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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Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women) dethrone defending champs in Bengaluru Cup 2015

Star-studded Air India dethroned Indian Oil Corporation Limited 3-1 in the men’s final to lift the 2nd Bengaluru Hockey Cup, while in women’s competition Haryana XI edged past defending champions Madhya Pradesh Academy 2-1 in shoot-out to win the title. Both the teams played a 0-0 draw in the regulation time at the hockey Stadium here on Monday.

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament

Winners Haryana XI (women) and Air India (men) got richer by 2.5 lakhs and runners-up MP Academy (women) and IOCL (men) were awarded with 1.25 lakhs each.

Special Awards:
Women
: Best Player: Rashmy PP (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Rukmini Virk (Haryana); Best Defender: Nisha (Haryana XI); Midfielder: Manpreet Kaur (MP Academy); Forward: Reena Khokhar (MP Academy)
Men: Upcoming Player: Md Raheel (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Adrian D’ Souza (Air India); Best Defender: Cheeyanna (Air India); Midfielder: Sonu Ponnanna (Karnataka); Forward: Binay Bengera (Army XI). Continue reading →

Harmanpreet’s Brace help India in beating Malaysia

Riding on Harmanpreet Singh’s double strike, India Junior Men Team edged past the host team Malaysia by 2-1 in their fourth league match of the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup, being played at Johor Bahru today.

Harmanpreet Singh of India in action against Malaysia during 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

Harmanpreet Singh of India in action against Malaysia during 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

The Indian colts dominated the match from the first minute and penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh’s two conversions in helped his team to earn three more points. With 9 points, defending champion India Junior Men Team now leads the points-table, ahead of Great Britain (8 points) and Argentina (7 points). Continue reading →

India junior boys held on to beat Argentina by 3-2

India Junior Men Team held on to beat Argentina by 3-2 after taking early lead in the game in the ongoing 5th Sultan of Johor Cup at Johor Bahru today.

Arman Qureshi of India in action against Argentina during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in Johor Bahru

Arman Qureshi of India in action against Argentina during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in Johor Bahru

After winning start against Pakistan and defeat by the hands of Great Britain, Indian colts maintained their positive result against the Latin Americans and defeated them in all aspects of the game. Armaan, Gurjant and Nilkanta scored for India while Casena and Keenan scored for Argentina in well contested match. Continue reading →

India team reaches after successful New Zealand tour

The India Men Hockey Team arrived with a boosted confidence after a successful campaign in New Zealand. The team reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi last night. India scored a resounding 2-0 win in first two games against New Zealand A and secured a series win against the New Zealand national team 2-1 in a four-match series.

India men team at IGI Airport New Delhi after arriving from New Zealand tour 2015

India men team at IGI Airport New Delhi after arriving from New Zealand tour 2015

The team returned with many positives that give them a boost of confidence for the upcoming Hero Hockey World League Final, to be held in India later this year. The team enjoyed an impressive winning campaign as they stepped up defensively on the field and took good control of the game in every match that they played against both the teams. Continue reading →

India edged by Great Britain in Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

Defending Champions India went down fighting by 4-3 against last year’s finalists Great Britain in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015 in a well contested match.

India setting up defending line against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

India setting up defending line against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2015

It was an important match for both the teams as, while Great Britain was looking at settling scores with India for their Finale loss to them last year, India was looking at registering their second consecutive win in the tournament post their convincing win against Pakistan yesterday. Trailing the game by 2-3 at the end of the first half, Great Britain kept its nerves to come back into the game and win by 4-3. Continue reading →