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 →

Great Britain beat India by 5-1 to finish 3rd in #HWL2015

A stunning attacking display from Bobby Crutchley’s Great Britain team blew India away as five different players helped themselves to goals in a 5-1 win. The win gave GB third place in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium and confirmed a place in both the World League Final and at the Rio Olympics.

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Barry Middleton, Captain of Great Britain, played his 350th international match during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credit: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Alastair Brogdon, Chris Griffiths, Ashley Jackson, Adam Dixon and Barry Middleton were on the score sheet as Great Britain ran riot in Belgium. Middleton’s goal was particularly fitting, coming as it did on his 350th international appearance. Continue reading →

Great Britain beat India 3-1 in Men’s Tri-Nations Hockey at Santander

In the final warm up tournament ahead of the Olympics, Great Britain’s Men’s Hockey team came from behind to defeat India 3-1 in tri-nation tournament in Santander, Spain. Goals by James Tindall, Ashley Jackson and Harry Martin for Great Britain cancelled out Shivendra Singh’s early opener.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Indian team started well and were sharp in attack. India took early lead through Shivendra Singh’s deflection on Tushar Khandkar’s cross on counter attack in 3rd minute of the game. Within two minutes, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri pulled off a two-stage to deny any chance of scoring to Great Britain’s Rob Moore.

Great Britain scored a equaliser midway through the first half (17th Minute) when James Tindall sent home a loose ball at a penalty corner to make it 1-1 and both teams were locked with score line till the lemon break. Continue reading →

Great Britain give up early lead as India secure bronze medal

Leading one-nil at half time, Great Britain Men conceded three second half goals as rivals India pipped them to the bronze medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Sunday.

Ashley Jackson scored late in the second half to break the deadlock and give Great Britain hope of taking the win. But India proved a tough nut to crack and GB couldn’t stop them scoring three unanswered goals after the break.

Afterwards, Head Coach Jason Lee said: “There are plenty of positives to take out of this week. We need to be sharper and more creative around the opposition circle and that cost us today, but overall I’m happy with what we have learned during the competition.” Continue reading →

India in Race for Place in Finals of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Indian team at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is making progress with every match after they were defeated  by New Zealand with score board reading 5-1 in favor of the Black Sticks (7th in FIH Ranking). 10th ranked India bounced back to win (2-1) against formidable Korea (6th in FIH Ranking), but only to get defeated (2-3) by Great Britain (4th in FIH Ranking) in a hard fought match. In their 4th outing in the tournament, India defeated young team of hosts Malaysia (3-2) and kept themselves in contention for a spot in final. India will play Argentina (at 13:35 IST on May 30) in next match before taking on their arch-rivals Pakistan (at 15:35 IST on May 31) in their last match of league stage.

Good News for Indian Hockey Fans: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is live on Neo Sports.

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Good News for Indian Hockey Fans: Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 is live on Neo Sports.

In the India’s third match of the campaign, Great Britain took lead in 29th and doubled it in 44th minute in well worked penalty corners through Glenn Kirkham and Ben Hawes, but India equalized through  Raghunath (PC) and Sunil (FG) in 56th and 59th minutes respectively, only to concede third goal of the game when Nick Caltin scored the winner for his team by putting the ball above advancing PR Sreejesh after latching on to ball from Mat Daly through Indian defenders on the top of semi circle. (Great Britain Beat India to Climb the Table)

Points Table till 27th May (Schedule/Results here):
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Great Britain Beat India to Climb the Table

Great Britain men battled to a deserved 3-2 victory over India in their second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia on Sunday. Despite high temperatures and humidity which clearly suited their rivals, Great Britain dug deep and held them at bay to secure a win which leaves them second in the table ahead of the next set of matches on Monday.

Great Britain had much of the possession in the first half and dominated for long periods, but India looked dangerous on the counter attack.

British pressure paid off when, seven minutes before half time, good team play led to a well worked penalty corner move was finished by East Grinstead’s Glenn Kirkham.

Britain were worth their half time lead, but Cannock goalkeeper James Fair had to be alert on two occasions, saving well from Danish and Gurbaj Singh. Continue reading →