India defeat Japan 3-1 to register second win in Doha Asian Champions Trophy

New Delhi, 21 December 2012: VR Raghunath’s brace helped India beat Japan 3-1 and won their second match of the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy in Doha on Friday.

VR Raghunath

VR Raghunath Scored a Brace for India

India earned their first penalty corner in 22nd minute with the help of Birendra Lakra and Gurvinder Singh Chandi, which was successfully converted into goal by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath and took the lead in the first half of the match.

Japan earned two consecutive penalty corners in  the first half but Indian defenders ruined both of their opportunities. Continue reading →

India Finish 3rd in Santander Hockey Tri-Nations after Great Britain and Spain

India took on hosts Spain in the last match of Tri-Nations Hockey Tournament at Santander, after both of them lost their respective matches against Great Britain. Great Britain defeated India (3-1) and Spain (2-1) to finish first, while Spain defeated India (2-1) in the last match of the tournament to finish Second. India lost their both the matches and finished Third.

VR Raghunath

VR Raghunath

India played better hockey in first half, looked inspired by their last match before the London Games. After a scoreless first half, the match became more tensed, which saw 6 temporary suspensions (2 green and 2 yellow cards for hosts, while one of each for India).

Spain controlled the game from the starting of second half, kept possession, reached to Indian goal. David Alegre (43rd Minute) and Miquel Delás (61st Minute) scored on penalty corners to earn a lead of 2-0 for the hosts. However, India pulled one back through VR Raghunath in a Penalty Corner in 64th Minute of the game to 2-1, and ran out of time in search of equalizer.

Results of the Tri-Nations Hockey Tournament at Santander, Spain: Continue reading →

Haryana are National Champions

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Mandeep Antil (file photo)

Haryana overcame stiff Karnataka to win 2-1 in the final of the senior national hockey championship in a thrilling final  at the Aishbagh Stadium, Bhopal. Sandeep Singh converted a penalty corner in the 13th minute to take the lead for Haryana and V.R. Raghunath scored equaliser for Karnataka through drag flick in the 40th minute. Mandeep Anil struck the winner for Hayana with a brilliant reverse hit in the 52nd minute.

The Karnataka defender V.R. Raghunath went past Haryana’s Sandeep Singh as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals while Sandeep finished with 11, in the contest between two highly-rated drag flickers.

Prabhdeep Singh scored two goals, Baljinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh found the target once, as Punjab defeated Jharkhand 4-1 to finish third, while Bikash Toppo was the lone scorer for Jharkhand.

Final Standings and Special Prizes: Continue reading →