Brazil Hockey team confirms their place in RIO Olympics

  • Brazil men confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games
  • Brazil beat USA in a shoot out to book semi-final spot at the Pan Am Games and ensure their participation in Rio in 2016
  • Semi-final spot at the Pan Am Games satisfies host nation participation criteria for Rio 2016
Brazil celebrates after confirming their place in Rio Olympics

Brazil celebrates after confirming their place in Rio Olympics (FIH Photo)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed today that Host Nation Brazil men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil defeated USA in a shoot-out in the quarter finals of the Pan Am Games this morning, thereby qualifying for the semi-final and additionally confirming their place in the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

India vs Belgium, Australia vs Great Britain in final four at #HWL2015 in Antwerp

Australia, Great Britain, India and Belgium all sealed their places in the semi-finals of the men’s competition at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

Jasjit Sing and Gurmail Singh of India celebrating a goal during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp (Credit: Koen Suyk)

These teams overcame the respective challenges of Ireland (4-1), Pakistan (2-1), Malaysia (3-2) and France (5-4) to reach the final four and book their tickets to the prestigious Hockey World League Finals, that will be played in India at the end of the year. Trailing by 1-2 at one time in first half, Jasjit scored 2 penalty corners in last quarter for India to come out victorious against the FIH Rank# 12 team. Continue reading →

India needs an Indian Hockey Coach now: Michael Nobbs

Former chief coach of Indian Men’s Hockey team Michael Nobbs thinks India should try home-grown coach till Rio 2016 Olympics. This website, www.thefansofhockey.com, had a chat with Nobbs, when he was in Bangalore on a business trip.

Michael Nobbs (Former Kukaburras, 1984 Olympian for Australia and Former Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey Team)

Michael Nobbs (Former Kukaburras, 1984 Olympian for Australia and Former Chief Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team)

While talking about the current scenario of Indian Hockey, he said, “India has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics by winning Asian Games 2014. So they are not under pressure of playing for Olympic berth in Hockey World League. Indian team is young but experienced.

After Terry Walsh episode, Hockey India is looking for chief coach, most probably a foreigner. It is speculated that a dutch man could get in this role. But Michael Nobbs thinks it is a real good chance for India to try a home-grown coach. Continue reading →

U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team advances to World League Round 3

Team USA finishes first at World League Round 2 after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 6-0

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 10, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team will advance to World League Round 3 after an authoritative 6-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago this morning at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA finished with a near-perfect record, defeating Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago and drawing Scotland in regulation. Today five different players scored, including a goal by Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.) just 90 seconds into the match on a penalty corner.

USA Field Hockey Logo“I am very happy with the way the results panned out,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “This is really an important stage for us as it is the start of the new journey. I had limited time with the group prior to the tournament so it was really crucial we got through this week and did what we needed to do which was qualify. The work starts now and there is a lot of work technically and tactically we need to address but what is really encouraging is this group of players have real willingness and commitment to learn and develop.” Continue reading →

U.S Women’s Team Beat Chile to Improve Chances of advancing to Hockey World League 3

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It was sweltering conditions again today and arguably the hottest day yet at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Temperatures soared to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit as the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team battled the heat and Chile, coming away with a crucial 2-1 victory. The win puts Team USA in strong position to advance to World League Round 3.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We knew we needed to come out and get a result today,” said midfielder Katelyn Falgowski. “It wasn’t always pretty but we executed our game plan and got the job done in tough conditions.”

“I think today’s performance was what it needed to be,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “The conditions were difficult today, the hottest we have played in yet. We would have preferred to play better and there are things we need to work on but ultimately today was about getting a result.” Continue reading →

Scotland edges U.S. Women’s Team in shoot-out at Hockey World League 2 in Rio

Team USA played Scotland to a 1-1 draw in regulation before falling in a penalty shoot-out

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 7, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team played to a 1-1 draw in regulation today against Scotland at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA held on to their early one-goal lead until the 48th minute when Scotland evened the match on a penalty stroke. In the end, Scotland prevailed, 2-0, in a penalty shoot-out.

“I thought for 70 minutes of the game we played well,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “We stuck to our game plan pretty much all the way through and controlled large periods of the game. We did not maximize the opportunities we created and sometimes that can come back and hurt you. The good news is we are creating opportunities to score and we just need to be a little more clinical in our finishing.” Continue reading →