Indian Junior Men Hockey Team goes down fighting 0-2 to Great Britain

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 13 October 2014: The Indian Junior Men Hockey Team went down fighting 0-2 in the second match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup, played today at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, while Pakistan played 1-1 draw with Australia and hosts Malaysia held New Zealand for 1-1 draw.

Harjeet Singh (India Captain) in action against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Harjeet Singh (India Captain) in action against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

The first half of the game saw both the teams, Great Britain and India, making desperate efforts and giving each other a tough fight to score the opening goal of the match. Although both the teams made several attempts to put the ball in the net, the first goal came in as late as in the 28th minute of the match from the stick of Benjamin James Boon of Great Britain.

Trailing by a goal, the Indian men came out attacking in the second half and tried to prevent the development of the rivals but could not keep pace with the opponent team and it was in the 50th minute of the game that Samuel French of Great Britain managed to encash the goal opportunity and stroke a field goal taking the score to 2-0 and doubling the lead for Great Britain. Continue reading →

India Start Sultan of Johor Cup campaign on Winning Note

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 12 October 2014: Defending Champions India opened their campaign in the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup with a winning note with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia today.

Indian Junior Men's Team celebrations during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Indian Junior Men’s Team celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand in Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

In the other matches of the opening day, Great Britain defeated Pakistan 5-0, while Australia edged past hosts Malaysia 2-1.

In a hard-fought match between the two teams, India took an early lead through Parvinder Singh’s field goal just five minutes into the match. The Indian team made some good moves in their circle and showed a very safe and intense game play giving a tough competition to the opposition. On the other hand, it became difficult for New Zealand to get out of their D and penetrate any goal against India in the first half. India led 1-0 at the halftime. Continue reading →

Sultan of Johor Cup 2014: Schedule and Results

Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 (Under-21)

Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 LogoDates: 12-19 October, 2014
Venue: Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Participating teams (Final Stadings):
Gold-India, Silver-Great Britain, Bronze-Australia, 4th-New Zealand, 5th-Malaysia, 6th-Pakistan

The Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 is live telecasted on Star Sports 1 in India.

Detailed schedule and results of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014: Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in Semis of Men’s Hockey

England and India secured their place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals with 3-1 and 5-2 wins over Canada and South Africa respectively, while Australia and New Zealand won their respective matches to confirm their top places in Pool A and Pool B.

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After today’s results, India will now face New Zealand and England will be up against Australia in cross over Semi Finals to be played on Saturday at 1645 and 1430 IST respectively. (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table Here)

Indian team came out firing in their final pool game against South Africa, though they needed a draw for advancing to medal round. VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh converted 2 of their 3 penalty corner chances in 3rd and 9th minute of the game to put India in driving position with 2-0 lead within opening 10 minutes. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): Australia and New Zealand men in Semis

Australia’s men’s hockey team along with New Zealand booked their place in the semi-finals of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as they defeated India by 4-2 and England by 2-1 respectively in Pool A and Pool B with a prelim match each to spare.

Kieran Govers of Australia Kookaburras and Sardar Singh during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Kieran Govers of Australia and Sardar Singh in action during pool match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India and South Africa meet on Thursday with both sides looking to join Australia in the semi-finals. While England is almost sure of a place in final four until Canada or/and Malaysia pull a major upset by defeating England and New Zealand with big margins.

In the other matches of the day, South Africa defeated Wales 5-2, while Trinidad & Tobago recorded their maiden victory against Malaysia 4-2.

A Chris Ciriello double and goals from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Australians all three points in a match in which India provided the World Champions with their sternest test yet with a goal each from Rupinder Pal Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

Men's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Men’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

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Glasgow 2014 (W): Australia and New Zealand women in Semis, India stays in race

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have confirmed their place in Semis of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from Pool A, while Australia booked their place in final four from Pool A.

Women's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Women’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

New Zealand and Australia defeated South Africa (2-1) and England (3-0) to continue their winning streak, while Indian women defeated Trinidad & Tobago by 14-0 and Scotland beat Wales by 2-0 to keep their semi-finals chances alive along with South Africa and England. Continue reading →