Black Sticks qualify for 2014 World Cup, as Las Leonas Finish 3rd in London

With Argentina’s win over China in the bronze medal match of Invest World League Semi Final in London, the Black Sticks Women’s team became 7th team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Black Sticks Stacey Michelsen (left) celebrates with captain Kayla Sharland (right) after scoring a goal against Korea (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

File phto: Black Sticks celebrating (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

New Zealand had finished at fourth place in the Rabobank World League Semi Final in Rotterdam last weekend and Netherlands, who finished 2nd place at Rotterdam, are automatically qualified for the World Cup 2014 as hosts leaving one spot empty after completion of World League Round 3. So, next countries in line for World Cup 2014 qualification were 4th placed teams at Rotterdam and London World League tournament. Since the Kiwis are at number 3 FIH World Ranking and China are at #7, so the Black Sticks are now qualified. If Argentina had have lost, then the Kiwis would have needed to beat Australia at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki in October. Now China need to win Asia Cup to qualify for the World Cup. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Seal 3-0 win in Ashes Clash in Final of World League Semi Final in London

Australian National Women’s Hockey team, Hockeyroos, finished the Investec World League round three tournament in style by beating hosts England in the final, while Argentina clinched third place and ticket to Hague World Cup 2014 with 3-2 victory over China.

Since, New Zealand are higher ranked China (both 4th placed teams in 2 semi finals in Rotterdam and London) and Netherlands are qualified as hosts, so the Black Sticks become 7th team to qualify the next years world cup.


Highlights of Investec World League final between England and Australia.

A commanding and highly exciting 3-0 win in the ‘Ashes’ clash was the reward for their efforts, although it might have been more had the Hockeyroos not had two goals disallowed on appeal. Continue reading →

Sushila to Lead India at Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup in Mönchengladbach

30 June 2013: Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cup Women 2013 is announced. The tournament will be played at Mönchengladbach in Germany from 27 July-4 August 2013.

Indian Junior Women's Hockey Team for Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach

Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team for Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach

Defender Sushila Chanu will lead the team while Forward Rani Rampal will be deputy to her. The Indian team will depart for Germany on 15 July 2013 and will be playing four warm-up games ahead of their World Cup campaign on 27 July. India will play their first warm-up game against Belgium on 17 July followed by Netherlands on 19 July, South Africa on 21 July and 24 July. Continue reading →

USA Field Hockey Team Named for Investec World Leauge Semi-Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 7, 2013 – U.S. head coach Craig Parnham has announced the 18-player roster for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England, June 22-30. The roster features a strong balance of experience and youth with 12 Olympians, including four two-time Olympians as well as three collegiate student-athletes from the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Princeton University.

USA Field Hockey Logo“The squad is a nice balance of youth and experience,” said Parnham. “There is a great spirit with the group and we are looking forward to the challenge of the World League Semi-Finals.”

Team USA is undergoing its final preparations for the World League Semi-Final at Rutgers University and is set to depart for London Saturday, June 15. The U.S. will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, an event they missed out on in 2010 after suffering a 3-1 loss to Korea in the finals of their World Cup qualifying event. The U.S. finished 6th at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Continue reading →

Hockey Australia Names U21 World Cup Training Program and Squads

Following the completion of the Be The Influence U21 Women’s and Men’s National Championships, Hockey Australia has announced the U21 squads selected in preparation for the 2013 Women’s and Men’s Junior World Cups.

Hockey Australia LogoShowcasing the exceptional talent available to women’s National Junior Coach Craig Victory, seven Hockeyroos have been selected for the U21 women’s squad, the Jillaroos; Jane Claxton, Anna Flanagan, Jordyn Holzberger, Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Emily Smith and Jade Warrender have all been part of the senior squad this year. Incredibly, Flanagan, Holzberger, Nanscawen, Smith and Warrender have already amassed 270 international appearances for the Hockeyroos. Continue reading →

India defeated Pakistan to Win 1975 Hockey World Cup

38 Years ago, when most of the current hockey players and fans were not born, India defeated defending champions Pakistan to win their only World Cup title on 15th March 1975 in Kuala Lumpur. On the way to final India defeated reigning Olympic Champions Germany in pool stage and hosts Malaysia in the Semi-Final in extra time.


A complitation about India’s only World Cup Title

Watch Full 1975 World Cup Hockey Final (India Vs Pakistan) here

But Who remembers this day?

1975 World Cup Champion Indian Hockey Team with World Cup

1975 World Cup Champion Indian Hockey Team with World Cup (Photo courtesy: stick2hockey.com)

38 summers ago this day turned out to be a red-lettered day in the Indian sports. A team prepared under patronage of a State government – it was due to internal feud between two factions of Indian Hockey Federation, a familiar affair even nowadays – a low key team that lost to a Pan-American team in the pool shrugged off its lethargy in time and went on to win the World Cup, defeating two Asian giants, one in the semis others in the final. read more on stick2hockey.com