Jr India beat Great Britain to Retain the Sultan of Johor Cup Title

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 19 October 2014: Junior India stole the show with last minute goal to defeat Great Britain and retained their Sultan of Johor Cup title after a fitting finale played at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Junior Indian Hockey Team: The Champions of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

An exciting final, filled with pace and excitement saw the Indian Junior Men Hockey team edging past Great Britain with the final score of 2-1, in which Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament Harmanpreet Singh scored twice including a last minute goal, while Samuel French scored the equalizer for Great Britain in 56th minute. Indian captain Harjeet Singh was adjudged as Most Promising Player of the Tournament.

Earlier in the day, Australia defeated New Zealand 6-2 to win bronze medal, while hosts Malaysia overcame Pakistan 3-1 to avoid last place. Continue reading →

India to face Great Britain in Final of Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 18 October 2014: The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team defeated Australia 6-2 in their last league match to set-up the final of 4th Sultan of Johor Cup 2014 against Great Britain at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Action during India vs Australia league match in Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

With their fourth win from five league matches, Defending champions India have booked their place in the final of the tournament and will take on Great Britain who handed over India their only defeat in the tournament till now. The final will be played on 19 October 2014 at 1800 IST.

India Junior Team started the match with constant attacking moves and surprised their opponents with their highly aggressive game, which tore-apart the Australian defensive line in the first few minutes. With repeated attacks, India earned their first penalty corner in the 6th minute, which was converted into a goal by Harmanpreet Singh who scored the hat-trick against Malaysia in the previous match. Indian colts scored their second goal just after three minutes (9th minute) through forward player Parvinder Singh who superbly reflected a pass towards the box giving India a 2-0 lead. Continue reading →

India on track for finals at Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 16 October 2014: Indian Junior Men Hockey team defeated hosts Malaysia 4-2 in their fourth pool match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup being played at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia to keep themselves in race for the finals against Great Britain.

Great Britain sealed their berth in final with 5-1 win against Australia making 4 wins from 4 matches. New Zealand defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the other match for the day.

The match between hosts and India, commenced at a slow pace as neither of the teams, in spite of their continued attacking efforts, were able to score. It was in the 25th minute that India earned a penalty corner and Sumit perfectly converted that opportunity into the first goal of the match, giving India a lead of 1-0. A quick goal followed in succession when Gurinder Singh of India swiftly utilized the penalty corner awarded and the ball sailed past the Malaysian keeper into the net. Malaysia earned a penalty corner twice during the initial half but failed to convert them. The score stood at 2-0 at the end of half time, giving the visiting team a reason to rejoice. Continue reading →

Junior India beat Pakistan 6-0 in Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 15 October 2014: The Junior Indian Men Team defeated neighbours Pakistan by 6-0 in their third pool match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup being played at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. In the other matches of the day, Australia defeated New Zealand 4-3, while Great Britain edged past hosts Malaysia 3-2.

Indian celebrating a goal against Pakistan at the Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Indian celebrating a goal against Pakistan at the Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

The Indian team dominated the game from the very beginning and created many opportunities to suppress any advancements of the opponent team. With the neat ball possession all the way through the match, it was their constant endeavor that bore fruit and India’s Imran Khan scored the first goal for India in the 22nd minute making no mistakes in converting a penalty corner. This gave India the desirable lead. India rose again in the closing stages of the first half with Parvinder Singh striking a perfect field goal a minute before the half time break, to take the score to 2-0 for India. Continue reading →

Indian Junior Men Hockey Team goes down fighting 0-2 to Great Britain

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 13 October 2014: The Indian Junior Men Hockey Team went down fighting 0-2 in the second match of the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup, played today at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, while Pakistan played 1-1 draw with Australia and hosts Malaysia held New Zealand for 1-1 draw.

Harjeet Singh (India Captain) in action against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Harjeet Singh (India Captain) in action against Great Britain during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

The first half of the game saw both the teams, Great Britain and India, making desperate efforts and giving each other a tough fight to score the opening goal of the match. Although both the teams made several attempts to put the ball in the net, the first goal came in as late as in the 28th minute of the match from the stick of Benjamin James Boon of Great Britain.

Trailing by a goal, the Indian men came out attacking in the second half and tried to prevent the development of the rivals but could not keep pace with the opponent team and it was in the 50th minute of the game that Samuel French of Great Britain managed to encash the goal opportunity and stroke a field goal taking the score to 2-0 and doubling the lead for Great Britain. Continue reading →

India Start Sultan of Johor Cup campaign on Winning Note

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 12 October 2014: Defending Champions India opened their campaign in the 4th Sultan of Johor Cup with a winning note with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia today.

Indian Junior Men's Team celebrations during Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

Indian Junior Men’s Team celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand in Sultan of Johor Cup 2014

In the other matches of the opening day, Great Britain defeated Pakistan 5-0, while Australia edged past hosts Malaysia 2-1.

In a hard-fought match between the two teams, India took an early lead through Parvinder Singh’s field goal just five minutes into the match. The Indian team made some good moves in their circle and showed a very safe and intense game play giving a tough competition to the opposition. On the other hand, it became difficult for New Zealand to get out of their D and penetrate any goal against India in the first half. India led 1-0 at the halftime. Continue reading →