Gurbaj to lead India in 3-Nation Cup at Lahore

Here, we see development hockey team of India, which will be route of the players to find a place in Indian Hockey Team for debut or return after injury. In such fashion, talented midfielder Gurbaj Singh will make his return to hockey after a knee injury, due to which he missed the Olympic Qualifiers. He has been named leader of Indian developmental team that will take part in the next month’s 3-Nation Cup at Lahore (Pakistan) which will be held from 9-13 April, 2012.

Fitness Training: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

File Photo: Gurbaj Singh, Manpreet Singh, Amar Aiyamma, Sarvanjit Singh, etc..

Apart from hosts Pakistan, India and Malaysia complete the line up. Though, the tour of India hockey team is subject to clearance by Government of India.

According to a Hockey India media release, The team was selected by HI selectors B.P Govinda and Syed Ali, along with Government Observer Harbinder Singh, after conducting trials at SAI Centre, Bangalore on 16 and 17 March 2012.

The team includes four players who represented India in the recently concluded Olympic Qualifiers in New Delhi, where India beat France in the final thus booking their London Olympic Games ticket.

The Squad:
Goalkeepers: P.T Rao, Nanak Singh Continue reading →

Hosts Malaysia won Sultan of Johor Cup, India returns empty handed

The hosts Malaysia won the inaugural edition of Sultan of Johor Cup 2011 by beating Australia 3-2 on golden goal at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Bahru, while India fought back gallantly to draw level on two occasions, only to lose out in extra time 4-3 in Bronze Medal game. Harpeet Singh, Amit Rohidass and Satbir scored for India, while the Indian goalie palmed a penalty stroke in the last minute of regulation time to take the match in extra time. Indian team looked good in the patches through out tournament. They scored 4 goals in the first half and conceded 6 in second half against Korea in the opening match, played a good game against Aussies, then won against New Zealand and thrashed Pakistan 5-1 to keep themselves in the race for finals, but were at receiving ends in the last league against hosts Malaysia to get spanked by 5-1.

sultan-of-johor-cup-2011Roll of Honour
Champion: Malaysia
Runners-up: Australia
Third: South Korea
Fourth: India
Fifth: Pakistan
Sixth: New Zealand

Man-of-the-match (final): Mohamed Hazrul Faiz (Malaysia)
Best player of tournament: Mohamed Fitri Saari (Malaysia)
Best goalkeeper: Mohamed Hazrul Faiz (Malaysia)
Top scorer: Mohamed Noor Faeez (Malaysia) – seven goals.
Fairplay Trophy: New Zealand

Dont miss to read the article Who the hell Harpreet Singh is? by stick2hockey.com’s deep eye.
…As far as Hockey India is concerned, it seems, participating in WSH is the only indiscipline act, rest all fine. Even if it meant a novice like Harpreet is walking out the camp, and happily coming back to the team, and carries his weight more than the coaches and manager! …

KOREA TAKE THIRD SPOT

Korea needed a golden goal to subdue India in the fight for the 3rd and 4th spot in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. Though Korea were 2-0 up, India fought back gallantly to draw level on two occasions, only to lose out in extra time. Korea opened scoring in the 7th minute through You Seung Seok who powered a drag flick into the roof of the Indian net. And in the 13th minute Korea went 2-0 ahead thanks to Yoon Dong Hyeon who scored his sixth goal of the tournament. India were shocked and reduced the deficit when Harpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke. And in the 28th minute India were on level terms when Amit Rohidass converted a penalty stroke. And India could well have taken the lead in the 30th minute but the effort by Devinder  Sunil Walkimi hit the upright and bounced to safety. Continue reading →