Australia‘s Jamie Dwyer named Hero Best Player at the event in Raipur, India
Australia won the men’s Hero Hockey World League 2015 champions thanks to 2-1 win against Belgium in the tournament final in Raipur, India. But it was party time for the hosts, India, who clinched Bronze medal by defeating mighty Dutch team in high voltage match in shoot-out after being held for 5-5 draw in regulation time in front full capacity Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium.
The crowd witnessed Rupinder Pal Singh score twice in the contest but it was the shoot-out heroics of goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh that gave Asian champions India victory in what was one of the games of the tournament and one of most important medal won by the Asian Giants in recent decades.
Australia’s Jamie Dwyer was named Hero Best Player of the tournament, while Arthur van Doren of Belgium was given the NMDC Best Junior Player award. Netherlands shot-stopper Jaap Stockmann was named SECL Best Goalkeeper while Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina finished as Hero Top Scorer with eight goals. The NTPC Fans Choice Award went to Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh.
World Rankings updated following conclusion of Continental Championships
Australia men and Netherlands women remain top
Venezuela men and Dominican Republic women biggest risers, India men climb 2 spots to 6th place
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) released the latest World Rankings earlier today following the conclusion of all five Continental Championships. Men’s World Cup holders Australia and women’s Olympic and World champions Netherlands remain at the top of the FIH World Rankings.
FIH Men’s and Women’s World Ranking released on 6th November 2015
India jumped up two places into sixth as they look to enter the top five nations in the world, while the biggest rise in the men’s rankings saw Venezuela move up 22 places to 47. India men are biggest climbers in the top ten bracket. India leapfrogged Belgium and New Zealand to reach to 6th spot from 8th in last ranking. Continue reading →
Star-studded Air India dethroned Indian Oil Corporation Limited 3-1 in the men’s final to lift the 2nd Bengaluru Hockey Cup, while in women’s competition Haryana XI edged past defending champions Madhya Pradesh Academy 2-1 in shoot-out to win the title. Both the teams played a 0-0 draw in the regulation time at the hockey Stadium here on Monday.
Air India (Men) and Haryana (Women): Champions of Bengaluru Cup 2015 Hockey Tournament
Winners Haryana XI (women) and Air India (men) got richer by 2.5 lakhs and runners-up MP Academy (women) and IOCL (men) were awarded with 1.25 lakhs each.
Women: Best Player: Rashmy PP (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Rukmini Virk (Haryana); Best Defender: Nisha (Haryana XI); Midfielder: Manpreet Kaur (MP Academy); Forward: Reena Khokhar (MP Academy) Men: Upcoming Player: Md Raheel (Karnataka); Best Goalkeeper: Adrian D’ Souza (Air India); Best Defender: Cheeyanna (Air India); Midfielder: Sonu Ponnanna (Karnataka); Forward: Binay Bengera (Army XI). Continue reading →
Riding on Harmanpreet Singh’s double strike, India Junior Men Team edged past the host team Malaysia by 2-1 in their fourth league match of the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup, being played at Johor Bahru today.
Harmanpreet Singh of India in action against Malaysia during 5th Sultan of Johor Cup 2015
The Indian colts dominated the match from the first minute and penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh’s two conversions in helped his team to earn three more points. With 9 points, defending champion India Junior Men Team now leads the points-table, ahead of Great Britain (8 points) and Argentina (7 points). Continue reading →