Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Schedule/Results

Schedule/Results of Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament:

Test event, a part of London Prepares Series, 2-6 May, 2012 at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London.

Men’s Final Standings:
1. Germany, 2. Australia, 3. Great Britain and 4. India

Women’s Final Standings:
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Women’s Four Nation Tournament 2 at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand)

The Black Sticks Women will take on USA (ranked 10th), India (ranked 13th) and old rivals Australia (ranked 7th) in a Four Nations from 12 – 22 April 2012. This Four Nations event will be played as two identical tournaments – so there will be two finals!

The second tournament will be played at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium from 18-22 April
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Women’s Four Nation Tournament 1 at North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand)

The Black Sticks Women will take on USA (ranked 10th), India (ranked 13th) and old rivals Australia (ranked 7th) in a Four Nations from 12 – 22 April 2012. This Four Nations event will be played as two identical tournaments – so there will be two finals!

The first tournament will be played at North Harbour Hockey Stadium from 12-16 April
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India in Finals for against France(Men’s) and South Africa (Women’s)

Indian girls did wonderful a job in overcoming the defencive mode of their Italian counter-parts. As Italy needed a just draw to reach the finals of Olympic Qualifiers (to be played tomorrow at 8PM IST), whose winner will be play in London 2012, they played defencive and did not want to concede goals and attacked rarely. So India had to face a lot of resiliance from the Italians and this deadlock continued till the 55th minute of the game, when India’s Ritu Rani sent the ball in net on a high rebound from Italy’s Gaolkeeper’s pads on Jaspreet Kaur flick on a penalty corner. Italian players protested but Ritu Rani’s stick was not dangerously high. And, after having lead India, India had to do lot of work in defence as Italy was in attacking mode, but hosts kept attacking also. Though India conceded a penalty corner but Joydeep Kaur stood tall between the nets and fierce hit from Italy’s player and deflected it just wide with her stick. Indian women’s team game lacked the intensity initially, as they missed many opportunity which came their way, finally the hard work gave them the deserved win and a place in finals, a chance to play in Olympics after 32 years. Girls would take it both handed, should go all out against South Africa in the finals tomorrow at 8:00PM IST in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi, plus they will have crowd behind them.

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

South Africa Vs India in the Final of Hero FIH Road to London

Poland was tough nut to crack for India (already in the final, as France was held by Canada). Not only the Polish team took lead in 13th minute (PC goal by DUTKIEWICZ Tomasz), but also equalized (2-2) in 63rd minute through PC goal by JUSZCZAK Miroslaw. While India first levelled the score in 26th minute though a direct conversion of penalty by Sandeep Singh and they could take lead only in 59th minute through nicely worked pass Sarvanjit Singh to Shivendra Singh in front of Goal mouth, who neatly deflected it into the net. But 4 minutes later, Poland restored parity, which lasted on 90 seconds and India lead again (3-2) in 65th minute through an unstoppable flick by Raghunath on a penalty corner. Sandeep Singh converted the last PC, which they got at the stroke final hooter to make it 4-2.

24th February’s Results:
W13 UKR – POL 1 – 0 (1 – 0)           M13 ITA – SIN 4 – 0 (2 – 0)
W14 RSA – CAN 4 – 1 (1 – 1)            M14 FRA – CAN 1 – 1 (0 – 1)
W15 ITA – IND 0 – 1 (0 – 0)   M15 IND – POL 4 – 2 (1 – 1)  

 Fixtures of Qualification matches: Continue reading →

Indian Eves were Impressive, Men’s Big Tests Ahead

Indian women’s team came up with impressive performance, after yesterday’s draw against Ukraine, to beat Canada with an impressive score of 4-1. Their men counterparts did well in converting penalty corners (4 successful conversion of 5 chances) to defeat Italy 8-1. But Indian mens did not look as ruthless as they were against Singapore. They committed some usual mistakes in defending e.g. as slow foot movement. These mistakes against top teams may cause dearly.

Ansuta Lakra

Ansuta Lakra, Player of the match

For India, Sandeep singh found board thrice out of 4 PCs (4th, 22nd and 23rd Minute), while Ragunath scored 1 PC (that was second PC for India) goal in 12th Minute, SV Sunil scored a goal in each half (30th and 38th Minute), Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Shivendra Singh found the target once each in 32nd and 52nd Minute respectively. While Italy pulled one back in 17th Minute through NANNI Alessandro in an indirect penalty corner conversion. Italy managed to hold India very well in second half and conceded only two goal after lemon break when the score board read 6-1 in favor of the hosts.

India vs Canada women’s match, started on quite rough note when Canadian mid-fielder body tackled an Indian player and kept the physios on both side busy till the end, though all was un-intentional injuries. Determined Indian girls were on song and scored some beautiful goals with some individual skills and variations in penalty corners, but conceded unlucky one in the dying moment of the game. Continue reading →

Indian Womens held by Ukraine, Mens thrashed Singapore ruthlessly

mIIndian womens started their journey on “Hero FIH Road to London” on a disappointing note when they were held by lowly ranked Ukraine 1-1, on the other hand their mens counterpart performed as per expectation when they thrashed the minnows Singapore with score line reading 15-1 at the end of 70 minutes.

gurvinder singh chandi

Gurvinder Singh Chandi

Indian men’s scored 15 goals through  Gurwinder Singh Chandi (FG10th Minute, FG21, FG40), Sardar Singh (FG11), Shivendra Singh (FG18, FG30), Danish Mujtaba (PC25,FG52), Tushar Khandkar (FG42), Sandeep Singh(PC47),  SK Uthappa (PC48), Yuvraj Walmiki (FG53), SV Sunil (FG54, FG57) and Birendra Lakra (FG70), while Singapore registered on score board through Enrico Marican (FG39). Clearly India dominated the game, but Singapore pulled off some nice saves, specially in Penalty Corners.

Indian women’s team slow in start, the first half saw a under-standard performance by Indian eves, but when they came out with loaded ammunition in second half, could only manage to level the score through Yendala Soundarya in 42nd minute. Some contraversial decision by umpires made sure that Ukraine escaped with the one point from the match after taking the lead in 26th through captain Maryna Vynohradova in penalty corner.

Tomorrow(February 19th)’s Matches:
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