Indian Women Lose In Quarter-finals In World Cup Hockey


Photograph of captain Rani Rampal and coach Sjoerd Marijne courtesy FIH

he Vitality Women's World Cup was held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, from 21st July - 5th August, 2018. 16 countries participated in the tournament, and were grouped into the following pools:

  • Pool A: Netherlands (world no. 1), China (no. 8), South Korea (no. 9), Italy (no. 17)
  • Pool B: England (no. 2), USA (no. 7), India (no. 10), Ireland (no. 16)
  • Pool C: Argentina (no. 3), Germany (no. 6), Spain (no. 11), South Africa (no. 14)
  • Pool D: New Zealand (no. 4), Australia (no. 5), Japan (no. 12), Belgium (no. 13)

India got eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup. India won only 1 match in the entire tournament, and had the following match results:

Stage Date Result Goal Scorers - India
Pool July 21 India 1 - England 1 Neha Goyal (25 min)
  July 26 Ireland 1 - India 0  
  July 29 India 1 - USA 1 Rani Rampal (31 m), PC
Crossover July 31 India 3 - Italy 0 Lalremsiami (9 min)
Neha Goyal (45 min), PC
Vandana Katariya (55 min), PC
Quarter-finals Aug 2 Ireland 0 - India 0 (3-1 SO)  

It was a historic World Cup with Ireland (silver) and Spain (bronze) winning their first ever World Cup medals. Netherlands' 6-0 victory margin in the final over Ireland is the largest ever victory margin in a World Cup final.

The final placings were as follows: 1 - Netherlands, 2 - Ireland, 3 - Spain, 4 - Australia, 5 - Germany, 6 - Argentina, 7 - England, 8 - India, 9 - Italy, 10 - Belgium, 11 - New Zealand, 12 - South Korea, 13 - Japan, 14 - United States, 15 - South Africa, 16 - China.

The following were the tournament awards:

  • Vitality Player of the Tournament: Lidewij Welten (NED)
  • Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Ayeisha McFerran (IRL)
  • Young Player of the Tournament: Lucina von der Hyde (ARG)
  • Hero Top Scorer of the Tournament: Kitty van Male (8) (NED)

With over 100,000 tickets sold for the event, the enthusiastic English hockey fans have shown that they are gender-equal when following their country's sports teams.

The Indian team for the Vitality Women's World Cup was as follows:

Goalkeepers: Savita Punia (vice-captain), Rajani Etimarapu

Defenders: Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjeet Kaur, Reena Khokhar

Midfielders: Namita Toppo, Leelima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjyot Kaur, Nikki Pradhan

Forwards: Rani Rampal (captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Udita

Officials: Sjoerd Marijne (chief coach), C. R. Kumar (coach), Erik Johan Wonink (analytic coach)

Indian Men Sweep 3-Test Hockey Series Against New Zealand 3-0


Photograph of the India vs. New Zealand match courtesy Hockey India

3-test hockey series was played betwen India and New Zealand at the Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI) Bengaluru campus from July 19-22, 2018. This was the first ever test series by a New Zealand team on Indian soil.

India swept the 3-test series 3-0, with match results as shown below:

Date Result Goal Scorers - India
July 19 India 4 - New Zealand 2 Rupinderpal Singh (2, 34 min), both PCs
Mandeep Singh (15 min)
Harmanpreet Singh (38 min), PC
July 21 India 3 - New Zealand 1 Rupinderpal Singh (18 min), PC
S. V. Sunil (27 min)
Mandeep Singh (56 min)
July 22 India 4 - New Zealand 0 Rupinderpal Singh (8 min), PC
Surender Kumar (15 min)
Mandeep Singh (44 min)
Akashdeep Singh (60 min)

The Indian team for the 3-test series against New Zealand was as follows:

Goalkeepers: P. R. Sreejesh (captain), Krishan Pathak, Suraj Karkera

Defenders: Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh, Chinglensana Singh

Forwards: S. V. Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad

Officials: Harendra Singh (chief coach)

Indian Men Finish 3rd In 5-Nation Junior Tournament In Antwerp


Photograph of the India vs. Belgium pool match courtesy Hockey India

n u-23 5-nation men's hockey tournament.was played at the Royal Antwerp Hockey Club in Antwerp, Belgium, from July 14-21, 2018. The participating countries were host Belgium, Great Britain, India, Ireland and Netherlands.

India came 3rd in the tournament, with the following match results:

Stage Date Result Goal Scorers - India
Round Robin July 14 India 5 - Ireland 0 Raj Kumar Pal (20 min)
Mohammad Umar (25 min)
Mohammad Raheel Mouseen (28, 60 min)
Shilanand Lakra (32 min)
  July 15 Great Britain 3 - India 1 Pardeep Singh (57 min)
  July 17 India 1 - Belgium 1 Mohammad Umar (30 min)
  July 20 India 2 - Netherlands 2 Mandeep Mor (27, 48 min)
3rd vs. 4th July 21 India 2 - Belgium 1 Rajkumar Pal (8 min)
Abharan Sudev Belimagga (59 min)

The Indian men's team for the u-23 6-nation tournament was as follows:

Goalkeepers: Pankaj Kumar Rajak, Prashant Kumar Chauhan

Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey (captain), Neellam Sanjeep Xess, Pardeep Singh, Mandeep Mor, Somjeet, Mohammad Faraz

Midfielders: Hardeek Singh (vice-captain), Dharminder Singh, Rajkumar Pal, Vishal Antil, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem

Forwards: Shilanand Lakra, Abhishek, Abharan Sudev Belimagga, Mohammad Raheel Mouseen, Mohammad Umar

Officials: Jude Felix (chief coach), B. J. Kariappa (coach)

Indian Women Come 2nd In 6-Nation Junior Tournament In Antwerp


Photograph courtesy Hockey India

n u-23 6-nation women's hockey tournament.was played at the Royal Antwerp Hockey Club in Antwerp, Belgium, from July 14 - 21, 2018. The participating countries were host Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, India, Ireland and Netherlands.

India came runners up in the tournament, with the following match results:

Stage Date Result Goal Scorers - India
Round Robin July 14 India 4 - Ireland 1 Jyoti (11 min)
Mumtaz Khan (22 min)
Manpreet Kaur (28, 37 min)
  July 15 India 1 - Great Britain 0 Sangeeta Kumari (34 min)
  July 17 India 2 - Belgium 0 Sangeeta Kumari (36 min)
Salima Tete (42 min)
  July 18 India 0 - Canada 0  
  July 20 Netherlands 8 - India 1  
Final July 21 Netherlands 6 - India 1 Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya (39 min)

The Indian women's team for the u-23 6-nation tournament was as follows:

Goalkeepers: Bichu Devi Kharibam, Khushboo

Defenders: Neelu Dadiya, Gagandeep Kaur, Salima Tete (vice-captain), Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam, Ishika Chaudhary

Midfielders: Karishma Yadav, Mahima Choudhary, Jyoti, Mariana Kujur, Manpreet Kaur

Forwards: Preeti Dubey (Captain), Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Mumtaz Khan, Sangeeta Kumari, Lalrindki

Officials: Baljeet Singh Saini (chief coach), Asunta Lakra (coach)

Lucha 'Playing The Impossible' Hockey Documentary Released On Netflix


documentary film dedicated to Argentinian field hockey great Luciana Aymar debuted on the Netflix streaming platform on July 16. The documentary is in Spanish, with subtitles available in English, French and Chinese. The running time is 97 minutes.

'Lucha, jugar con lo imposible', translated as 'Lucha, playing the impossible' first premiered in Argentinean cinemas two years ago. The documentary tells the story of Luciana's rise to the top as she became regarded as one of the best female players of all time.

"When I was nine years old, and when I started playing in the Fisherton Club, I did not imagine that I would get here," she said of the film. "I postponed things and did crazy things for the love of this sport and it's nice to see them reflected in this movie. It's a dream come true."

The film is directed by Ana Quirog, who documented Luciana's rise to become eight times World Player of the Year, as well as a two-time World Cup winner.

The documentary's release on Netflix comes in the leadup to the Vitialy Women's World Cup Hockey, where Argentina will attempt to regain the World Cup title from Dutch hands.

Photograph of the Month


he Photograph of the Month for August 2018 is of a banner advertising the Odishan Men's Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubanesvar in November-December of this year.

The background showcases the rich cultural heritage of Odisha, the state where Puri's famous Rath Yatra takes place.

Money Matters


uoyed by the recent performance of the Indian men's hockey team, including its runner-up finish at the Champions Trophy, Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI) has decided to include the members of the Asian Games-bound men's hockey team in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme, which will enable the players to receive a monthly allowance of 50,000 per team member.

The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) - which functions under the SAI and has been exclusively created to deal with the training, equipment and exposure part of the athletes' preparation - approved the disbursement of monthly allowance to a total of 18 hockey players selected for the upcoming Asiad in Jakarta from August 18 to September 2.

The officials of the MOC, who met at the SAI headquarters on 11th July, took this decision in view of the recent improvement in the men's hockey team's performance under the newly-appointed coach Harendra Singh, who guided the team to a silver medal finish at the Champions Trophy in Breda, Netherlands earlier this month.

Support for training, equipment and coaches are already being provided to the hockey team through the Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTC).

The MOC also decided that the women's hockey team too would be considered for inclusion under the TOP scheme after a review of its performance in the ensuing World Cup in London and the Asian Games.

Media Matters


ctress Emma Watson, who has appeared in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, surprised schoolchildren at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow, East London, joining a hockey session alongside England team members Helen Richardson-Walsh and Emily Defroand.

This was at a launch event for new charity Hockey Futures, whose mission is 'To create a nation where every young person can play hockey'. The charity will partner with clubs to create outreach programmes that connect with young people through schools and community organisations

Emma said, "Hockey was a big part of my life growing up and I'm thrilled that England Hockey are committed to making the sport more accessible to children all over the country through the launch of Hockey Futures. Hockey is the nation's most gender equal sport, and it was fantastic to visit a Hockey Futures session and see children playing together, learning new skills - and teaching me some new hockey tricks too!

With just days to go before the start of the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup in London, the 28-year-old actress, who has nearly 29 million Twitter followers, said, "The World Cup is a really important opportunity to celebrate leading sports women from all over the world and I wish all the players every success in their games."

Hockey Futures gifted the school with 100 free tickets for a World Cup session, while Emma was presented with a signed shirt from the England women's World Cup squad.

Emma played hockey for Rover Oxford as a youngster and also at Brown University in the US.

Visitor of the Month


he Visitor of the Month for August 2018 is more a Website of the Month - Canadian realtime sports data company AltiusRT. The FIH has extended its partnership with AltiusRT through the end of 2019.

This association first began in 2013, and uses AltiusRT's Realtime Capture System to feed into FIH's Tournament Management System (TMS).

FIH Chief Executive Officer Thierry Weil said:

"We are delighted to continue our relationship with AltiusRT. With more than 1,200 matches taking place each year, the amount of data being captured is huge, therefore it was important that we continued with a partner that we trust.

With an increasing demand for data, whether through social media or in our broadcasts, our data capture provider will play an important role in keeping our fans updated with the latest results and in preserving our sports historical records.

With high profile competitions on the horizon, including the FIH Pro League and the Hockey Series, it is important that we capitalise on data in order to bring our sport to life."

Fun With Numbers


Statistics by B. G. Joshi

he August 2018 edition of Fun with Numbers is on the select players who have won 7 or more gold medals in the 3 elite FIH men's tournaments - Olympics, World Cup and Champions Trophy.

  • Australia and Netherlands dominate the list, with 11 of the 12 players with 7 or more gold medals hailing from these two countries
  • No player in this list has won more than 2 Olympic gold medals
  • No player in this list has won more than 2 World Cup gold medals
No. of Medals Country Player Olympic Gold World Cup Gold Champions Trophy Gold
9 Australia Jamie Dwyer 1 (2004) 2 (2010, 2014) 6 (2005, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12)
    Eddie Ockenden - 2 (2010, 2014) 7 (2008, 09, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18)
  Netherlands Jeroen Delmee 2 (1996, 2000) 1 (1998) 6 (1996, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06)
    Teum de Nooijer 2 (1996, 2000) 1 (1998) 6 (1996, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06)
8 Australia Liam de Young 1 (2004) 2 (2010, 2014) 5 (2005, 08, 09, 10, 11)
  Netherlands Erik Jazet 2 (1996, 2000) 1 (1998) 5 (1996, 98, 2000, 02, 03)
    Guus Vogels 2 (1996, 2000) - 6 (1996, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06)
    Sander van der Weide 1 (2000) 1 (1998) 6 (1996, 98, 2000, 02, 03, 06)
7 Australia Fergus Kavanagh - 2 (2010, 2014) 5 (2008, 09, 10, 11, 12)
    Mark Knowles 1 (2004) 2 (2010, 2014) 4 (2005, 08, 09, 12)
    Matthew Swann - 1 (2014) 5 (2009, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18)
  Germany Carsten Fischer 1 (1992) - 6 (1983, 84, 85, 91, 92, 95)