Where would India stand at the Hague? Delhi or London or Melbourne!

India’s men Hockey team will be opening their Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 campaign against Belgium at 1930 IST, which will be available live on Indian television on Ten Sports. As the Indian Hockey fans have high hopes from the team, Coach Terry Walsh feels they can finish in top 8.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

What do you think, where India will stand at the end of Rabobank Hockey World Cup? Will they improve from the performance of last edition or get another wooden spoon? When will they play their last match, will it be on 12th or 14th or 15th June? Let us have a look.

In the last edition of the quadrennial hockey extravaganza, India finished 8th above their World Ranking in 2010 at New Delhi, while returned home with wooden spoon from London Olympics 2012 after losing all the matches. Indian side bounced back towards the end 2012 as guided India finished at fourth place in Melbourne in Champions Trophy under the watchful eyes of Michael Nobbs. Continue reading →

England: A Nation Where Hockey Matters

03 December 2013: England Hockey reveals its strategy for 2013-17 and beyond.

London 2012 - Olympic Hockey (Courtesy: England Hockey)

London 2012 – Olympic Hockey (Courtesy: England Hockey)

Over recent months England Hockey has been developing and refining its strategy for the future of hockey in this country. With UK Sport and Sport England’s investment, and growing commercial revenues, England Hockey is ambitious about how it can take the sport forward in this Olympic cycle and beyond. There is a clear vision, a powerful philosophy and five core objectives that all those who have a role in advancing the sport can unite behind.

The vision is for England to be ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’. England Hockey aspires to deepen the passion of those who play, follow and deliver the sport by providing the best possible environments, the best possible experiences, and the support which clubs and deliverers of the game need. Meanwhile, reaching out to new audiences is also an important aim.

a video summarising England Hockey’s strategy for the coming years Continue reading →

Hockey Olympian Claire Laubach retires after 8 Years on USA Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 15, 2013 – 2012 Olympian Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.), who shares a story of perseverance and hard work that is nothing short of inspiring, is closing the chapter of an incredible field hockey career that includes three NCAA Division I National Championship titles and a Pan American gold medal. After eight years and 167 international competitions with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Laubach made the bittersweet decision to, in her own words, “pass the torch.”

As Laubach reflected on her career and time spent on the U.S. National Team, one of the most notable memories was the Pan American gold medal victory over the No. 1 world ranked team Argentina back in October 2011. The historic victory was not only a first for the U.S., but secured Laubach and Team USA a spot in the London Olympic Games. Continue reading →

Great Britain and England Women look to the future with “youth and experience”

Head Coach Lee has selected 29 athletes for the GB centralised training squad.

18 April 2013: As both the men’s and women’s squad settle into their new centralised training programmes this week, Great Britain and England Hockey are delighted to announce the athletes involved in the senior international women’s programme.

Looking to the future - Great Britain and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)

Looking to the future – GB and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)

Jason Lee, appointed as the new Head Coach of the England and Great Britain women’s team back in February, has named 29 athletes in his squad. With the continued and invaluable support of Investec, specialist bank and asset manager, and National Lottery funding , the coaching team and athletes will spend the next four years preparing for and building up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

After winning bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, 10 medallists return to the side with their sights firmly set on an exciting summer of tournaments and the road ahead. Reading’s Kate Walsh, Alex Danson, Emily Maguire and Helen Richardson; Leicester’s Hannah Macleod and Nicola White; Slough’s Ashleigh Ball; Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg; Loughborough Students’ Laura Unsworth and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton all return to the fold. Continue reading →

Rehan Butt is Enjoying New Responsibility of Coaching Junior Team, Rules out Retirement

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Men’s Hockey Captain, Rehan is not planning to stop wielding his stick anytime soon, though he has been out of favour since long. He, along with few other senior players were dropped from Pakistan team following dismal at London Olympics.

Rehan Butt former Pakistan Hockey Team Captain during World Series Hockey

Rehan Butt former Pakistan Hockey Team Captain

The experience forward applauded the performance of younger players in the recent international events including Melbourne Champions Trophy and Doha Asian Champions Trophy in December 2012, while speaking to Muhammad Asif Khan.

“Dropping me was the decision of the hockey federation, but frankly the players performed exceptionally well in the absence of some senior guys, therefore should be highly praised”, said Rehan Butt. Continue reading →

London legacy continues as hockey set to host Investec World League Semi Final

26 February 2013: England Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) are delighted to announce that London has been selected to host the women’s Investec Hockey World League Semi Final.

England Women's Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

England Women’s Hockey internationals Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

The event, a World Cup qualification tournament, will be staged as part of England Hockey’s ongoing commitment to fulfilling the legacy provided by the London 2012 Olympic Games. It will offer thousands of sports fans the opportunity to see world class hockey live in England again after watching the Great Britain women’s team win Olympic bronze at the Riverbank Arena. Continue reading →