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 →

Hockey India announces list of 32 Junior Men Players for Monthly Stipend

Hockey India has named 32 junior men hockey players to be given a monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 each. This will come as a big support for the talented players to purchase their equipment and help reduce the financial burden on their families.

Hockey India Logo

Hockey India

Hockey India will make quarterly payments from the quarter of July-September 2012. Besides, best quality goalkeeping kits to the three goalkeepers shortlisted.

Out of 32 junior men players selected for monthly stipend by Hockey India 13 were members of the Indian team that won bronze medal in the 7th Junior Men’s Asia Cup recently concluded at Malacca, Malaysia from 3-13 May 2012. Continue reading →

Indian Girls’ Journey to their First Silver at 6th Jr Asia Cup (Women’s)

India was led to their first Silver Medal at the Junior Women’s Asia Cup by experienced mid-fielder Ritu Rani, with forward Poonam Rani as her deputy (Team Details) in the 6th edition of the tournament, which was played in Bangkok, Thailand.

Final Standings of the tournament are as following:
1. China, 2. India, 3. Korea, 4. Japan, 5. Malaysia, 6. Thailand, 7. Sri Lanka, 8. Pakistan, 9. Singapore and 10. Kazakhstan (All Results of 6th Women’s Jr Asia Cup, Bangkok Thailand)

Ritu Rani

File Photo: Ritu Rani

India defeated Sri Lanka and Singapore 16-0 and 9-0 respectively, before losing to eventual Champions China 2-5. Then India overcame stiff Malaysian competition and defeated them (2-1) to reach Semi Finals and took the 2nd placed after China who won all of their games in Pool A (Detailed Article: India Vs Japan and Korea vs China in the Semis of Jr Asia Cup (Women’s)). Continue reading →

India beat South Africa 6-5 in the third test

India defeated South Africa 6-5 in a thrilling third test at La Albericia, the capital city of Cantabria, on Sunday night.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Strikers Shivendra Singh (13th, 38th minutes), Dharamvir Singh (19th, 21 st minute), Tushar Khandker (36 th minute) and penalty corner specialist V.R. Raghunath (penalty stroke 53 rd minute) were on target for India.

The goal-scorers for South Africa were Austin Smith (penalty stroke 17th, penalty corner 69th), Tim Drummond (42nd), Ian Haley (48th) and Justin Ried Ross (penalty corner 67th).

Shivendra put India ahead in the 13th minute, scoring a field goal. South Africa – who qualified for the London Olympics winning the last qualifier at Kakamigahara in Japan – equalised four minutes later through Smith, who converted a penalty stroke. Continue reading →

India manage to defeat South Africa 6-5, after Leading 5-1

South Africa lost narrowly (6-5) to India which saw their spirited fight back in Second Half after trailing 3-1 at Half Time and 5-1 till 43rd minute of a 11-goal thriller game in their first of three unofficial Tests in Santander, Spain.

Bharat Chetri

File Photo: Bharat Chetri (Captain India)

The Team India opened accounts in the 12th minute of the game though South Africa was better in possession in the opening. South Africans were back in the game once as they started attacking in search for an equalizer. 5 Minutes after India’s goal, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri earned yellow card for himself and a penalty stroke for South Africa with hard tackle on Marvin Harper, which Lloyd Madsen converted easily to level the scores.

India’s Dharamvir Singh scored two goals in quick succession on counters after turn overs in mid-field to earn 3-1 lead for India before the lemon break. Continue reading →

Spain beat India 2-1 in the 2nd test of Santander series

The Spanish team defeated India (2-1) in the second test match at Santander as both teams are in final stage of preparations for the London Games. Sandeep Singh (Penalty corner 28th minute) scored the solitary goal for India, while Spain registered goals through Pau Quemada (34th minute) and Santi Freixa (Penalty corner 69th minute).

Ignace Tirkey

File Photo: Ignace Tirkey, who marked 250th International Cap

After drawing first test (3-3) against World Number 5 side spain, India continued to play a fast and attacking game. And took lead through the penalty corner goal by ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh in 28th minute.

Uncomfortable on the field Spain managed to level the score (1-1) through Pau Quemada’s field  goal which turned the tied. The hosts took possession of the ball and set up the tempo of game after the lemon break. The Skipper of Spain, Santi Freixa converted a penalty in the 69th minute to win the game for his team to avoid second consecutive draw. Continue reading →