Chief Coach should have full power of selection and managing the team and he should be responsible for debacle also, but only after giving him power and time to improve the team. He should be supported in all sense, then only we should expect results from. The Indian Hockey system is not giving freedom of selection and not providing the facilities which he has been demanding from starting of his tenure. Chief Coach Jose Brasa, is great but he need backing from the system. Please read the following article written by Mr. K. Arumugam (www.stick2hockey.com)
Indian hockey’s real culprits, the selectors
Argentina’s humiliating defeat in the Football World Cup quarters again gives us a message – great players need not be equally great in coaching. Continue reading →
Indian women’s national hockey team played a draw against Germany, lost to Aussies and beat Ireland to finish third in round robin format tournament played at Essen in Germany from 25 June to 27 June 2010.
Indian eves went in break with 0-2 deficit but recovered remarkably against world number four and hosts Germany in their first match of the tournament. Rosalin Ralte, Rani Rampal and skipper Surinder Kaur scored for India. The hosts opened account in 12th minute from a penalty conversion by Tina Bachmann. Experienced Natascha Keller increase the lead in 24th minute for the hosts. Roselin Ralte scored for India in 3rd minute after break. Lydia Hasse made it 3-1 for Germany in the 51st minute, but India kept on fighting till the end. 15 years old Rani Ramphal scored from a penalty corner in 63 minute and in the last moments skipper Surinder Kaur successfully found the equaliser. Continue reading →
CM Cup Standings
2. Army XI
4. Air India
Experienced IOCL won the CM Cup who beat Army XI by 3-2 in finals on 20 June at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Shantinagar (Bangalore).
Former Indian captain Ignace Tirkey played a wonderful game for Army , but Indian Oil (IOCL) game plan proved better to win the match and CM Cup.
Hamza Mujtaba (47, 55) scored a brace for IOCL and Ramandeep Singh scored the 3rd goal for IOCL. It was the Army who took lead in the game through Sunil Ekka in 36th minute and he pulled one back in 66th minute.
BPCL beat Air India 3-2 to finish third. Karmit Singh (14, 65) scored a brace and Sher Singh scored the other goal in the 39th minute for BPCL. M Minz (27) and Sandeep Michael (31) scored for Air India.
Some more pics at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=17918&id=107853889244649
India won the India-Canada Cup 2010, which was played in Canada from June 15 to June 20. Indian women’s clinched the 4 match series by wining the 1st and 3rd match while other two matches were drawn.
The results were as following:
First Test: 3-2
Second Test: 1-1
Third Test: 4-1
Fourth Test: 2-2
India will now visit Germany to feature in the Four-Nations tournament at Essen from June 25-27. The other teams in the field are Germany, Australia and Ireland. It will be good learning tournament before WC 2010, which will be played in Argentina from August 29 to September 11.
For more details and photographs please visit www.fieldhockey.ca
It was great atmosphere at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Shantinagar (Bangalore) in the semi-finals of the CM Cup 2010 which is being organized by Karnataka State Government.
Army XI and IOCL will be playing for the title tomorrow at 7:00 PM, which has includes cash prize of Rs 6 Lacs for the winners. IOCL beat BPCL 3-2 to reach the finals.
It was the game of nerve holding between Air India and Army XI, where Army XI showed the coolness and snatched the game from Air India who were leading 2-1 at half and had scored in the 2nd minute of the game. Army came back strongly in second half to level the game in stipulated time at 3-3. I think Air India tried to push the game to penalty strokes to have advantage of experienced goalie Adrian D’Souza but that was not good for Air India, Army XI goalie stopped a stroke of experienced V.S. Vinaya who has represented India in the past and won the match for Army. He had brilliant second half when saved many attempts from Air India.
Another blog on the day with more photographs by Mr. Shashank Gupta who is very active in promotion of hockey through One Thousand Hockey Legs: http://hockeyandhockey.blogspot.com/2010/06/domestic-indian-hockey-cm-cup-in.html
Here are the some photos from the match (Wish I had an SLR with me 🙁 )
Once again a good news for Hockey Lovers 🙂
50 Teams would be participating at Senior National Hockey Tournament.
The love of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan towards Hockey has given another chance for the hockey lovers to watch this tournament in July in Bhopal.
Chennai Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Harayana and Chandigarh had put their bid to organise the tournament at the General meeting at Indian Hockey Federation. But
Sports and Cultural Youth Bhopal has won the bid to organise the tournament.
After the announcement by Sanjay Chowdary, Sports Director, there was a atmosphere of joy in the citizens of Bhopal. After successfully organising All India Obaidullah Cup and Women’s Hockey tournament at Aishbagh stadium with Astro Turf, now Senior National Hockey Tournament would be organised in which 50 teams throughout the country would be participating.
Olympian Sameer Dad Jallauddin Rizvi, Enam Ur Rehman welcomed the decision and said that it will encourage Hockey in the state. After 1975, this tournament is again going to be organised in the Capital.