, Japan (Credit: AHF)

The hosts Japan were quick off the blocks and scored from their first penalty corner in 2nd minute of the game and later on saved a flurry of attacks from gallant Indian side including a few of the penalty corners to clinch the game.

India’s Rajani E was adjudged as best Goalkeeper, while Akane Shibata of Japan was awarded as the Best Player of the Tournament.

The Japanese side earned a penalty corner in early in the game and utilized it fully through set-piece variation via tournament top scorer Arai Mazuki to early lead . Afterwards, Indians pressurized for the equalizer but could earn three penalty corner in a row, and were not able to send the ball across the goal line. Continue reading →

India score their 1st victory in 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy

India registered their first win in the 3rd Men’s Asian Champions Trophy, as they defeated Oman 3-0 in their third league match at the Kakamigahara, Japan today. In the other matches of the day, Pakistan pipped Malaysia by 1-0 with a penalty corner goal in the last-minute, while China defeated hosts Japan by 3-1.

Amit Rohidas (Indian Hockey Player)

India opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute when a lapse from Oman defense allowed Akashdeep Singh into the circle and he made no mistake in finding the target for India, who have fielded their junior squad in the Asian Champions Trophy in a bid to prepare for next month’s Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in Delhi.

India scored their second goal in 30th minute as Prabhdeep Singh made a fine run on left flank before sending a cross into rival D. The cross came off the stick of Faiz Helmi, which was collected nicely by Talwinder Singh to score and double the lead for his side. At the lemon break, India lead 2-0 against 36th number side in the world. Continue reading →

India to Face Japan in 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Finals

New Delhi, 4 November 2013: The Indian Women’s Hockey team won their second consecutive match in the 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy to book their berth in the final against Japan. India defeated Malaysia 5-1 and while Japan defeated China 4-1 in their second match played at Kakamigahara, Japan today.

The Indian Women's Hockey team won their second consecutive match in the 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy to book their berth in the final against Japan. India defeated Malaysia 5-1 and while Japan defeated China 4-1 in their second match played at Kakamigahara, Japan today.

In the match between India (12th in FIH World Ranking) and Malaysia (22nd), it was Malaysian team who scored first and took lead in the 15th minute through skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman on a penalty corner. Indian ladies bounced back to level the score in 24th minute as Poonam Rani converted a penalty corner. Both the teams were locked at 1-1 at half time. Continue reading →

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for 3rd Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 25 October 2013: Today, Indian Senior Women Hockey Team was announced for the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013.

Indian Women's Hockey Team in training session at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium before Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

The 18 member squad will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani while midfielder Chanchan Devi will be her deputy for the tournament to be played from 2-9 November 2013 at the Green Stadium in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Apart from India and hosts Japan, China and Malaysia are other teams in the women’s tournament, while this year’s men’s tournament will see the Defending Champions Pakistan, 2011 Champions India, Malaysia, China, Oman and hosts Japan taking on each for the top honors. Continue reading →

3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013 (Men & Women): Schedule and Results

3rd Asian Champions Trophy 2013 (Men & Women)

Asian Hockey Federation Logo2nd -10th November 2013
at Green Stadium, Kakamigahara, Japan

Participating teams:
Men (Final Standings): 1. Pakistan, 2. Japan, 3. Malaysia, 4. China, 5. India, 6. Oman
Women (Final Standings): 1. Japan, 2. India, 3. Malaysia and 4. China.

Detailed Schedule of 3rd Men’s and Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2013: Continue reading →