Learnt new skills of goalkeeping under Dave Staniforth: PR Sreejesh

The India Men Hockey team started their training session at Auckland for the upcoming New Zealand Series which commences on 02 October. India is touring New Zealand for a 4-Test match series against New Zealand National Team and two matches against New Zealand A team.

Dave Staniforth training young Indian Hockey Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and Sushant Tirkey

Dave Staniforth training young Indian Hockey Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and Sushant Tirkey

The wall of the Indian Hockey team, Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is confident of putting a good show in the upcoming Test Series. Specially after having undergone a three week goalkeeping camp under Dave Staniforth, PR Sreejesh is looking more confident of his form and is positive of showcasing a more consolidated defence. Continue reading →

Adapting to changes does not happen overnight: Rupinder

With the Men team all set to play their first practice match against France at Belgium today, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League Semi-Finals, the team is confident of a great start and results in the upcoming tournament. Rupinder Pal and PR Sreejesh are excited and looking forward to how the new strategies will work in the team’s favour.

Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

Speaking on the defence, Rupinder Pal Singh said, “The defence in this tournament intends to come out strong. We are working on closing the space which will make things tough for the opponents. We are now realizing that, earlier there were gaps which helped the opposition to score against us. This time around we have particularly worked on this area, now awaiting to start putting this learning into play”.

Speaking on his new position, he added, “A new situation is always a challenge for everyone. But I will not allow this to deter my determination to showcase a strong play. I have been practicing and I am gaining confidence with each day”.

Speaking on the new strategies that the team is working on, he said, “I am confident with the strategies that the team is working on and it will yield positive results for the team. Adapting to changes do not happen overnight but I am sure we will get into the groove soon and start delivering as per plan”.

Speaking on the upcoming tournament, PR Sreejesh said “The team in the last few many weeks has worked on various combinations and strategies keeping in mind the important tournaments that are lined up in the next fourteen months. The new way of attacking with 10 and defending with 10 gives me that extra confidence as now I feel my fort has been strengthened. This will give us that extra edge and I am hoping that this will help put the pressure and in the meantime also allow us to score through those half opportunities”.

Speaking on clashes ahead, he further added “For me our clash against Pakistan will be the most awaited.

FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final is scheduled from 20th June – 05 July 2015. India will be seen clashing against France at 09:30 PM IST in their opening match of the tournament on 20 June 2015.

The matches will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports.

Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

India beat Pakistan on Shoot-Out to Win Asian Games after 16 years

With the Gold medal on the line, the Indian Men Hockey Team lived its dream of bringing home the Gold today at the 17th Asian Games 2014. With this win, India seals a berth in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The hosts Korea defeated Malaysia 3-2 to take Bronze.

India's Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men's hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Kothajit Singh celebrates after scoring equalizer against Pakistan in the men’s hockey final match in 17th Asian Games 2014 at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon (Credits: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, India had defeated Korea with scored board reading the same i.e. 1-1 after full-time and 4-2 after shoot-out, and today the Indian Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh repeated the feat against Pakistan, as Ashish Ballal did in 1998 against Korea. Continue reading →

India is banking on Goalie Sreejesh in Glasgow 2014 CWG

Scotland, 18 July 2014: Sardar Singh led Indian Men hockey team for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is getting ready for the challenge. Though each player in the team knows that he has to stand up and deliver, but the team is banking on their Vice-Captain & Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh and expecting him to replicate his World Cup performance at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Indian Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and PR Sreejesh substitution during 9th place match against Korea at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

File Photo: Indian Goalie Harjot Singh substituting PR Sreejesh during Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, The Hague

Speaking ahead of the Commonwealth Games Captain Sardar Singh said, “Our practice session today was on the entire defence line-up and with the likes of players like Gurbaj Singh (164 caps), V R Raghunath (160 caps), Rupinder Pal Singh (89 caps), Birendra Lakra (71 caps) and Kothajit Singh (71 caps) on the defending line, we are confident of being a wall to the opponents and will ensure that getting through the 5 will not be an easy task for them. While all five are working hard on their game, we are even hoping that Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh yet again stands up and delivers like the lion that he proved himself to be during the recently concluded World Cup. It is a sense of pride for me and the entire team when we see Sreejesh motivate all of us. This time the team wants to stand up to the expectations of our peppy and chirpy Goalkeeper”.

He further added, “With vigorous and high intensity training sessions at Glasgow, the team is preparing itself methodically for the upcoming tournament. We are also undertaking video analysis of the previous matches to perfect our skills and techniques and put together effective strategies for the future games.”

The Commonwealth Games will see a total of 10 teams divided into two groups. India is placed along with Wales, Scotland, Australia and South Africa in Pool A while Canada, England, Malaysia, New Zealand and Trinidad & Tobago are placed in Pool B (Full detailed schedule here)

In another interesting news of the day from the home state of Indian Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, Hockey India has introduced Kerala Hockey as its new Associate Member after disaffiliating Hockey Kerala. The approval is subject to ratification by the Hockey India Executive Board.

The decision to approve the application of Kerala Hockey for the state was taken post disaffiliating Hockey Kerala for irregularities in its functioning and not clarifying them within sufficient time. Hockey Kerala was earlier relegated to Associate Member category by Hockey India Disciplinary Committee in May this year. Interestingly, The new body Kerala Hockey has Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy as its President and Francis K Paul as the General Secretary.

Speaking on the newly formed Kerala Hockey, Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said, “I am delighted to welcome Kerala Hockey as our new member. I am sure that Kerala Hockey will work diligently to revitalize the sport in the state and their induction in Hockey India will help in nurturing talent at grass root level”.

Hockey India currently has 25 Permanent Members, 21 Associate Members, 2 Members through State Olympic Associations, 6 Academy Members and 1 Hoc-Key Member.

Korea Won Asia Cup, Pakistan Took Bronze

South Korea defended their Asia Cup title and became 4th time Champions. The Koreans defeated 7th time finalists India 4-3 in fitting finale to clinch the title of Asia Cup 2013 Champions, while Pakistan beat hosts Malaysia 3-1 to take Bronze Medal home from Ipoh.

P R Sreejesh: Best Goalkeeper at Asia Cup 2013

P R Sreejesh: Best Goalkeeper at Asia Cup 2013

Awards
Best goalkeeper – P.R. Sreejesh (India)
Top scorer – Jang Jong-hyun (S.Korea) – 8 goals
Best outstanding player –V. R. Raghunath (India)
Fairplay Trophy –Japan

The defending champions Koreans kept their class for last and played one of their best game in the tournament to keep India away from confirming their ticket for the 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Hague. With Korea’s win, Malaysia is now confirmed of their place in the Quadrennial Event to be played from May 31st to June 15th next year, but India will need to wait for confirmation till the end of Oceania Cup. Continue reading →