Australia won Hero Hockey World League, India clinched Bronze

  • Kookaburras take title thanks to strikes from Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson
  • Host nation India stun Netherlands in shoot-out to claim bronze medal
  • Australia‘s Jamie Dwyer named Hero Best Player at the event in Raipur, India

Australia won the men’s Hero Hockey World League 2015 champions thanks to 2-1 win against Belgium in the tournament final in Raipur, India. But it was party time for the hosts, India, who clinched Bronze medal by defeating mighty Dutch team in high voltage match in shoot-out after being held for 5-5 draw in regulation time in front full capacity Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium.

The crowd witnessed Rupinder Pal Singh score twice in the contest but it was the shoot-out heroics of goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh that gave Asian champions India victory in what was one of the games of the tournament and one of most important medal won by the Asian Giants in recent decades.

Australia’s Jamie Dwyer was named Hero Best Player of the tournament, while Arthur van Doren of Belgium was given the NMDC Best Junior Player award. Netherlands shot-stopper Jaap Stockmann was named SECL Best Goalkeeper while Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina finished as Hero Top Scorer with eight goals. The NTPC Fans Choice Award went to Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh.

Highlights of Bronze Medal match:

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Schedule and Results: Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur LogoVenue: Raipur International Hockey Stadium, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) India
Dates: 27th November – 6th December 2015

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Belgium, 3. India, 4. Netherlands, 5. Argentina, 6. Great Britain, 7. Germany, 8. Canada

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur Individual Awards:
Hero Best Player: Jamie Dwyer (AUS)
SECL Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED)
NMDC Best Junior: Arthur van Doren (BEL)
Hero Top Scorer: 8 – Gonzalo Peillat (ARG)
NTPC Fans Choice: P. R. Sreejesh (IND)

Participating Teams:
Pool A: Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium
Pool B: Argentina, India, Germany, Netherlands

Television Broadcast and Live Streaming Details of Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur:
Star Sports (India); Canal Siete (Argentina); NOS (Netherlands); Astro (Malaysia); OSN (North Africa and United Arab Emirates); Supersport (South Africa); PTV (Pakistan) and Willow TV (USA).
Live Stream: starsports.com

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India Men to Camp in Delhi from 5th Sept for Hockey World League Final Preparations

The Preparatory Camp of the India Men Hockey team will start from 5th September at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. The camp will continue till 29 September 2015 for 25 days, where 26 players are called in.

Roelant Oltmans, High Performance Director and Chief Coach, interacting with India Men Hockey team during a practice session

Roelant Oltmans, High Performance Director and Chief Coach, interacting with India Men Hockey team during a practice session

The camp is the groundwork for the upcoming Men’s Hockey World League Final to be held in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), India from 27 November to 06 December 2015. The players will be gauged on their skills and will be undergoing meticulous training sessions to prepare themselves for the most awaited tournament of the year. Continue reading →

Netherlands Win First Hockey World League Title

The Netherlands won the first ever Hockey World League after cruising to a 7-2 victory over New Zealand in the final of the Hero Hockey World League Final. In the bronze medal match England beat Australia 2-1 to finish at 3rd place. Belgium defeated India and Germany beat Argentina by 2-1 each to finish 5th and 7th respectively.

Netherlands, the winners of first Hockey World League

Netherlands, the winners of first Hockey World League

Individual Awards
1.       Best Junior Player of the Tournament – Mandeep Singh – India
2.       Best Goal Keeper of the Tournament – George Pinner – England
3.       Hero Top Scorer of the Tournament – Kieran Govers – Australia
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Gritty England beat Australia to take World League Bronze

England defeated current World Champions Kookaburras 2-1 to take the bronze medal at the Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi.

England Bronze Medalists of Hero Hockey World League Final 2014

England Bronze Medalists of Hero Hockey World League Final 2014

It was another gritty performance from England as they dug deep to secure the victory and take the third place. Goals either side of half-time came from Tom Carson, who is fast making a name for himself in England’s attacking ranks, and the crucial winner came from captain Barry Middleton in the 54th minute.

The last time England had beaten Australia was back in 2010 in the same stadium in Delhi at the World Cup where the score was 3-2. Ashley Jackson and James Tindall (2) were on target that day. Continue reading →

Germany beat Argentina 2-1 to take 7th Place at HWL

The Olympic Champions Germany defeated Argentina 2-1 to finish 7th at the Hero Hockey World League Final in Delhi.

Tim Jesssulat (GK) of Germany in action against Argentina during the Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Tim Jesssulat (GK) of Germany in action against Argentina during the Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

The spectators in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium witnessed a competitive first half with both teams fighting hard to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table. Facundo Callioni (16’), playing his 100th cap for Argentina, opened the scoring in the middle of the first half when his skilful backhand stroke defeated Tim Jessulat in the German goal.

However, the Olympic champions provided a quick response when Benjamin Wess struck back from open play. At halftime the score was tight at 1-1. Continue reading →