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 →

Australia Beat Netherlands 2-1 on Golden Goal to Win 5th Consecutive Gold, Pakistan Finish 3rd in Champions Trophy 2012

Continuing on their fine run through out the tournament, the hosts Australia clinched 5th consecutive Gold Medal at Champions Trophy by defeating the Netherlands 2-1 on golden goal. It was the men in Orange, who took lead in 17th minute through Sander Baart on PC, but Russel Ford made it 1-1 on a missed PC, which stood till half time.

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Logo

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,

7. New Zealand and 8. England

Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands

As usual Jaap Stockmaan was brilliant under the bars and kept Netherlands in match till the end of 2nd half. In extra time, Kieran Govers scored the winner for Kookaburras.

The bronze medal between wild card entrant India and Pakistan started on slow pace, but India took quick lead in 7th minute through VR Raghunath on PC. Pakistan, then applied pressure and Muhammad Rizwan Senior finished well worked move to equalize (1-1) in 21st minute. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Sign Off With Thrilling Golden Goal Victory

The New Zealand Black Sticks have finished on a high at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne by defeating England 3-2 in golden goal extra time.

Nick Wilson celebrates his goal during the FIH Champions Trophy play-offs hockey match against German

Nick Wilson celebrates his goal during the FIH Champions Trophy play-offs hockey match (Photo: Daniel Carson | photosport.co.nz)

With the score deadlocked at the end of regulation time, Nick Wilson delivered the winning blow by deflecting a penalty corner strike from Shea McAleese.

It was a deserving victory in the final classification game for the Kiwis, who finish 7th overall at the tournament and will carry forward many positives signs for the team’s future.

Head coach Colin Batch was impressed with his side’s resilience and intensity in regrouping from a disappointing loss to Germany yesterday.

“No matter where you finish in a tournament it’s important to finish with a win and we’re very pleased to do that today,” Batch said. Continue reading →

Its Kookaburras vs the Orange and India vs Pakistan on final day of Champions Trophy 2012

Defending Champions Kookaburras outclassed India in the semi final to set-up summit clash against the men in Orange, who defeated Pakistan to reach the final of the 34th FIH Champions Trophy. The hosts Australia have not lost a single match to Netherlands in Champions Trophy after 2003 gold medal match and have 20-10 win loss record against the Silver Medalists from London, Netherlands.

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Logo

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

In the Bronze Medal match, Asian Giants Pakistan and India will lock horns. India would be looking to 2nd podium finish of their 13 appearances at Champions Trophy, while the founder nation of Champions Trophy, Pakistan will eye 15th podium finish at the 2nd biggest only Hockey event after World Cup. The neighboring arch-rivals have met 12 times in champions trophy and have won 6 matches each.

Riding high on the red-hot form of five times FIH World Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer, Australia outclassed India team in the 2nd semi-final. Which not only, assured them 27th podium finish at Champions Trophy but also kept their campaign on track for 5th consecutive Gold Medal. The Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer scored a brace in first half on PC (6th minute) and PS (18th minute) while Keiran Govers added a field goal in second half (44th minute). Continue reading →

Germany Rally to Come from Behind Win Over Black Sticks

The Black Sticks have surrendered an early lead to be defeated 6-4 by Germany at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne today.

Black Sticks LogoNew Zealand came out strongly and quickly built a 2-0 lead which was held into halftime. But an unbelievable surge and six second half goals from Germany crushed the hopes of the Kiwis.

The loss sends the Black Sticks down to the 7th/8th playoff where they will play England in an effort to avoid a disappointing last place at the tournament. Continue reading →

Promising start fades as England lose momentum

Friday, 7 December 2012: Despite an encouraging start England lost the first of their two Champions Trophy classification matches to Belgium, going down 4-0 in Melbourne. While England started brightly they failed to convert two early penalty corners and as the match wore on tiredness began to play a part with the ever improving Belgians taking full advantage.

Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England's defeat to Belgium (c) Treebyimages.JPG	Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England's defeat to Belgium

Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England’s defeat to Belgium (c) Treebyimages.JPG Mark Gleghorne (left) collides with Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch in England’s defeat to Belgium (Credits: Treebyimages)

Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “I was pleased with the performance in the first 20 to 25 minutes but we failed to capitalise on our chances in that spell. In the second half it was clear to see us starting to tire as we reach the end of what has been a long trip.”

The match, the first of two in the contest for fifth to eighth places, was the ninth competitive fixture for England’s young side since the start of the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament 15 days ago. Defeat means that England will play off for seventh place tomorrow against the loser of the contest between Germany and New Zealand. Continue reading →