Jaypee Punjab Warriors will look to win against Ranchi Rhinos on home ground

Jalandhar, 15 January 2013: Having suffered the disappointment of being beaten in the opening game of the Hero Hockey India League, Jaypee Punjab Warriors would try to get a better result at home when they take on Ranchi Rhinos in Jalandhar on Wednesday.

Jaypee Punjab Warriors

Jaypee Punjab Warriors will need better co-ordination among star studded forward line including Jamie Dwyer, Shivendra Singh, S V Sunil, etc.

Warriors fought well against Delhi Waveriders on Monday, but their forward-line failed to create enough goal-scoring opportunities, and that is something that the team think tank would have worked on, on Tuesday, their only rest day for the first four days of the tournament. The likes of SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh would have to play a more attacking hockey, if the Warriors want to be a lot more dangerous in the coming games.

Warriors skipper Jamie Dwyer admitted after Monday’s game that the team needs to do better. “We didn’t start the game well.  I think, as a team, we still need to combine a bit better. Hopefully, we would start doing that in the next few games,” the Aussie said on Monday night. Continue reading →

Hockey India League names three Indians and three Overseas players as Marquee Players

NEW DELHI, November 29: Hockey India League has named its Brand Ambassadors Sardar Singh (India) and Jamie Dwyer (Australia) as well as the world’s most capped player Teun de Nooijer (the Netherlands), Germany’s double Olympic gold medallist Moritz Fürste and Indians Sandeep Singh and SV Sunil as Marquee Players for the December 16 Hockey India League Auction.

Mr Rajat Sharma, Jamie Dwyer, Rajiv Shukla (Minister of State for Parilaimentary Affairs), Sardar Singh and Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India and Chairman, Hockey India League) during a launch of Hockey India League Logo

Jamie Dwyer (2L) and Sardar Singh (2R) with Mr Rajat Sharma (L), Rajiv Shukla (Minister of State for Parilaimentary Affairs) (C) and Narinder Batra (Secretary General, Hockey India and Chairman, Hockey India League) (R)

“We are pleased to announce three players each from India and overseas as Marquee Players in the Hockey India League Players’ Auction set for December 16,” said Hockey India Secretary-General and Hockey India League Chairman Dr Narinder Batra. “The six franchises will engage one each of these Marquee Players whose craft makes them huge crowd pullers. Continue reading →

Curtain Raiser Event – 2nd JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament – All set for Nov 7-10

Once again Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) proved their desire to do things differently, with  a spectacular curtain raiser event for the upcoming 2nd edition of JFHA Inter School Hockey tournament, which will be played from 7-10 November at KSHA Hockey Stadium aka Shantinagar Hockey Stadium under floodlights.

2012 JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament Curtain Raiser

2012 JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament Curtain Raiser

Hockey Stars’ Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, SV Sunil, SK Uthappa, Legendary Goalkeeper Ashish Ballal, Mr K Krishnamurthy (Hon Secretary, KSHA) and Mr Saranga Pani (one of Founders of CSIM) graced the occasion and made it an amazing Sunday along with all the donors & well wishers of JFHA, the event was held at JFHA ground,  Maria Niketan School. Continue reading →

SV Sunil reprimanded for middle-finger gesture

SV Sunil, showed middle finger to a section of crowd after scoring the winner goal in dying moment of the game against Pakistan on Thursday in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012, being played in Ipoh, Malaysia, got a reprimand, means he can play for India in classification match tomorrow, which could be final also.

SV Sunil

File Photo: SV Sunil

Tournament Director Sarinder Dillon informed media: “We had the meeting today, SV Sunil has expressed regret, and also duly apologised. I have given him a reprimand, which meant he can play tomorrow’s match”.

India has 9 points from its six matches, and it is certain that India will play for Bronze medal, but could be in finals also, depending on the results of Great Britain Vs Pakistan and Argentina Vs Malaysia matches.

India Clinch Thriller to Reach Semis Against South Africa: Champions Challenge I (Men’s) 2011

India, toppers of Pool A, survived Malaysia, was at bottom of Pool B,  and clinched the thriller through the golden goal after the hooter of 2nd half extra time to reach the semi-finals of . V R Raghunath scored the golden goal on a penalty corner earned by India seconds before the hooter. Earlier, it was Indian Goalie P R Sreejesh and hard working mid-fielder Sardar Singh throughout the game who brought India till this stage.

PR-Sreejesh

P R Sreejesh

Though India took early lead through Sandeep Singh in 7th Minute via PC and he doubled in 24th Minute via PC, tough Malaysians pulled one back just 2 minutes before lemon break. And they continued the spirit in second half to fire three more goals (42nd, 46th and 58th Minute), that worked against them like rubbing salt on wounds of Indian team. After falling behind 4-2 with just 12 minute remaining, Indian pulled up the shocks fired 2 goals through Yuvraj Walmiki and S V Sunil to restore the parity (4-4) in 64th and 67th Minutes respectively.

India somehow survived the extra time, which saw two great saves by PR Sreejesh, the Indian hero of the day, praised by former goalie Olympian Ashish Ballal, he tweeted, “Great goalkeeping by sreejesh,the scoreline could have been a lot different .4-4draw.extra time and golden goal” and “If not for sreejesh they would have beaten India by three Continue reading →

India to play Malaysia in Quarters of Champions Challenge I (Men’s) 2011

India whipped Poland (19th in FIH Ranking) with the score line reading 7-0 in a one sided game. Game was slow in the starting, Indian players looked out of their element. But, as soon they started getting warmed up, they scored 3 goals before lemon and pressed the pedal to score 4 more in second half. Poland had a few chances to score, missed one by hitting, deflected one on Indian defender’s stick and one wide.

(Full Results and Schedule of FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011)

Yuvraj-Walmiki

Yuvraj Walmiki

It was birthday boy Yuvraj Walmiki, who connected a midfield pass in time to give India the first goal in 18th minute of the game, the first for him in the tour as well. He did a lot of work in Polish half to build up the attacking moves. In 24th minute, Danish Mujtaba trapped a loose ball on the left flank, and took reverse shot that entered the net, but kissed Shivendra’s stick on the way to put India 2-0 up. India’s 3 goal came just two minute before the lemon break, through a well worked pass by birthday boy Yuvraj to Shivendra Singh, who put the ball in. Continue reading →