India Beat Korea to Clinch Bronze Medal at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The men’s hockey team of India defeated Korea in shoot-out to win Bronze medal at 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Ipoh Perak. Later in the evening, New Zealand edged defending champions Australia on shoot-out to clinch the title.

India: Bronze Medalists of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

India: Bronze Medalists of 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

After registering a thumping victory over Australia in their last league match, the confident Indian team defeated 8th-ranked Korea by 4-1 (2-2) in bronze medal match, which was decided with penalty shoot-out. This is Team India’s fifth Bronze Medal in the prestigious tournament as they previously won the Bronze in 2012, 2007, 2006 and 1983. India claimed five Gold medals in 2010, 2009, 1995, 1991 and 1983 in the tournament. Continue reading →

Black Sticks clinch Azlan Shah Cup title from Kookaburras, India won Bronze

The Black Sticks Men have won the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in thrilling style with a 3-1 shoot-out victory over defending champions Australia. Earlier in the day, India and Canada defeated Korea and hosts Malaysia shoot-outs respectively to take bronze and fifth place respectively.

Black Sticks celebrate their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 win

Black Sticks celebrate their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 win

On the day of shoot-outs in Ipoh, India and Korea found themselves locked at 2-2 at full-time hooter in Bronze medal match, which later India won by 4-1 in shoot-out, while hosts Malaysia were locked at 4-4 with Canada at full-time score. Ho-Garcia Gabriel scored a hat-trick for Canada, while Faizal Saari scored a brace for the hosts. In the end, Canada emerged as winner as they converted 3 of 5 attempts in shoot-out while Malaysia could convert only 1. Continue reading →

Nikkin’s Hat-Trick help India in beating World Champions Australia

Riding on Nikkin Thimmaiah’s hat-trick, Asian Champions India handed over the world number one Kookaburras their first defeat of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015. The World Champions went down 4-2 in their fifth and final round-robin match on Saturday. Deniel Beale and Matt Gohdes scored for Australia, while VR Raghunath opened the scoring for India.

Nikkin Thimmaiah (Indian Hockey Player)

Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a hat-trick against Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Kookaburras Captain Mark Knowles played his 250th match for Australia but his hope for positive results in landmark match were done by Indian early goals in the first and third quarters. Kookaburras, who were level, 1-1, at the first break through Daniel Beale’s equaliser shortly before quarter time. Having fallen two goals down in the third quarter, Matt Gohdes gave Australia hope of a comeback seven minutes from time but Nikkin’s hat-trick goal in the final minute completed the result in favor of India.

Australia’s men had already qualified for Sunday’s final against either New Zealand or Korea before the defeat, which marked their first loss at the annual Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament since May 2010, when they also went down to the Indians, 4-3. While India will play for Bronze Medal on Sunday. Continue reading →

With win over Black Sticks, Kookaburras reach the final of Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The Kookaburras advanced into the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on Thursday night with a game in hand courtesy of a gritty 3-1 victory over trans-Tasman rivals, the Black Sticks.

Jeremy Hayward celebrates a goal for the Kookaburras in the Semi Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 against Argentina (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

File Photo: Jeremy Hayward celebrates a goal (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Australia are on top of points table with 12 points from 4 wins in as many matches, followed by New Zealand at 9 points and Korea at 7 Points. Winner of Korea and New Zealand league match on Saturday will advance to final against Australia, however, draw is good enough for Kiwis to reach the final.

Earlier in the day, Korea defeated the hosts Malaysia by 3-2 to keep their chances alive for finals and India defeated Canada by 5-3 to earn their first win of the tournament.

Three goals in a clinical nine minute period of the second quarter was enough to earn victory as Dylan Wotherspoon, Jamie Dwyer and Jeremy Hayward struck. Black Sticks Andy Hayward pulled one back from the penalty spot shortly after half time but the world champions maintained the two goal deficit. Continue reading →

First Win for India in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Beat Canada 5-3

Playing their fourth match of the tournament, India clashed against Canada today wherein they claimed a their win during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in Ipoh, Malaysia as they overcame the opponents by 5-3. The last quarter of the game proved to be an action packed session as it rained goals for both the teams. With this win, India is sitting at Fourth place in points table, ahead of hosts Malaysia and Canada.

Indian Players Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurbaj Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh Celebrate a goal during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Indian Players Nikkin Thimmaiah, Gurbaj Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh Celebrate a goal during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The first quarter saw valuable efforts from both the teams as they produced a neck-to-neck fight as they aimed at ball possession and did not give away any chance to each other to score. While India was seen embarking on scoring opportunities from the onset, Canada earned two penalty corners but failed to capitalize it. Retaliating Canada’s attempts to score, India made full use of the awarded penalty corner through Rupinder Pal Singh and convert it in the 13th minute of the game. By the end of the first quarter, India took the lead 1-0. Continue reading →

Yet Again! India conceded in dying minute, defeated by Malaysia in Azlan Shah Cup 2015

India faced the hosts Malaysia today in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015 in a must win match to stay in contention for a place in final. The problem of conceding goals in dying minutes continues to haunt India, as they gave a tough fight to Malaysia but went down 2-3 owing to a late goal by the hosts in front of packed crowd. Earlier in the tournament, India lost to New Zealand in similar fashion and who can forget the Semi Finals of 2010 Asian Games against Malaysia and 2008 Olympic Qualifiers.

Ramandeep Singh of India is being shadowed by Baljit Singh of Malaysia during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

Ramandeep Singh of India is being shadowed by Baljit Singh of Malaysia during Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2015

The game started with India taking immediate possession of the ball and attacking the D of the Malaysians. India with majority of the possession of the ball kept the pressure on the opponents. In the 12th minute India saw hope as Satbir Singh took possession of the ball and ran solely towards the D, beating two defenders of the opponents, but unfortunately he failed to capitalise. The next minute Akashdeep Singh had a half chance as he received a pass from Raghunath which he passed to Ramandeep who missed on the crucial touch. With both teams unable to open their individual accounts the first quarter proved to be a dry run and scores stood at 0-0. Continue reading →