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 →

Great Britain build winning momentum with Spanish victory

Santander (July 16): A lightning start and second half grit ensured Great Britain’s men’s hockey team took the honours at the tri-nations Olympic warm-up tournament in Santander on Monday evening.  First half goals from Reading’s Jonty Clarke and HGC’s Barry Middleton fired GB into an early lead and although Pau Quemada halved the deficit before half time, Great Britain rode out 2-1 victors, winning the tournament in the process following their 3-1 victory over India on Saturday.

Head Coach Jason Lee played his 16 man Olympic squad in the match, which saw Surbiton forward Matt Daly make his 50th appearance for Great Britain.  Afterwards Lee said he was pleased with the outcome: “We started brightly and there were some nice signs but as you’d expect Spain stepped it up after going two nil down.  But we toughed it out and the players showed some real grit in the second half.” Continue reading →

Great Britain beat India 3-1 in Men’s Tri-Nations Hockey at Santander

In the final warm up tournament ahead of the Olympics, Great Britain’s Men’s Hockey team came from behind to defeat India 3-1 in tri-nation tournament in Santander, Spain. Goals by James Tindall, Ashley Jackson and Harry Martin for Great Britain cancelled out Shivendra Singh’s early opener.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Indian team started well and were sharp in attack. India took early lead through Shivendra Singh’s deflection on Tushar Khandkar’s cross on counter attack in 3rd minute of the game. Within two minutes, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri pulled off a two-stage to deny any chance of scoring to Great Britain’s Rob Moore.

Great Britain scored a equaliser midway through the first half (17th Minute) when James Tindall sent home a loose ball at a penalty corner to make it 1-1 and both teams were locked with score line till the lemon break. Continue reading →

India loses to South Africa 3-4

India went down fighting 3-4 to South Africa in its last friendly in the run-up to the Tri-Nation at La Albericia, the capital city of Cantabria, today.

Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh

The goal scorers for India were Danish Mujtaba, Sandeep Singh and SK Uthappa while Clinton Panther, Thoton McDade, Llyod Norris-Jones and Justin Reid Ross were on target for South Africa.

Clinton Panther put South Africa ahead in the 9th minute, scoring a field goal. Thoton McDade scored another goal for his team in the 17th minute. India  reduced the margin four minutes later with the field goal scored by forward Danish Mujtaba.

Going into the second half India created good moves penetrating in the circle and leveled 2-2 in the 47th minute through a penalty corner converted by Sandeep Singh. However three minutes later Llyod Norris- Jones put South Africa ahead. India fought back strongly and equalized seven minutes later through a field goal by SK Uthappa. Continue reading →

India beat South Africa 6-5 in the third test

India defeated South Africa 6-5 in a thrilling third test at La Albericia, the capital city of Cantabria, on Sunday night.

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Strikers Shivendra Singh (13th, 38th minutes), Dharamvir Singh (19th, 21 st minute), Tushar Khandker (36 th minute) and penalty corner specialist V.R. Raghunath (penalty stroke 53 rd minute) were on target for India.

The goal-scorers for South Africa were Austin Smith (penalty stroke 17th, penalty corner 69th), Tim Drummond (42nd), Ian Haley (48th) and Justin Ried Ross (penalty corner 67th).

Shivendra put India ahead in the 13th minute, scoring a field goal. South Africa – who qualified for the London Olympics winning the last qualifier at Kakamigahara in Japan – equalised four minutes later through Smith, who converted a penalty stroke. Continue reading →

India manage to defeat South Africa 6-5, after Leading 5-1

South Africa lost narrowly (6-5) to India which saw their spirited fight back in Second Half after trailing 3-1 at Half Time and 5-1 till 43rd minute of a 11-goal thriller game in their first of three unofficial Tests in Santander, Spain.

Bharat Chetri

File Photo: Bharat Chetri (Captain India)

The Team India opened accounts in the 12th minute of the game though South Africa was better in possession in the opening. South Africans were back in the game once as they started attacking in search for an equalizer. 5 Minutes after India’s goal, Indian Goalkeeper and Captain Bharat Chetri earned yellow card for himself and a penalty stroke for South Africa with hard tackle on Marvin Harper, which Lloyd Madsen converted easily to level the scores.

India’s Dharamvir Singh scored two goals in quick succession on counters after turn overs in mid-field to earn 3-1 lead for India before the lemon break. Continue reading →