Black Sticks score late win over India in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

After a good match against Korea yesterday, India went down (1-2) against Black Sticks as Andy Hayward scored a late goal in their 2nd game of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. Korea defeated Canada by 3-1, while defending champions Australia edged past gritty hosts  by 3-2 in the other matches of the day.

Black Sticks Ace Drag Flicker Andy Hayward celebrating with his team mates after a goal against Korea (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

File Photo: Black Sticks Andy Hayward celebrating a goal with his team mates (Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Black Sticks Captain Simon Child and Andy Hayward goals helped them seal the win while it was Akashdeep Singh who scored the lone goal for India. Incidentally, three of them play in same team in Hockey India League, Delhi Waveriders.

After a goalless first half, Black Sticks captain Simon Child put the Kiwis on the scoreboard in the 38th minute after getting a feather touch on a hard shot at goal from Shay Neal in goalmouth melee when Indian defence failed to clear the ball at multiple occasions. India responded with an equaliser just 5 minutes later when Akashdeep Singh pounced on a penalty corner deflection to slip the ball through goalkeeper Devon Manchester’s outstretched leg. Continue reading →

India played a 2-2 draw with Korea in their 1st Match of Azlan Shah Cup

India held Korea with a 2-2 draw on the inaugural day of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia, today. While Australia outclassed Canada by 7-0 and New Zealand defeated hosts Malaysia by 4-2 in other two matches of day.

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia

Indian Men National Hockey Team for 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 at Ipoh, Malaysia

The match between the two Asian teams turned out to be exciting as the teams were seen in complete action not letting the other team taking advantage on the scoring prospects, but the Indian fans were seen blaming the Hockey India, Sports Channels and Government for not making live broadcast available. They want to see their heroes playing in such an important international tournament but sadly, it’s not available in India. Continue reading →