Eight teams each vie for one 2016 Champions Trophy qualification spot
Can home support lift Malaysia and Scotland to heady hockey heights?
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Malaysia and Scotland will provide the platform for six days of scintillating hockey action as eight men's and eight women's teams do battle for a coveted place in the 2016 Champions Trophy. The men's competition, the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1, takes place in Kuantan, while the women's equivalent will take place in the newly-built National Hockey Centre in Glasgow.
Did you know…? Background to the tournament
(Photo: MATIAS AGUIRRE)
Set up in 2001 and organised every two years, the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 will set the stage for one qualification spot at the illustrious Champions Trophy in 2016. Since 2009, the men’s competition has included eight teams from around the globe. Participants in the first-ever Champions Challenge 1 included India, South Africa, Argentina, Malaysia, Japan and Belgium.
Champions Challenge: Black Sticks start as favourites
By S. Ramaguru
KUALA LUMPUR: World number six New Zealand will start as favourites in the Champions Challenge I which starts in Kuantan on Saturday.
Coach Dharma wants the Champions Challenge title
By S. Ramaguru
National hockey chief coach K. Dharmaraj wants his side to win the Champions Challenge I tournament that starts in Kuantan on Saturday. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team have set themselves a lofty target in the Champions Challenge I, which starts in Kuantan on Saturday.
Glasgow welcomes teams for Champions Challenge 1
The Scottish city has a busy summer of sport ahead, but for now it is all about the hockey
The eight teams competing at the Champions Challenge 1 tournament in Glasgow all have their eye on one prize – a spot at the prestigious Champions Trophy, set for June 2016 in London. Taking place in the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow, which will be hosting the Commonwealth Games in just over three months time, the tournament will also provide an opportunity for Belgium, Korea, South Africa and the USA to flex their hockey muscles before they compete in the World Cup in the Hague.
Hockey heats up in Glasgow with men’s 4-Nations
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)
Glasgow is home of hockey this week as Scottish Hockey has the duty of hosting the women’s Champions Challenge 1 simultaneously with a men’s 4-Nations. The men’s event will feature a three-day round-robin with a final and semi-final taking place on 29 April. Joining Scotland in the event are world-ranked No. 4 England, No. 5 Belgium and No. 11 Argentina. All three teams will be preparing for the big dance, the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, in The Hague on the 31 May to 15 June.
Scotland Senior Men squad announced for Men's 4 Nations
Scotland Senior Men Squad
Scotland Senior Men Head Coach Derek Forsyth today revealed his squad for the Men’s 4 Nations competition taking place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre from 23-29 April.
Wins for Army Reds, PIA
LAHORE: Army Reds and PIA won their respective matches in the ninth Nishan-e-Haider Hockey tournament at the Motiuallh Stadium Bahawalpur on Monday night.
Harendra aims high with junior hockey team
NEW DELHI: Harendra Singh, the newly appointed coach of the junior men's hockey team, said on Tuesday he expected the team to be among the top four in the world by 2016.
England men can win hockey World Cup, says Germany's world player of the year Tobias Hauke
German star Tobias Hauke says England can pose threat at the World Cup in The Hague and singles out Nick Catlin as one of world's best players
By Rod Gilmour
Full force: Tobias Hauke and Germany will be aiming for World Cup glory after winning silver in 2010 Photo: FIH / FRANK UIJLENBROEK
England's three domestic sides may have crashed out of the European Cup at the last 16 stage last week, while the national side has yet to lift the men’s hockey World Cup, but Tobias Hauke, Germany’s world player of the year, says that Barry Middleton’s side will be a major threat in The Hague next month.
East Grinstead's manager questions Racing Club de Bruxelles goalkeeper's extended hockey stick as World Cup looms
Hockey World Cup 2014: FIH to monitor stick length after Belgian 'keeper's 'broom' raises eyebrows
By Rod Gilmour
Stick joy: Racing club de Bruxelles goalkeeper Jeremy Gucassoff celebrates with his onger stick after another penalty shoot-out success Photo: FFU PRESS AGENCY / FRANK UIJLENBROEK
Penalty shoot-outs at next month’s World Cup could reach “comic lengths” unless the height of a goalkeeper’s stick is regulated by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the sport’s governing body.
Harvestehuder the kings of Europe for the first time
FINAL, Eindhoven: Michael Korper and Tobias Walter combined to fire Harvestehuder to their first Euro Hockey League title, edging out home favourites Oranje Zwart on penalties.
Welter breaks Oranje Zwart hearts
The EHL finals end in penalty shoot-out win for competition debutantes Harvestehuder
(Photo: Euro Hockey League/Frank Uijlenbroek)
Harvestehuder broke the hearts of home team Oranje Zwart to win their first Euro Hockey League title, but the German side did it the hard way, coming back twice from being a goal down and then holding their nerve to win the penalty shoot out. By winning this trophy, Havestehuder became only the second team to win the competition on their debut – UHC Hamburg achieved the same feat in the inaugural season.
Dragons strike late for EHL bronze
Florent van Aubel’s pair of deflection goals earned Dragons a late 2-1 win over Racing Club de Bruxelles, landing third place from the 2013/14 Euro Hockey League season.
Inquest begins as English hockey teams flop
THE inquest is on as to why English men's teams came out so badly from this season's Euro Hockey League which finished yesterday in Eindhoven.
By Sean Cotter
Beeston were one of the sides to go crashing out[GETTY]
All three competing clubs - Beeston, Reading and Surbiton - lost in the opening last-16 knock-out stage on Easter Friday.
Kuantan ready to host Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)
The opening match between New Zealand and Ireland is just four days away. On Saturday 26 April, the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 kicks off in Kuantan, Malaysia. Eight teams battle for the coveted qualification spot for the 2016 Champions Trophy in Argentina.
Fit-again Razie a boost for Malaysia
By S. Ramaguru
Mohd Razie Rahim has been included in the 21-man squad for two friendlies - against France and Poland. - filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: The quick recovery of defender Mohd Razie Rahim from a shoulder injury is definitely good news for Malaysia as his presence will shore up the defence in the Champions Challenge I tournament which starts in Kuantan on Saturday.
Azlan has Dutch courage, says Malaysia coach
Azlan battles with Sandeep Singh of India at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium during the Commonwealth Games, October 5, 2010.
KUALA LUMPUR — Defender and seasoned campaigner Azlan Misron is ready to take on another bigger task with the upcoming Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan next week.
Walsh targets top 8 finish in hockey World Cup
NEW DELHI: With the World Cup just round the corner, Indian men's hockey team chief coach Terry Walsh is realistic about his ward's chances and said his main "objective is to finish in the top 8" in the mega-event and anything higher than that will be a "big bonus".
Outstation teams rule the roost in All India hockey
NAGPUR: Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sundergarh (Orissa), Maharashtra XI, Rajnandgaon and Northern Railway, Lucknow registered big victories to move into the second round of the 1st VHA-Nagpur All India Gold Cup Hockey tournament at the VHA ground here on Monday. The tournament is being organized under the aegis of Hockey India.
Flying start for Eagle, SECR in All India Gold Cup Hockey
NAGPUR: Eagle Sporting, South East Central Railway (SECR), Dhyanchand Academy and Range Police Nagpur carved out easy victories over their respective rivals to enter the second round on the opening day of the 1st VHA-Nagpur All India Gold Cup Hockey tournament on Sunday.
PHF revises dates of talent hunt programme
LAHORE:- Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has revised the dates of countrywide trials for picking up new talent keeping in view the ongoing 9th Nishan-e-Haider Floodlights Hockey tournament which is in progress at Motiullah Khan Hockey Stadium Bahawalpur.
Navy win Nishan-e-Haider Hockey opener
LAHORE - Pakistan Navy beat Army (White) 3-0 in the opening match of the 9th Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament at the Muttihullah Hockey Stadium, Bahawalpur on Monday.
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