Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Asia Cup Hockey 2009 Relocated to Malaysia

Asia Cup Hockey 2009 will take place in Malaysia and the tournament kicks off from 9 May. The tournament was supposed to be held in Dubai, but Dubai officials recently expressed their inability to organize the tournament due to unavoidable circumstances. It is reported that economic recession is the main reason behind Dubai’s reluctance to hold the tournament. So, Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) was forced to shift the Asia Cup 2009 tournament from Dubai to Malaysia. AHF had offered Dubai to organize Asia Cup 2009, looking for a growth of hockey in that region. Malaysia is going to organize Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, a five-nation hockey tournament, next month. So, Malaysia have now two big hockey tournament in the next two months.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

India will win Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, Vows Coach Harendra Singh

India is going to take part in the five-nation hockey tournament, Azlan Shah Hockey Cup, stating from April in Malaysia. Going into the tournament as current runners up, India now wants to end up winning the tournament this time. India’s interim coach Harendra Singh has recently said that his team would show attacking style of hockey in Malaysia and win the title. He thinks that India is well known for its attacking style and he also wants his team to hold on that reputation. Recent performance of India men’s hockey team is pretty much satisfactory as India convincingly won the 5-match test series 2-0 in New Zealand after winning the runners up title in Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament.

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The Hindu

Friday, March 6, 2009

Indian Hockey Team Wins 4-Match Series 2-0 against New Zealand

Indian men’s hockey team clinched the four-match series 2-0 against New Zealand. The visitors pulled off a 2-0 victory over New Zealand men’s hockey team recently. Home team went into the last match of the series in Auckland with a view to salvaging the series as India was leading 1-0 already. Sandeep Singh and Dilip Tirkey scored for India in the second half of the match and that ensured a convincing series win for India. However, India might have conceded a goal before half time, but the referee disallowed a goal for New Zealand just two minutes off the half time. Still, India dominated throughout the match and the winning margin could have been bigger unless New Zealand goalkeeper did not made some excellent save. India earlier drew 1-1 with New Zealand in the third match. India started the series with a draw in the first match, but took a lead by winning the second match in the series.

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