Captain Sardar and Coach van Ass looking for boost with new game plan

The Indian Men Hockey team is practicing for the Fintro FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals and is gearing up for the upcoming challenge. Placed in the Pool A of the tournament the team will be seen clashing against Australia, Pakistan, France and Poland and will be aiming the Top 2 position in the Pool phase.

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

The team is looking forward to their matches against both Australia and Pakistan wherein with the former the Indian boys have proved to be dominant team in the recent clashes and with the latter the team will be looking at settling scores.

Speaking on the tournament and the challenges, Captain Sardar Singh said “The team is shaping out well in the last few practice sessions. Our new game plan of 10 attacking and 10 defending gives the extra boost to the mid-field position, as this will help in countering the counter attacks from the opponents. We are even working on our speed as we realize that this new strategy will work in our favor only if we keep pace with each other and not miss the vital passes. Continue reading →

Indian Women Hockey team starts preparations for Spain Tour and FIH World League Round 2

Indian Women Hockey Team has started the preparations for Spain Tour and FIH World League Round 2. The preparatory camp of 24 member squad the commenced on Saturday, 10 January 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi. It will continue till 9 February 2015.

This camp is in preparations of Indian team for the Test Matches in Valencia, Spain scheduled to be held from 10-24 February 2015 and the FIH World League Round 2 to be held in New Delhi from 7-15 March 2015.

The 24-member Women Team are part of this camp for training of the players before facing 14th-ranked Spain team in Valencia. The Test matches will provide ample opportunities to the players of Indian team, where they can improve their skills and implement their strategies on ground for the upcoming FIH World League Round 2, slotted in 7-15 March in New Delhi. Continue reading →

Germany Beat Black Sticks Women at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Women have lost 3-2 to Germany in their second game at the World League Semi Final in Rotterdam today (NZ time).

After a lacklustre first half from the Kiwis, all the action came in the last four minutes when Charlotte Harrison and Kayla Sharland netted two goals and the Black Sticks desperately tried to equalise. Despite a frantic last effort attempt, they couldn’t pull off the win they wanted and Germany now move to the top of Pool B’s points table. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men Share Honours With London Silver Medalists Netherlands

The Black Sticks Men have come away with a 3-3 draw against hosts Netherlands in their opening game at the World League Semi-Final at Rotterdam in this morning (NZ time).

Hugo Inglis scored two goals for Black Sticks against Netherlands in Hockey World League Semi Finals at Rotterdam

After Netherlands scored first, the Black Sticks netted three unanswered goals to go up 3-1 before the Dutch responded late in the second half to salvage a draw.

Hugo Inglis had an outstanding game up front and scored a double with Jacob Smith knocking in New Zealand’s third. Phil Burrows was also a stand-out player for the Kiwis, setting up several scoring opportunities.

The draw sees both sides take away one point each, with Ireland and India also on one point in Pool B after drawing 4-4 earlier in the day.

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Black Sticks Women Beat India 7-0 in Hockey World League opener at Rotterdam

The Black Sticks Women defeated India comprehensively in the opening game of the World League Semi Final.The Black Sticks dominated India in all areas of the game in 7-0 victory.

Black Stick Charlotte Harrison in the second test against India at Park Island, Napier

File Photo: Black Stick Charlotte Harrison in action against India (Photo Credit: John Cowpland /

The statistics highlighted what a comprehensive performance it was for the Kiwis – they had 62 circle penetrations, 15 shots on goals and 64% of the possession.

It was the perfect start to the World League for New Zealand with constant pressure resulting in a first up goal from Charlotte Harrison thanks to a speedy run down the right hand flank and then an own goal eight minutes later. Continue reading →

Ireland Share Points With India in 8 Goal Thriller at Rotterdam

A pulsating 70 minutes of hockey in a breezy Rotterdam today saw free-flowing attacking hockey played between Ireland and India in the Rabobank World League (Men’s). The match between world number eleven side India and number fifteen side Ireland was drawn 4-4 to share the points. In other league match of Pool B, hosts Netherlands held New Zealand for 3-3 draw to share the honors from 3-1 down in 46th minute.

Ireland started brightly but India provided their usual silky close-knit skills to soak up any pressure. A diving reverse stick cross from Sunil forced David Harte into action in the 7th minute, and minutes later a diving Good sent the ball just wide on the back post from a Caruth cross. Good again came close with a fine reverse stick effort in the 12th minute, forcing the save from Parattu Raveendran. Cargo forced a further save from Raveendran but just as Ireland were finding their rhythm a crash ball in the 21th minute found Akashdeep whose first touch left him with space to fire an unstoppable shot past Harte. Continue reading →