India Women Hockey Team to leave for Spain for Valencia test series

The India Women Hockey Team is all set to leave for Spain to play matches at Valencia from 10 – 24 February 2015. The preparatory camp for the tour had commenced on 10 January 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi. The series is in preparation for the FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 7 – 15 March, 2015. The team will be led by Captain Ritu Rani and Deepika will be the Vice-Captain.

During the fifteen day tour, the Indian team will be playing two matches with Spain on 14th and 16th February, followed by two with Dutch hockey clubs, GCHC (19th February) and HDM (20th February). Two matches are also slated to be played with Germany (22nd and 23rd February) giving the team a holistic experience of working against varied strategies. The Test matches will also provide ground to the entire team to work on their skills and perfect their team coordination. Continue reading →

Indian Women Hockey team starts preparations for Spain Tour and FIH World League Round 2

Indian Women Hockey Team has started the preparations for Spain Tour and FIH World League Round 2. The preparatory camp of 24 member squad the commenced on Saturday, 10 January 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi. It will continue till 9 February 2015.

This camp is in preparations of Indian team for the Test Matches in Valencia, Spain scheduled to be held from 10-24 February 2015 and the FIH World League Round 2 to be held in New Delhi from 7-15 March 2015.

The 24-member Women Team are part of this camp for training of the players before facing 14th-ranked Spain team in Valencia. The Test matches will provide ample opportunities to the players of Indian team, where they can improve their skills and implement their strategies on ground for the upcoming FIH World League Round 2, slotted in 7-15 March in New Delhi. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men finish 7th, Belgium 5th in RHWC2014

The Black Sticks Men have defeated Spain 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out to secure seventh place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague. While Belgium beat London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany 4-2 to take 5th place.

Black Sticks Simon Child in action during shoot-out in 7th place play off against Spain at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Black Sticks Simon Child in action during shoot-out in 7th place play off against Spain at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Chritopher Zeller gave lead to Germans in 18th minute, but Tom Boon and Tanguy Cosynus scored penalty corner goals in 25th and 40th minutes to earn lead for Belgium. German Florian Fuchs restored the parity in 56th minute, only to go down again in 59th minute when Floren van Aubel found the target. Evergreen Sebastian Dockier scored one more for Belgium to ensure the 5th place for his team.

In 7th place match, Kane Russell scored for the Kiwis just out from halftime before Spain equalised late in the second half to take the 7th/8th classification playoff to a one-on-one penalty shoot-out. Continue reading →

England Beat Belgium to reach Semis of RHWC2014

England are through to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Semi-Final after a nail-biting 3-2 victory over rivals Belgium and finished 2nd in Pool A behind the defending World Champions Australia and ahead of Belgium (3rd), Spain (4th), India (5th) and Malaysia (6th) in the points table.

England's Captain Barry Middleton and head coach Bobby Crutchley celebrate after reaching the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Captain Barry Middleton and head coach Bobby Crutchley celebrate after reaching the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

It was the final group game in Pool A and England needed the win to take the three points and steal second place from the Red Lions who only needed a draw to go through. Iain Lewers was calmness personified in the 66th minute as he fired his penalty stroke into the roof of Belgium’s goal to give his side the 3-2 victory. Continue reading →

Kookaburras make it 5 of 5 with 4-0 win over India

A ferocious opening 25 minutes in which they scored four unanswered goals saw the Kookaburras progress to the semi-finals of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 with a 100% record after beating India 4-0 to top Pool A with a maximum 15 points.

Kookaburras Jeremy Hayward celebrates his goal during their last Pool game against India at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Kookaburras Jeremy Hayward celebrates his goal during their last Pool game against India at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Later in the day, Spain defeated Malaysia by 5-2 to move to the 4th place in pool standings ahead of India and Malaysia. This means Spain will play for 7th position, India for 9th place, while Malaysia will play to avoid last position in the quadrennial tournament.

Kieran Govers’ third minute opener gave the Australian men the perfect start with Chris Ciriello doubling the advantage from a penalty corner in the 16th minute, firing his 80th goal for his country.

21 year old Jeremy Hayward made it 3-0 when he flicked home a rebound at a penalty corner, coolly slotting the ball over the shoulder of goalkeeper Sreejesh, who would go on to make a string of outstanding saves in the second half. Ciriello bagged his second and Australia’s fourth with a low penalty corner two minutes later. Continue reading →

India beat Malaysia to record their 1st Win at RHWC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 7 June 2014: India defeated Malaysia by 3-2 at the Green Fields Stadium, The Hague, Netherlands to record their first win in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

Jasjit Singh Kular of India celebrating his first International Goal at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

Jasjit Singh Kular of India celebrating his first International Goal at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

With this win India has added 3 more points in its favour on the points table and which takes them on the 4th position in Pool A with total 4 points. Australia outclassed England with 5-0 victory, while Belgium defeated Spain 5-2 to sit on top two positions of Pool A Standings. Followed by England, India, Spain and Malaysia at 3rd, 4th, 5th and last place.

Indian midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kanjujam played 50th international match, when came out on turf against Malaysia. Continue reading →