India Junior and Senior Women Hockey Players in Delhi for Camps

The Junior Women Core probables of India have started their preparations for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup, scheduled in Changzhou, China from 5th September- 13th September 2015.

Indian Women Hockey Players Sonika, Manisha Rathi, Udita and Poonam Malik (at New Delhi Railway Station) traveling to Delhi for the camp in August 2015

Indian Women Hockey Players Sonika, Manisha Rathi, Udita and Poonam Malik (at New Delhi Railway Station) traveling to Delhi for the camp in August 2015

The Senior Women Hockey team core probables are also training in same premises of Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. Seniors are preparing themselves for RIO Olympics, as the Indian women Hockey is expecting ticket to RIO after their 5th position finish at the just culminated FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Belgium. Continue reading →

New Zealand’s McAleese Speaks on FIH Tournament Format and Olympic Qualification

Shea McAleese, the Black Sticks hockey player, feels FIH (International Hockey Federation) has got the structure of Hockey tournaments wrong. Double Olympian McAleese, who has represented New Zealand in 2008 and 2012 Olympics, feels the current process of Olympic qualification is bizarre and wrong.

Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

File photo: Black Sticks Shea MaAleese scoring the opening goal against India during Hero Hockey World League Final 2014 in New Delhi

Shea McAleese, nicknamed Buddha, says our [Black Sticks] fate is in our hands but what about Ireland? They were fantastic at Hockey World League Semi-Finals (WL3), yet hope that Black Sticks lose to Australia so that they qualify for Rio. Similar situation is for India women (refer embedded graphics at the end of this article)

Black Sticks midfielder McAleese also feels that World League Round 3/ Semi Finals should be played after continental championship and so on… Please read through the full text and comment, what do you feel?

Shea McAleese posted on his Facebook profile: Continue reading →

USA Women and Canada Men qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics

  • USA women and Canada men confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games
  • Canada men won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
  • USA women won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that USA Women and Canada men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA women beat Canada and Canada men beat Brazil in their semi-final match, to confirm their place in the final of the Pan Am Games hockey event and ultimately their place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

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 →

Rio 2016 Qualification explained! India Women have a chance?

  • India men and Korea women were first one to qualify to Rio 2016 by winning Asian Games 2014 in Incheon
  • Men’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
  • Women’s teams going to Rio 2016 from FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained by The Fans of Hockey

Rio 2016 Hockey Qualification Explained (Highres graphics on Facebook page of The Fans of Hockey )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (M): Kookaburras triumph over Red Lions in final, Ceriello finds net in overtime PC

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

Kookaburras, Champions of FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium (Courtesy: FIH)

FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Men
Final Standings: 1. Australia; 2. Belgium; 3. Great Britain; 4. India; 5. Ireland;
6. Malaysia; 7. France; 8. Pakistan; 9. Poland; 10. China

Event Awards
FINTRO Best Player Award: John-John Dohmen (BEL)
HERO Best Young Player Award: Blake Govers (AUS)
FINTRO Best Goalkeeper Award: David Harte (IRL)
HERO Top Scorer: Blake Govers (AUS) – 7 goals

A dramatic late goal from Chris Ciriello gave Kookaburras, the Men’s Hockey team of Australia a 1-0 win over host nation Belgium to secure a first place finish at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp. Ciriello – who scored a hat-trick in the final of last year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup – struck with a blistering overtime penalty corner drag-flick to give the Kookaburras a hard-earned win in a fantastic and hugely competitive match with the Red Lions. Continue reading →