Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

Netherlands, Korea and Australia (Top 3 in FINTRO #HWL2015) on #RoadtoRio

The Netherlands women won the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 by defeating the Asian Champions Korea by 2-1 in the final at Dragons Hockey Club in Antwerp. In third place match, Australia defeated their trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand by 4-2 to qualify for Rio Olympics 2016.

The Netherlands women hockey team acknowledge support and celebrate the title at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Photo: FIH)

The Netherlands women hockey team acknowledge support and celebrate the title at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Photo: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Women
Final Standings

1. Netherlands; 2. Korea; 3. Australia; 4. New Zealand; 5. India;
6. Japan; 7. Belgium; 8. Italy; 9. Poland; 10. France

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award:  Lidewij Welten (NED)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Xan de Waard (NED)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: Sally Rutherford (NZL)
HERO Top Scorer:  Jodie Kenny (AUS) – 10 goals
Fair Play Award: France Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (W): Netherlands vs Korea in Final, India play Japan for 5th Place

  • Netherlands confirm ticket to Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a guaranteed top two finish
  • Defeated Australia assured of Olympic berth regardless of 3-4 play-off meeting with New Zealand
Indian vice-captain Deepika and Goalie Savita Punia in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Tight defence led by Deepika and crucial saves by Goalie Savita Punia will be key against Japan in 5th place play off in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands and Korea reached the women’s competition final of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp after winning semi-final against Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Goals from Carlien van den Heuvel, Maartje Paumen, Ginela Zerbo, Lidewij Welten and Willemijn Bos helped the Netherlands defeat Australia to book their place in the final. They are now certain to finish in the top two, guaranteeing Netherlands one of the three available tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Netherlands score 7 past Indian eves, set up semi with Hockeyroos, Korea vs New Zealand in 2nd Semi

  • Hockeyroos, Black Sticks, Oranje and Korea reach women’s competition semi-finals
  • Line-up for end-of-year women’s showpiece Hockey World League Final is revealed
  • Antwerp’s ‘Final Four’ set to do battle for three guaranteed places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Korea sealed their places in the final four on a baking hot, drama-filled women’s quarter-final day at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp.

They overcame the respective challenges of Italy by 2-0, Japan by 5-1, India by 7-0 and host nation Belgium by 3-0 in shoot-out after 2-2 draw in full-time. The four winners of quarter-final stage has reached semi-finals (to be played on Thursday, 2nd July) dand booked their tickets to the prestigious end of year Hockey World League Finals that will be played in Argentina. They will be joined in that event by Great Britain, China, Germany and Argentina, who all achieved qualification by securing top four finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Valencia. Continue reading →

India face Dutch Women in #HWL2015 Quarter on Tue 30th June

Entering the quarter-final stage of FINTRO Hockey World League 2015 (Women), team India is all set to take on world number 1 side, The Netherlands in Antwerp, Belgium tomorrow (30th June). In other quarter-finals, Australia will play Italy, New Zealand face Japan and hosts Belgium take on Korea on the same day. (Full Schedule here)

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women's Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

File Photo: Indian Women’s Hockey Coach Mathias Ahrens and the team in New Delhi

The two teams, India and the Netherlands, have not played with each other lately but the Indian Women Hockey Team is looking forward to carve their plan and emerge victorious against the FIH Ranked # 1 Netherlands this time around.

While, the Dutch team is placed on the top of Pool A and had won all their league matches in the tournament, the Indian eves lost three matches against Belgium, New Zealand and Australia in Pool B and registered only one win against Poland. They are determined to make a comeback in the next phase of the tournament and will try out-of-the-box strategies to get a positive result. Continue reading →