Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aussies won 12th Hero Honda WC 2010 for the 2nd time denying German the hat-trick of WC

First things first -->

Gold Medal Winner      Australia
Silver Medal Winner    Germany
Bronze Medal Winner  Nederlands

Fair Play Trophy          New Zealand

Best GoalKeeper          Guss Vogels (Nederlands)


Defender of the Tournament    Max Mueller (Germany)

Top Scorer                   Luke Doerner (Aus) and Taekama (Nederlands)


Player of the Tournament   Guss Vogels (Nederlands)



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Germans outstanding performance takes them through the finals

Germany's younger team professional performance in their 11th semi-final outing of the Hero Honda 12th Hockey World Cup 2010 beat England convincingly by 4-1 and gave them chance to create history by winning third consecutive World Cup.
There seems to be a problem in turf in the left side of first-half of English side, which gave Germans many hit-ins. England conceded penalty corner in 5' and half metre up drag flick by Montag wasn't thwarted by above 6 feet England goalkeeper, James Fair gave them 1-0 up and an added pressure.

England made some exquisite moves inside German's castle but even dives by English captain , Middleton can't convert it.

Then, a beautifully executed reverse flick goal was held foul by referee for obstructing German goalkeeper by another Englishmen.
Then, Oliver Kann fantastic finish in 11' gave Germans authoritative lead .
Although, after 15' of play,there was 54% penetration in German's half by Englishmen,they were held by astute German defense line.

Englishmen,Robert Smith's lightning drag flick in 17' penalty corner between the legs of goalkeeper was the lone goal of the match.

English captain, Middleton's desperate dive to thwart cross in the 21' mishandled the ball and gave Germany another penalty corner.
Continuing his superb performance in the match,James Fair stopped the drag-flick by ground and then a flying rebound was acrobatically stopped to squander the  goal attempt beautifully.

Germans got another penalty corner in 31' and they didn't squander it this time with the amalgamation of  superb design and fantastic execution left Englishment dumbed and gave German's well deserved 3-1 lead in the first half. The goal was scored by Haner.

In the 2nd half, left side turf smoothing problem gave couple of hit-ins to Enland.
German players demostrated impeccable stick skills and relentless man marking didn't allow Englishmen to enter into their arena.
Germans build on counter attacks and only leave England full backs without men.

England paced their attacks but with astute defense line, they were unable to capitalize on the goal. They have 57% ball attacks in 20' of 2nd half.

Germans strategy to goal on counter attacks proved to their side in this match. In the 24' video referral by Germans gave them another penalty corner, which converted 2 off 4 this match, Linus Butt scored on rebound in consecutive penalty corner and gave them 4-1 lead which remains until completion.

For the first time four times champions Pakistan finished last at a Hockey World Cup after they were beaten 2-3 by Canada in the 11th-12th place play-off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here earlier in the day.


Germans will play the winner of Netherland v/s Aus match ( 2035 hrs today ) on 13 March 1805 hrs IST.


India will face off with Argentina for 7th position tomorrow @ 0605hrs IST

Monday, March 8, 2010

India again failed to prove their mettle

Although stadium was not jam packed but the delhites witnessed some terrific game of hockey with their home team vying for 7th-8th position, this was a match with real ups & downs and a good demonstration of modern hockey by both the teams but left SA in despair with match drawn as 3-3 and they will face-off with last team of Pool 'A' for 9-10th position.

Both teams made an attacking start but due to defender,Bharat Chikara's blunder to trap the ball while running towards penalty circle & Lloyd Norris-Jones put the visitors ahead, before the Indians raised the tempo with strikes by recently substituted Sarwanjeet Singh in 17th min . India failed to trap the ball during penalty corner, both by Shivender Singh in 11th and 21th minute, and thus squandered.
But Diwakar Ram pushed the ball in 24' from the 70 deg to the left of top of the circle and thus doubled the lead.
The score remains constant for the rest of the half.

Second half turned more pacy when 3rd minute goal by Ross levelled the game. The match will be memorized due to contoversial video referral by the referees, the SA made attack inside India's circle but ball touched Vikram's hands and captured by indians to made a goal in counter-attack. The other half umpire signed it as legitimate goal but SA players made a referral for the hands touch in india's half after a considerable amount of time.
Since, video referral system didn't made clear distinction for the amount of time after which appeal can be made,the referee refers it to 3rd umpire and discards the goal & hence gave SA penalty corner .
SA didn't waste it and took the lead in 11' .
Prabhjot failed to left his mark, instead played disastrously, and once again waste the opportunityto equalize.
India made desperate attempt to equalize with some controversies being downturned by  video referrals, left players infuriated.
But India got the chance and Shivender pushed inside the goal in second attempt from the close range and hence earning important 1 point for the host as they will play with the 4th best team in Pool A for the 7-8th position.


Ind and SA share same points but India is ahead due to better goal difference.Pakistan remains at bottom , spain acquiring 3rd spot and Aus on top with England below it.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Graded payment a joke on the players. --HT


Here’s a thought for the next time you go out for a family dinner at a nice restaurant and pick up the Rs 5000 tab without demur — that’s how much a hockey player will get paid for playing for India.
And no, this isn’t a not-so-funny joke. The only time an India player will get more? Like on Thursday, when they lost to Spain 2-4 in a World Cup game. The exception to the Rs. 5000 match fee is for the quadrennial mega events — the Olympics and the World Cup — and for the annual Champions Trophy, if India make it. Then it’s Rs. 10,000 per game.
The Hindustan Times first broke the news of the new system of gradation and match fees mooted by Hockey India on Thursday. This system also gives a player in the top pay bracket (called A*) --- those with 150+ India caps --- an additional 50% of the match fee per game.
This means the maximum a top player who plays all 45 to 50 India games in a year (unlikely, but for the sake of hypothesis we will take that figure for the maximum number of games possible in an Olympic or World Cup year and pretend injuries etc do not happen) will earn for representing the country is between Rs. 3.37 to 3.75 lakh. Most will earn far less.
This incidentally — even though the comparison is not quite fair given how much the Indian cricket board rakes in — is approximately how much a cricketer earns by playing a single Test and ODI. Cricketers get about Rs. 1.6 lakh for a one-dayer and 2 lakh per Test.
The country’s top shooters get between Rs six to 18 lakh per year for the next four years as per the graded system offered by Sahara India, who sponsor shooting. Sahara also sponsor boxing and wrestling, resulting in a variable graded system that sees them getting between Rs two to 13 lakh per year for the next four years.
“Right now we have limited funding, so we are offering a limited amount. But as we get more sponsorship money we will definitely increase the match fee,” said a Hockey India official.
But while some say that it’s “better than nothing”, others bemoan the lack of any marketing strategy or planning by the hockey association. “India have won both the hockey and cricket World Cups once each. But see the difference in the status of both games. If there is no money in hockey, the fault lies within us. We failed to market the sport properly,” said the 1975 World Cup winning team member Col. Harcharan Singh.
“By giving Rs 10,000 (for World Cup games) Hockey India is humiliating players. It is in no way sufficient for a tournament like the World Cup, the players get to play in such tournaments only once in four years and if they miss any match, they won't even get that,” said former national coach and Olympian Joaquim Carvalho.
Terming it less than the “laundry money” spent by administrators on foreign tours, Carvalho added, "The federation gets grants from the government for sending teams to these competitions, they have a sponsor, they should market the game better and pay the players better. I think match fees should be at least Rs 50,000.”
Moreover, due to incessant infighting, the federation lost a golden opportunity to pay its players more. A senior Hockey India official confirmed that Hero Honda was willing to sponsor the team for Rs 13 crore per year but due to a previous agreement between the Indian Hockey Federation and Sahara India (in which rights were sold very cheap) and the issue dragging in the Calcutta High Court; the multi-crore deal could not be finalised.
Sahara gets to sponsor the team (men and women) for a comparatively low Rs three crore a year.




Here’s a thought for the next time you go out for a family dinner at a nice restaurant and pick up the Rs 5000 tab without demur — that’s how much a hockey player will get paid for playing for India.
And no, this isn’t a not-so-funny joke. The only time an India player will get more? Like on Thursday, when they lost to Spain 2-4 in a World Cup game. The exception to the Rs. 5000 match fee is for the quadrennial mega events — the Olympics and the World Cup — and for the annual Champions Trophy, if India make it. Then it’s Rs. 10,000 per game.
The Hindustan Times first broke the news of the new system of gradation and match fees mooted by Hockey India on Thursday. This system also gives a player in the top pay bracket (called A*) --- those with 150+ India caps --- an additional 50% of the match fee per game.
This means the maximum a top player who plays all 45 to 50 India games in a year (unlikely, but for the sake of hypothesis we will take that figure for the maximum number of games possible in an Olympic or World Cup year and pretend injuries etc do not happen) will earn for representing the country is between Rs. 3.37 to 3.75 lakh. Most will earn far less.
This incidentally — even though the comparison is not quite fair given how much the Indian cricket board rakes in — is approximately how much a cricketer earns by playing a single Test and ODI. Cricketers get about Rs. 1.6 lakh for a one-dayer and 2 lakh per Test.
The country’s top shooters get between Rs six to 18 lakh per year for the next four years as per the graded system offered by Sahara India, who sponsor shooting. Sahara also sponsor boxing and wrestling, resulting in a variable graded system that sees them getting between Rs two to 13 lakh per year for the next four years.
“Right now we have limited funding, so we are offering a limited amount. But as we get more sponsorship money we will definitely increase the match fee,” said a Hockey India official.
But while some say that it’s “better than nothing”, others bemoan the lack of any marketing strategy or planning by the hockey association. “India have won both the hockey and cricket World Cups once each. But see the difference in the status of both games. If there is no money in hockey, the fault lies within us. We failed to market the sport properly,” said the 1975 World Cup winning team member Col. Harcharan Singh.
“By giving Rs 10,000 (for World Cup games) Hockey India is humiliating players. It is in no way sufficient for a tournament like the World Cup, the players get to play in such tournaments only once in four years and if they miss any match, they won't even get that,” said former national coach and Olympian Joaquim Carvalho.
Terming it less than the “laundry money” spent by administrators on foreign tours, Carvalho added, "The federation gets grants from the government for sending teams to these competitions, they have a sponsor, they should market the game better and pay the players better. I think match fees should be at least Rs 50,000.”
Moreover, due to incessant infighting, the federation lost a golden opportunity to pay its players more. A senior Hockey India official confirmed that Hero Honda was willing to sponsor the team for Rs 13 crore per year but due to a previous agreement between the Indian Hockey Federation and Sahara India (in which rights were sold very cheap) and the issue dragging in the Calcutta High Court; the multi-crore deal could not be finalised.
Sahara gets to sponsor the team (men and women) for a comparatively low Rs three crore a year.

India loses hope for semis

Once again lethargic forwards lead India to another tragic defeat by 2-3 from England. The superb stops by goalkeeper,Adrian D' Souza left in vain as India missed the penalty corners, some easy shots ( the one in last minute by Rajpal)
and failure in ball collection.
Gurbaj Singh performed well but Prabhjot,Tushar were nowhere in the scene and master-boy Shivender failed to felt his presence.
Indians reduced to 10 men for last 4 minutes and then to 9 before 2 minutes to the end and the last minute chance to equalise went lost.
India down by 0-1 in the first half put on 2 more goals to make it 0-3, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and skipper Rajpal Singh scored in the 54th and 58th minute respectively to cut down the lead to 2-3 for India and gave Indians fans chance to stand on their feets.
But failed to execution in crucial moments left fans in despair.
We should remember that India finished 11th in the last World Cup in Monchengladbach. Also England's lethal performance continues to dodge oppositions and getting their best start-up in any World Cup & hence become the first team to book berth in semis.

Lets see if India wins over SA,which crashed Pak 4-3 earlier, & Spain semis chances looks gray as they were overturned by Aus 2-0 in the classic presentation of modern Hockey.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Coach Brasa calls Shivendra's three-match ban harsh. --courtesy Yahoo!ndia

Indian hockey coach Jose Brasa Monday minced no words in expressing his anguish at World Cup tournament director Ken Read's decision to hand a three-match suspension to forward Shivendra Singh for 'deliberately' hitting a Pakistani player, calling the ruling 'harsh' and 'unfortunate'.
Brasa said it has made things difficult for his team ahead of Tuesday's tie against tournament favourites Australia.

The Spaniard also said he did not agree with Read that Shivendra 'deliberately' hit Pakistani midfielder Fareed Ahmed.

'It was a normal movement of the stick. He was guiding the ball and it was not intentional. I have seen the video. And he was penalised for three matches which is half the World Cup. There was no complaint from the umpires and even the Pakistan team did not report it. The tournament director has the power, but penalising him for three matches is too harsh,' Brasa told reporters.

'I have never seen any player being suspended for three matches. Not even in the Olympics or the World Cup.'

Brasa said after the suspension the team has been reduced to 15 players and 'it will be a difficult task for players to grapple with the problem'.

'It will be demanding on the players physically because now we are one player less. We have to see that we maintain the intensity throughout the match. It will be difficult for me to make substitutions.'

When told of Read's comments that it would serve as an example for other teams, Brasa said: 'Why is the Indian team being presented as an example? Why not any other team? There was a lot of physical play in the other two matches on the opening day, but no player from any other team was warned.'

'I am angry and sad and so are the players.'

'But they have to get over it quickly as we play Australia Tuesday. They are a very good side. We have beaten Pakistan, but the players now need to focus on their next match.'

Incidentally, tournament director Read is also an Australian.

Asked whether he was optimistic that the suspension would be reduced after their appeal, Brasa said: 'I expect it to be reduced.'

A three-member committee, which will include International Hockey Federation chief Leandro Negre, will hear India's appeal Tuesday.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 2: Germany splits points against South Koreans

In the second encounter of the day, world no. 1 Germany just managed to split points with the top Asian team, South Koreans.
Koreans stunned Germans with their superb reverse strokes & some great moves in the first half of the match.
Hyun Hye-sung put the fast Koreans 1-0 up through a penalty corner in the third minute and
Nam Yong Lee scored in the 14th minute with the exquisite reverse stroke from the top of the goal semi-circle to score from the 1 feet space between goal-post & keeper, which left German goal keeper,Welhon in sprain.

In the very next minute, another goal restricted to Koreans by the electronic save by German keeper,who seem to be in right position.

Koreans demonstrated some really brilliant hockey & made remarkable moves which left less experienced German side in hurry who squandered five penalty corners in the first half.

Max Mueller boys made flurry of attacks from the very start of 2nd half but all efforts went in vain by leopord Koreans .
German non-sporadic efforts yield in the 50th minute as Fuchs scored an opportunistic goal with sliding deflection of the ball from the middle of the goal area. Koreans video referral went in vain as TV Umpire adjudged it as non-dangerous.

Benjamin Wess scored the equaliser in 57 minute from the rebound of the penalty corner.
Although Korean forwards didn't capitalise on some good moves & Koreans haplessly drew the match.



In the first encounter of Pool A,Veteran Ryan Archibald scored a stunning field goal with four minutes left to give New Zealand a dramatic victory over Canada after trailing 2-1 at half time.

Netherlands lands 3-0 defeat  to Argentina.



Here's the list of World Men's Hockey Rankings as on 14 Dec. '09

India vanquished Pakistan in an electric match



India unexpectedly thrashed experienced Pakistani side beating them 4-1, with a healthy margin of 3 goals, hence getting an important goal margin.

With 19,000 stadium-packed crowd roaring India jeetega, it seems The God must have paid ears to them & it surely turns out to be. When couple of drag flicks of Sohail Abbas returned from the goal post, God was playing as a 12th man.

Only 12th man didn't helped India, Rajpal's guys put tremendous effort in the field & some astute substitutions by coach Brasa turns these quotes real during the match.

God helps those who helps themselves.
& if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 
                                                          --Benjamin Franklin


From the beginning, Indians made some quick moves into the D-zone but failed to capitalize the chances due to strong Pakistan defence, with some of the most experienced guys standing with captain Zeeshan Ahmed & brilliant saves by goal-keeper.
But Shivendra Singh found the net in the 27th minute with the rebound & crowd erupted in joy.



Then, Sandeep Singh drag-flicked in the last minute of the first half.

With india dominating the first half, pakistanis feel the pressure of the game but with superb defence, they failed to enter into the castle.

The Indians started from where they left in the first half and made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half when veteran forward Prabhjot Singh scored.
Sandeep once again cheered the crowd in the 57th minute converting another penalty corner.

The great effort was put by all the guys & they deserved this victory.



Earlier, in the first encounter of this World Cup, Spain beat SA 4-2 and England shunned Australia, with their great defence, defeating them 3-2.

The credit is due to England goal-keeper,Fair who made acrobatic saves to restrict Australia to 2 goals.