India won Silver and Hearts in London, FIH Clarifies decision #HCT2016

In a dramatic end to a successful tournament, India won silver medal and hearts of hockey fans throughout. India lost in the shootout to Australia after ending the game 0-0 at regulation time in their maiden appearance in the final of Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 in London. Earlier in the day, Germany edged past Great Britain to win the bronze medal thanks to a solitary strike from tournament top scorer Marco Miltkau.

Indian Hockey team with their first Champions Trophy silver medal

Indian Hockey team with their first Champions Trophy silver medal

India entered the tournament as underdogs and using tournament for preparations of Rio Olympics and started on high note with holding Olympic Germany for 3-3 draw and defeated hosts Great Britain by 2-1 for first time in last 4 decade at their home soil. India had heart break when they lost to Belgium by 2-1 and then came back in tournament with win against Korea by 2-1 and commendable performance against Australia in their last pool game (2-4). Thanks to draw between GB and Belgium in last pool match, India reached final against Australia. Continue reading →

Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016: Schedule and Results

Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016

Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 LondonQueen Elizabeth Park, London (Great Britain)
10 – 17 Jun 2016

Participating Teams: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Korea

Final Standings: 1. Australia, 2. India, 3. Germany, 4. Great Britain, 5. Belgium, 6. Korea

Points Table of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016:

Team Played W L D GF GA GD Points
Australia 5 4 0 1 14 7 7 13
India 5 2 2 1 10 11 -1 7
Germany 5 1 1 3 18 12 6 6
Great Britain 5 1 1 3 9 7 2 6
Belgium 5 1 2 2 9 12 -3 5
Korea 5 1 4 0 6 17 -11 3

Detailed Schedule and Results of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016: Continue reading →

Australia beat India 4-0 to Win Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016

Ipoh, 16 April 2016: Australia defeated India by 4-0 to win the 25th edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Perak in Malaysia. The hosts Malaysia were edged out (5-4) in shoot-out by New Zealand in Bronze medal match after being locked at 3-3 after final hooter. Pakistan defeated Canada by 3-1 to finish fifth.

Chinglensana Singh played his 100th international match for India, when came out turf against Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016 final

Chinglensana Singh played his 100th international match for India, when came out turf against Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016 final

Having learnt their lessons from the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016 league game against the Australians India, didn’t allow them a fast start into the game. Defending deep and swarming in numbers, they completed the first quarter without allowing Australia any significant circle penetrations or shots on goal. A single PC, late in the quarter was swept wide by Jeremy Hayward. Continue reading →

India beat Malaysia to set up Azlan Shah Cup final against Australia

Ipoh, Malaysia, 15 April 2016: India stamped their class and authority over the hosts Malaysia, to cap an emphatic 6-1 victory and qualify for the Final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016.

Ramandeep Singh and SV Sunil celebrating a goal at 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016

Ramandeep Singh and SV Sunil celebrating a goal at 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016

In the other games on the last league stage day of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016, Pakistan defeated Japan 4-1 and Australia beat Canada by 3-0. Pakistan will play for 5th place while hosts Malaysia will take on New Zealand for Bronze medal at 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Continue reading →

Win over Pakistan and loss to New Zealand, India need to beat Malaysia to reach Final

Ipoh, Malaysia, 13 April 2016: India lost narrowly to New Zealand 2-1 in an hard fought encounter in the 25th Sultan Shah Cup 2016 after an impressive 5-1 win over arch rivals Pakistan yesterday.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016 Points Table

After today’s win over India, New Zealand jumped to second place in points table after playing all the 6 matches, while India are at third place and yet to play their final league match against Malaysia. India needs to win the match to find place in final against Australia. Continue reading →

India beat Canada to register 2nd win at Azlan Shah Cup, Australia outclassed Pakistan

Ipoh, Malaysia, 10 April 2016: India registered their second win at the 25th Sultan Azlan Cup 2016 beating Canada 3-1. Earlier in the day, Australia outclassed Pakistan by 4-0, while New Zealand defeated Japan by 4-1.

Nikkin Thimmaiah opened scoring for India against Canada in 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016

Nikkin Thimmaiah opened scoring for India against Canada in 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2016

India started off strongly and registered their first goal in the 3rd minute itself. A brilliant pass by Rupinder Pal Singh split the Canadian defence open to allow Ramandeep Singh, marking his return, to allow Nikkin Thimmaiah a simple tap in for the opener. Chinglensana had another attempt – a superb reverse hit attempt-saved by the goalkeeper to ensure Canada went into the break just a goal down. Continue reading →