India beat France 4-0 to Win Test Series 2-0 as Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmiah Debut

Olympic bound Indian team started their last outing before the Games on high note, when they outclassed the French team to win 2 match test series with 2-0. India won the first match on green surface 8-2, while defeated France in 2nd Match 4-0 on blue surface (similar to Riverbank Arena, London Olympics Venue for Hockey) in Lille, France.

Debutants Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmaiah

Debutants Pradhan Sommanna and Nithin Thimmaiah

Indian outfit continued their Hero FIH Road to London (Men), Delhi 2012’s form where India defeated France 6-2 and 8-1 in League Stage and Finals respectively.

In the first test match of the series, it was France who drew first blood through Fabien Magner, but India did not take much time to equalize through young SK Uthappa. Sandeep Singh earned the lead for India and Gurvinder Singh Chandi doubled it to 3-1. Arnaud Becuwe reduced the margin for margin on penalty corner in the dying minutes of first half. Continue reading →

Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team to face Team USA in Victoria this weekend

: May 19 (3:30pm), May 20 (3:30pm), May 22 (12:30pm), May 23 (12:30pm)
LOCATION: University of Victoria Field Hockey Turf

The Canadian Women’s National Team will take on Team USA in a four-match test series from May 19 to 23. The teams will compete on the University of Victoria’s Field Hockey Turf, home of the UVic Vikes.  This series marks the beginning of Canada’s campaign toward the 2016 Olympic Games.  For the USA, this is preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Continue reading →