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 →

9 Black Sticks to be Auctioned in World-Class Hockey League

An exciting new men’s hockey league in India will provide strong competition and a new source of income for the world’s best hockey players – and nine Black Sticks have signed up to be part of it.

Black Sticks LogoFollowing in the footsteps of the Indian Cricket IPL model, it is understood that the organisers of the new Hockey India League (HIL) will hold a live auction on the 7th November where the six city-based franchises will bid on approximately 100 international players. Continue reading →

Simon Child lead 9 Black Sticks to Hockey India League Players’ Auction

NEW DELHI, October 18: Simon Child, a member of the FIH World All Star team in 2009 and is on the road to becoming the most capped New Zealand hockey international, is among the nine stars from that country who will feature in next month’s Hockey India League Players’ Auction that will herald the onset of the prestigious Hockey India League in January next year.

Hugo Inglis

Hugo Inglis

With 93 goals from more than 170 matches, the 24-year-old Child has etched his mark as one of the world’s premier strikers with his unbelievable skills. Having started as a teenager, he has been a key member of New Zealand team in 2006 World Cup in Germany, 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and 2012 Games in London. Continue reading →