Indian Women’s Hockey Team will face hosts Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Hockey World League, while Pool B toppers Germany will take on Chile. New Zealand and Korea lock horns with Japan and Belgium respectively in other two quarter-final matches in Rotterdam.
Defending Champions Kookaburras outclassed India in the semi final to set-up summit clash against the men in Orange, who defeated Pakistan to reach the final of the 34th FIH Champions Trophy. The hosts Australia have not lost a single match to Netherlands in Champions Trophy after 2003 gold medal match and have 20-10 win loss record against the Silver Medalists from London, Netherlands.
In the Bronze Medal match, Asian Giants Pakistan and India will lock horns. India would be looking to 2nd podium finish of their 13 appearances at Champions Trophy, while the founder nation of Champions Trophy, Pakistan will eye 15th podium finish at the 2nd biggest only Hockey event after World Cup. The neighboring arch-rivals have met 12 times in champions trophy and have won 6 matches each.
Riding high on the red-hot form of five times FIH World Player of the Year, Jamie Dwyer, Australia outclassed India team in the 2nd semi-final. Which not only, assured them 27th podium finish at Champions Trophy but also kept their campaign on track for 5th consecutive Gold Medal. The Kookaburras co-captain Jamie Dwyer scored a brace in first half on PC (6th minute) and PS (18th minute) while Keiran Govers added a field goal in second half (44th minute). Continue reading →
India and Pakistan, entered in the 2012 edition of prestigious FIH Champions Trophy on wild cards, have reached to semi finals of the tournament. The Asian giants will now face world number 2 and 3 sides, Australia and Netherlands respectively.
In quarter finals, Kookaburras defeated England 2-0 while Pool A topper Netherlands knocked New Zealand out of medal contention thus 3 teams of Pool A made to semis while only India from Pool A stayed in medal contention. Australia and Netherlands are looking for 5th consecutive title and 3rd medal in a row respectively.
On the way to semi final, the lowest ranked team in the competition, India finished as pool topper even after losing to Olympics Champions Germany. India, then defeated world number 8 side Belgium 1-0, who are appearing in the Champions Trophy for the first time. Belgium qualified for Champions Trophy as the winners of Champions Challenge 2011, where they defeated India (4-3) in the final in Johannesburg, South Africa. Continue reading →
India and Netherlands are pool toppers of FIH Champions Trophy 2012 being played at State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne (Australia) and will face Belgium and New Zealand respectively in quarter finals. While hosts Australia will lock horns with England and Olympic Gold Medalists Germany will face unpredictable Asian Giants Pakistan in the knock out stage of the tournament.
India and Germany have 6 points from 2 wins from 3 matches but India are at top by the virtue of better goal difference. Similarly in Pool B of FIH Champions Trophy, Netherlands peeps Australia to top the pool after being tied in terms of points and goal difference.
After rest on Monday at Melbourne, the third day of matches started with New Zealand taking on world number 4 side England. It was England who took lead in 11th minute through Mark Gleghorne and went into lemon break with the lead of 1-0. As usual, New Zealand came out stronger in 2nd part of the game, but could score only in 63rd minute through veteran Phillip Burrows to score and earn their first point in the tournament.
Later in the day, India got of the mark quickly and stunned the Olympic Champions Germany with early goal through Gurvinder Singh Chandi in 5th minute. One of three Olympians in German side, Oliver Korn restored the parity in 13th minute in a goal mouth melee which also had a rebound from post and the scores stood 1-1 till half time. Continue reading →
The 34th Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy at Melbourne from Dec 1-9, 2012
Teams are divided into two pools:
Pool A: Germany, England, New Zealand & India
Pool B: Australia, Netherlands, Belgium & Pakistan
Venue: State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,
7. New Zealand and 8. England
Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands
The detailed Schedule of Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012 as following:
Match – Pool – Time (EST-GMT-IST) – Fixture: Score FT (HT)
Sat 1 Dec. (Report Here)
1 – B – 10:30 – 23:30^ – 05:00 – Netherlands v Pakistan: 3 – 1 (1 – 1)
2 – A – 12:30 – 01:30 – 07:00 – Germany v New Zealand: 3 – 2 (3 – 0)
3 – B – 14:30 – 03:30 – 09:00 – Australia v Belgium: 4 – 2 (2 – 0)
4 – A – 16:30 – 05:30 – 11:00- England v India: 1 – 3 (1 – 1) Continue reading →
Indians penalty corner specialists crushed tough South Africans 4-2, while Belgium survived shootout against Argentina (2-2 (HT Score: 1-2) 3-2 after Penalty Shoot Outs ) to reach the finals of Champions Challenge 1 and they kept their hopes alive to make first ever appearance in Champions Trophy, while India will be looking for their first presence in Champions Trophy after 2005.
Indian team was rusty in the first half, who scored only 1 goal through penalty corner (V RRaghunath in 14th minute) to equalise the goal scored by Drummond of South Africa in 8th minute and allowed the hosts to take lead in 22nd through McDADE. Indian defense line looked clueless in both the goals before the lemon break.
India came out strongly after the change of ends, who not only scored three goals but also kept South Africans in control. Sarvanjit Singh fired home the equaliser on a rebound from South African goalie BOTES Brendan in 40th Minute, while Sandeep Singh scored other two goals through 2 penalty corners 45th and 50th minute to make sure that India win the match. Rest of job of keeping the tab on hosts was done by the defenders and aggressive mid-fielders of India. After 50th, only once South Africa came close to scoring in 64th minute when they got a penalty corner otherwise India dictated the terms. Indian Vice Captain Tushar Khandekar and veteran Arjun Halappa got yellow cards in second half.
Schedule of final and classification matches (IST):
Date: 4th Decembet, 2011 at Randpark Hockey Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
7/8 12:30 Japan – Canada
5/6 15:00 Malaysia – Polan
3/4 17:30 South Africa – Argentina
Final 20:00 India – Belgium
Full Results and Schedule of FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011
India in the final by Shashank Gupta on Stick2hockey.com
Belgium in the final by Shashank Gupta on Stick2hockey.com
CC1: It’s India vs. Belgium for the gold on FIH.CH