Latest World Rankings released by FIH: India Steady at 9th (M) and 13th (W)

  • Australia men & Netherlands women hold firm at the top of the rankings
  • Belgium men leap-frog England into 4th while USA women move up to 5th

Lausanne – 26th March 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest FIH World Rankings as of March 2015. These include points awarded following the completion of the Hockey World League Round 2 events.

FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking

FIH Men’s and Women’s World Ranking

In the FIH Men’s World Rankings, 2014 World Champions Australia (1), World Cup Silver medallists the Netherlands (2) and 2012 Olympic Champions Germany (3) continue to hold the top three positions, with Tom Boon’s Belgium moving into fourth place ahead of Ashley Jackson’s England, who drop to fifth. Argentina’s Los Leones retain sixth place ahead of New Zealand (7), Korea (8), India (9) and Pakistan (10).

Malaysia (12), Ireland (14), Canada (15), Japan (16), Poland (17), France (18), Egypt (20), Austria (22) and China (31) all secured top three finishes in the Hockey World League Round 2 events, reaching the Olympic qualifier Semi-Final phase and collecting crucial ranking points in the process. Although these teams have seen little change in their current FIH World Ranking on this occasion, their involvement in the upcoming Hockey World League Semi-Finals will generate even more points and could trigger some significant movement. Continue reading

Strategies will play a crucial role in the Hawkes Bay Cup 2015: Ritu Rani

As the preparatory camp of Indian Women Hockey team for the upcoming Hawkes Bay Cup 2015, New Zealand is going on with full throttle at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, Captain Ritu Rani is working on various game-plans with the coaching staff and experimenting varied team combinations with players.

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

The ongoing camp, which started on 22nd March and will conclude on 7th April, is a good platform for the team to work on their various aspects as well as analysing their strengths and weaknesses of the players. In the tournament, apart from speed and fitness, the Ritu Rani and her team are working on game-plan and strategies which will play a crucial role in the upcoming tournament. Continue reading

Indian Women to Start Preparation from 22nd March for New Zealand tour

The Preparatory Camp of the Indian Women Core Probable’s team is all set to commence at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on 22 March and will continue till 07 April 2015. The camp is for the preparation for the upcoming New Zealand Tour from 11 April 2015 – 19 April 2015.

Indian women hockey team will play in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) in April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand). Apart from Indian Women who are ranked 13th in world and hosts New Zealand (World ranking 4th), six international teams competing in the Hawke’s Bay Cup international tournament are: Australia (2nd); Argentina(3rd); China (5th); U.S.A. (8th); Korea (9th) and Japan (10th). Continue reading

India to play in Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey (W) in Hastings (NZL)

India’s women hockey team will feature in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) to be held from 11th to 19th April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand).

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Next month, India will be playing in FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015. Hawke’s Bay Cup (in April) will be good exposure for Indian women, who are expected to qualify for FIH World League Round 3 to be held in June, that is their final chance to book a place in Rio Olympics. Continue reading

A fairytale ending for Lucha as Argentina Keep Women’s Champions Trophy

The Argentine Legend Luciana Aymar, ended her career with winning FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in front her home crowd in Mendoza. After Netherlands defeated New Zealand by 2-1 in Bronze Medal match, the defending champions Argentina needed shoot-out to emerge winners (3-1), after both teams having locked at 1-1 in regulation time.

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women's Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Argentina Star Hockey Player Luciana Aymar with FIH Women’s Champions Trophy 2014 (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Earlier in the day, England clinched fifth place in shoot-out 3-2 after being struck at 1-1 in regulation time against China, and Germany defeated Japan 5-3 to avoid wooden spoon.

With much of the pre-match talk about the impending retirement of the heroine of Argentine hockey, the eight times World Player of the Year Lucania Aymar, the Hockeyroos seemed to have saved some of their best hockey of a hugely successful year. Continue reading

Hosts Argentina face Hockeyroos in Final of Women’s CT2014

The Hockeyroos will face Argentina in the FIH Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 final after the hosts overcame the Netherlands 2-1 in the second semi final in Mendoza, following the Hockeyroos’ 3-0 shoot-out victory over New Zealand.

The final will take place at 19:00pm local Mendoza time i.e. 9:00am AEDT (8:00am AEST / 6:00am AWST) on Monday and will be shown live on ABC in Eastern Daylight states and territories and in Western Australia. It will be shown on delay at 9:00am in Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Argentina, the defending champions, defeated the Netherlands in the 2nd semi-final by 2-1 after going down 0-1 to the goal of WELTEN Lidewij for the Dutch side i 15th minute. D’ELIA Silvina scored the equalizer for Las Leonas in the very first minute after the lemon break on a penalty corner. REBECCHI Carla scored a last minute goal to clinch the game from world number side and set up her side in the final against Hockeyroos. Continue reading