India will be in Full Strength at Ipoh for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012

In contrary to Chief Coach Michael Nobbs’ hints of fielding a relatively young squad in 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will be going to Ipoh (Malaysia) in full strength to take part in the tournament to be held from 24 May to 03 June 2012.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and mid-fielder Sardar Singh will be the captain and vice-captain of the 18 member Indian team, which is almost same as the team being fielded by India for Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Men’s Four Nation Tournament to be held at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London from 2-6 May, 2012 with only two changes. Rupinderpal Singh replaces Ignace Tirkey in deep defence, while Dharamvir Singh comes in place of Chinglensana Singh forward line .

The seven nation tournament will see fierce competition, on blue artificial pitch with yellow balls, from Argentina, Great Britain, India, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan (all will be playing London Olympics) apart from hosts Malaysia.

Five winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, India will play their first match of tournament against New Zealand on 24 May, then followed by matches against Korea (25 May), Great Britain (27 May), Malaysia (28 May), Argentina (30 May) and Pakistan (31 May).

The Squad:

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 Schedule/Results

21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament

Azlan Shah Cup 2012 will be played on Blue PitchTournament Dates: 24 May- 3 June 2012
Venue: Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia

Final Standings:
Gold Medal: New Zealand (Their First Title)
Silver Medal: Argentina
Bronze Medal: India
4. Great Britain, 5. Korea, 6. Malaysia and 7. Pakistan.

Fairplay: Great Britain
Best Player of Tournament: Sardar Singh (India)
Best Goalkeeper: Kyle Pontifex (New Zealand)
Top Scorer: Ashley Jackson ( Great Britain)
Man of the Match (Final): Kyle Pontifex (New Zealand)

Live Telecast on Neo Sports in India and on Astro Arena in Malaysia 

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Women’s Four Nation Tournament 2 at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand)

The Black Sticks Women will take on USA (ranked 10th), India (ranked 13th) and old rivals Australia (ranked 7th) in a Four Nations from 12 – 22 April 2012. This Four Nations event will be played as two identical tournaments – so there will be two finals!

The second tournament will be played at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium from 18-22 April
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Women’s Four Nation Tournament 1 at North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland (New Zealand)

The Black Sticks Women will take on USA (ranked 10th), India (ranked 13th) and old rivals Australia (ranked 7th) in a Four Nations from 12 – 22 April 2012. This Four Nations event will be played as two identical tournaments – so there will be two finals!

The first tournament will be played at North Harbour Hockey Stadium from 12-16 April
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Ritu Rani to lead Indian women’s team in 4-nation tourney in New Zealand

Ritu Rani, After Scoring a Goal Against Ireland in Dec 2010

Ritu Rani, After Scoring a Goal Against Ireland in Dec 2010

Midfielder Ritu Rani will lead Indian women’s hockey team to participate in a double-leg four-nation tournament, featuring Australia, India, New Zealand and USA, to be held at Auckland, New Zealand from April 12 to 22.  The first leg of the tournament will be played at North Harbour Hockey Centre, while Lloyd Elsmore Reserve host the second one.

Defender Joydeep Kaur with 87 international caps with be deputy to Ritu Rani who has represented India in 125 International matches. Selection trials for the team were conducted at SAI Centre, Bhopal on March 23 and 24, witnessed by Hockey India selectors Col Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Syed Ali, alongwith government observer Harbinder Singh.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Sukhmani Virk.
Defenders: Th. Pinky Devi, Joydeep Kaur (VC), Kirandeep Kaur.
Midfielders: P Sushila Chanu, Asunta Lakra, Mukta Prava Barla, Deepika, Ritu Rani (C), Kiran Dahiya.
Forwards: Poonam Rani, Rani, Vandana Katariya, Chanchan Devi, Th Anuradha Devi, Anupa Barla, Navneet Kaur.
Standbys: Savita (Goalkeeper), Deep Grace Ekka (Defender), Namita Toppo (Midfielder), Lily Chanu (Forward).

Photo by:  www.mncaphoto.com  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH . www.cahockey.org.ar

Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s)

In the new format of Champions Trophy, the teams are divided into two groups of four: Pool A and B. After the group stage, the numbers 1 and 2 from the two group leagues will be merged into a new group: Pool C (A1, A2, B1 and B2). The numbers 3 and 4 are joined together to make a new group : Pool D (A1, A2, B1 and B2). The results of the games between the prelim group stage will be included in the new Pool C and D, and new pool teams will plays against the teams who were in other group in prelim stage. The third (D3) and fourth (D4) placed team in Pool D will play for 7/8 position, while first (D1) and second (D2) in Pool D will fight for fifth position. The topper (C1) and second (C2) of Group C will play the finals for trophy while third (C3) and fourth (C4) will play off bronze medal match.
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