Spain hand India second loss
Manpreet Singh scored India’s opening goal. file photo
Madrid: The Indian men’s hockey team got a reality check just before the start of the Rio Olympics after they were stunned 3-2 by lower-ranked Spain in the second practice game of the tour here. World No. 5 India lost the two-match series 2-0 as they lost the opening match against world no. 11 Spain 4-1.
Australia, Netherlands ones to beat in hockey at Rio 2016 Olympics
The Australians, only managed a bronze four years ago in London Olympics despite being overwhelming favourites.
Since 1992 Australia have won a medal at every Olympic tournament. (Source: AP)
Germany might be the twice Olympic champions defending their title in men’s field hockey but top-ranked Australia will be the team to beat at next month’s Rio Games.
World-class hockey fields provide perfect platform for Samba Sticks!
From the sky it will appear as two vibrant blue rectangles with a bright lime-green surround. On the ground, it will be a fizzing melting pot of excitement and action as 24 teams, 384 athletes and a daily influx of 8,000 fans participate in the pinnacle of international hockey events.
Rio 2016's blue hockey pitch aims to change the look of the game
Eye-catching Olympic hockey pitch part of a movement to make the sport more visually appealing
By Jon Azpiri
The pitches at the Olympic Hockey Centre represent the colours of the Brazilian flag. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Rio 2016's blue hockey pitch aims to change the look of the game
Hockey umpire from Pretoria on her way to Olympics
Chances are good that Michelle Joubert of Pretoria could act as umpire in the women’s hockey final at this year’s Olympic Games.
The International Hockey Federation named Michelle Joubert as Women umpire of the Year for 2015. Photo: Supplied
Michelle Joubert is already dreaming of the day when she can toss the coin with the two captains in the women’s hockey final at this year’s Olympics.
Stats Speak: know the teams in the Rio Olympics (part-12)
By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)
Renowned hockey statistician B.G.Joshi have compiled stats and records on all the 24 competing teams in Rio Olympics. Today he is concluding his series with stats and records of Canada and Brazil- two men teams.
Eyeing Olympic glory, Indian hockey teams land in Rio
Indian men's and women's hockey teams reached Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in the Brazilian city.
The India hockey team at the Madrid airport before boarding a flight to Rio.
Determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women’s hockey teams arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Indian Hockey Teams arrive in Rio for 2016 Olympic Games
Indian men's hockey Olympic squad
Eager and determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women’s hockey teams arrived in Rio earlier this morning (local time).
Indian hockey contingent lands in Rio in quest of Olympic glory
Indian men's hockey team (Hockey India Facebook page)
Rio de Janeiro: While the men's team travelled from Madrid after playing two friendly matches against the Spanish national squad, the Indian women's team arrived from Philadelphia where they won two matches against Canada and one match against USA national teams.
Players, coach recall India hockey team’s heartbreaking loss at 2000 Sydney Olympics
The draw with Poland at Sydney Olympics turned out to be a crushing blow for Indian hockey and disillusioned the players and gave a lifelong regret.
by Mihir Vasavda
India conceded a goal in the penultimate minute of the match and lost a chance to qualify for the semi-final. (Illustration by Subrata Dhar)
The Indian hockey team was cruising along at the Sydney Games and were just 1 minute 46 seconds away from a spot in the semifinals, a result that could potentially have changed the face of the sport. But Poland scored the equalising goal to dash India’s hopes. Mihir Vasavda talks to a few from the Class of 2000 for whom the 1-1 draw was a crushing blow that disillusioned them and gave them a lifelong regret.
Martin: Our target for the Olympics
Great Britain men's hockey star Harry Martin says a medal out in Rio would be amazing for the sport of hockey.
Team GB's Middleton to use hockey glory at 1988 Olympics as Rio inspiration not motivation
“WHERE oh where were the Germans? And frankly, who cares?”
By Rob Maul
Barry Middleton won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. GETTY
Those were the famous words uttered by TV commentator Barry Davies back in 1988, uttered in the closing stages of Great Britain’s 3-1 victory over West Germany in the Olympic men’s hockey final at the Seoul Games.
Curran and Canadian men persevere on road back to Olympic Games
Taylor Curran in a game against the United States in Surrey, British Columbia on July 7, 2016 (By Blair Shier)
It has been eight years since the Canada’s men’s field hockey team last competed at the Olympic Games and like any story with a happy ending, there have been bumps along the way.
Merit, better exposure key to hockey revival: Zakauddin
LAHORE: Former Olympian Khawaja Zakauddin on Friday suggested the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to check the biased attitude of the selectors, coaches and managers if it wants to genuinely resurrect the sport.
U18 EuroHockey Championships Boys – Netherlands to play Germany in the Final EuroHockey
U18 EuroHockey Championships Netherlands and Germany will contest the Final gpfoto.ie-3450132
After 2 close fought semi-final games it is a Dutch, German final for the girls here in Cork.
England U18 boys to fight for bronze
England U18 boys line up
England Under-18 Boys will battle for the bronze medal at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Ireland on Saturday, after they lost out to Germany in the semi finals on Friday.
Battling England U18 Girls lose out
England U18 girls team photo
A strong first half from England Under-18 Girls was not enough as they lost out to the Netherlands in the semi finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Cork, Ireland, on Friday morning.
Scotland boys beaten in Euros semi by Poland
Scotland U18 v Poland Euros
Poland snatched a place in the EuroHockey U18 Youth Championship final from Scotland in a 3-2 victory over their hosts in Glasgow.
Brave Scots girls beaten by Belarus in Euros semis
Scotland girls v Belarus
Despite a brave performance, Scotland’s U18 girls lost 3-0 to Belarus in the EuroHockey U18 Youth Championship II semi-finals in Glasgow.
Double blow for Federal Territories hockey
by Aftar Singh
KUCHING: Defending champions Federal Territories have suffered a double blow in hockey.
Koshy: Give us your input early so we can right the wrongs
by S. Ramaguru
KUALA LUMPUR: Teams competing in this year’s Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) knockout tournament have been told “give us your input early so that we can right the wrongs”.
Prowling Sliders eye top slot in hockey league
The match is one of eight fixtures lined up this weekend as the league enters its third round.
By BRIAN YONGA
Sliders' Nancy Jepchumba (left) wheels away in celebration after scoring a goal against Mombasa Sports Club during the women's national hockey league match on April 17, 2016 at City Park Stadium. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Sliders will be eyeing top spot when they take on Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in the Kenya Hockey Union Women’s Premier League on Saturday at the City Park Stadium.
U18 National Championship – Day 3 Update
Day 3 got underway with some well received cover from the sun as the Brampton, Ontario temperature began to drop from the blistering heat. It was an action packed semi-final day with some fantastic hockey.
Column 'Jewels from Jacques' by Jacques Brinkman for Stick2hockey.com
In my last column I discussed about paying attention to growing grassroot. In addition to the development of congenital talent, the second most important quality that needs to be imbibed in sportsmen is nurturing of an iron mentality. I think it is compromised in our welfare societies.
Beerschot HC pitch helps Croatia continue to grow
Give and Get pitch 2016 Croatia
Oosterbeek HC and EHF visited Split Croatia in June as part of the Twinning initiative, and this visit highlighted the need to develop the hockey facilities there. Croatia has done much work to rebuild and remodel its facilities in Zagreb, where the Zagreb Hockey Centre has made significant headway towards a dedicated area for Hockey5s. Due to these developments, the number of children playing hockey in Zagreb in recent years has greatly increased, and the one available pitch is nearing its capacity! The new Hockey5s area (60 x 50 m) will serve to welcome more kids to hockey in the Zagreb area.
Indian hockey team loses to Spain in practice game
Rupinder Pal Singh scored India’s lone goal in the 4-1 defeat. File photo
The Indian men’s hockey team witnessed a disappointing start to its final preparatory campaign ahead of the Rio Olympics as it went down 4-1 to Spain in the first of the two practice games in Madrid.
Indian colts outplay England at their homeyard
Dipsan Tirkey’s team completely outplayed the hosts England in every department of the game to romp home a fluent 7-1 in the first of the four match series here in Bisham Abbey, England.
Ajay, Varun shine as India colts beat England 7-1
MARLOW (England): India's junior men's hockey team maintained their unbeaten run on the tour of England by thrashing the hosts 7-1 at the Bisham Abbey Sports Centre .
Women's Olympic Preview: Who is going for gold in Rio?
In only nine days time, the greatest show on earth begins, with the planet’s finest hockey teams preparing to battle it out for the biggest prize in sport – an Olympic gold medal.
Australia the team to beat at Rio
by Sudipto Ganguly
MUMBAI - Germany might be the twice Olympic champions defending their title in men's field hockey but top-ranked Australia will be the team to beat at next month's Rio Games.
Ireland hockey team making history as they advance on Rio
Craig Fulton’s side hoping to make their mark on the biggest of stages
This is the first Irish team of any description to compete in the Olympics Games since their basketballing counterparts of 1948. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.
When Ireland’s men take the field against India in Deodoro on Saturday, August 6th, it marks the latest journey into the unknown for a side who enjoy confounding expectations.
Former Canadian Olympic goalkeeper Mike Mahood helps send off Canadian men in style
Iain Smythe (left) being fitted by former National Team goalkeeper and two-time Olympian turned tailor Michael Mahood (right).
After a couple days of travel earlier this week, Canada’s men’s field hockey team has safely settled at the Athletes Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Against all odds, here's how women hockey players made it to Rio Olympics
By Vivek Phadnis
Members of the Indian team during their training stint in Bengaluru | JITHENDRA M
The grit and determination on faces of the women hockey players often reveals the bigger picture. Many have had to endure hardships just to make it here, training for the Rio Olympics. Poverty, lack of proper equipment, bad pitches, no specialised support staff, and perhaps even coaches not well versed with modern coaching methods — these are some of the challenges beginners face. Consider this. If a talented player from some remote region in Odisha hones his or her skills on natural grass or gravel, it is probably going to be a nightmare if the player has to switch to artificial turf. Precious time is lost in re-learning, and adjusting, to the new surface. Apart from all these, some even have had to put up with gender discrimination.
Stats Speak: know the teams in the Rio Olympics (part-11)
By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)
Renowned hockey statistician B.G.Joshi have compiled stats and records on all the 24 competing teams in Rio Olympics. Today he is providing stats and records of Spain and Ireland- two men teams.
Car company hosts champion hockey teams
Staff members of Asco Motors with members of the men's and women's hockey teams yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED
MEMBERS of the Fiji Hockey men's and women's team were hosted by Asco Motors to a morning tea to celebrate their recent success at the FIH World League Round One in Suva last month.
Semi-Finals and Medal Games Streamed
The EHF is delighted to announce that we will be streaming the U18 EuroHockey Championships – Semi-Finals and Medal Games from UCC, Cork via the FIH YouTube Channel.
U18EuroHockey Championships III gets underway! Nfuex (64)
High temperatures, summer mood and great hockey atmosphere in EuroHockey Youth Championships III 2016 Boys U18, Albena 2016
U18 National Champions – Day 2 Update
Day 2 of our 2016 U18 National Championships began again with some blistering heat. The first 3 matches of the day were the final round-robin games, which were followed by 3 quarter final games. It was all or nothing for our 7 teams vying for a gold medal.
Madibaz women need strong hockey league finish
The talented South African National team player Ignatius Malgraff will have an important part to play for the Madibaz in their remaining premier league matches.
The NMMU-Madibaz women’s hockey team will be looking for a strong finish to their season when they play defending champions Gelvan Tornados in their final match at the south campus on Saturday.
Hockey turf "last brick"
By Lynda van Kempen
A further grant of $40,000 will be the "last brick in the wall'' for the new amenities building at the upgraded hockey turf in Cromwell, New Zealand
Hockeyroos Head Coach recruitment
(Perth, WA) – Hockey Australia has today announced the recruitment for the position of Hockeyroos Head Coach following the resignation of Adam Commens earlier this year.
Shahid memory echoes London
Triple Olympian and hockey legend Mohammad Shahid’s untimely death did not go unnoticed in England. Almost anyone one who is someone connected to hockey has something to say, share and enquire more.
Stats Speak: know the teams in the Rio Olympics (part-9)
By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)
Renowned hockey statistician B.G.Joshi have compiled stats and records on all the 24 competing teams in Rio Olympics. Today he is providing stats and records of India and Belgium- two men teams.
U18 EuroHockey Championships – Ireland come back from a 2-0 deficit
Ireland’s girls come back from a 2-0 deficit to beat a well organised Russian team 2-3 and blow Pool B wide open!