Families of players from across the globe have been stedily descending on Delhi to witness their wards, liked ones, represent their countries in the Hero FIH Junior World Cup.
Harpreet Kaur Lamba
Young Manpreet Singh is revelling in his new-found responsibilities. From being the junior most in the national team till about two years ago, Manpreet has managed to make his mark on the big stage with his dazzling stickwork and clever reading of the game.
NEW DELHI: Germany coach Andre Henning said that his side had a satisfactory preparation for the Hero Junior World Cup Hockey and they were ready to defend their title when the tournament begins on Thursday.
NEW DELHI: It's time for psychological warfare before the big duel. Two days before the start of the Hero junior hockey World Cup it's a battle of attrition between some major contenders who made public their intentions to take on their rivals head-on in their bid to claim the title.
Clubbed with title favourite Holland and the host India in Pool C at the junior World Cup, the Koreans know they have their task cut out if they hope to advance past the league stage.
NEW DELHI: A goalkeeper should be able to read into the opponent's game to understand his next move, feels Indian coach Dave Staniforth.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan have worked on different strategies for each team and would look to execute their plans in Hero Hockey Junior World Cup which begins on Thursday, their coach Anjum Saeed said on Wednesday.
By S. Ramaguru
The Malaysia Junior hockey team captain Mohd Fitri Saari (second right) seen here in the Sultan of Johor Cup tournament, will be leading the side in the Junior World Cup starting this Friday in New Delhi. The Malaysians play New Zealand in their first group match. - Filepic
NEW DELHI: Three years in the making, millions of ringgit spent and 165 players scanned.
Defending champions Germany will start as one of the favourites to lift the Junior World Cup title when the tournament begins in New Delhi this Friday. - Filepic
NEW DELHI: The usual front-runners for the Junior World Cup are five-time champions Germany, Australia, India, Argentina and Holland.
New Delhi: They will go into the tournament here as the minnows, but may end up the surprise package.
Chander Shekhar Luthra
Pakistan hockey great Tahir Zaman finds it “really funny” when someone from Europe or Australia comes here to coach the boys, especially in view of the eclectic sub-continent culture. But, in the next instance, the senior Pakistan coach talks about the need for foreign coaches to train sub-continent coaches to bring in “uniformity of style” in our different regions.
Len Aiyappa. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
He was among the earliest to realise the importance of the drag-flick in international hockey. Back in the early 2000s, Len Aiyappa was India’s fastest and most successful drag-flicker, but “attitude problems” with the federation forced him to quit the sport.
India made its first big splash at the junior World Cup hockey tournament in 1997 at Milton Keynes, England, four years before it could actually lift the title. The team, led by Baljit Singh Saini and coached by V. Baskaran, had bagged the silver medal that caught everyone’s attention in the country.
By Ajitpal Singh
THE Malaysian women's hockey team will have to take a cautious approach in the Sea Games.
KUALA LUMPUR: A record number of 31 teams have confirmed participation for the 2014 edition of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) that will get under way in January.
By Bill Cox
Tied up ... After an initial cross from Punjab’s Mohammad Nadeen was intercepted by HKFC-A Goalie Vincent Cheung, it fell into the path of Punjab-A’s Barkat Singh, who pushed the ball past the keeper and towards the goal. Club’s James Piachard hooked the ball away, but it was adjudged over the line to make the score 1-all in their HKHA Premier Division match at the Football Club ground on Sunday Dec 1, 2013. The final score was 5-all. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)
Hong Kong field hockey is continuing to gather momentum and is attracting ever larger crowds eager to see international stars competing against local stars each week. On the weekend the Punjab-A team with four Olympians played the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League leaders HKFC-A and again brought out a big crowd, this time to the HK Football Club Ground, to see this top of the table clash … and they weren’t to be disappointed.
Every two years since 2007, the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) has recognized the top players in the region by selecting a men’s and a women’s Pan American Elite Team. For 2013, hockey specialists gathered in Brampton, Canada for the Men’s Pan American Cup and Mendoza, Argentina for the Women’s Pan American Cup to select the teams.
Forward/midfielder Maria Elena Bolles ’14 (NUR) during the game against Villanova on Sept. 28. (UConn Athletics Photo)
University of Connecticut field hockey senior Marie Elena Bolles ’14 (NUR) has been named the Division I National Player of the Year, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) on Tuesday. Bolles is the first UConn player to receive the honor since its inception in 2010.
Field hockey is one of seven sports that will be eliminated at Robert Morris. Robert Morris Athletics
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Robert Morris announced on Tuesday that it is eliminating seven NCAA Division I sports, bringing the total number of Division I teams at the university from 23 to 16.
England and Great Britain legend Karen Brown profiled by Steve Jaspan
Karen Brown. (Photo: SUBMITTED)
In the second of his "women in coaching" feature stories, Steve Jaspan - Chairman of the FIH High Performance and Coaching Advisory Panel - profiles Karen Brown, the former England and Great Britain defender who has played a key role in helping England rise from 11th in the world rankings into a team that is regularly among the medals at hockey's biggest events.
Argentina Hockey World League Final: Netherlands & England winners on Day 3
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)
The Netherlands have topped Pool A at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in Tucuman thanks to a 3-1 win over Korea. Meanwhile, England sealed second place in the Pool by beating Germany by the same score-line.
Hosts Argentina victorious but finish second on goal difference
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)
POOL B: Australia's Hockeyroos and Argentina's Las Leonas were both convincing winners in their Pool B matches on Tuesday evening, defeating New Zealand and China respectively. Australia's 5-1 win over New Zealand proved to be enough for them to finish top of Pool B ahead of Argentina thanks to a superior goal-difference.
Lily Owsley in action for England against Germany at the Argentina World League Final
England dug deep today as they recorded a gutsy 3-1 victory over Germany in the Argentina World League Final. England star Alex Danson scored twice alongside Sophie Bray to secure the three points and a second place finish in Pool A.
By Graham Wilson
Alex Danson scored twice to help England beat Germany [GETTY]
ALEX DANSON scored two goals as England claimed a 3-1 win over European champions Germany in their final pool game of the Argentina World League Final on Tuesday.
The pup tried to roll over too.
By Chris Chase
A dog invaded the pitch during a field hockey game between Germany and England, leading to questions about whether the pup was affiliated with the Germans (Shepards) or English (Bulldogs).
Big victory over New Zealand sets up crunch quarter-final with Germany
Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens says “the tournament begins now” after Australia’s women sealed a commanding 5-1 win over rivals New Zealand to set up a crunch quarter-final clash with European Champions Germany at the World League Finals in Argentina (11:30am local time Thursday / 1:30am AEDT Friday).
Anita Punt in action against Australia in today's game. Photo: Matias Noé Correa Arce.
The Black Sticks Women will now face Olympic champions the Netherlands in the quarter finals of the World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina after going down 5-1 to Australia in their final pool game today.
Anita Punt. Photo / Getty Images.
The New Zealand women's hockey team will face Olympic champions the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina, after going down 5-1 to Australia in their final pool game this morning.
The Black Sticks' women face the daunting prospect of the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the World League hockey tournament after a 5-1 thumping by Australia today.
By Jugjet Singh
MALAYSIA lost 2-0 to Junior World Cup defending champions Germany in a friendly match leading up to the Junior World Cup at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
U21 Men Celebrate
Ahead of the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in India, which starts on Friday 6 December, England U21 men’s head coach Jon Bleby has named a squad of 18 athletes.
“With the trophy kept on the table, there was a discussion as to who will win it. After the Argentine captain lifted it, I told Gagan, ‘Do not touch it, you must take it home’,” Rajinder Singh remembers having instructed forward Gagan Ajit Singh at a press conference featuring the coaches and captains of the finalists, India and Argentina, of the 2001 junior World Cup in Hobart (Australia).
Chander Shekhar Luthra
For the junior Indian hockey team, winning the tournament opener against Holland on December 6 is like winning the Junior Hockey World Cup. They are focussed enough to ensure that the opportunity does not slip out of their hands during their ongoing preparations at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.
By S. Ramaguru
New Zealand's Kane Russell (front) is one of the senior members of the Junior World Cup squad who are aiming for a top 3 finish in the hockey tournament which begins in New Delhi on Friday. They are placed in Group D with Malaysia, South Africa and England. - Filepic
NEW DELHI: New Zealand want at least a top three finish in the 10th edition of the Junior World Cup hockey tournament, which begins at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.
When the Burras, as the Junior Australian team is branded, begin their World Cup journey in a couple of days, 20-year old Jayshaan Randhawa, ‘jay’ to his friends, will surely attract some attention.
The Junior World Cup that gets underway will hopefully provide cheer for Malaysian hockey that has been few in coming.
By S. Ramaguru
The Malaysian junior World Cup players are put through their paces during training before the tournament starts this Friday in New Delhi. Malaysia play against New Zealand in their opening Group D match.
NEW DELHI: The National Juniors have been told to stop show-boating and keep it simple.
THE Malaysian juniors left for New Delhi Sunday, with the airlines carrying special cargo in two-time Junior World Cup player Kavin Kartik (pic).
NEW DELHI: Hockey legend Tahir Zaman may not be against foreign coaches in the subcontinent. But he has a simple way of explaining why they can't be successful.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan captain Umar Bhutta said that the former champions are determined to finish among top-three in the Junior World Cup Hockey that will be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Friday.
By Ijaz Chaudhry
The 10th Junior Hockey World Cup starting from the 6th of December holds great importance for Pakistan.
NEW DELHI: Argentina come into the Junior Hockey World Cup as the Pan American champions and will be eyeing a second world title after 2005 but for coach Carlos Geneyro the primary aim is to reach the semi-finals of mega-event to be held here from December 6-15.
NEW DELHI: Korea coach Kim Young Kyu today said that his team was looking forward to play against hosts India in their Pool C league match in the upcoming Hockey Junior World Cup starting here on Friday.
NEW DELHI: If you believe playing hockey is all about skills, well think again. With the evolution of technology, the game has reached a level where it can be compared - as far as planning is concerned - to chess.
SANGRUR (Punjab): Sports minister Jitendra Singh said that the government was mulling over conferring the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for his contribution to the game and sports in general in the country.
A record number of 32 teams have confirmed participation for the 20014 edition of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League that will get underway in January.
by Nancy Haggerty
Horace Greeley coach Sukhwinder Singh moves the ball for Rye 1 during a recent game against the New York Islanders. / Nancy Haggerty/The Journal News
Wind whipped an empty lawn bag 8 feet high not far from the statue of the Columbia lion, which, mouth agape, seemed appropriately frozen.
THE Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) has named the Under-17 provisional squads for the Youth Olympic qualifiers to be held in Zambia in February next year.
ISLAMABAD: Former hockey Olympians and their supporters will gather in Karachi this week to consider their future plan regarding the recently concluded ‘bogus’ Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) elections. When the PHF’s one-sided elections were over, there were rumours that the Olympians and their supporters had become weak owing to rifts among them. But former captain Samiullah, who is the front leader of the Olympians and international players’ struggle against the PHF, denied any rift and claimed that they remained united. “We are strong and committed. We cannot be divided by the so-called election, which was not election but selection,” he said. Samiullah said that their group would gather in Karachi any time this week and decide the future strategy. “We are already seeking justice through judicial system to save the prestige of the national game,” he said.