Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Zealand draw the first Hockey test against India

The first of the four game series between New Zealand and India has been finished with 1-1 draw. This exciting and nail biting match took place in Wellington. After making score in the third minute of game, home side went ahead but they could not continue their dominance in the game. Phil Burrows made this score for his team. At last India could make a score and leveled the game but to do it they took more time. India could mange it in the second half.

Now, both New Zealand and India will face each other to play the second match. This match will take place in the same venue at the National Hockey Stadium. If you are fan of hockey game and any of them is your favorite then keep in tough with hockey and enjoy every moment.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Jeroen Hertzberger led Netherlands to win Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament

Thanks to Jeroen Hertzberger, Netherlands won the Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament and prepare for the 2010 World Cup. Jeroen Hertzberger was awarded as the player of the Tournament due to his impressive form. This 23-year old said that it was a pleasure to play in front of such a huge audience in India. No doubt about that India tour will be memorable in his memory and he feels happy when it comes to visit India once again for hockey game. Before the start of this tournament, Netherlands supremacy was not questionable either and they proved it with the tournament win. They took the win over India team despite the lack of some super starts like Taeke Taekema and Teun de Nooijer.

However, India played well but failed to use their chance to make goal and increase the difference against the opponent team. According to the former India goalkeeper Romeo James, goalkeeper Baljit Singh was the star performer for India team. It is clear that missing easy chance was the reason of India’s defeat.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Phoenix Coyotes under the Threat of Existence

Phoenix Coyotes is one of the most popular ice hockey club, but the club is now under series economic problem with a huge debt. Club owner Jerry Moyes has recently revealed his interest to sell a part or a majority share of the clubs and are looking for investors. In fact, he along with club coach Wayne Gretzky has already talked to some interested investors. Club fans are worried about the club’s possible relocation to somewhere else other than its current location Phoenix, Arizona. Before 1996, the club was named Winnipeg Jets when it was located in Canada. It became Phoenix Coyotes when it moved to Phoenix in 1996.

Global economy is going through a rough patch of time and the way it is being aggravated, no body knows if the bad days are ahead of us. So, I am not certain if Coyotes will be able to remain in Phoenix.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Youth Hockey Club in the US Missing about $1 Million

About $1 million is missing from Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association, a youth hokey club in the United States. Police is investigating the matter and suspecting a bookkeeper on this finance fraud. Chelsea’s Kimberly Knight was brought to 14A District Court in Washtenaw County this month. Police investigation carried out by Pittsfield Township has found out more than $900,000 was missing between 2005 and 2007. The amount was allotted for long-term hickey project, but it has been reported that the regular operations of the youth hockey club has not been affected by the missing money.

This is really unfortunate to see such mismanagement in the youth hockey club. US economy is already stumbling as the economic recession is getting worsened day by day. It would really very hard for the club to look out for new investment to carry out a long-term project for the development of hockey.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Pargat Singh Finds Success in Punjab Gold Cup Hockey

Former captain of Indian hockey team Pargat Singh believes that the recently held Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament has become a success story in terms of creating inspirations among the younger generation. He also insists that in order to attack new generation to hockey, it is necessary to have a good platform. Pargat Singh, who led India in Barcelona Olympics 1992 and Atlanta Olympics 1996, thinks that the new generations of hockey fans wants quality.

The Hindu reported:

“You have to take the game to the people. The spectators should get value for the time and money they spend. This generation wants only quality. If you falter, you lose the audience. My first task is to project the game in a positive manner.

“We can do without needless controversies and concentrate on sustaining the interest that we have managed to generate from this tournament,” said Pargat, who is the Director (Sports), Punjab.

India’s performance in Punjab Gold Cup Hockey was impressive as they ended up winning the runner up trophy after being narrowly beaten 2-1 by Netherlands in a closely-fought final. In the group stage, India held Netherlands twice and lost only one match in the whole tournament.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Madeline L. Loftus Killed in Plane Crash

Today is Valentine’s Day and we are supposed to be happy. However, if you are a hockey fan then there is sad news for you. Madeline L. Loftus was one of the victims who died from the plane crash in America in yesterday. It is sad news indeed. Madeline L. Loftus is just 24 years old and it is a very tragic death. We pray for the departed soul.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Argentina Reached Pan American Cup Semi Final after 25-0 Win over Bermuda

Argentina stormed into the semi final at Pan American Cup after thrashing Bermuda 25-0 on Wednesday. The match was virtually ended when Argentina was leading 10-0 at the halftime. Argentina players found goals coming in a flurry throughout the match as Carla Rebecchi, Macarena Abente and Noel Barrionuevo each contributed 5 goals apiece. With this victory, Argentina advanced into the semi final as the Pool A champion and they will meet Chile in the tournament semi final on Saturday. Pool B champion United States will play against Trinidad and Tobago who ensured their semi final spot after defeating Canada 3-2. Argentina is the defending champion in the tournament and they have been in scintillating form so far in the tournament. Now, it remains to be seen if Argentina can continue their domination and successfully defend the title in the tournament.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dayton Bombers to Build a New Stadium in Dayton

We normally do not cover Ice Hockey in this blog. However, do you know that Ice Hockey is much more popular than field hockey and if you want to know more about them, visit this entry.

Dayton Bombers is not a big name in Ice Hockey, but it has got the attention of many websites because of its announcement of making a new stadium in Downtown Dayton. This is good news because it is the time of global economic recession and very few people can actually think of a new big project that can cost almost $30 million dollar.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Netherlands Wins Punjab Gold Cup Hockey Title Defeating Host India 2-1

After denying Netherlands two wins in the group stage of Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament, India, at last, failed to maintain their success against the European powerhouse in the final. Netherlands pulled off an excellent 2-1 come-from-back victory today against the home side. India took lead in the 43rd minute thanks to Captain Sandeep Singh’s penalty. India was given the penalty as Shivender Singh was illegally obstructed by Wouter Jolie in the penalty area. The visitors took only three minutes to score the equalizer when Robbert Kemperman’s deflected shot went into Indian post. India got a number of scoring chances but they failed to manage any more goals. In fact, the host teams squandered five penalty corners. Tournament’s highest scorer Hertzberger scored the winning goal for the Dutch team. India held Netherlands to a 4-4 and 2-2 draws in the group stage matches.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

India Drew with Netherlands 2-2 in Punjab Gold Cup Hockey

Indian field hockey team drew 2-2 with Netherlands in a group stage match of Punjab Gold Cup Hockey tournament. Netherlands twice took lead in the match, but India came back on both occasions, but the man for whom India could save defeat was goalkeeper Baljit Singh who saved denied the visiting side a number of goals throughout the match.

Jeroen Hertzberger put Netherlands ahead with his 32nd-minute goal. However, India equalized soon after the first half thanks to Shivender Singh who scored from a Vikram Pillai pass. In the 50th minute, the Dutch side took lead once again in the match with Geert-Jan Derikx scoring the second goal. Six minutes later Prabhjot Singh equalized for India. Netherlands had some real chances towards the end of the match, but the excellent goalkeeping by Baljit confirmed a point for India from the match. With this draw, both India and Netherlands are very close to clinch a spot in the tournament final.

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