Glasgow 2014 (w): India take fifth place with 2-1 win over Scotland

Scotland, 1 August 2014: India defeated the host nation Scotland by 2-1 to finish at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in women’s competition, while Malaysia and Wales won the 7th and 9th placing match.

Poonam Rani of India scoring the winning goal against Scotland in 5th place play off at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Poonam Rani of India scoring the winning goal against Scotland in 5th place play off at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Malaysia defeated Canada 3-0 on shoot-out after having scores tied at 2-2 at the time full-time hooter, while Wales defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 4-0 to avoid wooden spoon.

Playing for the 5th position, the Indian eves yet again proved they are a promising team who one should look out for in the near future. While their first half was a showcase of great defense along with counter attacking, it was only in the second half that the Indian forwards finally scored and won the match leaving dents in the opponent’s semi circle. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India Men beat Scotland 6-2, Australia beat Wales 7-1

Scotland, 26 July 2014: India‘s men hcokey team defeated Scotland convincingly by 6-2 in their second match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while Australia defeated Wales 7-1 in the another match of the pool A to start the defence of the Commonwealth Games 2010 title on a high note.

Gurbaj Singh celebrates his goal with Ramandeep Singh against Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Gurbaj Singh celebrates his goal with Ramandeep Singh against Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India who registered their second win in the event, dominated the proceedings. It was only in the final moments of the game that Scotland managed to score but it was too late to make a comeback in a match where India showed its clear intent to win.

Riding high from their win yesterday, India got the scorecard ticking early in the 6th minute of the game, with Gurbaj Singh scoring a brilliant field goal. Not wanting to lose their hold in the match, India continued its attack on the opponents and kept looking for chances to convert. In the 23rd minute, India bagged a penalty corner which was converted through the stick of V R Raghunath helping India to increase the lead further. At the end of first half the scorecard read 2-0 with India leading the match. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (W): Big wins for Australia and New Zealand Women

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have romped to a 14-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago in their first match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while their neighbors Australians defeated Wales by 9-0.

Rose Keddell of New Zealand in action during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz)

Rose Keddell of New Zealand in action during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz)

The game was never in any doubt – the Kiwis piled on the goals early on, Krystal Forgesson scored four times, they were 7-0 up at half time and had 47 attempts on goal – but head coach Mark Hager has made it clear that regardless of a high score the team need to improve their performance with tougher games ahead.

New Zealand were awarded 12 penalty corners, compared to Trinidad and Tobago’s one attempt, and it is the conversion rate that Hager said the team will be working on. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India start the campaign on winning note

Scotland, 25 July 2014: Indian Men Hockey team started its XX Commonwealth Games campaign with a 3-1 win against Wales in Glasgow.

Raghunath celebrates his goal with Danish, Birendra, Rupinder and Ramandeep against Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Raghunath celebrates his goal with Danish, Birendra, Rupinder and Ramandeep against Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Wales came out with some good moves and the match was well balanced between both the teams during the first half, with each scoring once each. India came out with some better performance in the second half and scored 2 more goals to earn full 3 points from their 1st match at the Glasgow 2014.

India opened their account in the 20th minute when V R Raghunath made no mistake in converting a penalty corner. Three minutes later Wales scored an equalizer through A. Cornick and kept the scores level at 1-1 till half time hooter Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (W): Australian Women score 4 past Malaysia, England beat Wales

Hockeyroos, the Australian women began the defence of their 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal with a 4-0 victory over Malaysia on day one of Glasgow 2014. While India defeated Canada 4-2, England beat Wales 2-0 and South Africa scored 16 without any reply from Trinidad & Tobago in women’s competition at Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh come to see some of the England v Wales pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh come to see some of the England v Wales pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Goals in each half from Alex Danson and Nicola White made the difference for England against a determined Wales outfit. England lost midfielder Georgie Twigg to injury inside the first minute before Danson’s 29th minute shot from the edge of the circle put them ahead. And White finally sealed the points seven minutes from time with a sliding finish from a penalty corner to give England victory ahead of Sunday’s second group game against Malaysia. Continue reading →

India Women Start on Winning Note in Glasgow 2014 CWG, Men to Face Wales

Scotland, 24 July 2014: The Indian Women Hockey team started Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with a 4-2 win over Canada in their opening match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland.

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Rani Rampal, Indian Women Hockey Player at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The match started with high momentum with both teams going on the attack immediately. India was awarded its first penalty corner opportunity in the 7th minute but was unable to convert the same. Canada realizing that the Indians were dominating them completely then went on the attack and in the 13th minute won a penalty corner but were unsuccessful also. While both the teams continued their attack on each other it was in the 21st minute when finally India scored through the stick of Rani giving her team the all required breakthrough and confidence. Canada immediately came back into the match and in the 24th minute it was B Stairs who gave her team the equalizer goal. This did not deter the Indians and within 4 minutes it was Poonam Rani who scored through a penalty corner and give the Indian team the lead 2-1 going into the break. Continue reading →