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‘Gill changed the way hockey was administered’

During his tenure, India won its first junior World Cup in 2001 (Hobart), claimed the gold medal in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok after 32 years, organised two Champions Trophy (1996 & 2005) and an Asia Cup (2007).

A. Joseph Antony

K.P.S. Gill passed away at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday. He was 82.   -  PTI

K.P. S. Gill, former president of Indian Hockey Federation passed away in New Delhi on Friday. Gill held the top post for a record four terms, starting in 1994. He was also the vice-president of Asian Hockey Federation from 2004-08.

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KPS Gill, Indian hockey’s long serving administrator, dies at 82

KPS Gill, who died on Friday, served as Indian Hockey Federation’s (IHF) president for 14 years. He was known to stand by the players in times of need.

Kanwar Pal Singh Gill took over the reins of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) – the then national body for the sport – in 1994 and held the post till 2008.

KPS Gill, who was at the helm of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for 14 years, breathed his last at the age of 82 on Friday. The retired police officer’s tenure not only saw Indian hockey rise to new highs but also had several controversial moments.

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Former IHF Chief KPS Gill is no more

K. Arumugam

One of the greatest sons of India, Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, popularly known as KPS Gill, is no more. The celebrated Super Cop, who won the top civilian award Padamshree, breathed his last today in his residence in New Delhi.

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Reliving Indian hockey’s glory days: On this day in 1928, India won its first Olympic gold

The country’s eighth and last gold in hockey came in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

1936 Olympic team / www.bharatiyahockey.org

India first sent a team to the Olympics in 1920 but it was only eight years later that a hockey team took part. The year was 1928 and the venue Amsterdam. Indian hockey’s fairy-tale run started from that year with the team winning the gold in the final, which was played on May 26.

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NFM supports Junior Development Hockey squad

NFM CEO, Kelvin Mahabir (right), presents the contribution to TTHB President, Douglas Camacho in support of the Junior Development Hockey Squad.

National Flour Mills Limited (NFM) is a proud sponsor of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s Junior Development Squad as this team prepares to participate in an invitational Under 23 Provincial National Hockey Championships in Vancouver, Canada in July 2017.

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Police take on Gladiators: Struggling reigning hockey champions target their second win of the season

Butali Warriors eyeing second spot league battle.

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Chase Sailors George Mutira with the ball as Kenya Police Felix Okoth blocks when they played Men Premier at City Park yesterday, 17/07/2016. Chase Sailors scored 3-2. PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

Struggling reigning hockey champions Strathmore University Gladiators, former holders Butali Warriors and Kenya Police will all be in action this weekend as the battle for this season's men's Premier League title intensifies.

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Felix to replace Harendra as junior hockey coach

Manuja Veerappa

BENGALURU: As a fresh batch of junior India probables went through the paces at the SAI, South Centre here on Friday morning, a familiar face missing among the coaching staff was that of Harendra Singh. The chief coach, who led the 2016 Junior World Cup team to title triumph, is set to be replaced by former India skipper Jude Felix.

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Chikte: learning on the job

Akash Chikte feels he is a far better goalkeeper today than a year back.

Akash Chikte 

A knee injury to P.R. Sreejesh during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this month put Akash Chikte firmly in the spotlight. The 24-year-old goalkeeper from Pune did not disappoint as India returned from Malaysia with a bronze medal.

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Want to do well against world's best teams: Akash Chikte

NEW DELHI: Young India goalkeeper Akash Chikte is confident of doing well against world's best sides having dished out some creditable performances since his international debut last year at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

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Manpreet ready to lead from front

Manuja Veerappa

BENGALURU: If the Indian hockey team was to have a designated prankster, newly-appointed skipper Manpreet Singh will fit the bill to a T.

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Pakistan hockey team leaves for UK

Sohail Imran

Pakistan hockey team will play in the world league, which will be held from June 15 to June 25. Photo: Geo News screen grab

LAHORE: The Pakistan hockey team has left for the United Kingdom to take part in the World League, which will be held from June 15 to June 25.

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Coach Stephen working overtime to put out strong team in London

by Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian hockey chief coach Stephen van Huizen has got his work cut out for him as he tries to get the men’s team ready for the World Hockey League Semi-Finals in London from June 15-25.

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Playing mind games with Team USA and the Hockeyroos

When the USA women’s team were 2-0 down to Australia in the bronze medal match at the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy, their dreams of a first medal at a top tier international championship since they won bronze in the 1994 Hockey World Cup looked to be at an end.

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The Ultimate Rivalry? India v Pakistan heads to London

India in action

Rivalry is defined as a competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.

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Its going to be Hero time for the London razzmataz

s2h team

Indian motor cycle behemoth, Hero MotoCorp, will be the title sponsor of the much awaited Hockey World League Semifinal to come off in London in three week's time.

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Hero MotoCorp has once again invested in a major hockey event

Hero MotoCorp to be the Title Sponsor of Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final, London 2017

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and England Hockey are delighted to confirm Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, as the title sponsor of the 2017 Men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final in London.

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Gemma McCaw’s 4-goal romp leads Cal Cup Day 1

By Jawwad Qamar

Gemma McCaw makes her mark on CalCup2017. Photo: Ned Dawson

It only took the first minute for Black Sticks dynamo Gemma McCaw to remind everyone of her talents as women’s defending champions Jolie Pitts totally humiliated their opponent Oh Yeah! 9-0 in the opening match of the 46th Cal Cup. McCaw had a 4-goal morning while teammate Charlotte Harrison added 2 goals and Daphne Voormolen netted 3.

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Ireland v England (Men)

Ireland travelled to the UK this morning to play two practice matches (Uncapped) against England at Bisham on Saturday 27th May at 2pm and Sunday 28th May at 1pm

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Ireland v USA second test

Ireland played their second test against the World Ranked No. 6 USA in Lancaster this evening USA were the more dominant team In first quarter with Irish Keeper Grace O Flanagan the busier of the two keepers making a top class save to leave the game scoreless. US had one PC but the defence cleared.

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USWNT Secures Second Victory Over Ireland During Three-Game Event

LANCASTER, Pa. – While the Citi U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Ireland Series is providing Team USA with vital international stick to ball touches against a strong opponent, it serves another opportunity. It is here, within the three-game event that USWNT Head Coach Janneke Schopman will watch the USA athletes one more time in game mode before constructing her FIH Hockey World League Semifinals roster. Schopman is playing fresh talent and seasoned players  in various pitch locations to find the 18 who will be representing USA in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 8 - 23, 2017. Under the stadium lights of Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. the red, white and blue was able to prevail in its second match against Ireland with a score of 2-0.

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England downed again

By Mike Haymonds

SOPHIE BRAY and Nicola White were England’s scorers as they suffered a second defeat 3-2 to Spain in the final of a three-match series in Madrid.

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England's women defeated in Spain series

England women in Spain

England’s women narrowly lost out 2-1 to Spain in their three-match series held in Madrid as they stepped up preparations ahead of this summer’s Investec Internationals.

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After a Decade of Celebrating, USA Field Hockey Presents a Modified Logo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – To celebrate the journey of how far the sport has come to how far the sport will go, USA Field Hockey updated the fan-favorite artwork to pay respect and appreciation to the past while adding dashes of energy and personality to keep the logo fresh and forward focused.

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PHF finds jobs for 18 more players

By Nabil Tahir


KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), in line with its drive to revive the national sport, has negotiated jobs for 18 more players and two officials at Fauji Foundation hockey department.

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Dundee Wanderers to host Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup

Dundee Wanderers will host the Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup in February 2018.

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Lifelong Polo man Llorens enjoying dream season with Wimbledon

A lifelong Real Club de Polo man, Borja Llorens says he is enjoying a dream season with Wimbledon in his first season away from Barcelona with an EHL FINAL4 weekend still to look forward to on June 3 and 4 in Brasschaat, Belgium.

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Reckinger moves into Racing Club de Bruxelles hot seat from Herakles

Xavier Reckinger has swapped from one EHL-qualified club for another as he takes up a new coaching role with Racing Club de Bruxelles following his stunning work with Herakles.

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Vice-captain Chinglesana ready for added responsibility

BENGALURU: India's new vice-captain Chinglensana Singh says he is ready to shoulder the responsibility with the Hockey World League Semifinal next month.

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Hockey league strugglers Parklands, USIU clash


Kenya Police's Kennedy Sibweche (left) tracks down Franklin Kiyondi of Parklands during their Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match at City Park Stadium on April 22, 2017. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Parklands’ search for a maiden league victory continues Friday evening when they tackle United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at City Park Stadium, Nairobi.

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Hockey for Heroes: #OpStretcher


A squad of 44 from Hockey for Heroes will march 200 miles and play 30 matches across 10 days as they aim to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes. 

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Aussie great Jamie Dwyer to hold free Hockey clinic on Friday at Cal Cup

By Jawwad Qamar

Five time FIH World Player of the Year, Australia’s Jamie Dwyer will hold a free hockey clinic on Friday at the California Cup tournament in Moorpark College for players of all ages.

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Scotland men to face the Netherlands this weekend

Scotland’s senior men’s squad will be in Amsterdam this weekend to play two test matches against the Netherlands ahead of the World League semi-finals in London.

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England slump to 5-2 defeat against Spain

By Mike Haymonds

GISELLE ANSLEY and Sophie Bray were on target as England slumped to a 5-2 defeat by Spain in the second of a three-match series in Madrid. Ansley – with her second goal of the series – opened the scoring with a penalty stroke in the ninth minute but Spain were 3-1 up at half time. Bray gave England some hope with a 42nd minute strike for 2-3 but that was as close as they got.

The series is tied 1-1 after England’s 2-1 win on Tuesday with the final game scheduled for today.


Late update Sunday 7 May 2017

My apologies, but hockey commitments get in the way of updating the site completely today. THe Archives have been updated if you want to read the day's news there.

Thank you for your patience

Indian hockey team's uncharacteristic defensive blips result in Australia loss

Sundeep Misra

India in action against Australia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Image courtesy: Twitter/@HockeyIndia

Echoes of the past reverberated in Australia’s 3-1 victory over India at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament in Ipoh.

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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 - The Times of India
- Go - The Telegraph
- Go - Stick2Hockey.com
- Go - The Trinidad Guardian
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Field Hockey Canada media release
- Go - USFHA media release
- Go - NCAA
- Go - Stuff
- Go - The New Zealand Herald
- Go - Hockey New Zealand Media release
- Go - Hockey Asia
- Go - Indian Express
- Go - DNA
- Go - The Telegraph, India
- Go - The Tribune
- Go - Hindustan Times
- Go - The Asian Age
- Go - The Hindu
- Go - Fox Sports
- Go - Hockey Australia media release
- Go - FIH site
- Go - GhanaWeb
- Go - The New Vision
- Go - Daily Nation
- Go - The Standard Online
-- Go - SA Hockey Association media release
- Go - Independent Online
- Go - The Express Tribune
- Go - Dawn
- Go - The News International
- Go - The Daily Times
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Malay Mail
- Go - New Straits Times
- Go - The Star of Malaysia
- Go - Malaysian Hockey blogspot
- Go - Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
- Go - Irish Hockey Association media release
- Go - The Irish Times
- Go - BBC Sport
- Go - Sportstar
- Go - Gulf Times
Go - Daily Express
- England Hockey Board Media release
- Great Britain Hockey media release
- Scottish Hockey Union media release
- Hockey Association Malta media release
- Euro Hockey League media release
- Fédération Française de Hockey media release
- Pan American Hockey Federation media release

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info  

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