Where Is The World-class Talent In Indian Hockey?


he FIH Hockey Stars awards for 2018 are out. The following are the nominees, with the winners for each category in bold. Try to spot an Indian player in the nominees below - there are none.

  • Player of the Year (Male) - Arthur Van Doren (BEL), Simon Gougnard (BEL), Barry Middleton (ENG), Billy Bakker (NED), Jake Whetton (AUS)
  • Player of the Year (Female) - Eva de Goede (NED), Lidewij Welten (NED), Stacey Michelsen (NZL), Xan de Waard (NED), Georgina Oliva (ESP)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year (Male) - Vincent Vanasch (BEL), Pirmin Blaak (NED), George Pinner (ENG), Tobias Walter (GER), Tyler Lovell (AUS)
  • Goalkeeper of the Year (Female) - Maddie Hinch (ENG), Ayeisha McFerran (IRL), Rachael Lynch (AUS), Maria Ruiz (ESP), Ye Jiao (CHN)
  • Rising Player of the Year (Male) - Arthur De Sloover (BEL), Thijs van Dam (NED), Timm Herzbruch (GER), Tim Brand (AUS), Jake Harvie (AUS)
  • Rising Player of the Year (Female) - Lucina von der Heyde (ARG), Lena Tice (IRL), Marijn Veen (NED), Nike Lorenz (GER), Ambrosia Malone (AUS)
  • Coaches - Coach of the Year (Male) - Shane Mcleod (BEL team), Coach of the Year (Female) - Alyson Annan (NED team)
  • Umpires - Umpire of the Year (Male) - Marcin Grochal (POL), Umpire of the Year (Female) - Michelle Meister (GER)

No player, coach or umpire from India made any of the lists above. The only representation from Asia was Ye Jiao from China, a nominee for Goalkeeper of the Year (female).

Whilst the Coaches and Umpires of the Year were selected by FIH panels, the Player of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year awards consisted of a peer vote by fellow players and coaches (75% weightage) and a fan vote on the FIH website (25% weightage).

Indian 'A Women Beat France 'A' Women 3-1 In 4-Test Series


India A beat France A 3-1 in 4-test Series, photograph courtesy Hockey India

he 4-test series was played between India A and France A women's teams from February 8-13, 2019 across two venues in Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Lucknow. The match venues were Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College ground in Gorakhpur and Padma Shri Mohammad Shaheed Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

India A won the series 3-1 against France A. India's match results are given below:

Venue Date Result Goal Scorers - India
Lucknow Feb 8 France 1 - India 0  
Gorakhpur Feb 10 India 3 - France 2 Mariana Kujur (19 min), PC
Lalremsiami (30 min)
Mumtaz Khan (34 min)
Lucknow Feb 12 India 2 - France 0 Mumtaz Khan (42 min)
Sharmila Devi (60 min)
Lucknow Feb 13 India 2 - France 0 Jyoti (26 min)
Gagandeep Kaur (32 min), PC

The India A team for the 4-test series against France A was as follows:

Goalkeepers: Bichu Devi Kharibam, Khushboo

Defenders: Philicia Toppo, Gagandeep Kaur, Salima Tete (captain), Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam, Ishika Choudhary

Midfielders: Mahima Choudhary, Prabhleen Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Reet, Baljeet Kaur, Preeti

Forwards: Lalremsiami (vice-captain), Sharmila Devi, Mumtaz Khan, Jeevan Kishori Toppo, Ajmina Kujur, Jyoti

Officials: Baljeet Singh Saini (chief coach)

Railways Win 9th Hockey India Sr. Men's Nationals (A Division)


Sr. Men's National Champions (Division A) Railways, photograph courtesy Hockey India

he 9th Hockey India Sr. Men's National Hockey Championship (A division) was held in Gvalior from 31st January - 10th February, 2019. Twenty teams from all over India participated in the nationals, and were grouped into the following pools:

  • Pool A: Punjab, Chandigadh, Bharatiya Vishvavidyalaya Sangh (AIU), Mumbai, Services
  • Pool B: Bhopal, Hariyana, Kendriya Reserve Police Bal (CRPF), Petroleum Sports Promotion Board, Comptroller & Auditor General of India
  • Pool C: Railways, Punjab & Sindh Bank, Uttar Pradesh, Gangpur-Odisha, Punjab National Bank
  • Pool D: Air India, Odisha, Namdhari XI, Karnataka, Canara Bank

Railways and Punjab reached the final of the Sr. Men's Nationals A division championship, with the following match results:

Stage Date Railways Punjab
Pool Jan 31 beat Gangpur-Odisha 5-3 beat Mumbai 4-0
  Feb 1 beat Uttar Pradesh 5-3 beat Bharatiya Vishvavidyalaya Sangh 6-0
  Feb 3 beat Punjab & Sindh Bank 1-0 beat Chandigadh 3-1
  Feb 5 drew with Punjab National Bank 3-3 drew with Services 3-3
Quarters Feb 7 beat Karnataka 4-0 beat Hariyana 3-0
Semis Feb 9 beat Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 2-2 (5-4 SO) beat Punjab & Sindh Bank 2-0
Final Feb 10 beat Punjab 3-2

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board beat Punjab & Sindh Bank 4-1 to finish third.

This is the 4th national championship title for Railways in 5 years - they won in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2019. Railways were captained by by Chinglensana Singh Kangujam.

For the first time ever, the matches of Sr. Men's Nationals were shown on FIH.live, the streaming media platform of the FIH: https://fih.live/competitions/senior-national-hockey-championship-a-division-men.

Railways Win Hockey India Sr. Women's Nationals (A Division)


Sr. Women's National Champions (Division A) Railways, photograph courtesy Hockey India

he 9th Hockey India Sr. Women's National Hockey Championship (A division) was held in Hisar, Hariyana, from February 8-18, 2019. Twenty teams from all over India participated in the nationals, and were grouped into the following pools:

  • Pool A: Railways, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Odisha, Kodagu (Coorg)
  • Pool B: Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Bhopal, Gangpur-Odisha, Chattisgadh
  • Pool C: Hariyana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Hockey Him, Kendriya Reserve Police Bal (CRPF)
  • Pool D: Jharkhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bharatiya Vishvavidyalaya Sangh (AIU)*

*In what is a concerning state of affairs of university women's hockey in India, Bharatiya Vishvavidyalaya Sangh (AIU) did not participate in the nationals, forfeiting all its matches in Pool D.

Top India stars turned up for their respective state units and employers. Defending champions Railways had the services of internationals Gurjeet Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka, Sushila Chanu, Navneet Kaur, Navjyot Kaur, Anupa Barla and Vandana Katariya.

Railways and Madhya Pradesh reached the final of the Sr. Women's Nationals A division championship, with the following match results:

Stage Date Railways Madhya Pradesh
Pool Feb 8 beat Rajasthan 12-0 beat Chattisgadh 10-1
  Feb 9 beat Odisha 8-0 beat Gangpur-Odisha 3-0
  Feb 11 beat Karnataka 4-0 drew with Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 1-1
  Feb 13 beat Kodagu (Coorg) 22-0 beat Bhopal 4-1
Quarters Feb 15 beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 7-0 beat Karnataka 1-0
Semis Feb 17 beat Hariyana 8-0 beat Maharashtra 2-1
Final Feb 18 beat Madhya Pradesh 5-0

This was the sixth consecutive title for Railways in the Hockey India Sr. Women's National Championship. Railways are both the men's and women's senior national champions for 2019.

Hariyana beat Maharashtra 3-2 to finish third.

Odisha Win 9th Hockey India Jr. Men's Nationals (A Division)


Winner of the Jr. Men's Nationals (Division A) - Odisha, photograph courtesy Hockey India

he 9th Hockey India Jr. Men's National Hockey Championship (A division) was held in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, from February 17-28, 2019. Twenty teams from all over India participated in the nationals, and were grouped into the following pools:

  • Pool A: Punjab, Chandigadh, Services, Tamil Nadu, Hockey Himachal
  • Pool B: Hariyana, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mumbai
  • Pool C: Gangpur-Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka
  • Pool D: Odisha, Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI), Punjab & Sindh Bank, Steel Plant Sports Board, Bihar

Odisha and Uttar Pradesh reached the final of the Jr. Men's Nationals A division championship, with the following match results:

Stage Date Odisha Date Uttar Pradesh
Pool Feb 17 drew with Steel Plant Sports Board 1-1 Feb 17 beat Maharashtra 7-1
  Feb 19 beat Punjab & Sindh Bank 1-0 Feb 19 drew with Karnataka 2-2
  Feb 21 beat Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI) 1-0 Feb 20 drew with Gangpur-Odisha 2-2
  Feb 23 beat Bihar 2-0 Feb 22 beat Delhi 3-0
Quarters Feb 25 beat Gangpur-Odisha 3-2 Feb 25 beat Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI) 1-1 (3-2 SO)
Semis Feb 27 beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 0-0 (4-2 SO) Feb 27 beat Hariyana 4-0
Final Feb 28 beat Uttar Pradesh 1-1 (4-3 SO)

Hariyana beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 2-1 to finish third.

Jharkhand Win 9th Hockey India Jr. Women's Nationals (A Division)


Jharkhand vs. Hariyana in the Jr. Women's Nationals Final (Division A), photograph courtesy Hockey India

he 9th Hockey India Jr. Women's National Hockey Championship (A division) was held in Kollam, Kerala, from 31st January - 10th February, 2019. Twenty teams from all over India participated in the nationals, and were grouped into the following pools:

  • Pool A: Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Punjab, Kodagu (Coorg), Mumbai
  • Pool B: Hariyana, Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran (SAI), Chandigadh, Chattisgadh, Uttarakhand
  • Pool C: Gangpur-Odisha, Mizoram, Hockey Him, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh
  • Pool D: Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Delhi, Bihar

Jharkhand and Hariyana reached the final of the Jr. Women's Nationals A division championship, with the following match results:

Stage Date Jharkhand Hariyana
Pool Jan 31 beat Kodagu 15-0 beat Chattisgadh 8-0
  Feb 1 beat Punjab 7-1 beat Chandigadh 6-3
  Feb 3 drew with Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 2-2 beat Bharatiya Khel Praadhikaran 5-2
  Feb 5 beat Mumbai 23-0 beat Uttarakhand 5-0
Quarters Feb 7 beat Chandigadh 5-4 beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 2-1
Semis Feb 9 beat Uttar Pradesh 0-0 (3-2 SO) beat Mizoram 3-2
Final Feb 10 beat Hariyana 2-1

Mizoram beat Uttar Pradesh 2-0 to finish third.

Photograph of the Month


Photograph courtesy Hockey India

he Photograph of the Month for March 2019 is Lalremsiami, who has been selected as 2018 Rising Player of the Year by the Asian Hockey Federation. The Player of the Year award for 2018 went to Harmanpreet Singh, while the Perfomance of the Year award for 2018 went to the Indian men's hockey team for being the only Asian team to reach the quarter-final stage of the Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup in Bhubanesvar.

What lies forgotten amidst these awards is that India's hockey talent has plateaued at the Asian level. Indian men's and women's hockey can neither win tournaments nor awards at the global level.

Money Matters


he International Hockey Federation (FIH) has received bids from Australia, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Spain to host the next edition of the Men's World Cup or the Women's World Cup. The deadline to submit bids was 31st January, 2019.

Bidding countries were given two choices for World Cup dates: either July 1-17, 2022 or January 13-29, 2023.

For the July 2022 time window, the following bids were received:

  • Malaysia - Men's World Cup only
  • Spain - Men's World Cup only
  • Germany - Men's or Women's World Cup

For the January 2023 time window, the following bids were received:

  • Australia - Women's World Cup only
  • New Zealand - Women's World Cup only
  • India - Men's or Women's World Cup

India have hosted the men's Hockey World Cup thrice (1982, 2010, 2018), but have never hosted the Women's World Cup.

The FIH Executive Board will make the final decision on both hosts in June 2019.

Media Matters


he International Hockey Federation (FIH) has signed a 4-year media rights agreement (2019-2022) with ESPN for a major portion of the Pan American region. The countries covered by the agreement include:

Region Countries
North America Mexico
Central America Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
Carribean Dominican Republic
South America Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela

The deal follows successful cooperation with ESPN in 2018 in which the network broadcast both the Women's World Cup (London) and the the Men's World Cup (Bhubanesvar).

The 4-year agreement includes all home and away matches of the men's and women's Argentinean teams in the FIH Pro League, the 2022 Women's World Cup, the 2022 Men's World Cup, and the Olympic and World Cup qualifiers.

Visitor of the Month


he March 2019 Visitor of the Month is Stan Salazar from Perth, Australia, who sent the following email to BharatiyaHockey.org:

I am interested in hearing from hockey pin/hockey badge collectors in the hope that we can exchange our duplicates. I have many duplicates for exchange, some of which are listed in the photograph and are described below.

Pin No. Country Pin Description
1 Australia Northern Territory Hockey Association
2 Global International Federation of Women's Hockey Association
3 New Zealand Hockey New Zealand
4 United Kingdom Wales Women's Hockey Association
5 Spain Spain Hockey Federation 75th Anniversary
6 Australia Queensland Hockey Association
7 Australia Australian Capital Territory Hockey Association
8 South Korea Korea Hockey Association
9 Australia South Australia Hockey Association
10 Australia Hockey Victoria
11 Australia New South Wales Hockey Association
12 Belgium Royal Belgium Hockey Association
13 Japan Keino University Hockey Club
Fun With Numbers


Statistics by B. G. Joshi

he March 2019 edition of Fun with Numbers is on India's record in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the only annual international hockey tournament in all of Asia. The 28th edition of the tournament will be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, from March 23-30, 2019. It will be India's 22nd appearance in the tournament.

  • India has won the tournament 5 times in 21 appearances (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009, 2010), with the 2010 title being shared with South Korea as the final was rained out
  • India came up empty handed with no podium finish 7 times in 21 appearances (1996, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2018)
  • Sardar Singh captained India the maximum number of times in the tournament - 4 (2008, 2015, 2016, 2018), but failed to win the tournament on any of those occasions
  • Pargat Singh captained India two times in the tournament (1991, 1995), and won the gold on both occasions
  • Vasudevan Baskaran coached India the maximum number of times in the tournament - 4 (1995, 1996, 2000, 2006), winning the tournament once (1995)
  • Five foreign coaches coached India in the tournament (Jose Brasa, Michael Nobbs, Paul von Ass, Roelant Oltmans, Sjoerd Marijne), with only Jose Brasa winning the gold (2010)
  • The five golds won by India in the tournament have all come under different coaches (M. P. Ganesh, Balkrishan Singh, Vasudevan Baskaran, Harendra Singh, Jose Brasa)
Year P W L D GF GA Rank Captain Coach
1983 5 1 2 2 10 8 3 Zafar Iqbal Balkrishan Singh
1985 4 3 1 - 11 8 Gold Mohammad Shaheed M. P. Ganesh
1991 5 5 - - 12 1 Gold Pargat Singh Balkrishan Singh
1995 6 3 1 2 8 5 Gold Pargat Singh Vasudevan Baskaran
1996 6 2 4 - 11 14 5 Edward Aloysius Vasudevan Baskaran
2000 7 4 3 - 14 11 3 Ramandeep Singh Vasudevan Baskaran
2001 7 2 4 1 11 15 5 Mukesh Kumar Baldev Singh
2004 6 - 5 1 10 19 7 Dhanraj Pillai Harendra Singh
2005 7 2 4 1 10 16 5 Dileep Tirkey Rajinder Singh Jr.
2006 5 3 2 - 12 9 3 Dileep Tirkey Vasudevan Baskaran
2007 5 3 2 - 9 7 3 Prabodh Tirkey Joaquim Carvalho
2008 7 4 3 - 18 18 2 Sardar Singh Ajay Kumar Bansal
2009 5 3 - 2 12 6 Gold Sandeep Singh Harendra Singh
2010 6 4 1 1 21 14 Gold Rajpal Singh Jose Brasa
2011 7 2 4 1 16 19 6 Arjun Halappa Harendra Singh
2012 7 4 3 - 15 16 3 Bharat Chhetri Michael Nobbs
2013 6 2 3 1 13 13 5 Danish Mujtaba Michael Nobbs
2015 6 2 2 2 16 14 3 Sardar Singh Paul von Ass
2016 7 4 3 0 18 15 2 Sardar Singh Roelant Oltmans
2017 6 3 2 1 14 9 3 Manpreet Singh Roelant Oltmans
2018 6 2 3 1 16 13 5 Sardar Singh Sjoerd Marijne
TOTAL 126 58 52 16 277 250 5 Gold, 2 Silver, 7 Bronze in 21 Appearances