Scotland cruise past Czechs to claim third place finish in Prague
Craig Madden, Photo Credits Petr Toman
Scotland goalkeeper Jamie Cachia receives a presentation from Performance Manager Callum McLeod for his 50th international cap
Scotland threw off the disappointment of failing to achieve promotion at the European Nations Championships II in Prague to take the bronze medal by thumping host side Czech Republic 5-1.
Breda 6N: Indian Junior Women finish third
Breda (The Netherlands): After losing against England U-21 Women Team yesterday, the India U-21 Women Team took revenge after beating them by 1-1 (1-0 SO) today and finished 3rd in the Volvo U-21 (Women) Invitational Tournament 2015 held at Breda, The Netherlands. 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.
England U23 Women narrowly miss out on bronze
ENGLAND Under-23 Women narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in in the Six Nations Tournament held in Breda, The Netherlands, after losing 1-0 to India on shuffles.
Third spot for England U23 Men in Netherlands
ENGLAND Under-23 Men clinched third place in the Six Nations Tournament after beating India 3-0 in their final match in Breda, The Netherlands, on Saturday.
Future Black Sticks Women scoop fifth place
Photo: Koen Suyk
The Future Black Sticks Women defeated Germany 2-1 to take fifth place at the Volvo Invitational Series in Breda, Netherlands.
Olympic Qualification update
The eligibility and order of which teams will qualify for the Olympics is known. There are several ifs to be sorted out as the different Continental Championships happen. The Pan American Games has concluded with Argentina's Men and USA Women winning their respective tournaments. Most importantly Brazil Men achieved the top 6 finish set by the IOC and FIH when they finished 4th. This knocked Malaysia completely out of contention and they, for the time being assume the position of first reserve.
U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Players Stop By Practice in Luzerne County
by Landon Stolar
LUZERNE COUNTY — The United States won gold at the 2015 Pan-American games in field hockey.
USA Field Hockey Confirms 2016 Summer Bash at the Beach
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - Continuing the celebration of the inaugural Summer Bash at the Beach currently taking place at the Virginia Beach Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., USA Field Hockey has announced the dates for the 2016 Summer Bash at the Beach as the weekend of July 22-24, 2016.
Hockey matches evenly shared
Marlborough player Matt Brydon sweeps the ball towards goal as Nelson's Brady Machen takes evasive action. DEREK FLYNN
Honours were shared when the top representative hockey teams from Marlborough and Nelson met at Blenheim's College Park on Sunday.
Malaysian Hockey League recruits 15 Pakistanis
Pakistan hockey players will get much-needed financial relief as they are expected to receive $10,000 each from the two-month long Malaysian Hockey League. PHOTO: FILE
KARACHI: In a development that would certainly lift the morale of the team, 15 of Pakistan’s hockey team players have been signed by Malaysian clubs for the upcoming season of Malaysian National Hockey League, scheduled to be held from August 2.
It's IOC again: Beats Army XI 3-2 in final
Deepak, best forward with 10 Goals
Chennai: With a display that underscored the elements of experience, expertise and enterprise, Indian Oil Corporation kept back the Gold Cup and the Challenge Trophy with a 3-2 victory over the Army XI in the Murugappa invitation hockey tournament on Sunday.
IOC canters to a comfortable triumph
Jolted by an early strike from Army, the champion rallies superbly
The IOC team after winning the MCC Murugappa Gold Cup.
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Playing well only in patches in the league, IOC did not exactly paint a picture of being a cohesive unit.
Paul Van Ass deserved respect: Roelant Oltmans
Roelant Oltmans File Photo AFP photo
Roelant Oltmans is no more just the high-performance director of Hockey India. With his compatriot shooed away, the Dutchman is also head coach of the senior men's team. In a freewheeling chat with Rutvick Mehta, the 61-year-old says he would love to see the squad achieve a top-six finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics
One coach can’t turn it around
Indian hockey needs a uniform system and trained coaches starting from grassroots level
Like all foreign coaches, Michael Nobbs (in pic) felt India does not have a proper system in place to groom players . file photo
Chandigarh: Paul van Ass’s tryst with Indian hockey has ended even before he could properly introduce himself (and his work). Just days after his first big assignment as the coach – the Hockey World League Semifinals – the Dutchman has been fired.
Coaches are treated as 'marionettes' in Indian hockey: Brasa
NEW DELHI: Coaches in Indian hockey are treated as 'marionettes' and lack of freedom and interference are the main reasons behind the controversial exits of foreign experts, feels former India coach Jose Brasa.
Anatomy of a hockey disaster: Paul Van Ass saga proves Batra is as bad as Gill
by Ashish Magotra
What does it take for a sport to make it big in India?
Some might say money. Others might hint at talent. Still more would veer towards success at the international stage. But none of them really matter -- not in India anyway; not when you have administrators who feel they know the sport better than the coaches; not when you have administrators calmly walk onto the turf and give the players a pep talk; not when administrators sack coaches 380 days ahead of the Olympics; not when administrators sack coaches days after winning an Asiad gold; not when you have a KPS Gill; not when you have a Narinder Batra.
Money might help an individual rise through the ranks but can it do the same to a sport? Then again, one individual might have great talent but how does one raise a generation of talented players — and unless both the earlier conditions are fulfilled — getting success at international level as a nation will remain an empty pipe dream for India.
The Indian men's hockey team was the first to qualify for the Rio Olympics -- this is not to suggest that they are better than Australia, The Netherlands or even Germany -- but only to make the point that they have managed to get the most difficult part of the journey out of the way. They have qualified and they could/should begin preparing in earnest -- set everything else aside, put on the blinkers and focus on the Olympics... and the Olympics alone.
But that would have meant that Batra would have had to remain out of the limelight; he would have had to take a back seat to hockey and that just didn't sit right with the man in charge. If it's hockey in India -- the administrator always needs to be at the forefront; he is the face and he is their tragedy. The KPS Gill years were no better -- if Batra feels better it is only because Gill's madness was at another level.
Gill’s 14-year term as chief of the now defunct Indian Hockey Federation divided the federation (IHF and HI), the hockey fraternity and players, and over time, significantly dented the team’s performance and morale.
At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the Indian team was captained by Pargat Singh. Coach Cedric D’Souza didn’t want him in the team but Gill forced his hand. India finished eighth and Pargat's full back position was the weakest slot. Gill, rather defiantly, blamed the umpiring.
He dropped/sacked star forward Dhanraj Pillay when he criticised them (demanded more pay) after the Asian Games in 1998 (where India won gold). The reasoning given was that Pillay couldn't work with his team-mates. But he wasn't the only one sacked -- the coach MK Kaushik and several other senior players were given marching orders too.
At the 2002 World Cup, India finish 10th and became the first nation in hockey history to sack their coach, Cedric D’Souza, midway through the tournament. By the time Gill was done, he had sacked 18 coaches and destroyed the careers of many players.
And even then he had the temerity to say: "Hockey is not instant coffee."
The problem with this whole narrative is that Batra is just starting out (he took over in October 2014) and he has already sacked five coaches (including Paul Van Ass, if he goes). Why, he even dreams of running the Indian Olympic Association at some point...
Administrators -- in India at least -- are known to interfere and grant favours but the good one's stay away from the game as much as possible. The Badminton Association of India is pretty nuts as well at times -- for starters, they sent a 46-year-old man from Punjab police to represent India at an international tournament in Iceland, on the recommendations of the Punjab Badminton Association (PBA). The doubles discipline has also be neglected.
But they have mostly allowed coaches to do their job -- that is also good administration and it shows in our rising profile in the sport. Let people do the jobs they have been hired for and success will follow.
In hockey, however, the administrators believe they are untouchable. They interfere with team selection, sack coaches, scrap schedules -- all because their ego is at play. Van Ass miraculously survived for 126 days -- the hockey equivalent of instant coffee. Terry Walsh was sacked just days after he coached the team to gold at the 2014 Asian Games and an automatic spot in Rio. One can't help but wonder whether any coach worth his name will want to be in charge of India. Put all of this together and it is a recipe for disaster.
When Gill was once asked about the debacle of the hockey team, he famously snapped back: “the team has lost. I have not.”
But if hockey loses, then who wins?
Gospel and ACS dominate U19 hockey tournament
Ema Vosailagi of Adi Cakobau School (left) tussles for the ball against Raijieli Salabogi of Nabua Secondary School in the girls U19 Secondary School Hockey competition at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA
GOSPEL High School and Adi Cakobau School dominated the U19 hockey Suva District play off tournament held at the National Hockey Centre yesterday.
UBC seeking men's field hockey head coach
The University of British Columbia is searching for a new men's field hockey head coach.
Participation Officer - Schools
New contract role available to join Hockey Australia's Melbourne office
Hockey Australia (HA) is the peak national governing body responsible for the development, coordination and promotion of the sport of hockey in Australia.
USMNT Fall to Argentina in Second Game
BOSTON, Mass. - Today was another opportunity for the U.S. Men's National Team to gain match experienced against Argentina, who recently finished second at the FIH Hockey World League Semifinal in Buenos Aires. With that second place finish, the 6th ranked team in the world by the FIH World Rankings has already qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
India lose 2-1 to Belgium in second practice game
Akashdeep Singh scored the lone goal for India during their practice match against Belgium. File photo
The Indian men’s hockey team went down fighting 2-1 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match ahead of the FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway here on June 20.
Will miss SV Sunil on the field: Yuvraj Walmiki
ANTWERP (Belgium): As the Indian hockey team gears up for the FIH World League Semi-Final, forward Yuvraj Walmiki said the services of ace striker S V Sunil would be missed.
Green Machine Squad for Belgian Series
Ireland’s Men’s National Squad will take on Belgium, ranked 4th in the world, in their final warm up matches before World League 3. The 2 tests will take place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th at 3pm (Belgian time). The matches will be hosted at KHC Dragons, the same venue that will host World League 3 (June 20-July 5).
Scotland retains Euro Hockey League place
Scottish Hockey yesterday recieved confirmation from the European Hockey Federation (EHF) that Scotland will retain its Euro Hockey League (EHL) place for the 2015/16 season.