Black Sticks Men top of the table in Malaysia

The Black Sticks Men have won their third consecutive match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 3-1 win over Pakistan in Ipoh, Malaysia last night.

The victory puts New Zealand well clear at the top of the table as the only team with three victories.

The Black Sticks made a cracking start with a Ryan Archibald field goal and an Andy Hayward penalty corner putting the Kiwis 2-0 up after just 11 minutes.

They held on to the 2-0 lead through to the break and extended it to 3-0 early in the second spell when Nick Wilson put away a penalty corner rebound.

Pakistan responded with a goal in the 44th minute and put the Kiwis under some immense pressure in the last 20 minutes. But some resolute defence, in particular from goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex, kept Pakistan scoreless for the rest of the match. Continue reading →

Great Britain Suffer Late Malaysian Fightback

Great Britain’s men found themselves pegged back in the stifling final stages of their opening match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia as the hosts scored twice in the final three minutes to draw 3-3.  Great Britain had stormed into a 3-1 lead at the break thanks to goals from East Grinstead pair Glenn Kirkham and Ashley Jackson and one from Surbiton’s Rob Moore.  And there were further chances to extend the lead in the second period before Malaysia hit back late.

Things began well for Great Britain, who welcomed back Surbiton’s Matt Daly to the side after a long term injury kept him sidelined for much of the year.  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 →