Indians penalty corner specialists crushed tough South Africans 4-2, while Belgium survived shootout against Argentina (2-2 (HT Score: 1-2) 3-2 after Penalty Shoot Outs ) to reach the finals of Champions Challenge 1 and they kept their hopes alive to make first ever appearance in Champions Trophy, while India will be looking for their first presence in Champions Trophy after 2005.
Indian team was rusty in the first half, who scored only 1 goal through penalty corner (V RRaghunath in 14th minute) to equalise the goal scored by Drummond of South Africa in 8th minute and allowed the hosts to take lead in 22nd through McDADE. Indian defense line looked clueless in both the goals before the lemon break.
India came out strongly after the change of ends, who not only scored three goals but also kept South Africans in control. Sarvanjit Singh fired home the equaliser on a rebound from South African goalie BOTES Brendan in 40th Minute, while Sandeep Singh scored other two goals through 2 penalty corners 45th and 50th minute to make sure that India win the match. Rest of job of keeping the tab on hosts was done by the defenders and aggressive mid-fielders of India. After 50th, only once South Africa came close to scoring in 64th minute when they got a penalty corner otherwise India dictated the terms. Indian Vice Captain Tushar Khandekar and veteran Arjun Halappa got yellow cards in second half.
Schedule of final and classification matches (IST):
Date: 4th Decembet, 2011 at Randpark Hockey Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
7/8 12:30 Japan – Canada
5/6 15:00 Malaysia – Polan
3/4 17:30 South Africa – Argentina
Final 20:00 India – Belgium
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India in the final by Shashank Gupta on Stick2hockey.com
Belgium in the final by Shashank Gupta on Stick2hockey.com
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India, toppers of Pool A, survived Malaysia, was at bottom of Pool B, and clinched the thriller through the golden goal after the hooter of 2nd half extra time to reach the semi-finals of Champions Challenge I. V R Raghunath scored the golden goal on a penalty corner earned by India seconds before the hooter. Earlier, it was Indian Goalie P R Sreejesh and hard working mid-fielder Sardar Singh throughout the game who brought India till this stage.
P R Sreejesh
Though India took early lead through Sandeep Singh in 7th Minute via PC and he doubled in 24th Minute via PC, tough Malaysians pulled one back just 2 minutes before lemon break. And they continued the spirit in second half to fire three more goals (42nd, 46th and 58th Minute), that worked against them like rubbing salt on wounds of Indian team. After falling behind 4-2 with just 12 minute remaining, Indian pulled up the shocks fired 2 goals through Yuvraj Walmiki and S V Sunil to restore the parity (4-4) in 64th and 67th Minutes respectively.
India somehow survived the extra time, which saw two great saves by PR Sreejesh, the Indian hero of the day, praised by former goalie Olympian Ashish Ballal, he tweeted, “Great goalkeeping by sreejesh,the scoreline could have been a lot different .4-4draw.extra time and golden goal” and “If not for sreejesh they would have beaten India by three” Continue reading →
The victory 7-4 against hosts South Africa gave India four points from two matches, same as Belgium, who in the first match of Pool A held India on 3-3 with last minute strike and beat Poland 7-3 in their next match. Forward army man SV Sunil, who was rusty in initial few minute today, and India’s star drag flicker Sandeep Singh scored a brace each in addition to one goal each by Sarvanjit Singh, Tushar Khandekar and Rupinderpal Singh to register 7 goals on the scored for India.
India came out gun blazing today, after being held by Belgium through last minute equalizer yesterday and specially when South Africa made use their first penalty corner and converted it in a text book set piece move, involving 2 men. Defense department of Indian team was rusty as it has been in recent past, who gifted away at least one goal and one penalty corner to South Africa to return in the match, once the hosts were trailing 3-1 at half time. Though South Africans were also seen mistraping in their defending and looked funny but that did not cause any danger for them except loosing possession.
Points table of both the pools after 2 days (Full Results and Schedule here): Continue reading →
FIH Champions Challenge-II (Men's)
FIH Champions Challenge II 2011 (Men’s) is being played at at Lille, France from 2 Jul 2011 to 10 Jul 2011. 8 participating teams are divided in 2 pools, given below:
Pool A: China, United States, Austria, Czech Republic
Pool B: France, Ireland, Russia, Scotland
The tournament is won by Ireland who beat France (the hosts) by 4-2. Ronan Gormley, Eugene Magee, Andy McConnell and Gareth Watkins scored for Ireland while Matthieu Catonnet and Jean-Baptiste Pauchet found the net for the hosts.
- Czech Republic
- United States
Detailed Schedule and Results of the FIH Champions Challenge II 2011 (Men’s) (Times are indicated in CEST): Continue reading →
Pool A: Japan, South Africa, United States, Scotland
Pool B: Spain, India, Azerbaijan, Ireland
Detailed Schedule of the FIH Champions Challenge 1 2011 (Women’s) (Times are indicated in BST):
Final Standings: 1. Japan, 2. United States, 3. Scotland, 4. Spain, 5. South Africa, 6. Ireland, 7. India and 8. Azerbaijan
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Quarterfinalists of Senior National Hockey Championship 2011 are Punjab, Karnataka, Bihar, Air India, Jharkhand, Haryana, Indian Railways and Orissa.
Punjab Vs Bihar (9:0)
Karnataka Vs Air India (2:1)
Jharkhand Vs Indian Railways (2:1)
Haryana Vs Orissa (3:2)
in quarterfinals on 16th June, 2011 at Aishbagh Stadium of Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) India.
After a rest day 17th June, Karnataka beat Punjab (2-1) in first semifinal on 18th June and Haryana edged past Jharkhand 8-7 in tiebreak after the scoreline of 1-1 in regulation time.
Punjab beat Jharkhand 4-1 for third place, while Haryana won the championship by beating Karnataka 2-1.
Schedule of the knock stage is as following Continue reading →