India U-21 Women beat England for 3rd Place, Men finished 4th #VolvoTournament

After losing against England in their last league match, the India U-21 Women Team took revenge after beating them by 1-0 in shoot-out to finish 3rd in the Volvo U-21 (Women) Invitational Tournament 2015 held at Breda, The Netherlands.

India U-21 Women Hockey Goalkeeper Inderpreet Kaur

India U-21 Women Hockey Goalkeeper Inderpreet Kaur saved all attempts in penalty shoot-out

The hosts, Netherlands defeated China by 5-1 to win the title and Germany edged past New Zealand by 2-1 to finish fifth in 6 team tournament.

India’s goal-keeper Inderpreet Kaur was the hero of the match as she brilliantly thwarted all attempts by the English players during the penalty shootout which helped India clinch the closely fought match and the 3rd position. While, India U-21 Men had lost to England by 0-3 in men’s 3rd place play-off match yesterday. Continue reading →

India held England for 1-1 in Volvo Tournament at Breda

India U-21 Men Hockey Team looking to win against England to make a place in final of Volvo Invitational U-21 (Men) Tournament 2015 at Breda, the Netherlands.Both the teams gave a tough time to each other and ended up in 1-1 draw.

India Under-21 Men Hockey team in a discussion with coach Harendra Singh before Volvo Invitational Tournament in Breda, Netherlands

India Under-21 Men Hockey team in a discussion with coach Harendra Singh at Volvo Invitational U-21 Tournament at Breda

In the league stage of the tournament, India won two matches against Germany by 3-0 and New Zealand by 3-0, while lost two against the hosts Netherlands by 1-2 and Belgium by 1-3.

Earlier in the day Belgium defeated New Zealand by 4-1 to set-up final against Germany. With this result, India and England will play again today for 3rd place.

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Rani Scored Hat-Trick in India’s 6-1 Win over New Zealand at Breda

Riding on captain Rani Rampal’s Hat-trick, India Under-21 Women Hockey team defeated New Zealand by 6-1 to register first win in Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament today.

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

File PhotoL Rani Rampal Captain of Under-21 Women Hockey team of India (Credits: Grant Treeby)

India girls had lost their first match to Netherlands by 0-1 and played an exciting 4-4 draw with Germany in Breda.

Both the teams in their bid to not allow easy goals to each other ensured that their defence was strong, restricting the forwards to capitalise on the opportunities. It was the commendable performance from the Captain Rani who scored a hat-trick and took India to the winning score of 6-1 against New Zealand. Continue reading →

India Girls held Germany for 4-4 draw, Boys lost to Belgium by 3-1

After losing to the Netherlands by 0-1 in their first match, India Under-21 Women Hockey team came back strong against Germany today and went on to draw the match 4-4 in the Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament today. India Under-21 Men were defeated (1-3) by Belgium in their 3rd match after two convincing wins against Germany (3-0) and New Zealand (3-0).

Indian Women Hockey team in action against Germany during Volvo Invitational U-21 Tournament at Breda, the Netherlands

Indian Women Hockey team in action against Germany during Volvo Invitational U-21 Tournament at Breda, the Netherlands

India and Germany women displayed fearless performances where both sides were looking to counter the opponent’s attack.  After the goal-less first half, both the teams displayed their mettle in the second half and Belgium men outplayed India with two quick goals. Continue reading →

India U21 Men beat New Zealand 3-0, Women lost 0-1 to Netherlands in #VolvoTournament

After a convincing victory over Germany U-21 by 3-0 in the opening match, India U-21 Men Team won their second match against New Zealand U-21 by 3-0 in the Volvo International U-21 (Men) Tournament played at Breda, The Netherlands. In the women’s competition, Indian team lost to the hosts Netherlands by 0-1 in their opening match.

India Under-21 Men Hockey team listening to coach Harendra Singh during Volvo Invitational Tournament in Breda, Netherlands

India Under-21 Men Hockey team listening to coach Harendra Singh during Volvo Invitational Tournament in Breda, Netherlands

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India Boys beat Germany by 3-0, Girls to face Netherlands

India Under 21 Men Hockey team defeated Germany by 3-0 to start the Volvo Invitational U-21 (Men) Tournament 2015 on a winning note in Breda, Netherlands. Their women counterpart will start the campaign today (19th July) against the hosts Netherlands at 1630 IST with a hope to win and mark a good beginning.

Harmanpreet Singh and Harjeet Singh (Indian Hockey Player)

File photo of Harmanpreet Singh and Harjeet Singh who scored one goal each against Germany

The tournament witnessed an exciting face off between India and Germany where both the teams made crucial attempts to penetrate the defence of the other, however goals from Arman Qureshi, captain Harjeet Singh and drag-flick expert Harmanpreet Singh won the game for India. Continue reading →