Black Sticks continue winning streak in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The Black Sticks Men have continued their winning streak with an emphatic 5-0 rout over Canada at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Malaysia. Black Sticks started the campaign with a 4-2 win over hosts Malaysia, followed by a 2-1 win over India.

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Hugo Inglis in action for Black Sticks against Canada at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Leading by one goal at halftime, the Kiwis put together a highlight reel of hockey late in the third quarter with three goals in four minutes. A double from man of the match Hugo Inglis and another strike from captain Simon Child took Canada out of contention in a matter of minutes.

The result sees the Black Sticks solidify second spot with three wins from three matches behind Australia on goal difference with two round robin games still to play against Australia and Korea. Continue reading →

Dwyer’s Hat-Trick make it 3 off 3 for Kookaburras in Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Jamie Dwyer continued his good form in front of goal as his hat-trick led the Kookaburras to a 5-2 victory over Korea at the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 on Wednesday. The three-time Olympian, later named Man of the Match, was joined on the score sheet by fellow Olympic gold medallist, captain Mark Knowles, and Eddie Ockenden, who struck his 60th goal for Australia.

Jamie Dwyer - Kookaburras / Australian Hockey Player

Jamie Dwyer is back in Kookaburras team after a long break from international hockey (Photo Credit : Raghu Prasad R V)

After his record-breaking 322nd appearance for Australia’s Kookaburras in the opening game, Jamie Dwyer is in red-hot form. He is still as hungry as ever and have scored 6 goals in 3 matches played in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 taking his personal goal tally to 212 in the green and gold. He has now overtaken Jay Stacy, who retired following the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, as Australia’s most capped hockey player ever.

The result keeps the Kookaburras top of the standings after three matches, ahead of second place New Zealand Black Sticks on goal difference .The trans-Tasman rivals meet on Thursday evening. In earlier matches Australia defeated Canada by 7-0 on opening day and edged past hosts Malaysia by 3-2 on second day of the tournament.

It was a performance of which Head Coach Graham Reid declared he “couldn’t fault their attitude and endeavour”, although he cautioned “we can’t expect to win tournaments giving away 11 corners [in a match]. That’s something to work on. Continue reading →

Black Sticks score late win over India in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

After a good match against Korea yesterday, India went down (1-2) against Black Sticks as Andy Hayward scored a late goal in their 2nd game of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. Korea defeated Canada by 3-1, while defending champions Australia edged past gritty hosts  by 3-2 in the other matches of the day.

Black Sticks Ace Drag Flicker Andy Hayward celebrating with his team mates after a goal against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

File Photo: Black Sticks Andy Hayward celebrating a goal with his team mates (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Black Sticks Captain Simon Child and Andy Hayward goals helped them seal the win while it was Akashdeep Singh who scored the lone goal for India. Incidentally, three of them play in same team in Hockey India League, Delhi Waveriders.

After a goalless first half, Black Sticks captain Simon Child put the Kiwis on the scoreboard in the 38th minute after getting a feather touch on a hard shot at goal from Shay Neal in goalmouth melee when Indian defence failed to clear the ball at multiple occasions. India responded with an equaliser just 5 minutes later when Akashdeep Singh pounced on a penalty corner deflection to slip the ball through goalkeeper Devon Manchester’s outstretched leg. Continue reading →

India played a 2-2 draw with Korea in their 1st Match of Azlan Shah Cup

India held Korea with a 2-2 draw on the inaugural day of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia, today. While Australia outclassed Canada by 7-0 and New Zealand defeated hosts Malaysia by 4-2 in other two matches of day.

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia

The match between the two Asian teams turned out to be exciting as the teams were seen in complete action not letting the other team taking advantage on the scoring prospects, but the Indian fans were seen blaming the Hockey India, Sports Channels and Government for not making live broadcast available. They want to see their heroes playing in such an important international tournament but sadly, it’s not available in India. Continue reading →

India are Looking win in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Opener against Korea

With the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup commencing tomorrow (5th April, 2015) at Azlan Shah Stadium, in Ipoh (Malaysia), India is all set-up to start with the win in their first clash against the Korea. The tournament is supposed to be live telecast by Neo Sports in India.

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

India and Korea last met each other in the Semi-Final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, where the former defeated the hosts by 1-0 to advance to final and eventually winning the Asiads title after 16 years.

The team under the leadership of experienced Sardar Singh and the new Chief Coach Paul van Ass will look forward to repeat the win against the Korean team. Being the first international tournament for the Indian team in 2015, the well-trained 18-member squad aims to mark a win by showcasing the best game skills on the ground to ensure a great year ahead. Continue reading →

India Men Depart to Ipoh for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

After an intense and highly competitive Hero Hockey India League, the Men’s Hockey Team of India is all geared-up for their first international tournament of the year – the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup – to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from 5th April to 12th April 2015. The Asian Games Gold medallist Indian team will face Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Canada and host Malaysia in the prestigious tournament.

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The team will be led by Captain Sardar Singh and supported by Vice-Captain PR Sreejesh. Also this will be the first tournament under new Chief Coach of India Paul van Ass and the team looks confident of starting the tourney on a winning note. The 18-member squad will depart today at 11:00 pm from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Continue reading →