FIH confirm Rio 2016 qualifiers at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals
Argentina Women confirmed as being Officially Qualified for Rio
- FIH confirm the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals
- Men’s teams going to Rio – Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain
- Women’s teams going to Rio – Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina
- Hockey World League Finalists include all the above plus Canada men, India men, Korea women and New Zealand women
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have today confirmed the nations who qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final Olympic qualifying events. The events across three venues, saw forty nations take part in pursuit of places at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the HWL Finals.
Johnston siblings set to share Pan Am Games experience in Toronto
Shanlee and Gordon to compete in major games together for the first time
Shanlee and Gordon Johnston. Photo: Yan Huckendubler
On a midsummers day in Vancouver, if you were to walk into the Johnston residence, chances are you would hear about one thing.
Scottish Over 35s triumph in inaugural Home Nations
Last weekend Peffermill hosted the inaugural FIH Masters Over 35s Home Nations Championships, alongside similar yet more established tournaments for the over 45s and over 55s.
FIH Masters Home Nations round-up
Scotland Over 55s
Back Row:- Alan Kerr, Ali Hay, Stephen Springthorpe, John Bennett, Ali McArthur, Ian Fenn-Tye, Derek Bell, Neil Sharp, Mike Gilbert. Front Row:- Billy Taylor, David Rowlands, Arthur Robertson, Colin MacBeth, Benny Gibson, Khalid Bashir, Marray Graham, Niall Sturrock
Scotland Over 35s
Scotland were winners of the Inaugural Home International Masters O-35s Tournament at Peffermill 26-28 June, 2015.
Great Britain rue mistakes after defeat to Australia in the World League semi-finals
By Graham Wilson
Barry Middleton marked his 350th appearance with a goal. World Sport Pics Frank Uijlenbroek
MAKE one mistake maybe, make three and count out any chance of beating the Australians.
Ireland's Olympic Journey Explained
Women's Black Sticks certainties of qualifying for Rio Olympic Games
The Black Sticks women can celebrate knowing they are all but assured of a spot at the Rio Olympic Games. PHOTOSPORT
A catastrophic series of upsets is the only thing standing between the Black Sticks women and Olympic qualification.
Indian women's hockey team arrives to grand welcome
NEW DELHI: Having all but booked a berth in next year's Rio Olympics, Indian women's hockey team on Monday arrived here early morning to a grand welcome amidst beating of drums and loud cheers.
Daring to dream big
Goalkeeper Savita (left), Captain Ritu Rani (center) and Striker Rani Rampal played key roles in realising India's hopes of participating in its first Olympic ever. Photo: Prashant Nakwe
With a fifth-place finish at the Hockey World League Semifinals, the Indian women's hockey team has almost booked a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics, for the first time in history. The official communication in this regard, though, from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will come only by the end of October this year, after the culmination of all continental championships. With no coach for half the year and a new one taking charge just a month before the event, it was a gritty performance.
Indian women's hockey future is bright: Rani
JAIPUR: It's a dream come true for Rani Rampal. Her stupendous show kept India's hopes of qualifying for the Rio Games alive as the team earned a fifth-place finish in the women's Hockey World League semifinals in Antwerp last Saturday. Rani also scored in India's 1-0 win over Japan.
Haryana girls power India’s Olympic dream
Chandigarh - Haryana’s hand is quite visible in the Indian women hockey team’s success in the recently-concluded Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp.
MHC to revamp hockey team after failure in Belgium
by S. Ramaguru
Malaysia's Shahril Saabah is dejected after losing to India in the quarter-finals of the World Hockey League Semi-Finals in Belgium last week. - FIH
ANTWERP (Belgium): The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will revamp the national team following their failure at the World Hockey League Semi-Finals.
‘Lack of funding contributed to hockey’s Olympic debacle’
LAHORE: Despite Pakistan hockey’s Olympic debacle, a number of former Olympians continued to back the federation as they expressed their lack of trust in the five-member probe committee formed by the Inter-provincial Sports Committee on instructions of the prime minister.
Pak hockey team returns amid reports of tension among players
KARACHI: The Pakistan hockey team, which failed to qualify for next year's Olympic Games after its disappointing show at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Belgium returns home on Tuesday amid reports that there was tension among the players during the tournament.
16 rough diamonds cut and polished on Dar Academy's Tour of Holland
By Ijaz Chaudhry
This was Lahore based Dar Hockey Academy’s fourth tour to Europe. After three visits in successive years, beginning from 2010, the 2015 trip came after a gap of two years. It was a new batch of the colts and all were making their first overseas journey. Then it was a very hectic schedule as the Dar HA played nine matches in as many days in Holland.
James Leman Appointed Manager of EGHC Mens 1st Team
East Grinstead Hockey Club is delighted to announce that James Leman has assumed the role of Manager for East Grinstead Men’s 1st Team with immediate effect.
Paragon retains women’s hockey title
Malvern is U-19 boys champ
Paragon retained hold of the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua after battling to a 1-1 draw with Courts Malvern on Saturday night. With the point earned, Paragon pushed its points tally to 23 from 11 matches and one left to play, the same as second placed Harvard Checkers, which has already completed its 12-match campaign.
Paige Selenski shares the tricks of the trade
Women's national field hockey team forward Paige Selenski spoke with reporter Morty Ain about what it was like to take it all off for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue and her love of HGTV.
FIH Hockey Heritage arm signs MOU with The Hockey Museum
Jean-Pierre Strebel (FIH Foundation Treasurer), Katie Dodds (THM Chair) and Leandro Negre (FIH President) sign the MOU
FIH has today announced that its Foundation for the Promotion & Development of Hockey (the FIH Foundation) and The Hockey Museum (THM) have signed a MOU that formalises the collaboration between them to work together to preserve hockey’s heritage.
Ciriello strikes late as Kookaburras take glory in Antwerp
Over-time penalty corner drag-flick sees off Red Lions
A dramatic late goal form Chris Ciriello gave Australia a 1-0 win over host nation Belgium to secure a first place finish at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp.
Kookas dramatic win
Ciriello's PC goal two seconds from full time wins Kookaburras World League in Antwerp
An overtime penalty corner goal by Chris Ciriello following the final hooter won the Kookaburras the World League Semi Final tournament in the most dramatic of circumstances, earning a 1-0 over hosts Belgium, on Sunday.
Australia down Belgium 1-0 in title encounter
ANTWERP (Belgium): Chris Ciriello sent a low drag flick into the right corner of the goal in the dying seconds for World champion Australia to defeat host Belgium 1-0 in the title encounter of the Hockey World League Semi-Final at the KHC Dragons Stadium here on Sunday.
Rampant Great Britain finish on a high with India win
Barry Middleton marked his 350th international appearance with a goal. Credit World Sport Pics Frank Uijlenbroek
A stunning attacking display from Bobby Crutchley’s Great Britain side blew India away as five different players helped themselves to goals in a 5-1 win. Alastair Brogdon, Chris Griffiths, Ashley Jackson, Adam Dixon and Barry Middleton were on the score sheet as Great Britain ran riot in Belgium. Middleton’s goal was particularly fitting, coming as it did on his 350th international appearance.
Great Britain defeat India to clinch 3rd place in the World League tournament
By Mike Haymonds
Ashley Jackson was key for Team GB again
GREAT BRITAIN clinched third place with an emphatic 5-1 victory over India at the World League in Antwerp, having already qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Great Britain men defeat India to take World League Hockey bronze on Barry Middleton's 350th cap
Captain Barry Middleton scores on landmark cap as Great Britain gear up for European Championships with podium performance
By Rod Gilmour
On the up: Great Britain lost one game in Antwerp on way to World League bronze Photo: WORLDSPORTPICS.COM
Great Britain finished a highly satisfactory World League campaign by hammering India 5-1 in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday afternoon.
GB exposes Indian chink five times to one
Antwerp (Belgium): Displaying perfect drill on everything they did, Great Britain exposed Indian chinks like never before and in the process walked with easy looking bronze on the final day of the Hockey World League Semifinals at Antwerp in Belgium.
Indian defence crumbles, lose 1-5 to Great Britain
ANTWERP: India's defence crumbled in the bronze medal playoff as they crashed to a 1-5 defeat against Great Britain for a fourth-place finish at the World League Semifinals on Sunday.
Indian team needs to organize defence better: Sardar Singh
ANTWERP: After suffering a 1-5 loss to Great Britain, India captain Sardar Singh on Sunday said his team needs to organise its defence better if it has to be ranked among the top international sides.
Ireland beat Malaysia,on the verge of Olympic dream coming true
Ireland have done all they can to secure their spot at the Rio Olympics with a polished 4-1 victory over world number 12 Malaysia today. Goals from Good, Caruth, Sothern and Darling put the game out of reach of a pacey Malaysian side that struggled to take their chances.
Ireland hockey team keep Olympic qualification dreams alive with latest victory
A 4-1 win over Malaysia in Belgium clinched fifth place in the World Hockey League.
Michael Darling celebrates winning with teammates Source: Koen Suyk/INPHO
IRELAND’S SENIOR MEN’S hockey team have taken a major step to sealing qualification for next year’s Olympics in Rio.
Ireland hockey team keep Olympic dream alive
Ireland 4 Malaysia 1
The Irish mens hockey team are on track to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Rio following a brilliant 4-1 win over Malaysia today in Antwerp.
Malaysia shoot themselves in foot... again
by Jugjet Singh
MALAYSIA crumbled like dominoes to hand Ireland their first ever Olympics ticket when they went down 4-1 in the Fifth-Sixth placing match in the World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium yesterday.
Youth show promise
by Jugjet Singh
IF nothing else comes out of Malaysia's campaign in Antwerp, three young Malaysians players have matured to lead the country into Next years New Delhi Junior World Cup.
Poised for Olympics.
by Jugjet Singh
MALAYSIA are poised to play in the Olympics after a lapse of 16 years, as fifth and sixth placing in the World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium, are bound to qualify via double qualifications.
Olympic dream over for Malaysia hockey team
by Aftar Singh
Malaysia's Marhan Jalil shouts in agony in the 5th-6th qualification match against Ireland at the World Hockey League Semi-Finals in Belgium on Sunday. Malaysia lost 4-1. - FIH
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can kiss goodbye to their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Pakistan finish poor eighth at Hockey World League
By Muhammad Ali
ANTWERP: Pakistan suffered another jolt on Sunday when they were outplayed by France 2-1 in a classification match for 7th-8th positions in the Hockey World League at KHC Dragons Stadium here. The HWL, which concluded yesterday, was the qualification round for the Rio Olympic Games 2016. It was a sheer embarrassment for the Men in Green, who are ranked 10th in the world, to be outplayed by a team having 18th ranking in the world. The difference between the two teams was of planning and fitness. The national team performed as if they were not even familiar with the sport. Earlier in the pool match, France had held skipper Mohammad Imran and his charges to a 2-2 draw. Pakistan failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in their history when they were stunned by lowly ranked Ireland 1-0 in the classification match for 5-8 positions in the HWL on Friday. Ireland scored in the 46th minute to condemn Pakistan to another historic low. The Greenshirts had failed to feature among the 12 teams for the 2014 World Cup, an event that they have won more times than any other country.
France inflict further damage to Pakistan’s pride; Imran steps down
Imran followed the footsteps of the national selection committee which also resigned from their posts after Pakistan failed to qualify for the 2016 Games - Photo courtesy FIH
KARACHI: Two days after their seeing their Olympic dreams go up in smoke, Pakistan failed to restore some pride when they went down 2-1 to France on Sunday to finish a lowly eighth at the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Antwerp.
Pakistan skipper Imran, head coach Shahnaz quit after debacle
ANTWERP: Pakistan team captain Mohammad Imran and head coach Shahnaz Sheikh resigned from their posts after the national team’s poor performance at the Hockey World League which concluded here on Sunday. Pakistan lost to France 1-2 in a classification match for 7th-8th positions at KHC Dragons Stadium. Both Imran and Shahnaz informed the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) top officials about their decision. PHF president Akhtar Rasool and secretary general Rana Mujahid Ali are present in Antwerp to witness the HWL. The PHF officials and the team members will reach back home on Tuesday.
Pakistan hockey captain resigns
KARACHI: Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran on Sunday stepped down after the national team failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics Games, following their latest defeat in the World Hockey League to France which left them at the bottom of the points table.
Pakistan hockey team captain calls it quits after Olympics qualifier debacle
Pakistan hockey team captain Muhammad Imran has quit after his team’s poor performance at the World Hockey League (WHL), Express News reported on Sunday.
PHF rubbishes reports of coach, captain resigned
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team head coach Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh denied reports about tendering his resignation as head coach.
Hockey debacle was certain: Tahir Zaman
ISLAMABAD: Former Olympian Tahir Zaman said on Sunday that Pakistan team’s poor performance in the World Hockey League Semi-finals was not surprising since the team did not prepare well for the event.
POA chief Arif rues hockey not qualifying for Olympics
LAHORE: Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt Gen Syed Arif Hasan has lamented the failure of the national hockey team to qualify for Olympics 2016. He has said that the country has little chance of participating in the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games barring a few wildcard entries. “It’s nothing that wasn’t expected,” Arif commented Sunday on the hockey team after they failed to qualify for the Olympics 2016 and finished poor eighth at the Hockey World League in Belgium . “I wonder why the government is now taking steps to probe the failure. Pakistan hockey is suffering from one debacle after the other. First they finished 12th in the 2010 World Cup before missing out on the next edition and now the Olympics. The situation was foreseeable but nothing was done when effective measures could’ve avoided this catastrophe.”
Islah rues players’ failure
Pakistan former hockey player and chief selector Islahuddin speaks at a press conference - AFP/file
KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) chief selector Islahuddin Siddiqui and his co-selectors have tendered their resignation in the aftermath of greenshirts failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Other members of the committee were Ayaz Mahmood, Khalid Bashir and Mussadiq Hussain.
PHF solely responsible for hockey debacle: Naveed
ISLAMABAD - Olympian Naveed Alam has termed Pakistan hockey team’s defeats against Ireland and France as the worst ever and termed it black day for Pakistan hockey and held the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) sole responsible for the debacle.
The eligibility and order of which teams will qualify for the Olympics is now known. There are several ifs to be sorted out as the different Continental Championships happen. What many pundits have forgotten is the status of Brazil as host nation. They were given the target of finishing in the top 6 at the Pan American Games to qualify. The Women failed to qualify for the Pan American Games so their position can already be allocated and technically the Oceania Cup position can be allocated to USA as both Australia and New Zealand will have pre-qualified before that event takes place.
Umpires, the unsung heroes
Ayanna McClean (Trinidad & Tobago) and Carol Metchette (Ireland)
2011 Pan American Games, Guadalajara - Canada vs. Argentina, Carol Metchette (IRL) and Catalina Montesino Wenzel (CHI). Yan Huckendubler
They are the unsung heroes of the game. Invisibility rather than presence on the pitch is the sign of a job well done. We meet two of the umpires who put in great performances in Guadalajara in the previous edition of the Pan American Games.
Rot Weiss the German champions
In a suitably thrilling finale, Rot Weiss Köln claimed the German title with a 4-3 success against arch rivals UHC Hamburg on Sunday.
BUMPER HARVEST: Champions Telkom Orange thrash Mount Kenya University as Scorpions sting JKUAT
By Elizabeth Mburugu
Orange Telkom player Catherine Kimeu (l) fights for the ball with Simbarettes Farida Nabafu when they played National Women League at CityPark. Orange scored 10-0. JENIPHER WACHIE
Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women's league reigning champions Orange Telkom thrashed Mount Kenya University (MKU) students 22-0 in a league match played yesterday at City Park Stadium.
Auckland Men and Women win at Under-18s
Pictured: A pic of the 2014 Under-18 Auckland regional team
The Auckland Men rebounded from yesterday’s shock loss to Central with a resounding 4-1 win over Northland at the National Under-18 Regional Tournament at North Harbour Hockey today.
USMNT Athletes Spend Independence Day Together in the Heart of Boston
Michael Barminski #3
Fireworks burst over the Charles River in Boston. The combination of colors is muddled by the water. We find ourselves in silence observing the remembrance of a moment in our nation's history. A turning point that 239 years later still rallies the American people.
Hockey for Heroes 2015
Hockey for Heroes 2015
It is just over a month since the Hockey for Heroes team completed a gruelling 10-day challenge in aid of Help for Heroes charity. The squad, made up of 26 players, finished 33 games and the National Three Peaks Challenge in style with some 295 (176 scored, 119 conceded) goals amassed in the process meaning that anyone who came down to watch was certainly not disappointed by the standard of hockey put on show.
Hockey on road to revival in UP
MEERUT: Hockey is on path of revival in Uttar Pradesh, said sport legend Syed Ali, who played for India in the 1976 Summer Olympics and is currently one of seven selectors for the Indian national men's hockey team. "The hockey culture here isn't yet dead."
India lose 2-1 to Belgium in second practice game
Akashdeep Singh scored the lone goal for India during their practice match against Belgium. File photo
The Indian men’s hockey team went down fighting 2-1 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match ahead of the FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway here on June 20.
Will miss SV Sunil on the field: Yuvraj Walmiki
ANTWERP (Belgium): As the Indian hockey team gears up for the FIH World League Semi-Final, forward Yuvraj Walmiki said the services of ace striker S V Sunil would be missed.
Green Machine Squad for Belgian Series
Ireland’s Men’s National Squad will take on Belgium, ranked 4th in the world, in their final warm up matches before World League 3. The 2 tests will take place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th at 3pm (Belgian time). The matches will be hosted at KHC Dragons, the same venue that will host World League 3 (June 20-July 5).
Scotland retains Euro Hockey League place
Scottish Hockey yesterday recieved confirmation from the European Hockey Federation (EHF) that Scotland will retain its Euro Hockey League (EHL) place for the 2015/16 season.