Black Sticks Women lose second test

The Black Sticks Women have lost their second consecutive match against Korea going down 3-4 in Taeneung, Korea tonight.

After losing 2-3 in the first match of the series, the Black Sticks again let the home side notch up three first half goals which the Kiwis were unable to recover from.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said his side were too loose in defence and they were punished on the counter-attack.

“Despite our defensive errors we continued to create opportunities on attack but simply lacked the ability to finish them off.” Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women lose 3-2 to Korea

The Black Sticks Women have lost 3-2 to Korea tonight in their first of three test matches being played in Taeneung, Korea.

Playing in 30 degree heat, Korea made the most of their opportunities early on and despite goals from Katie Glynn and Krystal Forgesson in the second half, it was not enough to give the Kiwis the result they were after.

“Defensive errors cost us tonight. We need to be more clinical in the attacking third and really work hard to finish off the chances that we create,” said Black Sticks Women’s coach Mark Hager. Continue reading →

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012: Preview

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the most prestigious hockey tournament outside FIH calendar, which has been regularly hosted since its inception in 1983 and have been played 20 times till 2011. Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 will be 21st edition and special with the fact that it will be played on blue pitch with yellow ball, as in London Olympics 2012, at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh (Perak, Malaysia), which can be reached in two hours by and located in north of Kuala Lumpur.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Since, Olympics are round the corner, every team will try to test their strategy and finalize their squads for London, this edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is expected to witness some high class competitive matches and not forget to clash of arch rivals India and Pakistan on 31st May, 2012. Korea, New Zealand and India are in same pool in London Games, while other three teams Great Britain, Argentina and Pakistan are in one pool in Olympics, so it will be interesting to see how do they play each other in their last face-to-face before locking horns in quadrennial event on Riverbank Arena, London. Teams have studied their opponents very well before the tournament, while Korean coach Shin Kyo Seok feels that current Indian team is impressive and will be difficult for them to tackle India after watching the videos of Indian team playing against Germany, Australia and Great Britain in Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament in London. Continue reading →

Jr Asia Cup Schedule and Results

Junior Asia Cup 20127th Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2012

Dates: 03 May – 13 May 2012
at MELAKA (Malaysia)

Final Standings:
1. Malaysia, 2. Pakistan, 3. India, 4. Korea, (First four qualifies for Junior World Cup 2013, to be held in India)
5. Japan, 6. China, 7. Iran and 8. Sri Lanka

Participating teams:
Standing After League Round
Pool A:
1. Malaysia, 2. Korea, 3. Japan, 4. Iran
Pool B: 1. Pakistan, 2. India, 3. China, 4. Sri Lanka

Schedule:

May 3, 2012:
Korea vs Japan (Pool A) : 4-1
Malaysia vs Iran (Pool A) : 6-1

May 4, 2012:
Pakistan vs China (Pool B) : 1-0
India vs Sri Lanka (Pool B) : 11-0 Continue reading →

India will be in Full Strength at Ipoh for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012

In contrary to Chief Coach Michael Nobbs’ hints of fielding a relatively young squad in 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will be going to Ipoh (Malaysia) in full strength to take part in the tournament to be held from 24 May to 03 June 2012.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and mid-fielder Sardar Singh will be the captain and vice-captain of the 18 member Indian team, which is almost same as the team being fielded by India for Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012 with only two changes. Rupinderpal Singh replaces Ignace Tirkey in deep defence, while Dharamvir Singh comes in place of Chinglensana Singh forward line .

The seven nation tournament will see fierce competition, on blue artificial pitch with yellow balls, from Argentina, Great Britain, India, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan (all will be playing London Olympics) apart from hosts Malaysia.

Five winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will play their first match of tournament against New Zealand on 24 May, then followed by matches against Korea (25 May), Great Britain (27 May), Malaysia (28 May), Argentina (30 May) and Pakistan (31 May).

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), Sreejesh PR Continue reading →

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 Schedule/Results

21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament

Azlan Shah Cup 2012 will be played on Blue PitchTournament Dates: 24 May- 3 June 2012
Venue: Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia

Final Standings:
Gold Medal: New Zealand (Their First Title)
Silver Medal: Argentina
Bronze Medal: India
4. Great Britain, 5. Korea, 6. Malaysia and 7. Pakistan.

Fairplay: Great Britain
Best Player of Tournament: Sardar Singh (India)
Best Goalkeeper: Kyle Pontifex (New Zealand)
Top Scorer: Ashley Jackson ( Great Britain)
Man of the Match (Final): Kyle Pontifex (New Zealand)

Live Telecast on Neo Sports in India and on Astro Arena in Malaysia 

League Stage Final Points Table: Continue reading →