#HWL2015 (W): Netherlands vs Korea in Final, India play Japan for 5th Place

  • Netherlands confirm ticket to Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a guaranteed top two finish
  • Defeated Australia assured of Olympic berth regardless of 3-4 play-off meeting with New Zealand
Indian vice-captain Deepika and Goalie Savita Punia in action during FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Tight defence led by Deepika and crucial saves by Goalie Savita Punia will be key against Japan in 5th place play off in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 against Belgium (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands and Korea reached the women’s competition final of the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp after winning semi-final against Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Goals from Carlien van den Heuvel, Maartje Paumen, Ginela Zerbo, Lidewij Welten and Willemijn Bos helped the Netherlands defeat Australia to book their place in the final. They are now certain to finish in the top two, guaranteeing Netherlands one of the three available tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Continue reading →

India men are set for Semi-Final against hosts Belgium in #HWL2015

India are all set to meet the hosts Belgium in the semi-final game during the FINTRO World Hockey League Semi-Final 2015, while Great Britain will up against world champions Australia in other semi-final match.

Rupinderpal Singh opened scoring for India after being 0-2 down against Belgium in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

Will India miss services of Rupinderpal Singh against Belgium, who opened scoring in come-back win against Red Lions in quarter final of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar

After registering an exciting win against Malaysia yesterday which helped them book the all important semi-final, India will be looking at repeating a similar feat in tomorrow’s clash against Belgium, which will have the crowd backing at the Dragons Hockey Club in Antwerp. Continue reading →

#HWL2015: Rani & Savita help India eves in beating Italy, to play for 5th

India‘s Goalkeeper Savita Punia and Forward Rani Rampal played crucial roles in their spirited comeback against Italy in 5th-8th classification match at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Rani Rampal helped India in winning against Italy

Italy scored early in the match to take lead in 9th minute, later Rani Rampal scored equalizer in early second half to force the shoot-out. In the shoot-out, Indian Goalkeeper Savita Punia saved first sudden death attempt while Rani scored her both the attempt to take India to 5th place play-off, where India will face the winner of the match between Belgium and Japan. 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 →

Unique Number Caps presented to Men & Women Players by Hockey India

Hockey India on the sideline of hosting a Good Luck dinner for the Indian Men and Women team ahead of their departures for the upcoming FINTRO FIH World League Semi-Finals to be held from 20 June – 5th July in Antwerp (Belgium), marked yet another first in the history of Indian Hockey wherein players of both teams were presented with caps which has their own individual Unique Number and which stays with them for lifelong.

Narinder Dhruv Batra President Hockey India Addressing the Players during see off dinner before FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp

Narinder Dhruv Batra President Hockey India Addressing the Players during see off dinner before FINTRO Hockey World League Semi Final 2015 in Antwerp

The numbers given to players are based on each player representing Hockey India since the National Sports Federation was incepted in 2009. While Gurbaj will be the 13th player to have made it to the Indian Men team hence No. 13 being given to him similarly Deepika with the No. 7 cap would mean she is the 7th player to have represented the Country under Hockey India. While Sardar Singh and Ritu Rani being the Captain of the present individual teams, were bestowed with No. 1 as their Unique Cap Number. Continue reading →

Chief Coach van Ass is Working on defence structure

With the team all set to depart for Belgium this week for the FINTRO FIH World League Semi-Final scheduled from 20th June – 5th July 2015, Chief Coach Paul van Ass spoke the upcoming tournament and expectations.

Indian Hockey Players Rupinder Pal Singh, Raghunath VR and Malak Singh

File Photo: Rupinder Pal Singh flicks during a practice session as VR Raghunath acts as 2nd battery

Indian Men’s Hockey team chief coach Paul van Ass told the Devindar Walmiki and Satbir Singh will replace Kothajit Singh and SV Sunil respectively, while Rupinder Pal Singh will come in as drag-flicker to take the place of Raghunath who is carrying a hamstring injury. Continue reading →