Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament Schedule/Results

Schedule/Results of Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament:

Test event, a part of London Prepares Series, 2-6 May, 2012 at Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, London.

Men’s Final Standings:
1. Germany, 2. Australia, 3. Great Britain and 4. India

Women’s Final Standings:
1. Great Britain, 2. Argentina, 3. Korea, and 4. China Continue reading →

India beat Canada 3-2, South Africa (W) beat India to Reach Finals

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

After three continuous win, on the roll, undefeated Indian men’s team defeated spirited Canada 3-2, who needed to win the match to stay in the tournament. South African women’s team came out with their best performances of the tournament to beat the hosts 2-5. The hosts were always behind the African champions and equalized at two occasion, but after that South Africa raced away by restoring the lead quickly and scoring three goals in last 18 minutes.  South Africa went in lemon break with the score board reading 2-1 in favor of them (CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie scored for RSA in 12th and 32nd minute/Ansuta Lakra in 23rd minute for IND). And the score remained the intact until the middle of second half, when India’s Yendala Soundarya found the board in 52nd minute to restore the parity. But South Africa replied in style and gained the lead within next minute through DAMONS Sulette. Dirkie and Sulette again found the target in 58th and 67th minute to complete the score tally of 5-2.

Indian men’s came out winning over stiff and methodical Canada. Shivendra Singh snatched the ball in a goal mouth melee to register first goal for India (26th minute) and his fifth in the tournament and India went in lemon break with this lead (1-0). 5 minutes after the break, India doubled the lead through Sandeep Singh in penalty corner to make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts. But resilliant and clinical team of Canada lead by Rob Short and Ken Periera in mid-field scored two goals (50th minute FG byPEARSON Mark and 53rd minute PC goal by TUPPER Scott) in the gap of three minutes to equalize the scores to 2-2. India got its winning goal through Sandeep Singh (his 9th in the tourney) in 61st minute in a PC. The match was played high tempo with lots of energy and umpires had to work really hard to keep it under control. With this win, India almost in the finals, while Canada is out of race.

 22nd February’s Results:
W  UKR – ITA 1 – 2          M  POL – SIN 11 – 3
W CAN – POL 1 – 0            M ITA – FRA 0 – 3
W IND – RSA 2 – 5      M CAN – IND 2 – 3

Tomorrow (23rd February) is the rest day,  Fixtures of 24th February:
W13 10:00am UKR – POL         M13 12:00pm ITA – SIN
W14 2:00pm RSA – CAN           M14 4:00pm FRA – CAN
W15 6:00pm ITA – IND     M15 8:00pm IND – POL

Men’s Points Table (4 Matches each team) Continue reading →

Indian Teams (Men and Women) Beat France (6-2) and Poland (3-0) Respectively

Both Men and Women Indian teams clinically outclassed their opponents in their respective matches against France and Poland. Men beat France by a margin of 6-2, while women won the match 3-0 with clean sheet. Experienced forward Shivendra Singh opened the account for India in 4th minute of the game in a eye pleasing move with one touch passes involving Tushar Khandekar and Sarvanjit Singh. Sandeep Singh scored next three goals in 9th, 30th and 37th Minute on two penalty corners and a penalty stroke (30th). In 39th minute, SV Sunil found the net after recieving a well judged and accurate pass from Shivendra Singh. India’s sixth and last goal came from a powerful of Tushar Khandekar, after collecting a pass on the go at the D-top from Sarvanjit Singh.

Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh

France scored both of their goals through penalty corner in 35th Minute(after the hooter of half time) and 57th minute through Lucas Sevestre and Fabien Magner. Indian team was dangerous in counter attacks, but showed some lack of tooth in finishing the moves.  For some moments mid-fielders from both the sides looked out of ideas, but defence did reasonable except few mistakes, like conceding soft penalty corner. Presence of any experienced mid-fielder like Gurbaj Singh, Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, Vikram Pillay or Bharat Chhikara, might have enhanced the peformance Indian team.

Continuing the good performance from last match, women’s team played brilliantly today and showed how to win game with combination of individual skills and team work with great presence of mind. The Rani trio of (Ritu Rani, Rani Ramphal and Poonam Rani) registered their names in the score sheet by outsmarting Poland defenders and Goalie NOWICKA Dominika.  Ritu Rani (14th minute), Rani Rampal (36th minute) and Rani Poonam (62nd minute) scored for India. The goal from Rani Rampal was treat to watch, quite similar to her yesterday’s goal against Canada, started off from dotted line from the base line on a free hit, weaved through the wall of defenders, umpire said play on, and showing great presence of mind, she did not waste time to control ball before dodging the goalie and pushed the ball on target from a baseline.

Jose Brasa Effect:

Ukraine’s women team being helped tactically by Indian men’s team former chief coach Jose Brasa, has performed reasonably well in holding the hosts for draw (1-1), beating Canada (5-2) but lost to tournament favorites South Africa (0-2).

In the mean while, lowly ranked Italy (W) held the tournament favorite South Africa for 1-1.

22nd February’s Fixtures:
W 10:00am UKR – ITA,       M 12:00pm POL – SIN
W 2:00pm CAN – POL ,        M 4:00pm ITA – FRA
W 6:00pm IND – RSA ,   M 8:00pm CAN – IND

Results:
W CAN – UKR 2 – 5 (1 – 2)           M SIN – CAN 1 – 15 (1 – 8 )
W ITA – RSA 1 – 1 (1 – 0)              M POL – ITA 7 – 2 (4 – 2)
W POL – IND 0 – 3 (0 – 1)    M FRA – IND 2 – 6 (1 – 3)

Men’s Points Table (3 Matches each team) Continue reading →

Three teams are looking for playing against Australia in the finals of Sultan of Johor Cup

Indian team need an outright win against hosts Malaysia, until Korea beat New Zealand by more than 4 goals difference (GD) to play in the finals against Australia, who are unbeaten in the tournament till now and have booked the finals berth with 4 wins (top of the points table with 12 points) from as many matches. While hosts Malaysia are on second spot in the points table with 7 points and +2 GD. India is on third and Korea on fourth place in points table with 6 points each but +2 and -2 GD respectively.

 sultan-of-johor-cup-2011Sultan of Johor Cup 2011 (Under-21-Men’s) Schedule

India have been consistently improving their position in the points table and game as well, after the shocking defeat in the first match against Korea from 4-0 lead at lemon to 4-6 final score in favor of Korea. However, Indians lost to Aussies in their second match with scores reading 2-3 in favor of Australia, came strongly against arch rivals Pakistan and thrashed them with the scores reading 5-1. And in their fourth match, India not only resisted New Zealand’s attacks but also came from behind and won the match 2-1.

Points Table after 4 league matches of each team:

Rank Teams P W D L Pts GD
1 Australia 4 4 0 0 12 10
2 Malaysia 4 2 1 1 7 2
3 India 4 2 0 2 6 2
4 Korea 4 2 0 2 6 -2
5 New Zealand 4 1 1 2 4 -5
6 Pakistan 4 0 0 4 0 -7

PREVIEW: FINAL DAY MATCHES

With only Australia having booked their place in the final of the Inaugural Sultan Johor Cup, four other teams are vying for a place to join Australia for the final scheduled for Saturday at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.  And interestingly the four teams in contention will be up against each other in the final league matches. While Australia who have qualified play bottom placed Pakistan, the other two matches will be of interest not only to the teams but the thousands of hockey fans. Continue reading →

India Vs Pakistan: Arch Rivals’ Big Game in China

India Pakistan FlagsTraditional arch rivals, old hockey power houses India and Pakistan will face each other in the virtual semi-final of Asian Champions Trophy 2011 on 9th Sept, 2011 (10:30 AM IST) at Ordos in China. But the pity is there is no telecast or streaming of the match which could draw more attention then a cricket match of India, in-fact India Vs Pakistan in World Cup 2010 clash had more TRP than many of India’s cricket matches. But who to blame? AHF? Forget about telecast, they could not even manage arrange live text update, may be through twitter or facebook, it sucks big time.

Statistics of big clashes:
Overall: 147 Matches, India won 48 only, 24 drawn and Pakistan won 75 times.
Its 2nd time in 2011, first Azlan Shah Cup 2011, where Pakistan won 3-1
Overall India have  scored 278 against Pakistan and conceded 347.

Current tournament (Asian Champions Trophy):
India: 2 wins and 2 draws, hence unbeaten till now, scored 12 goals but conceded 5 only.
Pakistan: 3 wins and 1 defeat, on the top of table with 9 points, scored 11 goals and conceded 8 goals.
Winner will be in final, in case of draw, it will depend on the results of other two matches.
Detailed Points Table || Detailed Schedule Continue reading →

Asian Champions Trophy 2011: Arch Rivals Pakistan and India are Leading the Table

Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Men’s):
India and Pakistan have put up impressive performance in the tournament. India is only unbeaten team with 2 wins and 2 draws while Pakistan has won 3 and lost only to reach the top of table (given below) ahead of the final set of round-robin matches, while India is just a point behind Pakistan.  The neighboring arch-rivals will be playing their final round-robin match against each other on 9th Sept (Friday), which is a virtual semi-final for the event. India have scored more goals and conceded less than any other team in the competition, making best goal difference in the tournament till now.

In the virtual semi-final, a win for either Pakistan or India would see them in final and japan will need victory over Malaysia, but a draw between India and Pakistan may be just enough for the latter, but India will have to wait for the result of match between third placed Japan and Malaysia which is out of the race for final. The tournament is still wide open.

Asian Champions Trophy 2011 (Women’s):
Korea needs a draw against Japan in their final round-robin match to reach the Gold medal match. And if Japan wins the match they will be through to Gold medal match. While host China also needs a draw against India who are at the bottom of table, but India can not be taken lightly by China as India had beaten China 2-1 in 1st Asian Champions Trophy to win Bronze medal.

Current Standings – Men (7th September 2011) Continue reading →