Andreu dreams of producing an International Hockey Player from Anantapur, but…

Andreu Enrich, former Spanish International Hockey Player, dreams of producing an International Player from Anantapur through Stick for India (a hockey project of Rural Development Trust (Fundación Vicente Ferrer) started in 2006 by Santi Freixa and Andreu Enrich)

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu came to India for the first time in 2005 with the national team of Spain to participate in the Champions Trophy at Chennai. He and Santi extended their stay to visit RDT at Anantapur. After the visit, they proposed a hockey school.

To find the response for hockey among the kids, they started off with summer camps, which were received well among the children where nobody talked about hockey. And, then hockey was introduced at 10 adopted centres, where boys/girls teams were formed and leagues were played. Continue reading →

Germany Win the Title of Hockey World League R-3 at Johor Bahru, England take Bronze

London Olympics Champions Germany defeated Argentina in the final of Hockey World League Semi Final at Johor Bahru (Malaysia), while England beat Korea to finish at 3rd place. Hosts Malaysia edged Japan in Shoot-out (4-3) after 1-1 draw in regulation to finish 5th and increase their chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. World number 5 side and Asian Giants Pakistan scored a convincing 6-2 win against South Africa to avoid wooden.

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Clinical Argentina Beat England to Set Up Final against Germany in World League at Johor

London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany overcame valiant Korean side to win 2nd semi final of Hockey World League being played at Johor Bahru (Malaysia) to set up final against Argentina, who defeated England in 1st semi final.

Earlier in the day, Japan beat South Africa in shoot-out, while Malaysia defeated Pakistan 3-1 to set-up fifth place match to strengthen their chances for world cup qualification.

Highlights of Argentina vs England (Semi Final)

In 2nd semi final, Korea went down to Germany with a fierce flick of Christopher Zeller in 14th minute, but put up a strong fight to equalize in 60th minute through Nam Yong Lee. Germany restored their lead on another PC. Korean goalie Myung Ho Lee saved initial attempt of Zeller; but rebound was sent by Linus Butt. Germany completed their tally with Florian Fuchs and Martin Zwicker combining in Korean D with Zwicker putting it on target in the last move of the game.

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England guarantee World Cup qualification with 5-0 victory over Japan

England and Argentina won their respective quarter final matches at Hockey World League in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) to face each others in semi final. Though England are guaranteed of their place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup following a dominant display over Japan, a win for Argentina in next two matches will earn them place at the quadrennial hockey tournament to be played at The Hague, Netherlands from 31 May to 15 June 2014.

Highlights of England vs Japan (Quarter Final) in Hockey World League in Johor Bahru

Mark Gleghorne, Barry Middleton, Harry Martin, Simon Mantell and Dan Fox were all on target to give England a 5-0 victory over Japan at Taman Daya Stadium, while Argentina defeated South Africa 2-0 with a brace from 20 year old penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat, who scored once in each half the match. Continue reading →

Argentina and Pakistan top Pools, hosts Malaysia face Germany in Quarters of World League 3

Pool competition concluded today in Hockey World League Semi Final at Johor Bahru, Malaysia, with Argentina and Pakistan winning their respective matches to finish as pool toppers and to set up quarter finals against South Africa and Korea respectively. While England defeated Malaysia to finish 2nd in Pool B and will face Japan in quarter finals, while hosts Malaysia are up against London Olympics Gold Medalists Germany in the knock-out stage, which will be played on 4th July after a rest day tomorrow (Pool points table, results and full schedule here).

Victory for England over Malaysia lines up quarter-final against Japan

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USA beat Italy 6-0 for 5th Place as Selenski scores Birthday Hat-trick

June 30, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team recorded five second half goals en route to a 6-0 shutout performance over No. 17 Italy on the final day of competition at the World League Semi-Final in London, while South Africa beat Spain 3-2 to finish 7th in the competition.

Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) celebrating her 23rd birthday, recorded a hat trick with three consecutive goals in a span of 10 minutes.

While the top three finishers from both World League Semi-Finals automatically earn a ticket to the World Cup event in The Hague, Netherlands next year, there is a good chance that a fifth place finish for Team USA at this tournament may be enough to qualify. Continue reading →