Hockeyroos Start their World Cup Campaign on Winning Note

The Hockeyroos got their Rabobank Hockey World Cup campaign off to the best possible start in testing circumstances as they came from behind to beat Korea 3-2 in The Hague on Saturday.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014Missing captain Madonna Blyth to a calf strain sustained in training on Friday, they found themselves behind to a seventh minute goal but rebounded to score three times before holding out for a nervy final five minutes after a late Korean strike.

Emily Hurtz’s neat finish at the back post from Georgie Parker’s threaded pass levelled things in the 12th minute after Eunbl Cheon’s opener and the Hockeyroos made their set pieces count to devastating effect in the second half. Anna Flanagan fired high into the goal from a penalty corner earned on video referral before Casey Eastham won a penalty stroke from a corner, which Flanagan converted low into the bottom of the goal. Continue reading →

India defeated by Belgium in their RHWC2014 Opener

The Hague, Netherlands, 31st May 2014:  In their opening match of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, being played at the Hague, Netherlands, India were defeated 5th ranked Belgium by 3-2.

Raghunath celebrating with Sardar Singh and Birendra Lakra after Akashdeep Singh deflected on his pass to score India's 2nd goal against Belgium

Raghunath celebrating with Sardar Singh and Birendra Lakra after Akashdeep Singh deflected on his pass to score India’s 2nd goal against Belgium

India and Belgium fought a tough clash with a nail-biting climax, where the latter edged past by a close 3-2. The first half of the match saw a dry run till the 34th minute of the game as Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh kept Belgian attacks away from net, while the Belgians hardly allowed India to enter in their D. It was only in the 34th minute when Belgium’s Florent van Aubel managed to beat P.R Sreejesh on deflection to earn lead for his team just before the half time. Continue reading →

Where would India stand at the Hague? Delhi or London or Melbourne!

India’s men Hockey team will be opening their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium at 1930 IST, which will be available live on Indian television on Ten Sports. As the Indian Hockey fans have high hopes from the team, Coach Terry Walsh feels they can finish in top 8.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

What do you think, where India will stand at the end of Rabobank Hockey World Cup? Will they improve from the performance of last edition or get another wooden spoon? When will they play their last match, will it be on 12th or 14th or 15th June? Let us have a look.

In the last edition of the quadrennial hockey extravaganza, India finished 8th above their World Ranking in 2010 at New Delhi, while returned home with wooden spoon from London Olympics 2012 after losing all the matches. Indian side bounced back towards the end 2012 as guided India finished at fourth place in Melbourne in Champions Trophy under the watchful eyes of Michael Nobbs. Continue reading →

Belgium’s Tom Boon is the player we have to watch out for says Sardar Singh

The Hague, Netherlands, 30 May 2014 – India will open their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium, who are 3 places above the Asians sitting at 8th place in world ranking.

Sardar Singh

Sardar Singh

It will be an important day for both Indian Men Hockey Captain Sardar Singh as well as Begium Captain John-John Dohmen as both are looking at opening the all important tournament with a win in their kitty.

Speaking on the opening match tomorrow, Indian Captain Sardar Singh said, “The team is all set for the opening match against Belgium and we are confident to make a winning start. We are putting our strategies in place for each player of Belgium with great focus on their drag flicker Tom Boon.  We all are aware that he is one of the best drag flickers in the world today and hence the team is working on how best to tackle him. Keeping him under control will be like half the game won. Last we played Belgium in the Hero World League Finals 2014 and we lost the match to them 2-1 and this was solely because of the goal scored by Tom Boon in the last few minutes and till that point the game was locked at 1-1. So he cannot be taken lightly at any point in the game”. Continue reading →

India beat South Africa in Practice Game before RHWC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 29th May 2014: In its last warm-up game for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 played against South Africa yesterday at The Hague, Netherlands, Team India displayed maturity and sense of purpose to achieve resounding victory over South Africa 4-1 after a 1-2 losing against Argentina on Monday.

Action during India vs South Africa practice match before Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at the Hague

Action during India vs South Africa practice match before Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at the Hague

India dominated the game from the very first half of the game itself, when Vice-Captain Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake in converting a penalty corner opportunity and took a 1-0 lead over South Africa at the end of the first half. In the second half of the game, it was Rupinder Pal Singh again who successfully converted another penalty corner to further add on to the lead and take it to 2-0. Continue reading →

Lalit Joins Indian Team at the Hague to Replace Injured Ramandeep

The Hague, Netherlands, 26th May 2014:Indian forward Lalit Upadhyay arrived at The Hague, Netherlands today afternoon for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 replacing injured Ramandeep Singh.

Lalit Upadhyay at the Hague for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Lalit Upadhyay at the Hague for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

India’s forward Ramandeep Singh got seriously injured while ball hit him during practice match played against Argentina yesterday. In the match, India lost to Argentina 1-2. Argentina scored 1 goal each in the 1st half and the 2nd half of the match. Only goal through India was scored by Dharamvir Singh in the second half of the match.

Ramandeep got multiple fractures in his right eye socket and cheekbone, after which he was immediately rushed to the hospital and got the surgery done. Today, he was discharged from the hospital and was advised complete rest by the doctors. He will have next medical review on 30th May 2014. All hockey fans and supporter wish him a speedy recovery.   Continue reading →