Both India and Ireland, who qualified for the FIH World League Semi-Finals through Hockey World League 2 New Delhi in February 2013, will travel to Rotterdam, Netherlands from 13th – 23rd June 2013 .
Indian Men’s Hockey Team: Champions Hockey World League 2 New Delhi 2013
The other teams at Rotterdam competition will be Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain, who qualified by FIH Rankings, while two others yet to be determined i.e. the winner of the upcoming World League 2 tournament in France and the highest ranked second place team from the French or Russia World League 2 competition. Continue reading →
17 March 2013: In a dramatic final match, Australia scored four seconds before full-time winning 3-2 and denying Malaysia (ranked 13th), in front of a home crowd of 15,000, the chance to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. While defending champions New Zealand (Black Sticks) finished fourth having lost 2-1 to Korea and India defeated Pakistan (4-2) to finish fifth.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013
This was fourth appearance of Malaysia in the final of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 22 Editions and 30 years. Malaysia lost to Australia in 2007 and India in 1985 and 2009 in their other final appearance.
In today’s Final Match: Faizal Saari, continuing with his fine form, took his side ahead in 4th minute after they won back-to-back penalty corners to score his sixth goal of the tournament. Malaysian were in control of the game, but Australia made use of their first penalty corner to equalize. Nicholas Budgeon scored the equaliser in the 29th minute on PC, while Craig Boyne earned lead (2-1) for his team in the very next minute. Continue reading →
16 March 2013: India were held by Malaysia for 2-2 to deny them a place in Bronze Medal match while Black Sticks fell short 3-2 against Australia and Korea held Pakistan for 2-2 draw at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to set up the summit clash between World #2 side Kookaburras and #13 Malaysia (Points table and all results here).
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013
Malaysia have played in the final on three occasions, in 1985, 2007 and 2009. They lost to India in 85 and 09 and lost to Australia in 07. In the 21 past editions the hosts have yet to lift the trophy. And they will fancy their chances against the Australians who they drew 1-1 in the league match.
India finished at last place in table with draw against Malaysia and will now face Pakistan in wooden spoon match. Malaysia went ahead with a goal from Faizal Saari in 6th minute on Malaysia’s 1st PC of the match. After missing an easy chance in 11th minute, young Mandeep Singh scored the equalizer for India in 20th and the 1-1 score stayed till half time. India went ahead with Rupinder Pal Singh’s low drag flick on PC in second half, which was equalized by Faizal Saari on a controversial penalty stroke in last minute. Continue reading →
38 Years ago, when most of the current hockey players and fans were not born, India defeated defending champions Pakistan to win their only World Cup title on 15th March 1975 in Kuala Lumpur. On the way to final India defeated reigning Olympic Champions Germany in pool stage and hosts Malaysia in the Semi-Final in extra time.
A complitation about India’s only World Cup Title
Watch Full 1975 World Cup Hockey Final (India Vs Pakistan) here
But Who remembers this day?
1975 World Cup Champion Indian Hockey Team with World Cup (Photo courtesy: stick2hockey.com)
38 summers ago this day turned out to be a red-lettered day in the Indian sports. A team prepared under patronage of a State government – it was due to internal feud between two factions of Indian Hockey Federation, a familiar affair even nowadays – a low key team that lost to a Pan-American team in the pool shrugged off its lethargy in time and went on to win the World Cup, defeating two Asian giants, one in the semis others in the final. read more on stick2hockey.com
14 March 2013: The Black Sticks Men defeated India to set-up a crucial match against Australia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, other two matches, Australia vs Korea and Malaysia vs Pakistan, were drawn.
Andy Hayward scored a goal today
With the draws, Australia and Malaysia remain top of the table on eight points with Malaysia set to play India on Saturday. The Black Sticks are on six points followed by Korea and Pakistan on four and India on three points.
With a win against India and six points in the bag, the Black Sticks will play Australia in a winner takes all match that could well decide the finalist. Thursday’s game was a must-win, with both teams on three points they needed the victory to stay in contention for a place in Sunday’s final. Continue reading →
File Photo: Akashdeep Singh (India) who scored a goal today for India against Pakistan in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 (Photo by Raghu Prasad R V)
As expected, the India-Pakistan match was much more than any other hockey game, started on frantic pace, 1st goal in 4th minute, an equalizer within next minute and another goal in next 5 minute. Though, the match became little slow as it progressed but remained interesting. A superb show by Indian Goal Keeper PR Sreejesh who won the game for India with his fantastic saves/double saves on PCs, rebounds and on almost everything including deflections from defenders’ sticks. Continue reading →