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 →

#HWL2015: India eves defeated by Australia, to face Netherlands in Quarter-Finals

  • Reigning World, Olympic & HWL champions the Netherlands play India while New Zealand to face-off against Japan
  • Korea to meet Belgium while Australia face Italy as race for HWL Final and Rio 2016 Olympic Games tickets continues

Following the completion of the pool phase at the women’s FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, the line-up for the cross-over quarter-final matches has been confirmed. The top three finishers in the event will not only seal a place at the end of year Hockey World League Final in Argentina but also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrate during FIH Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi: Ritu Rani, Vandana Katariya, Deep Grace Ekka, Poonam Rani, etc.

File Photo: Indian Women Hockey Team Celebrating a goal

Maartje Paumen scored a hat-trick against Italy as the Netherlands finished top of Pool A, with Oranje now facing a quarter-final match-up against India, Pool B’s fourth placed team. In Pool B, Anita Punt and Gemma Flynn were on target as New Zealand defeated Belgium’s Red Panthers to seal a first place finish and will now meet Japan in the last eight. Continue reading →

India women go down 0-5 to New Zealand #HWL2015 Rd3 in Antwerp

After putting up a good fight against Belgium in the opening match of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi- Final, India went down to New Zealand and lost the game 0-5 in their second match of the tournament.

Black Sticks Neal Brooke and India's Rani Rampal in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 at Antwerp (Belgium) (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Black Sticks Neal Brooke and India’s Rani Rampal in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 at Antwerp (Belgium) (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The match between the two teams turned out to be exciting as the teams were seen in complete action not letting the other team take easy advantage of the scoring prospects. New Zealand scored a goal in each quarter and one extra in final quarter to complete the tally. However, India had their time and control of the game in patches but failed to take advantage of the ball control during these periods. Gemma Flynn and Kirsten Pearce scored twice each while Olivia Merry found the target once for New Zealand. Continue reading →

India and New Zealand eves all set for an electrifying clash tomorrow

Looking ahead to their first encounter against each other in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015, both India and New Zealand are all geared up to lock horns at Antwerp, Belgium tomorrow. With both the women teams having some of the finest players on their side, the sides are engaged in last-minute strategizing to gain edge over the other’s might.

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Indian Women Hockey team and Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

While New Zealand started their outing by defeating Poland with a bumper 12-0 win in the inaugural match of the tournament, the FIH ranked # 13 India, lost to Belgium by 0-1 in their opener and will look at turning the tables around in their favour to ensure that they beat New Zealand tomorrow. Nevertheless, it is the excellent team effort by the girls that is helping India in gearing up extra confidence in the next pool match. Continue reading →

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Women): Schedule and Results

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Women)

Fintro Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Men) LogoVenue: KHC Dragons, Antwerp (BEL)
From: 20 Jun – 5 Jul 2015

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final (Men) Schedule and Results

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final (Women) Teams:
Pool A: France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands
Pool B: Australia, Belgium, India, New Zealand, Poland

Live telecast on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD
Live Streaming Star Sports www.starsports.com
More details about streaming and television broadcast of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Women) here.

Points Table of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Women) (After League Stage):

Pool A:

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points
1 Netherlands 4 4 0 0 26 1 25 12
2 Korea 4 2 1 1 14 3 11 7
3 Italy 4 1 2 1 7 12 -5 5
4 Japan 4 1 1 2 8 8 0 4
5 France 4 0 0 4 1 32 -31 0

Pool B:

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD Points
1 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 21 0 21 12
2 Australia 4 3 0 1 15 4 11 9
3 Belgium 4 2 0 2 3 4 -1 6
4 India 4 1 0 3 5 11 -6 3
5 Poland 4 0 0 4 1 26 -25 0

Detailed Schedule of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp (Women):
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We have drawn positives from Hawke’s Bay Cup: Ritu Rani

The Indian Women Hockey team returned home amidst fans and family after a 7th place finish in the just concluded Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 in New Zealand. While the team ended in the 7th position among 8 participating, they have come back home with many positives and learning. These insights into their game will be used to their benefit for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final slated in June.

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi as they return with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

Indian women hockey team return at IGI Airport New Delhi with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

The team has to its credit of holding 2nd ranked team Australia to a 0-0 draw wherein not only they successfully kept them at bay but even during the game gave some jittery moments to the opponents and a chance to go one up in the game. The team while playing against New Zealand had a good start wherein they scored just six minutes into the game in quarter finals at Hawke’s Bay Cup. While India lost the match from thereon, but it was India who made the initial attack and were bang on with the penalty corner. What was icing on the cake was India’s match against higher seeded FIH ranked Japan where trailing the game 0-2 India bounced back to claim the game 3-2 leaving everyone stunned and in awe. Continue reading →