Ceriello Scored Hat-Trick, As Kookaburras defeat India by 6-2 to Top Pool A #HWL2015 in Antwerp

The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Riding on Chris Ceriello’s perfomance, Australia defeated India by 6-2 in their last pool match.

Christopher Ciriello Kookaburras Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello scored hat-trick for Kookaburras (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello’s hat-trick underpinned the result in a match that saw Jamie Dwyer find the roof of the net with a superb tomahawk strike from the top of the circle with Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers also weighing in with goals. Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra scored one each for Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2014.

The result, 6-2 win over India, sets up Kookaburras a must-win quarter final clash against the fourth placed team in Pool B – currently Ireland, who are still to play hosts Belgium today (02:00am AEST, Monday 29 June). India will face third place team in Pool B i.e. Malaysia currently. Anything less than an Irish win will mean they face the Kookaburras in Wednesday’s quarter final. An Irish victory over Belgium would pit the Kookaburras against Malaysia and then, India would face Ireland or Belgium depending on margin of the victory. Continue reading →

Chetri to Lead, Gurbaj is Back after Injury for London Prepares Series

Experienced custodian Bharat Chetri will lead an 18 member Indian team in the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament (a part of London Prepares Series) to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012.

Fitness Training: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

Gurbaj Singh finishing up a exercise during a fitness training session

As in Olympic Qualifiers, Star midfielder Sardar Singh will be again take the role of deputy to Chetry in the squad, in which game changer in the mid of field Gurbaj Singh makes a comeback after being on side line due to injury since January. Promising India striker Yuvraj Walmiki could not find place in 18, who is nursing injury which got during the Olympic qualifiers. Another omission from Olympic Qualifiers squad is Rupinderpal Singh, who is put in the standby list.

The team was announced by Hockey India (HI) after conducting selection trials at SAI Centre, Bangalore on April 8 and 9. The selection trial was witnessed by HI selectors B P Govinda and Col Balbir Singh, along with Government Observer Harbinder Singh. Continue reading →

Gurbaj to lead India in 3-Nation Cup at Lahore

Here, we see development hockey team of India, which will be route of the players to find a place in Indian Hockey Team for debut or return after injury. In such fashion, talented midfielder Gurbaj Singh will make his return to hockey after a knee injury, due to which he missed the Olympic Qualifiers. He has been named leader of Indian developmental team that will take part in the next month’s 3-Nation Cup at Lahore (Pakistan) which will be held from 9-13 April, 2012.

Fitness Training: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

File Photo: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

Apart from hosts Pakistan, India and Malaysia complete the line up. Though, the tour of India hockey team is subject to clearance by Government of India.

According to a Hockey India media release, The team was selected by HI selectors B.P Govinda and Syed Ali, along with Government Observer Harbinder Singh, after conducting trials at SAI Centre, Bangalore on 16 and 17 March 2012.

The team includes four players who represented India in the recently concluded Olympic Qualifiers in New Delhi, where India beat France in the final thus booking their London Olympic Games ticket.

The Squad:
Goalkeepers: P.T Rao, Nanak Singh Continue reading →

Injured Gurbaj to Miss Olympic Qualifiers

Injured midfielder Gurbaj Singh, who sustained an injury on his right knee during the start of second phase of the preparatory camp here earlier this month, was left out of India’s 32 probables for the hockey Olympic Qualifying  tournament to be played from February 18 to 26 in New Delhi. Besides India, the other participating teams in the tournament are Canada, France, Poland, USA and Italy.


Gurbaj Singh

The dynamic midfielder did not play in India’s just-concluded five-match Test series against South Africa, which was the basis of the selection of the probables. According to the team management, his injury is not serious and he has been advised rest for three weeks.  The selectors Balbir Singh, BP Govinda, Syed Ali alongwith government observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey and the chief coach, Michael Nobbs shortened the list of probables from from 45 to 32 after watching the Test series against South Africa, which India won 3-1.

According to Hockey India statement, “The core probable players were tested in these matches so as to determine the best possible team that would represent the country in the Olympic Qualifier Tournament.” The squad of 18 members and 4 standbys the Olympic Qualifiers will be selected from these 32 probables.

: Bharat Chetri, PR Sreejesh. Continue reading →