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Pakistan eye semi-final spot after 4-3 win over Japan

By Nabil Tahir

Greenshirts maintain their hopes in ongoing Asian Men’s Champions Trophy. PHOTO COURTESY: AHF

KARACHI: Pakistan national hockey team moved closer to booking their berth for the semi-final of the Asian Men’s Champions Trophy tournament after claiming a crucial 4-3 win over Japan on Tuesday in Kuantan, Malaysia.

The Greenshirts began the much needed win match with an aggressive attack on a lowly Japan as they scored the opening goal in the fifth minute of the game with Muhammad Irfan Jr deflecting the ball into the net to take 1-0 lead.

Japan, who lost their last outing against Pakistan at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by 1-4, struck back in the next five minutes to level the score with Seren Tanaka’s goal. However, Pakistan took the lead again through Muhammad Aleem Bilal’s successfully converted penalty corner in the 12th minute to end the first quarter on 2-1.

Both teams struggled in the second quarter, but Japan was lucky to find a goal one minute before half time following a poor defensive work from Pakistan which allowed Kenta Tanaka to score an equaliser.

Muhammad Rizwan Sr’s reverse hit allowed Pakistan to lead 3-2 in the third quarter before Bilal added another for the Greenshirts in the last quarter of the game.

However, Japan grabbed a consolation goal from a penalty stroke to end the match 4-3 in Pakistan’s favour.

The Express Tribune

Bilal strikes twice as Pakistan beat Japan 4-3

KUANTAN (Malaysia): Defending champions Pakistan rode on two penalty corner goals from Muhammad Aleem Bilal to survive a scare and prevail 4-3 over Japan in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey here on Tuesday.

Japan are still without a point from four outings in the round-robin league, but were pressing for an equaliser when the rain-disruption encounter against Pakistan came to an end.

Pakistan, who placed one foot in the semifinals with this victory, now have six points from four games with a fixture against China remaining.

In the encounter that featured two breaks for a total of 40 minutes due to torrential showers, Pakistan took the initial lead in the fifth minute through Muhammad Ifran Jr open field strike.

Japan equalised through a field goal by Seren Tanka in the 10th minute, only to see Bilal convert a penalty corner at the other end two minutes later to make it 2-1 for Pakistan.

Attacking in unison, Japan breached the Pakistan defence to draw 2-2 parity in the last minute of the first half through a flash strike by Kenta Tanka.

Pakistan's third goal came through the quick-silver reflexes of Muhammad Rizwan Sr. Following the deflection from a Japanese defender in a packed circle, Rizwan Sr stretched to reach the ball and sent a snap reverse shot into the citadel, surprising goalkeeper Genki Mitani with his shot from the narrow angle.

Soon after, heavy showers interrupted the proceedings with the player going off the field. The game resumed for five minute before the players were forced to return to the dressing room as the skies opened up again.

Bilal scored his second penalty corner goal in the 52nd minute to make it 4-2, but Pakistan defence faced some late pressure from Japan.

Hirotaka Zendana converted a penalty stroke in the 54th minute to bring Japan within one goal of Pakistan's score, but failed in their effort to score another goal during the last five minutes.

The Times of India

Pakistan eye place in semis after beating Japan 4-3 in Asian Champions Trophy

Pakistan scored a narrow 4-3 win over Japan in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Kuantan, Malaysia on Tuesday.

Pakistan after their fourth match of the event are with two wins and as many defeats, and one match remaining, against China, the green shirts have one foot in the semifinals, said the information made available here.

Against India, both the Pakistan's goals were well earned but two of the three conceded were soft. Today, again Pakistan made fatal defensive errors which should have been avoided.

Japanese never went ahead. It was Pakistan who became complacent after getting lead on more than one occasion.

They first went ahead in the 5th minute after a video referral confirmed that Irfan Junior's stick did touch the ball within the circle.

Japan struck back within four minutes. Hatano was surprisingly given a lot of space along the right side.

He made a good run and sent a wonderful minus which was sent to the net by a superb Seren Tanaka tomahawk from the top of the circle.

Just two minutes had passed when Ali Shan entered the circle with deft stick work and forced a foot foul to get a penalty corner. The goal keeper was helpless against Aleem Bilal's thunderous high flick on right side of the goal.

Pakistan looked to strengthen the lead in the first five minutes of the second quarter but suddenly Japan came close to scoring; deflection to a hit missed the target. Very next minute, Pakistan missed out in almost the same manner.

After a midfield play over next few minutes, a Japanese cross from the left couldn't find a touch in front of the Pakistani goal. However, they were able to draw level at 2-2 in the last minute of the first half.

Aleem Bilal failed to make a routine stop and Kenta Tanaka just inside the circle, hit the net with a reverse shot.

Green shirts began aggressively on restart. The efforts bore fruit in the 36th minute. Rizwan Sr with his back towards the goal sounded the board with reverse shot from a narrow angle.

Pakistan was well in control when the game had to be stopped twice because of the heavy rain.

Their opening match against Malaysia was also halted due to rain and also in the third quarter. That day too, Pakistan was leading but lost the rhythm on resumption and was defeated 2-4. Not today, the green shirts kept their composure and repeatedly raided the Japanese goal but poor finishing let them down.

Eventually, it was 4-2. Off the second PC, Aleem Bilal again netted with a right high flick, almost a replica of his first goal.

With nine minutes left, it seemed Pakistan would easily go home with three points. But the Japanse earned their only PC because of an Ammad Butt silly tackle outside the circle.

The PC strike hit a defender on the goal line and the resultant penalty stroke was duly converted by Zendana. With six minutes left, the Japanese went all out to gain their first point of the tournament.

Three good opportunities were created but the equaliser eluded them. Net minder Imran Butt and defenders kept Pakistan's lead intact till the end of the 60 minutes.

Pakistan: Aleem Bilal 2 PCs (12', 52') Irfan Jr (5') Rizwan Sr (36')

Japan: S.Tanaka (10'), K.Tanaka (30'), Zendana PS (54').


Thrustful India thrash China for a fluent 9-0 win

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Akashdeep Singh, Chenglansana and Pardeep Mor celebrate a goal

Indian relished weak challenge offered by China and pumped in nine goals to nil to post an emphatic 9-0 win in their penultimate pool match of the 4th Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan.

Akashdeep Singh set the goal scroll moving in the ninth minute which was followed by Affan Yousaf ten minutes later. Affan was again in the scoring act in the 40th minute.

Rupinder converted India's first PC in the 25th minute (4-0).

Inbetween defender Jasjit Singh, who played upfront today, gave a finishing touches to combined attack generated by the duo of Akashdeep and Talwinder (3-0). His forehand from top of the circle elicited no response from China goalie Zhiwei Ao.

Despite a goal disallowed on China's referral, India sat comfortably at halftime with a 4-0 score. Rupinder's conversion was disallowed on referral.

Thimmaiah tore the Chinese defence with a fast counter and his reverse found the net in the 34th minute (5-0).

Three minutes, continuing the momentum, Lalit Upadhyay, who just come in, punched in a melee (6-0). Catching a defender blind, Akashdeep Singh stole the ball upfront and moved to centre of D to whack his second goal in the 39th minute (7-0).

Nine minutes before the hooter, Jasjit Singh got a minus from Pardeep Mor after two earlier shots were blocked by the rival goalie, whacked to the left of the cage (9-0).

India got its third PC, but the ball was not stopped properly for Rupinder to add to his personal tally.

Earlier, his goal off the second PC was given by the umpire but it did not survive Chinese referral.

India, unsually, worked hard even after nine goals but the Chinese did not yield. Perhaps, India eyeing topping the pool with goal average, which is a possibility.

India will take on Malaysia tomorrow (18 hrs IST). Malaysia is sitting pretty well with 9 points after 3 matches. India now has ten points after four matches.


Rampant India outclass China 9-0

KUANTAN: India outclassed China 9-0 to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the round-robin league competition of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Tuesday.

Akashdeep Singh, Yousuf Affan and Jasjit Singh Kumar scored two goals each as India steamrolled the Chinese defence. The Indians were looking to equal their 10-goal feat against Japan in this tournament when the hooter ended the contest.

Rupinder Pal Singh, captaining India in this contest, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Lalit Upadhyay also made entries in the score-sheet as India boosted their points tally to 10 from four matches, one of which was drawn.

India will take on hosts Malaysia on Wednesday with both teams in contention for top spot in the round-robin league standings. Malaysia have nine points from three successive victories.

India went into this game without ace goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, who was seen wearing a brace on his left ankle. This paved the way for the coaches to give a full game to goalkeeper Akash Chikte, who did well to ward off two penalty corner shots in a game otherwise played in the Chinese territory.

Akashdeep opened the Indian account in the ninth minute when he intercepted a back-pass among Chinese defenders and beat goalkeeper Wang Hong Yu with a shot from the top of the circle that went into the net.

Akashdeep was also in the picture for India's second goal in the 18th minute as he squared the ball to unmarked Affan in a brisk raid. Affan sent a well-directed push into the boards.

Jasjit swapped passes with Talwinder Singh in the scoring zone before scoring with a fine reverse shot that wrong-footed the custodian in the 22nd minute before Rupinder converted the first penalty corner three minutes later to give India a 4-0 lead at half-time.

India's highest goal-getter with eight penalty corner conversions in this tournament, Rupinder is also the highest scorer of the tournament so far.

Rupinder also sent the second Indian penalty corner into the net, but the goal was cancelled on video review sought by the Chinese team.

Thimmaiah made it 5-0 after he got a short forward pass inside the circle from Surender Kumar in the 34th minute before China earned the two successive penalty corners.

Goalkeeper Chikte did well to palm away a rising drag-flick from Chinese penalty corner shooter Cheng Xi Yuan in the 36th minute.

A minute later, Upadhyay shot on target for India's sixth goal after receiving a square ball from Affan inside the scoring circle that beat the Chinese goalkeeper. Upadhyay had all the time to control the ball and then flick it into an open goal.

Akashdeep then scored his second goal in the 39th minute as he picked the ball on the left flank and moved square to shoot home from the top of the circle.

China managed to earn their third penalty corner in the 40th minute, but ended up conceding a goal at the other end.

In a quick turnaround, Sardar Singh sent a cross from left on which Affan capitalised for his second goal.

Jasjit rounded off the Indian scoring in the 51st minute with his second strike in a goalmouth scrimmage that saw the defenders ward off two Indian attempts before Jasjit's shot sounded the boards.

The Times of India

Any coach will be pleased with nine goals, says Oltmans

KUANTAN: Indian hockey team coach Roelant Oltmans was a happy man after his side coasted to a 9-0 victory over China in the preliminary league outing of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy on Tuesday.

"Any coach will be pleased with his team scoring nine goals," said Oltmans as he prepared for Wednesday's crucial fixture against hosts Malaysia, who are the other main contenders for the top spot in the round-robin league standings.

India have secured 10 points from four matches, while Malaysia are on nine points through three successive victories.

Hosts Malaysia will have one match -- against South Korea -- left after India finish their preliminary league fixtures on Wednesday.

"We know that the game against Malaysia will be a tough one. Playing Malaysia in Malaysia is a serious match for any side," said Oltmans, promising that his players will go out charging for a victory that would secure them the top berth in the league standings.

The semifinal line up will be known only after the league matches finish on Thursday.

"We always try and assess the strength and weakness in the opposing team's game and try to exploit the weakness within our ability," said Oltmans.

Malaysian coach Steven van Huizen said this match was critical in determining where his team would finish in the league standings.

"We respect India as a team. We'll have to play well to match them," said van Huizen.

He said the Malaysian team was aware that India were currently ranked sixth in the world, while Malaysia were placed at No. 14.

Malaysian player Fitri Saari put things into perspective with his interesting observation of "since we are eight places being India in the rankings, we have to play eight times better to match them".

The Times of India

Difficult, but not impossible

By Jugjet Singh

The plan is simple.

Malaysia need to beat India in the Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan Wednesday to cement their top spot in the pool as this will pit them against the fourth placed team in the semi-finals.

Executing it might be difficult, but not impossible, as Malaysia have been on fire in the three previous matches where they beat Pakistan 4-2, China 5-1 and Japan 7-2 convincingly.

India, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride as after hammering Japan 10-2 they were held 1-1 by South Korea and only edged Pakistan 3-2 and yesterday hammered China 9-0.

And India were the only Asian team which played in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ranked sixth in the world, they are eight rungs above No 14 Malaysia.

But a determined Fitri Shaari, Malaysia's engine room engineer, has a solution.

"We will be playing against Olympians who are ranked eight rungs above us, but that does not place us in awe. In fact, the team is determined to play eight time harder to win full points," said Fitri.

Always reliable to take command of the midfield, Shukri has scored two goals while his brother Faizal is Malaysia's top scorer on four.

However, the main goal-getter for Malaysia in any tournament, Razie Rahim has yet to hit the mark but has has four of his penalty corner rebounds turned into goals.

Razie, who joined the Inspector training in May, has lost his power, but not the placing.

"I'm a little rusty after being off hockey for a while to concentrate on my Police training. But still on target during penalty corners and the rebounds have been turned into goals by my team mates.

"However, after today morning's training (yesterday) I could feel the power coming back to my arms and I am ready to give my best against India," said Razie.

Malaysia have a lousy record against the Olympians, as in 109 encounters the nation has only won 15 times, while India won 76 and 18 ended in draws.

The last win for Malaysia was 3-2 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup last year.

India coach Roelant Oltmans did not want to comment on the Malaysia match as his mind was locked on preparing for the China encounter yesterday.

RESULTS: Pakistan 4 Japan 3, India 9 China 0.

WEDNESDAY: South Korea v Japan (6.30pm), Malaysia v India (8.30pm).

THURSDAY: Pakistan v China (6.30pm), Malaysia v South Korea (8.30pm).


         P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts
INDIA    4  3  1  0  23 5  10
MALAYSIA 3  3  0  0  16 5  9
PAKISTAN 4  2  0  2  9  10 6
S. KOREA 3  1  1  1  6  5  4
CHINA    4  1  0  3  6  20 3
JAPAN    4  0  0  4  8  23 0

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Malaysia will have to keep it tight against India

by S. Ramaguru

KUANTAN: With the Malaysian forwards firing on all cylinders, the spotlight will fall on the midfielders and defenders when they take on Asian champions India in Wednesday’s Asian Champions Trophy match.

Experienced defender Mohd Razie Rahim and midfielder Fitri Saari believe that the two departments will have to push themselves to the limit to stop India.

Razie admitted that they will face tremendous pressure from world No. 6 India.

“India are the favourites ... they have a good line-up and greater experience,” he said.

“Our defence will come under greater scrutiny and the midfielders will also have their work cut out for them.

“The good thing is that the forwards are finding the target consistently.

“Still, it will be a tough outing. This match will give us the chance to test ourselves after coming through with three wins.”

Razie is Malaysia’s main penalty corner taker, but has yet to score in this tournament.

To be fair, the former skipper and Nabil Fiqri Mohd only got the green light to play in the tournament a few days before the opening match. They are both attending a police inspector training at Pulapol.

National coach Stephen van Huizen is not bothered by Razie’s lack of goals.

“He is a good player and we know his capabilities. He will score but, for now, we have others who can do the job,” said Stephen.

Fitri, one of the hardest working midfielders in the team, is also looking forward to the clash against India as “it will show us how far we have come”.

“There is no doubt that India are a good side and the tournament’s favourites.

“We have to be consistent and play according to the coach’s game plan. So far, we have been successful, but the real big matches are coming up ... India and South Korea are different compared to the teams we’ve played earlier,” said Fitri.

Malaysia will play South Korea on Thursday.

Malaysia lead the standings with nine points after wins over Pakistan (4-2), China (5-1) and Japan (7-2).

India are second with seven points. They beat Japan 10-2, drew 1-1 with South Korea and edged Pakistan 3-2.

The semi-finals are slated for Saturday.

The Star of Malaysia

Exciting Malaysia match on the cards today

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Malaysians throng the stadium in full measure. It’s a feature in Kuantan. The local matches are also suitably timed in the late evenings. The national team so far had full stands and full throats to support them. The team also did not disappoint. Three wins in three matches is not a common thing for Malaysian hockey known underperformance on global stage.

The two policemen who did duty yesterday at old bus stand knows today is India-Malaysia match, and they will make it to the Wisma Belia ( the sports complex where hockey stadium is situated). One could even name the chief coach name correctly, Stephen van Huizen.

The excitement of Malaysian team got due acceleration once they beat strong rival Pakistan in their opener, that too with good tow goal difference.

Malaysia always performs better at home rather than outside. Its its history.

India therefore has a tough task today in Kuantan. Malaysia will seek to maintain its undefeated label. With two matches to go in two days, the hosts need to go the extra mile to maintain their lead position. Except Pak, it had two easy outings. The remaining two teams, India and Korea, has the potential to spoil their party.

India can top the table with today’s victories but it is difficult to beat Malaysia at home. History vouchsafes for this reality.

However, India here is formidable. Their fitness is key and decider. It can easily be said that Indian fitness level is best here in Kuantan.

The speed with which everyone moves, intensity in team’s approach, new faces in the upfront, goalie Sreejesh’s self-belief, set plays, fresh legs all the times make Indian team a force to reckon with here. India suffered from the absence of winger SV Sunil, reliable defender Raghunath and more so impact making midfielder Manpreet Singh.

They are in the injured list.

Malaysia on the other hand could not avail the services of its main penalty corner executioner Nabil Fiqri due to employers issues. He has joined the campaign of late.

Malaysia so far has had easy rivals and will be facing tougher ones hereon.

India on the other hand had its main rivals already on the plate: while Korea managed to draw, Pakistan went down though fighting.

India is in shipshape for big day. Malaysia must call all its virtues to make a match of it today. Interesting match with much consequences in the pool table position await hockey fans today in six hours time.


Points table interestingly poised

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With just two action days to go, and four of the six teams in the fray finishing four of the five matches, the position of teams in the points table is getting suspenseful in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy.

The points table position is such that that if Malaysia wins today, it will top the table notwithstanding the outcome of its last match against Korea on Thursday. Now, only India, though has only one match to play, is in a position to topple them with today’s victory. Even a draw is not sufficient for India to be at top and thus avoid possibly Pakistan in the semis.

After four matches Pak has just six points. It need to win China on Thursday to remain at third. Pakistan is struggling, even conceded three goals to Japan in a seven-gal thriller yesterday. Still, it can come on top against China. Other wise, China can pip Pakistan to fourth spot even theoritically out of semis race. And thus avoid relegated from knock-out.

Korea has just 4 points, but with two matches on hand it can create havoc.

Korea is likely to win today against Japan that will give them seven points. If it can upset Malaysia in the last match, it can finish second behind India provided India wins today’s Malaysia match.

Unlike previous three editions, semifinal provision has been made in this year’s Asian Champions Trophy. It proved to be exciting. Even after five action days the semifinal line up is uncertain, adding suspense to the whole affair.

Except Japan, which has lost all the four matches, five teams are in contention for semifinal.

If China can upset Pakistan with good score, it can push Pak out of knock out. And occupy fourth position. Goal difference will play a role here in this case.

With the form and history, it seems India will top the pool followed by Malaysia. With two wins Korea can challenge Malaysia pushing them to third positon, leading to India-Malaysia semifinal. Every combination is now possible.

Today's two matches can clear the air. The penultimate day of Asian Champions Trophy assumes so much significance.


Ireland 1-2 Belgium

The second of the two tests with Belgium was played at the Waterloo Ducks club.  Belgium got off to a flyer scoring in the opening minutes from a PC with a lovely reverse deflection.  Irish keeper O Flanagan had to be at her best firstly saving from the penalty spot and then making a great reaction save to deflect high over the crossbar. Ireland were growing into the game with Lloyd forcing the Belgium keeper into a class save.  The hard working press from Ireland was forcing a number of Belgium turnovers. Belgium though extended their lead but it was short lived with Zoe Wilson crashing home a PC to send the teams in at half time, the advantage with Belgium, and a 2-1 lead.

Wilson had to take a shot off the line in the early stage of the second half whilst Mullan and Captain for the day Lizzie Colvin were driving the team forward.  O Byrne was making some great runs down the right flank.  Ireland pressure paid dividends in the 57m with a penalty corner but saved. Ireland had Belgium pinned in their own half forcing three chances but Belgium defence held out as Ireland continued to bombard the Belgium defence. O Flanagan had to make another great save before coach Shaw removed her for the final minutes chasing the equaliser but sadly a Belgium held on for a 2-1 victory.

Ireland will return home tomorrow and in two weeks time Shaw will bring his squad to Glasgow  for a three test series v Scotland from 6/9'November before he selects his training panel for WL2 in Malaysia which will be played in Kuala Lumpur 14/22 January 2017.

IRELAND 1 (Zoe Wilson
BELGIUM 2 (Emile Sinia, Alix Gerniers)

Ireland: Grace O Flanagan (GK), Clodagh Cassin (GK), Yvonne O Byrne, Kate Lloyd, Nicola Evans, Katy Mullan, Lena Tice, Naomi Carroll, Emily Beatty, Gillian Pinder, Sinead Loughran, Ruth Maguire, Robyn Chambers, Lizzie Colvin, Hannah Matthews, Zoe Wilson, Ali Meeke, Rebecca Barry

Belgium: SIMONS Megane (GK), D'HOOGHE Aisling (GK), CAVENAILE Louise, FOBE Aline, RAES Anouk (C), VANDERMEIREN Judith, PUVREZ Emma, SCHEERLINCK Lisa, GERNIERS Alix, SINIA Emilie, WEYNS Anne-Sophie, VERSAVEL Louise, BEERNAERT Maureen, NELEN Barbara, STEENACKERS Silke, SIMONS Manon, BOON Jill, LANCKNEUS Marie.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Winning start for England U21s in Valencia

England Head Coach Craig Keegan hailed his side’s “pleasing start” to the five nations tournament in Valencia. Two goals from Megan Crowson and a penalty corner from Erica Sanders steered Keegan’s England U21s to a comfortable 3-0 win over India in their opening match.

However, despite his delight at the victory, Keegan was keen to stress that his side has room for improvement.

“We were able to maintain a high level of possession for long periods, enabling us to generate good circle outcomes and score three quality goals.” The Head Coach told England Hockey.  “However, the final 15 minutes were frustrating as our usual high standards slipped and we continually gave India cheap possession. These are invaluable learning opportunities, and we must develop our understanding of how to close out games like these.” 

England dominated the early exchanges but were made to wait until the 22nd minute to take the lead. A well-worked penalty corner was despatched by Erica Sanders- the University of Birmingham forward bringing her red-hot domestic form to the U21s.

Keegan’s side hunted a second goal and just before the break they got it. An aggressive high press pushed India back and Crowson won the ball just outside the circle, she calmly moved the ball into the D and smashed in an unerring finish.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with England producing some nice hockey as they hunted another goal. Eight minutes after the interval they got their third. Impressive build up play down the left concluded with an excellent connection between Ellie Rayer and Charlotte Calnan who then crossed the ball to find Crowson’s full stretch dive to deflect the into the net.

England saw out the game to collect the three points and Keegan told England Hockey afterwards:

“This squad is very young, but it has a lot of talent. The challenge now is gaining the necessary experience and understanding of how to apply that talent, as well as generate high level game awareness. With the Junior World Cup only weeks away, our learning must be accelerated.”

England's next match is on 26 October at 2pm against Belgium.

England U21 3 (2)
Megan Crowson 34, 43 (FG, FG)
Erica Sanders 22 (PC)

India 0 (0)

All the tournament information can be found here

England Hockey Board Media release

Indian hockey boys beat Germany, girls lose to England

VALENCIA: Drag-flicker Varun Kumar scored a brace to guide India to a 3-1 win over Germany in their opening game of the four-nation Invitational hockey tournament, here.

Varun struck in the 17th and 25th minutes before Ajay Yadav rounded off the tally for India in the 68th minute.

However, it was a disappointing start for India's junior women's hockey team as they lost 0-3 to England in their opening match of the five-nation Invitational tournament.

In the men's match, both India and Germany began the proceedings on an intense note.

It was India that wrested the initiative with their first penalty corner of the game which Varun converted in the 17th minute.

India kept up the pressure consistently, but Germany drew level in the 22nd minute through a strike from Kai Aichinger.

But the Indians restored their lead three minutes later, when Varun converted another penalty corner to go into the breather with one-goal advantage.

India put up a stubborn defence in the second half and did not allow the Germans too many forays into their area.

The one clear chance that came Germany's way in the second half was from a penalty in the final minutes which was palmed away expertly by Indian goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya.

Trailing by a goal, the Germans went all out attacking and in the process left gaps in their defence and India utilised the opportunity from a counter-attack when Ajay sounded the board two minutes from the final hooter.

Indian colts will next play Belgium tomorrow, while the eves will be up against Spain later today.

The Times of India

Indian eves post 3-2 win over Spain in 5-Nation Invitational hockey

VALENCIA: India's junior women team got the better of hosts Spain 3-2 in a keenly-fought contest at the 5-Nation Invitational hockey tournament.

In a highly charged encounter, it was the hosts who got the early breakthrough with Clara Ycart's 15th minute goal giving them the lead.

But India soon hit back via Jyoti in the 28th minute to score the equaliser and take the game into half-time with the score tied at 1-1.

In the second half, India came out all guns blazing and Ritu was quick to extend India's lead with a Penalty Corner conversion in the 42nd minute.

But the joy was shortlived as Spain were awarded a stroke just two minutes later and Ycart made no mistake from the spot to draw level.

The two teams tussled away in the midfield thereafter, and despite the chances and circle penetrations none of them could breach the rival goal over the next 20 minutes.

In the final 10 minutes of the game, India suddenly improved their level of play and were rewarded in the 62nd minute. Sangita Kumari scored a goal to give India a lead yet again and that proved to be the winner as Spain failed to score another one.

Indian eves will next face Germany on October 27.

The Times of India

Activity Buzz: Four Indian teams on foreign soils at the same time

As a mark of Indian hockey becoming vibrant and dynamic, four Indian teams are in action across three nations spreading in two continents. While Men’s national team is in Kuantan, crushing all rivals their distaff side is just 200 kms away in Singapore. India has fielded possible best teams in the respective men and women Asian Champions Trophy.

Men and women colts are on the other hand flew far away to Europe. Both are playing an invitational tournament.

India has also deputed umpires and officials for all the four teams, helping the organizers to conduct the events on level playing field.

Not long ago, say two decades ago, even getting a tour done has been a task for hockey administrators. Govt used to clear teams in the last minute, leading to late arrival to event venue city or cancellation of participation.

Things have changed now for better.

Since Commonwealth Games 2010, governments have also considerably increased the budgetary provisions for competitions and preparation, team sport hockey seemed to have grabbed the chances with both hands. As India is hosting the Junior World Cup, Junior boys are on tour continuously. In the last three months they had been to England, Australia and now in Valencia (Spain).

Senior men, who did not show much interest in the Asian Champions Trophy, took this year edition seriously. The full team is here, and its results are showing. When India sent a second string, it lost to China in the last edition, while its whitewash (9-0) here in Kuantan.

Post Rio, the senior men’s team did not relax. A win in Kuantan will boost the morale of Indian public who pinned enourmous hopes on Rio, but were disappointed thought it’s a fact that the team showed tremendous improvement irrespective of what the scoreboard had showed.

Indian senior women, always a complex cauldron albeit silently, had all the benefits of merger of men and women federation, getting more exposure than before but did not show improvement, even to the last decade levels, due to perhaps lack of competent coach.

Everyday therefore Indian hockey fans have a match to know, at times three match taking place on same day. The men's Kuantan tournament is being telecast Live by Star Sports 4 channel in India.


First HI 5-a-side Senior National Championships from today

Pune: The 1st Hockey India five-a-side Senior National Championship 2016 (Men and Women) will be held at the Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi from today.

This explosive short format for field hockey played on a half-regulation size hockey pitch, is seen as an innovative format for the future development and growth of the sport worldwide. The objective of Hockey 5's is to allow flexibility so that it can be played on any surface, on different sized pitches.

The format differs from field hockey in some key areas. The size of the court is 38.5m x 22.5m. The game is split into three periods of 10 minutes, with a three minute break between the periods. Every team is allowed a total of 9 players which includes one goal keeper.

Players cannot hit the ball, and instead have to push, scoop or flick it to move it around.

Hosted by Hockey Maharashtra, the championship will have eight teams including Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Haryana, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Karnataka, Hockey Punjab and Uttar Pradesh Hockey.

Several veteran players as well as future stars are going to turn out for the event for their various teams. Some of the key players in the Men's tournament are, Nithin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna (Hockey Karnataka), Yuvraj Walmiki, Vikram Pillay, Adrian D'Souza and Amit Gowda (Hockey Maharashtra), Pankaj Kumar Rajak and Nilam Sanjeep Xess (Hockey Odisha), Harpal Singh, Bharat and Mandeep Antil (Hockey Haryana). In the women's side JWC 2013 bronze medallist Sanarik Chanu will be playing for Hockey Maharashtra.

The Times of India

Changes to Kookaburras team for trans-Tasman & International Festival

Holly MacNeil

Jake Whetton is unavailable for the Trans-Tasman series due to his wedding.

Changes have been made to the Kookaburras touring squad travelling to both the trans-Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand as well as to the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, Victoria.

The changes will see Tasmanian Jeremy Edwards replaced by Queenslander Robert Bell in the trans-Tasman series after Edwards sustained an undiagnosed fracture to his left foot during the Australian Hockey League.

Victorian Josh Pollard will also join the team in New Zealand in place of Jake Whetton who will be unable to join the team in adequate time following on from his wedding.

The squad for Melbourne will drop down from 25 athletes to 23, with Edwards ruled out until the end of the year. Additionally, Tom Wickham who was originally selected has now been deselected due to disciplinary reasons.

Kookaburras head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “Although we have had to make some changes to the teams for both the trans-Tasman and International Festival of Hockey events, we believe we are taking two teams who will be very competitive and can succeed on the pitch.

“We have 18 enthusiastic athletes heading to the Trans-Tasman series and 23 who will take part in the International Festival of Hockey, so we’re excited to see what some of these up and coming players produce over the next few weeks in the lead up to and during the series.”

The teams selected are now as follows:

trans-Tasman Team
Athlete (Hometown/State)
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD)
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Tim Cross (South Morang, VIC)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Kurt Mackey (Hobart, TAS)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC)
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

International Festival of Hockey
Athlete (Hometown/State)
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD)
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Tim Cross (South Morang, VIC)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW)
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmit (Melbourne, VIC)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Kurt Mackey (Hobart, TAS)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC)
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW)
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Hockey Australia media release

No. 3 Maryland holds off No. 8 Virginia in ACC clash

Maryland Athletics

The Terps picked up their third consecutive win over a top 10 opponent. Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team held off No. 8 Virginia 2-1 Tuesday afternoon to win its third straight game over a top 10 opponent. The Terrapins (14-3) have won seven straight games since the end of September.

In the last eight days, the Terrapins beat then-No. 5 Penn State 5-4 on Oct. 16 and then then-No. 1 Connecticut 2-1 Sunday.

“Before the season even started, we knew this would be an incredibly tough week of competition,” Maryland coach Missy Meharg said. “I couldn’t be happier today. We really work hard at having a high-level schedule. We just couldn’t be more pleased with how the women responded to an incredible game against a great UConn team Sunday and then 48 hours later, playing UVA, who is so tactically sophisticated. It took us a little while to get under control what they were doing, but when we did, I thought we were solid.”

Sophomore Linnea Gonzales opened the scoring when she banged one in off a penalty corner in the 24th minute. Junior Lein Holsboer and redshirt senior Emma Rissingerassisted on the play.

The Cavaliers (11-7) tied it up six minutes later when Riley Tata scored off the rebound on a penalty corner. The teams would stay tied at one at halftime.

In the 44th minute, freshman Madison Maguire broke the tie when she finished off Rissinger’s pass behind the Virginia goalkeeper.

The Cavaliers outshot the Terps, 19-6. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sarah Bates had a career-high eight saves.

Graduate student Grace Balsdon  was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday for the third time this season. She led the Terrapins' defense to a great effort that led to a 2-1 victory over #1 Connecticut (16-1) Sunday. She scored to tie the match in the first half. Then, Balsdon and the defense held the nation’s top scoring team to well under its average of 5.41 goals per game and the nation’s top goal scorer, UConn’s Charlotte Veitner, scoreless. They dealt the Huskies their first loss of the season.


Terps field hockey beats No. 8 Virginia, 2-1, for its third straight win over a top-10 foe

By Andy Kostka

Defender Carrie Hanks passes the ball to a teammate in Maryland's 2-1 win over UVA on Oct. 25, 2016. (Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

Entering its game against No. 8 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, the Maryland field hockey team was coming off back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents. The Terps won, 5-4, at then-No. 5 Penn State on Oct. 16 before delivering then-No. 1 Connecticut its first loss of the season on Sunday.

Behind a career-high eight saves from goalkeeper Sarah Bates, coach Missy Meharg's team continued this trend with a 2-1 win over the Cavaliers. Maryland has won seven straight games and beaten the Cavaliers 18 of the past 19 times they've played.

"Before the season, I looked at the schedule and thought about this week of games and I thought I was crazy," Meharg said. "But I couldn't be happier today. We really work hard at having a high-power schedule and I couldn't be more pleased with the way the women responded."

Bates made the first save of the game with 20 minutes left in the first half. Virginia's Lucy Hyams had an open shot from the top of the shooting zone, but Bates' pad save offered temporary relief. The second penalty corner for Virginia only a minute later wound up in the back of the net, but a violation from the Cavaliers resulted in the referees calling the goal off.

Maryland's first and only penalty corner put the Terps (14-3) on the board with 12 minutes left in the first half. Forward Linnea Gonzales scored her ninth goal of the season on passes from forward Emma Rissinger and midfielder Lein Holsboer.

Maryland's lead was short-lived, as forward Riley Tata scored on Virginia's third penalty corner attempt to tie the game. Tata poked in the loose ball a yard out from the goalmouth for her 10th goal of the season. The Terps have conceded four penalty corner goals in the past three games.

With a goal right before halftime, Virginia came out strong to start the second half. But key clearances from defender Courtney Deena and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Grace Balsdon kept the Terps tied.

And a counter attack with about 25 minutes gave the Terps the luxury of playing with the lead.

Midfielder Madison Maguire scored for Maryland, putting the Terps up 2-1. Rissinger, running the length of the field, found space on the left side of the shooting zone following a give-and-go. Rissinger sent a shot across the goal mouth, Maguire deflected the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the season.

"That play just shows how good we can play when we do our first-look passing," Rissinger said. "That's what we've been focusing on a lot this week in practice: if you see someone open just pass it. That's kind of what we did on that. It was back and forth across the field, all the way down, and I think it was good that everyone continued to join the play, and that's why [Maguire] was right there to put it in."

Bates again bailed out the Terps defense with about 15 minutes remaining. Tata found space on the left side of the shooting zone, but Bates' high glove save denied the pressing Cavaliers. The deflection fell again to Tata, but pressure from defender Carrie Hanks forced Tata's second shot wide.

Virginia outshot the Terps, 19-6, but only scored once on Bates.

"I do well under pressure," Bates said. "It helps me stay focused. So, when it's below the 25 the whole time, it helps with staying focused so I'm always ready. When I don't see shots, that's when I tend to not be as focused."

Maryland, which has already clinched a share of the Big Ten title, closes out the regular season with a home contest against Rutgers on Saturday.

The Diamondback

FIH confirms appointment of new CEO, Jason McCracken

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that New Zealand’s Jason McCracken will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2017 following confirmation of his appointment today.

He will be leaving his role as Head of Insurance and Investment Risk at banking group ANZ to take on the role at FIH’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. He will replace Kelly Fairweather who is leaving for the International Tennis Federation after six years in the role.

McCracken is well known to the hockey family having served as an Olympic and World Cup Umpire, FIH Committee Member and Technical Official for over 20-years. His most recent appointments were Technical Delegate of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Tournament Director of the 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

He has also served as a Board Member for Hockey New Zealand and has played an important role in the development of hockey, especially umpiring, both within his homeland and internationally.

Having held executive roles across global banking, insurance and financial organisations in New Zealand, Australia and India, his business experience and vast hockey knowledge proved crucial in the recruitment process.

The appointment was made following an extensive global search over several months, with the FIH Executive Board and President Leandro Negre agreeing on Fairweather’s replacement earlier in October.

Speaking of his appointment, FIH President Leandro Negre said: “On behalf of the Executive Board, we are delighted to confirm Jason’s appointment. With his incredible hockey knowledge, from grassroots to elite level, combined with his extensive commercial background as a CEO and an Executive General Manager, it was clear he was the stand-out choice.”

Negre continued: “Our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy is already having a significant impact on the sport, but with the new event portfolio due to be implemented over the next couple of years, it is going to be a very important period in hockey’s history. We’re confident Jason can drive forward our ambition through this strategy and we look forward to seeing him shape the sport’s exciting future.”

McCracken also spoke with great enthusiasm having confirmed his appointment. He said: “This is a unique opportunity to combine my commercial skills with my passion and love of the game. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation and work with our Continental Federations, National Associations, commercial partners, the IOC, along with the talented FIH team and many hockey friends from all over the world.”

He added: “It is an incredibly exciting time for the FIH, with the Hockey Revolution transforming the sport. With the new event portfolio to be implemented over the coming years this is certainly a challenge that I am looking forward to. As hockey’s new CEO, I will be leading by example as we aim to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.”

With Kelly Fairweather leaving the organisation in December, FIH Director of Sport and Development, David Luckes, will become temporary CEO until McCracken officially takes up his new role on 1 February 2017.

McCracken will arrive following the election of a new FIH President which will take place on 12 November 2016 during the 45th FIH Congress in Dubai. For more information about that event, visit the official Hockey Revolution Part 2 website by clicking here.

FIH site

FIH credits India's London 2012 goal to Germany

Jaspreet Sahni

CHANDIGARH: Not that it's new, but the International Hockey Federation (FIH) finds itself in fresh statistical mess. After the blooper that came to light at the men's Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) in Kuantan, Malaysia, it has now been learnt that the apex body had credited one of India's goal at the 2012 London Olympics to Germany's account. The worst part is it still shows as is on the FIH website. It all began with the statistical lapse reported by PTI earlier in the week, where the Tournament Management System (TMS) data compiled and circulated by FIH showed only 46 international matches played between India and Pakistan, ahead of the ACT game on Sunday.

The two countries have officially played 166 matches, which was confirmed by India's only hockey statistician BG Joshi, who has voluntarily maintained all international records from 1908 onward. Incidentally, an interaction with Joshi brought to light another glaring mistake from the London Olympics.While Germany beat India 5-2 in a Group B match at the 2012 Games, the FIH website lists the final score as 6-1.

The gaffe was then explained by Joshi.

"Tushar Khandker, who is part of India's coaching setup now, was wearing the No.14 jersey and had scored India's second goal. However, the FIH wrongly shows it as Germany's sixth goal in the name of Jan Philip Rabente, who was also No. 14," Joshi said talking to TOI.

It's one thing doing a mistake, which is human, and another not to correct it for four years now. That's what shows FIH in poor light and questions the seriousness with which they maintain the players' and teams' hard-earned stats and records. "I have informed the FIH numerous times to correct the mistake, but every communication has fallen to deaf years," Joshi rues.

According to Joshi, he and Patrick Rowley (former editor of FIH's hockey magazine World Hockey) are the only ones in the world maintaining hockey statistics. He added that it's been seven years now since various FIH Communication Managers have been planning how to incorporate his record books. The whole saga leaves the FIH in a face-saving mode, and it's only prudent that it acts swiftly and in right earnest. If Hockey India (HI) supremo Narinder Batra becomes the FIH president next month, things may change; but then not even HI has ever made use of Joshi's effort.

The Times of India

Great Britain women shortlisted for Great Britain’s Choice Award

GB celebrate winning Olympic gold

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has released the nominees for the ‘Great Britain’s Choice Award’.  The award is for the Olympian whose performance inspired them the most at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the online ballot is open.

After their gold medal heroics captured the imagination of the whole country, the Great Britain Women's Hockey team are in the mix for the prestigious award.

The prize, presented by Team GB's official supermarket partner Aldi, will feature as part of the inaugural Team GB Awards and gives the British public the chance to honour an athlete or team who inspired and captured the hearts of the nation through their performances at Rio 2016.

Voting closes on Friday 11th November and all winners will be announced at the Team GB Ball on November 30th, with further awards to be unveiled in due course.

Members of the public can vote here via the Team GB Ball website and choose from the shortlisted six nominees who were selected for the award by the BOA’s Athletes’ Commission.

The nominees for the Great Britain’s Choice Award:

• Adam Peaty - Swimming
• Andy Murray - Tennis
• Laura Kenny (née Trott) - Cycling
• Mo Farah - Athletics
• Max Whitlock - Gymnastics
• Women’s Hockey Team - Hockey

Held at Battersea Evolution, the Team GB Ball is set to be evening full of great entertainment and Olympic excitement with unique access to the world of Team GB.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate the success of Rio 2016 with the athletes along with stars from the world of sport, fashion and entertainment.

Ben Hawes, Chair of the BOA’s Athletes’ Commission said: “The phenomenal success of Team GB at Rio 2016 created so many memories and inspirational performances that shortlisting just six was a tough task and took much debate. However, we felt these six in their own ways gripped the nation in Rio this summer and are worthy nominees of the inaugural award.

“The Great Britain’s Choice Award is great way for the public to recognise their personal heroes from the Games, whether it’s how the athletes performed, who inspired them to get active themselves or simply the moment that had them on the very edge of their seat in August.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Bray and Owsley honoured by University of Birmingham

Photo: Lily Owsley on Twitter

Two of Great Britain’s gold medal winning hockey team were honoured by the University of Birmingham this week in a special ceremony to celebrate the success of the University’s Olympians.

At an event they dubbed ‘Road from Rio’ women's hockey gold medallists Lily Owsley and Sophie Bray were recognised for their achievements alongside some of the university’s other Olympians.

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood presented the athletes with commemorative medals, before passing the baton to BBC sports commentator Simon Brotherton to host a Q&A session for audience members to put their questions to the athletes.

Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “The University of Birmingham is delighted to celebrate the ultimate sporting achievements of our current and former students at this year’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“These were special and proud moments on campus during the summer and we believe that these exceptional achievements should be recognised by the University.”

Both Owsley, still a student at the university and Bray, a graduate took to Twitter to express their delight at the recognition received.

England Hockey Board Media release

Adidas, Grays, and Gryphon Hockey Dominated the Global Field Hockey Equipment Market in 2015 with 48% Share: Technavio

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global field hockey equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.41% during the forecast period.

This research report titled ‘Global Field Hockey Equipment Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.

Field hockey has been slowly transforming, with an increasing number of women participating in the game. In 2015, out of the total hockey players globally, more than 50% were women. In the same year, out of the total hockey players in the US, over 60% were women.

“The field hockey equipment market has been dominated by key players such as Adidas, Grays, and Gryphon Hockey, who sponsor top players and national hockey teams. In 2015, these three vendors together accounted for around 48% market share,” says Mantri Charan Kumar, a lead outdoor gear research analyst at Technavio.

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Based on product, the report categorizes the global field hockey equipment market into the following segments:

Global field hockey equipment market by products 2015 (market share %)
Sticks                       38.96%
Shoes                     31.09%
Protective gear           27.17%
Others                     2.78%
Source: Technavio

Global field hockey market: sticks

The sticks segment has reported a significant growth, as regular players frequently change the sticks to maintain optimum performance, and also to replace the deteriorated sticks. On an average, a regular player changes two to three sticks a year as the sticks break or get damaged due to tackling the opponents' stick or while hitting the ground. These two reasons are the most common when it comes to stick damage. Also, innovation to produce lighter and stronger sticks is helping the segment grow. “Vendors have found that launching new sticks before the sport seasons or tournaments encourages the players to buy new sticks. Among the key players, Adidas dominates the stick market, as most players use these sticks. Adidas is followed by Grays, which is focusing on the sponsorship of players across the globe,” says Mantri.

The global field hockey sticks market was valued at USD 74.89 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 80.93 million by 2020, posting a CAGR of 1.56%.

Global field hockey market: shoes

Shoes are the second biggest revenue generator of field hockey equipment. The field hockey shoes segment is classified into turf shoes and cleats. Turf shoes are the most popular as most hockey tournaments are conducted on turf. Cleats are the protrusions on the sole of a shoe, which reported a continuous decline in use as players are shifting to turf grounds. Presently, women's field hockey shoes and cleats from Dita, Grays, and Asics are driving the market demand. Adidas is the market leader for hockey shoes in both the junior and adult hockey shoes categories. The global field hockey shoes market was valued at USD 59.77 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 63.32 million by 2020, posting a CAGR of 1.16%.

Global field hockey market: protective gear

Increasing awareness of injuries, especially concussions, is the key reason driving the protective gear segment. The compulsory use of goggles in high school field hockey in the US is also contributing to the revenue. Such rules will continue to drive the growth of protective gear market during the forecast period. The global field hockey protective gear market was valued at USD 52.23 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 56.27 million by 2020, posting a CAGR of 1.5%.

Global field hockey market: others

Other equipment for field hockey includes balls, goals and nets, targets, training balls, speed training equipment, and accessories like tap and grip. This category has the lowest revenue compared to the other segments, as these products are normally used by professional and college teams to practice. Most of the equipment, except balls and accessories, are used for more than five years, which slows down the market growth.

The global field hockey market for other equipment is valued at USD 5.34 million in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 5.69 million by 2020, posting a CAGR of 1.28%.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:

    Gryphon Hockey
    TK Hockey

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