Australia won Hero Hockey World League, India clinched Bronze

  • Kookaburras take title thanks to strikes from Jeremy Hayward and Matthew Dawson
  • Host nation India stun Netherlands in shoot-out to claim bronze medal
  • 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.

Highlights of Bronze Medal match:

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Ireland (M) and Japan (W) qualify for Rio Olympics as Kookaburras and Hockeyroos won Oceania Cup

  • Ireland men confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia win Oceania Cup
  • First Irish hockey team to take part in the Olympic Games since 1908
    Fifth place finish in Hockey World League Semi-Final enough to secure Ireland’s qualification
  • Japan women confirm their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as Australia and New Zealand qualify for Oceania Cup final
Ireland men's hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Ireland men’s hockey team during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Ireland men and Japan women have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It marks the first time in over 100 years since an Irish hockey team participated in an Olympic Games, with their men picking up the silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event which took place in London, England in 1908. Continue reading →

Schedule and Results: Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur LogoVenue: Raipur International Hockey Stadium, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) India
Dates: 27th November – 6th December 2015

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Belgium, 3. India, 4. Netherlands, 5. Argentina, 6. Great Britain, 7. Germany, 8. Canada

Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur Individual Awards:
Hero Best Player: Jamie Dwyer (AUS)
SECL Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED)
NMDC Best Junior: Arthur van Doren (BEL)
Hero Top Scorer: 8 – Gonzalo Peillat (ARG)
NTPC Fans Choice: P. R. Sreejesh (IND)

Participating Teams:
Pool A: Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium
Pool B: Argentina, India, Germany, Netherlands

Television Broadcast and Live Streaming Details of Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 Raipur:
Star Sports (India); Canal Siete (Argentina); NOS (Netherlands); Astro (Malaysia); OSN (North Africa and United Arab Emirates); Supersport (South Africa); PTV (Pakistan) and Willow TV (USA).
Live Stream: starsports.com

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#HWL2015 (M): Kookaburras triumph over Red Lions in final, Ceriello finds net in overtime PC

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Men
Final Standings: 1. Australia; 2. Belgium; 3. Great Britain; 4. India; 5. Ireland;
6. Malaysia; 7. France; 8. Pakistan; 9. Poland; 10. China

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award: John-John Dohmen (BEL)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Blake Govers (AUS)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: David Harte (IRL)
HERO Top Scorer: Blake Govers (AUS) – 7 goals

A dramatic late goal from Chris Ciriello gave Kookaburras, the Men’s Hockey team of Australia a 1-0 win over host nation Belgium to secure a first place finish at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp. Ciriello – who scored a hat-trick in the final of last year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup – struck with a blistering overtime penalty corner drag-flick to give the Kookaburras a hard-earned win in a fantastic and hugely competitive match with the Red Lions. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

Ceriello Scored Hat-Trick, As Kookaburras defeat India by 6-2 to Top Pool A #HWL2015 in Antwerp

The Kookaburras have finished on top of Pool A at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Riding on Chris Ceriello’s perfomance, Australia defeated India by 6-2 in their last pool match.

Christopher Ciriello Kookaburras Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello scored hat-trick for Kookaburras (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello’s hat-trick underpinned the result in a match that saw Jamie Dwyer find the roof of the net with a superb tomahawk strike from the top of the circle with Aran Zalewski and Kieran Govers also weighing in with goals. Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra scored one each for Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2014.

The result, 6-2 win over India, sets up Kookaburras a must-win quarter final clash against the fourth placed team in Pool B – currently Ireland, who are still to play hosts Belgium today (02:00am AEST, Monday 29 June). India will face third place team in Pool B i.e. Malaysia currently. Anything less than an Irish win will mean they face the Kookaburras in Wednesday’s quarter final. An Irish victory over Belgium would pit the Kookaburras against Malaysia and then, India would face Ireland or Belgium depending on margin of the victory. Continue reading →