Ceriello Scored Hat-Trick, As Kookaburras defeat India by 6-2 to Top Pool A #HWL2015 in Antwerp

The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Riding on Chris Ceriello’s perfomance, Australia defeated India by 6-2 in their last pool match.

Christopher Ciriello Kookaburras Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello scored hat-trick for Kookaburras (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello’s hat-trick underpinned the result in a match that saw Jamie Dwyer find the roof of the net with a superb tomahawk strike from the top of the circle with Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers also weighing in with goals. Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra scored one each for Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2014.

The result, 6-2 win over India, sets up Kookaburras a must-win quarter final clash against the fourth placed team in Pool B – currently Ireland, who are still to play hosts Belgium today (02:00am AEST, Monday 29 June). India will face third place team in Pool B i.e. Malaysia currently. Anything less than an Irish win will mean they face the Kookaburras in Wednesday’s quarter final. An Irish victory over Belgium would pit the Kookaburras against Malaysia and then, India would face Ireland or Belgium depending on margin of the victory. Continue reading →

Need to be quick to break Australia’ defence: Sardar

With two wins and a draw, the Indian Men Hockey team is going strong in the ongoing FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. India will next face Australia in their last pool match.

Captain Sardar Singh during the forth match between the Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, (Credits: treebyimages)

File Photo: Indian Captain Sardar Singh in action against Kookaburras (Credits: treebyimages)

While, Australia has won all the three matches that they have played till now and is currently resting at the top of the pool with 9 points, India is seeded at the second position with 7 points, aiming to secure a win in the next match and reach atop the pool table.

India played for a draw against Pakistan yesterday, what came out clearly was their consistent attacks on the opponents D and keeping the Pakistan defence busy for the entire game. For tomorrow’s match against Australia, India is aware that a win against them will help them top the Pool. Continue reading →

Indian Men Junior Hockey Team to Tour Australia from 2nd December

Indian Men Junior Hockey Team is announced for training and Test matches scheduled to be held from 02 to 13 December 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia in preparation for the 8th Men’s Junior Asia Cup in 2015.

Indian Men's Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

Indian Men’s Junior Hockey team in New Delhi

The 18-member squad will be led by midfielder Harjeet Singh, and forward Imran Khan will be his deputy for the 5-match Test series. The team also include the stars of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014; defender Harmanpreet Singh and forward Simranjeet Singh. The champions of the Sultan of Johor Cup are looking forward to continue their winning spree and repeat the success of the Senior Men Team, who defeated Australia on their home turf. Continue reading →

India beat World Champions Australia to win series by 3-1: Report and Replay of 4th Match

The Asian Games Champions India defeated the hosts and World Champions Australia 3-1 in the fourth and last match of the series being played at the Perth Hockey Stadium, and won the series 3-1. The series victory over mighty Kookaburras will be big boost in Indian team’s confidence before next month’s Champions Trophy at Bhubaneswar (6-14 December, 2014).

Replay of 4th test match between Australia and India is here:

Captain Sardar Singh during the forth match between the Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, (Credits: treebyimages)

India Captain Sardar Singh reached 200 caps milestone in 4th Kookaburras v India Hockey Test Match at Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, (Credits: treebyimages)

Upbeat on the last two triumphs (2-1 in 2nd match and 1-0 in 3rd match) against Australia, India opened the first half of the game with all strength and dynamism as a result of which the initial goal of the match came in as early as in the 13th minute into the game from the stick of Akashdeep Singh of India, who scored off a penalty corner in goal mouth melee. This gave India a lead of 1-0 and an upper hand in the game. Later on, a couple of penalty corners were awarded to both the teams in the second quarter but none succeeded in materializing the opportunity. When the whistles blew for half-time, the scoreboard displayed a score of 1-0, indicating a trail for the hosts. Continue reading →

India vs Kookaburras, Match 4 at Perth (Australia): Full Match Recording

Kookaburras (Australia) vs India: Match 4 Live Streaming
from Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth (Western Australia)
Time: 1630 IST, Date: 9th November 2014 (SUNDAY)

India defeated Australia 3-1 in fourth test to win the series by 3-1. Akashdeep scored twice for India, while SK Uthappa was on target once. Youngster Tom Craig scored for the hosts. Stay tuned for detailed report till them enjoy the full match recording here:

Young Indian men’s hockey team is taking on World Champions and Commonwealth Champions Australia in a four test match series at Perth Hockey Stadium. The Commonwealth finalists and Asian Games Champions India started the series with 0-4 defeat, won their next two matches in the series to take 2-1 lead and be sure that they would not lose the test series. India stunned the world champions Kookaburras in 2nd match of series by 2-1; and edged past the world number side Australia with 1-0 in third match to win two matches in row against the hosts. Continue reading →

India makes 2 in a row Victories over World Champions Australia: Report and Replay

Perth, 08 November 2014: Two wins in a row for India over World Champions Australia and unbeatable 2-1 lead in 4 test series at Perth Hockey Stadium can be turning point for Indian Hockey.  And being the captain of winning side in his 100th International appearance, Indian defender Rupinder Pal Singh will remember it life long.

Watch full match recording of India vs Australia Match 3 here:

SV Sunil celebrates after scoring in Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, (Credits: treebyimages)

SV Sunil celebrates after scoring in Kookaburras v India men’s International Hockey test series at Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, (Credits: treebyimages)

The game started with both teams looking at attacking the opponents D, but their efforts did not yield any results in the entire session, leaving the scorecard 0-0 at the end of 1st quarter. With a goalless 1st quarter the second quarter was very important for both the teams as they looked at opening their score and take an edge on the game. The Indian boys troubled the defenders on a couple of occasions but were unable to find the target. The second quarter even saw both teams unable to open the scorecard and at the end of halftime the game was still 0-0 leaving the last two quarters as the decider session of this all important third match. Continue reading →