Asian Champions Trophy: Rajpal and Saba to lead men’s and women’s team

Saba Anjum

Saba Anjum (Women's Captain)

Forward Rajpal Singh will lead a relatively younger Indian Hockey team in next month’s inaugural Asian Champions Trophy (Men’s) in Ordos, China.  Striker Saba Anjum will lead a 18-member Indian women’s hockey squad in the second Asian Champions Trophy (Women’s) to be held at Ordos from September 3-11, parallel to men’s.

India (men’s) will be missing the services of senior players like Arjun Halappa, Shivendra Singh, Dharamvir, Tushar Khandekar and Bharat Chhikara. While Shivendra is recuperating from a collar bone fracture, Halappa and Khandkar are suffering from groin and ankle injuries respectively, on the other hand Bharat Chhikara is back on the field after staying out of field for more than 6 months since Asiads (November 2010), but he could make it to team.

Michael Nobbs (Coach Team India) Obeserving players in a practice match...

Michael Nobbs (Coach Team India) Obeserving players in a practice match...

India chief coach Michael Nobbs said, “I think I am happy with the team. All the selectors and coaches were unanimous on team selection. While selecting the team we kept in mind not just this tournament but also Australian tour and Champions Trophy in December.” Continue reading →

ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s)

Teams:
Pool A: Japan, South Africa, United States, Scotland
Pool B: Spain, India, Azerbaijan, Ireland
Detailed Schedule of the FIH Champions Challenge 1 2011 (Women’s) (Times are indicated in BST):

Final Standings: 1. Japan, 2. United States, 3. Scotland, 4. Spain, 5. South Africa, 6. Ireland, 7. India and 8. Azerbaijan

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Rabo FIH Champions Trophy Women 2011 – Broadcast and Live Stream Details

Rabo FIH Champions Trophy (Women’s) 2011 will be live on internet and tv throughout the world. Below are some details about the broadcasts and internet live streaming the tournament for countries and continents. You can catch this ultimate women’s hockey action at many different places including your desktop as live coverage and highlights will be available both on TV and the internet.

Live Internet Streaming & Highlights

Europe: The Eurosport player will be live streaming all matches within Europe for a small subscription fee. A link will be available on the FIH website for European visitors.

Worldwide: Live Streaming of the event will be available for a small subscription fee through Perform on www.livefih.tv (outside of Europe). This website will also be providing highlights free of charge which will be available globally.

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Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011 (Women’s)

Rabobank FIH Champions Trophy (Women’s) 2011 will be played from June 25 to July 3, 2011 at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam. For the first time, eight teams will participate in the expanded prestigious annual tournament. Apart from hosts Netherlands and defending champions Argentina, six other teams (Australia, China, England, Germany, New Zealand and South Korea) will be participating in prestigious annual tournament (FIH Women’s Champions Trophy).

Detailed schedule and results of the Champions Trophy can be found here or on FIH website.

FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s): Live Streaming

The Hook, in partnership with Irish Hockey and ESB Electric Ireland, has launched of a live streaming service for the duration of the FIH Champion’s Challenge I and the UCD 4 Nations tournaments in Belfield. The live stream can be seen here. Live text update of the tournament through twitter can be followed on our website (thefansofhockey.com).

FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s): Saba Anjum to Lead India

Saba Anjum

Saba Anjum

Experienced striker Saba Anjum will lead the Indian women’s hockey team in the Champions Challenge I tournament to be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 18-26 after regular skipper Surinder Kaur opted out of the event citing family problems.

The team was picked up by Hockey India selectors BP Govinda, Syed Ali, Rekha Bhide, Rajbir Kaur and Sita Mehta and government observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey  after trials held recently. The 18-member squad comprises of seven forwards, two goalkeepers, three defenders and six mid-fielders. But the missing name is Mamta Kharb, who have been out of action last year because of injury. But its not clear why she is not picked up this time as she attended the camp for tournament held in Delhi, while she could have been best option to replace Surinder Kaur in Indian forward line.

Eight teams have been divided in two pools and the matches will be conducted on a league-cum-knockout format (detailed schedule here).  India will play with Spain, Azerbaijan and hosts Ireland in Pool B and Pool A has Japan, South Africa, United States and Scotland.

Indian team will play their first match of the challenge against host Ireland on June 18, followed by matches against Spain on June 19 and Azerbaijan on June 21. The semifinals and final of the event will be played on June 25 and 26.

Squad: Continue reading →