Creffier named captain of Junior Black Sticks for World Cup

After a broken thumb at the Ford National Hockey League (New Zealand) this August, Auckland’s Rob Creffier wasn’t sure if he was going to get to the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup this month, let alone be named captain of the Junior Black Sticks’ side.

Junior Blacks during a practice session before Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi

Junior Blacks during a practice session before Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi

The 21-year-old midfielder said it was a real honour to be announced captain by Junior Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards and is looking forward to leading the team onto the field this Friday when they play their first game against Malaysia in New Delhi (Full Schedule here).

“It is a really privileged position, when I’m on field I like to lead by example by being disciplined and having a high work rate and hopefully that encourages others to follow. I think that discipline carries off the field as well. As a team we have recognised the job we are trying to do and now we just need to do it the best we can,” says Creffier who also captained Auckland’s Under-21 team to victory in 2013, which was the first time the team had won in 14 years. Continue reading →

Live Telecast of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Neo Prime in India and Sky Sport in New Zealand

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2013 is starting on 9th March 2013 in Ipoh, Malaysia. In the 22nd edition of the tournament, i.e. World’s Oldest Invitational Hockey Tournament, six national teams including Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan along with the hosts Malaysia will play each other once in pool stage. Final standings will be decided after placing matches on 17th March.

Neo Prime LogoAll the matches of the will be brought live to the Indian television screens by India’s premium all sports channel NEO Prime, which is owned by Neo Sports Broadcast Pvt. Ltd, while SKY Sport  will show the Black Sticks Men’s games and all play-off matches of the tournament in New Zealand and PTV Sports will telecast it in Pakistan.

“You can participate in the Azlan Shah Cup pre-match show called the Extra Scoop by tweeting us your questions with #ExtraScoop, where Olympic Gold Medallist V Bhaskaran will be the guest in the studio. The former India coach Bhaskaran will answer the queries from fans.” : NEO Prime Continue reading →

Its Kookaburras vs the Orange and India vs Pakistan on final day of Champions Trophy 2012

Defending Champions Kookaburras outclassed India in the semi final to set-up summit clash against the men in Orange, who defeated Pakistan to reach the final of the 34th FIH Champions Trophy. The hosts Australia have not lost a single match to Netherlands in Champions Trophy after 2003 gold medal match and have 20-10 win loss record against the Silver Medalists from London, Netherlands.

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 Logo

Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

In the Bronze Medal match, Asian Giants Pakistan and India will lock horns. India would be looking to 2nd podium finish of their 13 appearances at Champions Trophy, while the founder nation of Champions Trophy, Pakistan will eye 15th podium finish at the 2nd biggest only Hockey event after World Cup. The neighboring arch-rivals have met 12 times in champions trophy and have won 6 matches each.

Riding high on the red-hot form of five times FIH World Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer, Australia outclassed India team in the 2nd semi-final. Which not only, assured them 27th podium finish at Champions Trophy but also kept their campaign on track for 5th consecutive Gold Medal. The Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer scored a brace in first half on PC (6th minute) and PS (18th minute) while Keiran Govers added a field goal in second half (44th minute). Continue reading →

Asian Giants India and Pakistan will face Netherlands and Australia in Semis of Champions Trophy

India and Pakistan, entered in the 2012 edition of prestigious FIH Champions Trophy on wild cards, have reached to semi finals of the tournament. The Asian giants will now face world number 2 and 3 sides, Australia and Netherlands respectively.

P T Rao

P T Rao

In quarter finals, Kookaburras defeated England 2-0 while Pool A topper Netherlands knocked New Zealand out of medal contention thus 3 teams of Pool A made to semis while only India from Pool A stayed in medal contention. Australia and Netherlands are looking for 5th consecutive title and 3rd medal in a row respectively.

On the way to semi final, the lowest ranked team in the competition, India finished as pool topper even after losing to Olympics Champions Germany. India, then defeated world number 8 side Belgium 1-0, who are appearing in the Champions Trophy for the first time. Belgium qualified for Champions Trophy as the winners of Champions Challenge 2011, where they defeated India (4-3) in the final in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading →

India and Netherlands top the Tables in Champions Trophy 2012

India and Netherlands are pool toppers of FIH Champions Trophy 2012 being played at State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne (Australia) and will face Belgium and New Zealand respectively in quarter finals. While hosts Australia will lock horns with England and Olympic Gold Medalists Germany will face unpredictable Asian Giants Pakistan in the knock out stage of the tournament.

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India and Germany have 6 points from 2 wins from 3 matches but India are at top by the virtue of better goal difference. Similarly in Pool B of FIH Champions Trophy, Netherlands peeps Australia to top the pool after being tied in terms of points and goal difference.

After rest on Monday at Melbourne, the third day of matches started with New Zealand taking on world number 4 side England. It was England who took lead in 11th minute through Mark Gleghorne and went into lemon break with the lead of 1-0. As usual, New Zealand came out stronger in 2nd part of the game, but could score only in 63rd minute through veteran Phillip Burrows to score and earn their first point in the tournament.

Later in the day, India got of the mark quickly and stunned the Olympic Champions Germany with early goal through Gurvinder Singh Chandi in 5th minute. One of three Olympians in German side, Oliver Korn restored the parity in 13th minute in a goal mouth melee which also had a rebound from post and the scores stood 1-1 till half time. Continue reading →

Schedule and Results of Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

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The 34th Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy at Melbourne from Dec 1-9, 2012

Teams are divided into two pools:
Pool A: Germany, England, New Zealand & India
Pool B: Australia, Netherlands, Belgium & Pakistan

Venue: State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,
7. New Zealand and 8. England

Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands

The detailed Schedule of Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 as following:

Match – Pool – Time (EST-GMT-IST) – Fixture: Score FT (HT)

Sat 1 Dec. (Report Here)
1 – B – 10:30 – 23:30^ – 05:00 – Netherlands v Pakistan: 3 – 1 (1 – 1)
2 – A – 12:30 – 01:30 – 07:00 – Germany v New Zealand: 3 – 2 (3 – 0)
3 – B – 14:30 – 03:30 – 09:00 – Australia v Belgium: 4 – 2 (2 – 0)
4 – A – 16:30 – 05:30 – 11:00- England v India: 1 – 3 (1 – 1) Continue reading →