Learnt new skills of goalkeeping under Dave Staniforth: PR Sreejesh

The India Men Hockey team started their training session at Auckland for the upcoming New Zealand Series which commences on 02 October. India is touring New Zealand for a 4-Test match series against New Zealand National Team and two matches against New Zealand A team.

Dave Staniforth training young Indian Hockey Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and Sushant Tirkey

Dave Staniforth training young Indian Hockey Goalkeepers Harjot Singh and Sushant Tirkey

The wall of the Indian Hockey team, Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is confident of putting a good show in the upcoming Test Series. Specially after having undergone a three week goalkeeping camp under Dave Staniforth, PR Sreejesh is looking more confident of his form and is positive of showcasing a more consolidated defence. Continue reading →

HIL Auction on 17th Sept: No team from South India, 135 Indians and 142 Foriegners in Fray

Hockey India League (HIL) is conducting a fresh auction of players for the upcoming season of the League on September 17 at New Delhi. The six franchisee will bid for players from India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, Malaysia, Japan and Korea to complete their teams.

Birendra Lakra Ranchi Rays Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays has retained Indian Star defender Birendra Lakra for upcoming season of Hero Hockey India League 

This is going to be 4th season of HIL, but still there are no teams from South India, either of Chennai or Bangalore should have had a franchise in the league by now. In the interest of the game and for increasing its reach, hockey hotbeds like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu can not be ignored in important league like HIL, which has become one of the best league in world, however it is yet to spread its arms pan-India. Keeping the stadium attendances during World Series Hockey 2012 in mind, HIL organizers should try to get a franchisee from either of the cities specially Bangalore. Continue reading →

Latest World Rankings released by FIH: India Steady at 9th (M) and 13th (W)

  • Australia men & Netherlands women hold firm at the top of the rankings
  • Belgium men leap-frog England into 4th while USA women move up to 5th

Lausanne – 26th March 2015: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the latest FIH World Rankings as of March 2015. These include points awarded following the completion of the Hockey World League Round 2 events.

FIH Men's and Women's World Ranking

FIH Men’s and Women’s World Ranking

In the FIH Men’s World Rankings, 2014 World Champions Australia (1), World Cup Silver medallists the Netherlands (2) and 2012 Olympic Champions Germany (3) continue to hold the top three positions, with Tom Boon’s Belgium moving into fourth place ahead of Ashley Jackson’s England, who drop to fifth. Argentina’s Los Leones retain sixth place ahead of New Zealand (7), Korea (8), India (9) and Pakistan (10).

Malaysia (12), Ireland (14), Canada (15), Japan (16), Poland (17), France (18), Egypt (20), Austria (22) and China (31) all secured top three finishes in the Hockey World League Round 2 events, reaching the Olympic qualifier Semi-Final phase and collecting crucial ranking points in the process. Although these teams have seen little change in their current FIH World Ranking on this occasion, their involvement in the upcoming Hockey World League Semi-Finals will generate even more points and could trigger some significant movement. Continue reading →

Australia Women Retain CWG Title, New Zealand get Bronze

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out. While New Zealand Women’s Hockey team beat South Africa 5-2 to win Bronze medal at Glasgow 2014.

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

File Photo: Hockeyroos Celebrating (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

In the Gold Medal match, trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out.

On the night, Australia had heroines across the park with Casey Eastham and Georgie Parker also finding the target in the shoot-out while goalkeeper Rachael Lynch demonstrated her pedigree saving from England’s Susie Gilbert and forcing Nicola White wide. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (W): It is Australia vs England in Women’s Final at CWG

England are through to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Final against Australia at 20:15 local time, following a thrilling contest against world number four side New Zealand  which went to a shoot out after full-time finished 1-1.

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England celebrate their penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand during their semi-final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch became the hero, pulling off three saves in the shoot out to take her side through to the gold medal match. Hockeyroos, the Australian Women’s Hockey team, defeated South Africa comprehensively (7-1) to reach their third consecutive final of Commonwealth Games and their sixth consecutive major final since October 2012.

Earlier in the day, India defeated Scotland by 2-1 to take 5th place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th place respectively. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in Semis of Men’s Hockey

England and India secured their place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals with 3-1 and 5-2 wins over Canada and South Africa respectively, while Australia and New Zealand won their respective matches to confirm their top places in Pool A and Pool B.

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After today’s results, India will now face New Zealand and England will be up against Australia in cross over Semi Finals to be played on Saturday at 1645 and 1430 IST respectively. (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table Here)

Indian team came out firing in their final pool game against South Africa, though they needed a draw for advancing to medal round. VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh converted 2 of their 3 penalty corner chances in 3rd and 9th minute of the game to put India in driving position with 2-0 lead within opening 10 minutes. Continue reading →