Punjab CM Felicitated Pakistan Team and Assured Support

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif has assured the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) that the government would extend every possible support for the uplift of the national game in the country as he felicitated the Pakistan Hockey Team who won silver medal Incheon 2014 Asian Games.

Pakistan Hockey Team Felicitated by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif

Pakistan Hockey Team Felicitated by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif

The Chief Minister gave this assurance during a very cordial meeting with the PHF President Chawdhry Akhtar Rasool, national players and team management at his Model Town office on Tuesday. The Chief Minister had invited the national hockey team that won the silver medal in the recently concluded Asian Games in South Korea. Continue reading →

India beat Pakistan on Shoot-Out to Win Asian Games after 16 years

With the Gold medal on the line, the Indian Men Hockey Team lived its dream of bringing home the Gold today at the 17th Asian Games 2014. With this win, India seals a berth in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The hosts Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 to take Bronze.

India's Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men's hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men’s hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, India had defeated Korea with scored board reading the same i.e. 1-1 after full-time and 4-2 after shoot-out, and today the Indian Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh repeated the feat against Pakistan, as Ashish Ballal did in 1998 against Korea. Continue reading →

Gold for Hosts Korea, India won Bronze in Women’s Hockey Asian Games 2014

Korea defeated defending China by 1-0 to win Gold and the India showed a spectacular performance to defeat Japan 2-1 for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon.

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian Captain Ritu Rani and Jaspreet Kaur in Bronze Medal match of 2014 Asian Games in Incheon (Credits: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

In the finals, the hosts Korea edged past the defending champions China by a single goal that came in 3rd quarter. A field goal by Kim Darae in 41st minute was enough to stop last 3 editions’ champions China from 4th consecutive title.

In the hard-fought battle between the two teams for Bronze Medal, the India took an early lead through a successful conversion of a penalty corner by Jaspreet Kaur in the 23rd minute of the games, following a dry first quarter of the game for both the teams. Continue reading →

Korea defeated Indian eves to Set-up summit clash against China

The hosts Korea have set-up the summit clash against defending champions China at the 17th Asian Games 2014. Korea defeated India by 3-1, while China overcame Japan’s stiff defence as they converted only shot on the goal Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon today.

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

Namita Toppo scoring goal against Korea in the semi final at the 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon

In a match which saw only shot a goal on the goal, China edged past Japan with just three minutes to final hooter. Both the teams attacked relentlessly but failed to pull the trigger. In the dying minutes of match, China earned a penalty corner and WANG Mengyu made full use of it to take her team to final.

In the first quarter, Korea scored the opener within three minutes of the match when Kim Darae hit-out a strong reverse beating Indian goal-keeper Savita and sent the ball into the net. After taking the early lead, the opponents tried maintaining the lead and attempting to create more chances though the Indian eves defense proved itself stronger. Continue reading →

India face Korea, Malaysia play Pakistan in Men’s Semis at 2014 Asian Games

In the last league match of Pool B played today at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, the Indian Men Hockey team defeated China 2-0 to set up semi final match against the hosts. In the other semi-final of 17th Asian Games 2014 Malaysia will face the defending champions Pakistan.

Birendra Lakra Indian Hockey Player

Birendra Lakra scored an important and text book style goal

 The Indian team displayed an exceptional level of game and edged out China, storming into the semi-finals thus keeping the hopes of a Gold medal for India alive, while Malaysia defeated Japan 4-1 to ensure their place in medal round.

Pakistan and Korea continued their winning streak with 8-0 and 7-0 wins against lowly Oman and Bangladesh to finish at the top of points table in their respective pools.

In the game between India and China, the entire first & second quarters of the game remained goalless as the score stood at 0-0 at half time. Continue reading →

India vs Korea and China vs Japan in Women’s Semis at Asian Games 2014

Indian Women Team sealed an impressive 6-1 victory against Malaysia in the last league match of Pool A and booked a semi-final berth in the 17th Asian Games 2014, played at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea today.

Rani Rampal of India Women's Hockey 2014 Asian Games at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Rani Rampal scored twice against Malaysia today in the 2014 Asian Games at Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

India will play the hosts Korea in Semi Final on Monday, 29th September at 1530 IST, while China will take on Japan in other Semi Final at 1300 IST on the same for a place in final. Korea rounded up their pool stage unbeaten as they defeated Hong Kong 8-0 to top Pool B, while China defeated Thailand 5-0 to finish first in Pool A. Japan defeated Hong Kong 8-0 to set up semi final against defending champions China.

Indian eves displayed a marvellous game and dominated the match by scoring goals in regular intervals. Forward Rani Rampal and defender Jaspreet Kaur scored two goals each to take their team to the semis. Continue reading →