Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

Detail of Hockey India Annual Awards: First Ever Award Ceremony

  • The awardee for the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’ award Sardar Balbir Singh received Rs.30,00,000/-


Video of Hockey India Annual Awards Function is here

List of Awards for the ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ –

Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Rs.30,00,000/-: Sardar Balbir Singh Sr
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) Rs.25,00,000/-: Birendra Lakra
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) Rs.25,00,000/-: Vandana Kataria
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Harmanpreet Singh
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Namita Toppo
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: PR Sreejesh
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Deepika
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Manpreet Singh
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Akashdeep Singh
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) Rs.5,00,000/-: Harendra Singh
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement Rs.5,00,000/-: K Arumugam for One Thousand Hockey Legs

New Delhi, 16 March 2015: ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ an initiative by Hockey India will take place on 28th March 2015 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi and will mark the kick-start of the first ever annual awards for the sport. The annual awards initiated by Hockey India is an effort towards recognizing the hard work put in by the hockey players, coaches, support staff and administrators on the field both nationally as well as internationally. Continue reading →

Germany won their 10th Champions Trophy Gold

  • Wesley & Fuchs strike as Germany secure 10th CT Gold medal with 2-0 win over Pakistan
  • Germany co-captain Moritz Fürste named Player of the Tournament
  • World Champions Australia defeat hosts India to take Bronze

The Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 has come to an end in Bhubaneswar, India with London 2012 Olympic Champions Germany taking the title by defeating Pakistan 2-0 in the final. Goals from Christopher Wesley and Florian Fuchs were enough to give Germany a superb 2-0 victory over Pakistan, with a sell-out crowd witnessed the Germans claim their 10th Champions Trophy Gold medal but their first since 2007.

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Germany with Champions Trophy after winning Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

The Bronze medal contest between Australia and India ended in another medal for World Cup winners, who overcame the host nation to take a 2-1 win. The final day began with the playoffs for 7th and 8th place, with England triumphing 3-2 against Belgium before Netherlands sealed 5th place by defeating Argentina 4-1.

Individual Awards at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
Hero Best Player of the Tournament: Moritz Fürste, GERMANY
Hero Top scorer of the Tournament: Jeroen Hertzberger, THE NETHERLANDS
Tata Steel Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: PR Sreejesh, INDIA
Cairn India most energetic Player: SV Sunil, INDIA
MCL Best Junior Player of the Tournament: Akashdeep Singh, INDIA
Nalco Fan’s Choice Award: Sardar Singh, INDIA

Final Standings at Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014:
1. Germany; 2. Pakistan; 3. Australia; 4. India; 5. Netherlands; 6. Argentina; 7. England; 8. Belgium Continue reading →

Germany are the Champions, Bronze for Australia in #CT2014

Olympic Champions Germany defeated Pakistan in keenly contested final to win the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014. World Champions Australia defeated hosts India 2-1 in Bronze Medal match at Bhubaneswar to continue their podium finish streak. Earlier in the day, World number side the Netherlands managed a fifth place finish with a 4-1 win over Argentina, after scoring four times in the final quarter to turn things around after trailing 1-0. Earlier Pool A topper England edged past 3-2 Belgium to avoid wooden spoon.

Crowd in the stand was amazing at Bhubanewar throughout the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

Crowd in the stand was amazing at Bhubanewar throughout the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014

In the final, Christopher Wesley scored a field goal for Germany in 18th, but Germany had many chances in first two quarters and failed to utilize them. Pakistan came strongly in 3rd quarter and played good in final quarter as well. Germany Captain Moritz Feurtse played an areal ball, which was picked and finished clinically by Florian Fuchs. As Germany won the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 after 7 years. Continue reading →

It’s Germany vs Pakistan in CT2014 Final, India-Australia for Bronze

Olympic Champions Germany defeated World Champions Australia by 3-2 to reach the final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar against Pakistan, who overcame the hosts India by 4-3 with a goal 2 minute from final hooter. Earlier in the Netherlands defeated Belgium 4-2 in shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regulation to set-up fifth place play off against Argentina. Argentina edged past England by 2-1 in other 5th-8th classification match.

Germany team acknowledging the crowd as they take victory lap after reaching final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Germany team acknowledging the crowd as they take victory lap after reaching final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

It means that an Asian team will be in the final of Champions Trophy after 1998, when Pakistan  lost to Netherlands 3-1 to finish second and the World Champions Australia’s six-year domination of the competition will come to an end.

Such is the format of the eight team competition, with every team qualifying for the quarter finals irrespective of their pool phase results, both Pakistan and Germany reached the final having finished on the bottom of Pools A and B respectively, winning one match between them in the opening phase. Continue reading →

It’s India vs Pakistan and Australia vs Germany in Finals before Final #CT2014

After a series of spectacular matches and surprising results including table-turning in quarter-finals, Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 is will have two big games. First is when World Champions Australia will take on London Olympic Gold Medalists Germany in 1st semi-final at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar (Schedule here). In the second semi-final, two Asian Giants and arch-rivals India and Pakistan will face each other for a place in final, which always have been mother of all the clashes and kind of final before Final.

Gurbaj Singh and Manpreet Singh during India's practice session before the big game against Pakistan in Semi-Final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Gurbaj Singh and Manpreet Singh during India’s practice session before the big game against Pakistan in Semi-Final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Both the teams, India and Pakistan, know the intensity of the clash and importance of the result, which will be played between a jam-packed stadium. The hockey fans at Kalinga Stadium were desperately seen trying to get hold of tickets for the semi-finals. Thousands of fans had to go back home empty hands and disappointed as they could not get the tickets.

It is not easy to predict the result of this most-sought match as both India and Pakistan started the tournament with defeats and gained momentum in their last matches. Host India lost their first match by 0-1 against the nine-time FIH Champions Trophy champions Germany, followed by 2-4 defeat against Argentina. Then India defeated the Netherlands by 3-2 in their last Pool B match and came from 0-2 behind to Belgium 4-2 in the quarter-final. Continue reading →