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Savita Punia, an Indian hockey veteran, is still forced to rely on her parents for financial support

The 26-year-old was promised a job by the Haryana government five years ago but nothing has come to fruition yet.

Angikaar Choudhury

In a different age and perhaps another country, Savita Punia would be hailed as a sporting legend.

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Unwanted renaming of KSHA Stadium

K. Arumugam

Recently, an unwanted public function with a sole aim of cornering publicity was carried out in Bengaluru. The ruse was laying new turf on the Karantaka State Hockey Association grounds where Sub-Junior Nationals will commence from tomorrow.

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Ignace Tirkey's Services team win the Sub-Junior National title in Bhopal

Bhopal: Trained by the former midfielder of fame Ignace Tirkey, Services clinched the 7th Junior National Championship crown today in Bhopal, defeating Punjab & Sind Bank 4-0 in the thrilling final. The win marks completion of eight days of action packed hockey at the historic Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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League leaders MBPJ to face litmus test against SSTMI

KUALA LUMPUR: League champions Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) will provide the toughest test for table-toppers Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) in Division One of the Malaysian Junior Hockey League today.

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Hectic five matches in 10 days for Anderson

By Jugjet Singh

ANDERSON Thunderbolts have the players to reach the final in Division One of the Junior Hockey League, provided they also overcome a hectic five-match schedule in 10 days.

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Pak Jrs Brush Aside South Australia 3-0

In their fourth match of the Australia's National Junior Hockey Championships, Pakistan juniors easily defeated South Australia 3-0.

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Police clobber Parklands

Former hockey champions hammer helpless Parklands 6-1

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Hockey men premier Police vs green Sharks. Kenya Police player Felic Okoth(l) fights for the ball as Green Sharks player Leon Magomere when they played Men Premier League at City Park. Police scored 1-0. ON 09/04/2017 PHOTO; JENIPHER WACHIE

Former Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions Kenya Police yesterday hammered Parklands 6-1 in a match played at City Park Stadium.

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Kenya Police hammer Parklands to extend lead


Kenya Police players celebrate a goal during their Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men's Premier League match against Parklands Club at City Park Stadium on April 22, 2017. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya Police maintained their perfect start to the season after thrashing Parklands Club 6-1 in a Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at City Park Stadium on Saturday.

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Northern score late to draw with Wellington champions Dalefield

Dane Lett scored for Dalefield.


Dane Lett scored for Dalefield.

Close results were the order of the day in both the Wellington men's and women's hockey competitions, with most of the seven games at the New Zealand National Hockey Stadium tightly contested.

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Kelburne and Edinburgh University triumph on league final day

Kelburne Mens' Champions 2017

The old adage is that it is never over until the fat lady sings - how true as Grange lost the Scottish men`s National League 1 title with a 3-2 reversal at home against Western Wildcats, Bromac Kelburne took full advantage with a 2-0 win over Edinburgh University to take the crown. No such problems for Edinburgh University in the women`s league, they retained their title with a 6-1 win over Watsonians.

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Buckingham and Bowdon Hightown secure victories in round two

Buckingham v Brooklands Play-Offs 2017

Buckingham secured a 1-0 victory against Brooklands Poynton in the second round of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Offs. The only goal of the game came from Katrina Nicholson, 10 minutes from time, in a cagey encounter. Both teams were in need of a win to keep promotion hopes alive, but it was Buckingham who nicked the three points.

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Sevenoaks promoted and last gasp equaliser for Canterbury

Canterbury score League Finals 2017

A late Harry Roberts strike snatched a draw for Canterbury and strengthened their bid to secure Premier Division Hockey next season. With just two minutes to go Roberts found room in the Team Bath circle and unleashed a power reverse strike to level in their Men’s League Play-Off fixture at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Earlier Roberts had given Canterbury the lead before goals from John Jackson and Oliver Stone had put Bath into a 2-1 second half lead.

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Surbiton made to fight for Final place

Beckie Middleton League Finals 2017

Surbiton kept alive their dreams of winning the league for a fourth consecutive season alive after they beat University of Birmingham 3-1 in the first Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi Final.

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Holcombe earn comeback win to make final

Holcombe's women team celebrate

Holcombe came from behind with two goals in two minutes to see off East Grinstead and make the final of the Investec Women's Hockey League.

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Surbiton's men through after winning five-goal thriller

Surbiton's men celebrate

Surbiton are through to the men's final after a pulsating five-goal thriller against Holcombe.

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Wimbledon book their place in Men's Hockey League Final

Simon Mantell scores, League Finals 2017

Wimbledon progressed to the Men’s Hockey League Final after a battling 2-1 win over Hampstead and Westminster in their semi-final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

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30 goals netted on day 1 of the League Finals Weekend!

Women's player of the season 2017, Giselle Ansley

Investec Women’s Hockey League

Surbiton are still on course for their fourth consecutive title having beaten University of Birmingham 3-1. Holcombe will be their opponents in tomorrow’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Final after they edged past East Grinstead 2-1. Ahead of the fixture, Giselle Ansley collected her Player of the Season award, as voted for by her peers.

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Coach Stephen to gauge his players in matches against Kiwis

by S. Ramaguru

KUALA LUMPUR: For the 23 players in the Malaysian national hockey team, the two Test matches against New Zealand will decide their fate for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

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Mental toughness key to knock out top teams, says skipper PR Sreejesh

With a fresh outlook, new tactics and youngsters in the fold, the Indian team will leave for the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tonight from the Kempegowda International Airport, here in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru: With just few days to go for the commencement of the 26th Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, Indian men's hockey team skipper PR Sreejesh believes mental toughness can help his side to defeat top teams like Australia in the upcoming tournament.

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Azlan Shah Cup an important test for India, feels Roelant Oltmans

BENGALURU: Chief coach Roelant Oltmans feels the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will give a clear picture of where the Indian hockey team stands after working rigorously on the physical and mental aspects.

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New FIH CEO on first few months leading hockey

New Chief Executives often start their tenure with a frantic burst of activity as they seek to make immediate impact. After moving in to Hockey HQ in Lausanne, Switzerland, International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Jason McCracken is taking the opposite approach.

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Irish international hockey star (107) presents new trophy

Trinity graduate Doris de Courcy-Wheeler steeped in the history of hockey and society

Johnny Watterson

Dorothea Findlater at the presentation of the Wheeler Plate to Linda Caulfield, president of Dublin University Ladies Hockey Club. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin University was founded in 1592 and the hockey club has been around since 1893. So who better than Ireland’s oldest former international hockey player, Dorothea Findlater, to present the inaugural Wheeler Plate.

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Three Rocks Rockets ready for take-off

Siobhan Madeley is well-known among European hockey clubs and national associations as the Communications Manager for the European Hockey Federation (EHF). At her home club, Three Rock Rovers in Dublin, Ireland, she takes on a very different role.

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Orange, Police seek to extend unbeaten run

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Hockey queens Telkom Orange and former men’s Premier League champions Kenya Police will be out to extend their winning streak this weekend.

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Wimbledon success results in extra Finals fixture

Wimbledon celebrate winning the MHL 2016

The fantastic success of Wimbledon's men in the Euro Hockey League last weekend means that England Hockey could well have a 3rd qualifier in next season’s EHL competition.

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Hawes hails massive step forward for Wimbledon

Wimbledon coach Ben Hawes described his team’s pair of victories over German opposition last weekend in Eindhoven as another “massive step forward” for the club.

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Champions BJSS suffer shock defeat against Anderson

by Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Thunderbolt suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Anderson Thunderbolt in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Division One match.

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Andersons shock BJSS 2-1

By Jugjet Singh

ANDERSON Thunderbolts shocked Overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Thunderbolts 2-1 in Division One of the Junior Hockey League (JHL) Friday.

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Rajasthan to face Hockey Him in women Snr National Final

ROHTAK: Hockey Rajasthan will face Hockey Him in the final of the seventh Senior National Championship 2017 for Women 'B' division after registering convincing wins over their respective rivals, here today.

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Nationals for the sake of it!

The junior men’s event is currently undergoing in Bhopal, where the temperature is over 40°C

Indervir Grewal

The National championship is the most important tournament on the domestic circuit. At a time when the event has become a rarity in many sports, Hockey India (HI) must be appreciated for organising the event in all the categories every year. However, the way HI has been organising the event has left a lot to be desired.

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Bitter home truths

Hockey, players suffer as the number of tournaments is inadequate and quality low

Indervir Grewal

Gurbaj Singh (left) and Ritu Rani credit their stint in foreign leagues for their comeback into the national side. file photo

The two biggest comeback stories in hockey this year have been those of Gurbaj Singh and Ritu Rani.

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Indian hockey team bids to mould all-rounders: Chief coach Roelant Oltmans

Switching positions will be the name of the game for the Indian hockey team as it builds up towards the important 2018 season, says its Dutch chief coach, Roelant Oltmans.

Navneet Singh

Indian men's hockey team will play in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup from April 29 to May 6.(PTI)

The Indian men’s hockey team will emphasis on all-rounders, versatile players who can be slotted into any position, as the team builds up for the important 2018 season, its Dutch chief coach, Roelant Oltmans said on Friday.

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Handling youngsters will be key aspect: Sreejesh

Manuja Veerappa

BENGALURU: The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup starting in Malaysia next week will be a test of character for the junior players in the rank and will also offer a fresh challenge to skipper PR Sreejesh.

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FIH launches Rules of Hockey app

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a free ‘Rules of Hockey’ app for iOS and android smartphones.

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Stats Speak: Asian Champions Trophy winner India in down under

By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)

Asian Champions Trophy winner Indian men and women will open their campaign in Melbourne Hockey Festival on November 23 against hosts Australia. Indian men (World Ranking 6) team will face Kookaburras (World Ranking 1) in 4-nations tournament league match, while Indian women (World Ranking 12) will challenge Hockeyroos (World Ranking 4) in first test of 3-match series. Statistical highlights are:

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Journalist Patrick Rowley receives British Empire Medal for Services to Hockey

Patrick Rowley (BEM) receives his British Empire Medal Award at the Tower of London by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.   Left to Right:  Lord-Lieutenant of London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, Elizabeth Rowley (wife), Patrick Rowley BEM, Alison Heeks (nee ROWLEY his daughter)   and  Constable General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC

International sports journalist Patrick Rowley received the British Empire Medal for services to Hockey at a ceremony held at The Tower of London on Friday 4 November.

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Patrick Rowley awarded British Empire Medal

Patrick Rowley, arguably the best known hockey journalist there is has been rewarded for his outstanding services to hockey with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Patrick Rowley honoured

Pat Rowley. Photo: Hockey Writers Club

When I started Fieldhockey.com 20 years ago one of the first journalists to support and encourage my efforts was the English writer Pat Rowley, I am utterly delighted to report that Pat has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Hockey in the Queen's Birthday Honours list released today.

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Alex Danson - Player of the Tournament

By Dil Bahra

Alex Danson displaying why she won Player of the Tournament. Photo: Koen Suyk

There have been a few great action photos in our sport of hockey over the years but this photo by Dutch photographer Koen Suyk tops them all. Koen, a photographer for over 40 years has covered seven Olympic Games and states that Sports photography is his great love, with hockey, golf and tennis as his specialties.

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Egbert Carmo Fernandes (1941 – 2014)

by Dil Bahra

Kenya Hockey Team on tour of India, April 1964 Back Row (L - R): Surjeet Singh Jnr,; Saude George; Anthony Vaz; Amar Singh Mangat; Egbert Fernandes; Sang Singh; Edgar Fernandes; Jack Simonian; Jagnandan Singh. Sitting (L - R): Hardev Singh; Hilary Fernandes (V.Capt,); Hardial Singh (Coach); Anthony D'Souza (Manager); Sukdev Singh (Asst Manager); Avtar Singh (Capt.); Alu Mendonca. Ground (L – R): Santokh Singh; Arif Khan; Silu Fernandes; Leslie Pinto; Reynolds D'Souza.

Kenya’s triple hockey Olympian, Egbert Carmo Fernandes, died in Canberra, Australia on 6 November 2014.  He was aged 73.

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12 Punjab Warriors players? Judge for yourself

These screen grabs are from The Official YouTube stream. Note the running time of the video in the bottom left. This covers a pan from 2:47:27 - 2:47:30. Punjab Warriors are in blue.

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- Go - Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
- Go - Irish Hockey Association media release
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- England Hockey Board Media release
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Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info  

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