Free Press Journal
  • Australia reigns, India bags bronze

    Bhubaneswar  : World champions Australia defeated Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 in a hard-fought summit clash to defend the Hockey World League (HWL) Final crown at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

  • Australia crush depleted Germany to reach final

    Bhubaneswar : Defending champions Australia  moved past a depleted German side 3-0 on Saturday to set-up a title clash against Olympic 2016 champions Argentina in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here.

  • Argentina to face India in semis; Germany advance

    Bhubaneswar : Argentina defeated England 3-2 to set up a semi-final against hosts India, while Germany edged past the Netherlands 4-3 via penalty shootout to advance at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here on Thursday.

  • Indian eves beat Chile 1-0 to enter quarters

    Johannesburg : Preetti Dubey scored the all- important winner as a gritty India beat Chile 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIH Women’s Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final.

  • India crush Canada ahead of Pak clash

    London : India put up an impressive first-half display to dismantle Canada 3-0 for their second consecutive victory in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final Pool B here on Saturday.

  • Stockmaan, a hero for many underprivileged

    New Delhi : Jaap  Stockmaan is regarded by millions as one of the best hockey goalkeepers in the world, but for many not-so-affluent Indian children, the Dutchman is a hero, a saviour of their dreams. Stockmaan has proved the proverb ‘Charity begins at home’ wrong through his pet project ‘Chak de India’, a charitable initiative that has provided over 7,000 pieces of hockey equipment to deprived children throughout India, giving aspiring hockey players the

  • For once, Indian hockey triumphs over cricket

    Ask any genuine sports enthusiast whether India beating Holland in the bronze medal match in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final was more exciting or India winning the cricket Test series against a low-key South Africa and the vote will be for the sticks! It is not to belittle the achievement of cricketers, who won the four-Tests series 3-0, yet even a diehard cricket fan will agree that there is nothing to beat

  • India pip the Dutch to clinch bronze

    Raipur : India prevailed 3-2 (5-5) in a penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands to clinch the bronze medal in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium on Sunday. Mirco Pruijser (ninth minute), Nicolas van der Schoot (25th) made it 2-0 for the visitors but Ramandeep Singh (39th) and Rupinderpal Singh (47th) brought India on level terms. Ramandeep scored again in the 51st minute to make it 3-2

  • Australia shake off Dutch

    Raipur : World champions Australia held off a strong challenge from the Netherlands 3-2 in the first semi-final of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium here on Friday. Dylan Wotherspoon (eighth minute) and Daniel Beale (22nd) made it 2-0 before the defending champions equalised with goals from Constantin Jonker (29th) and Mirco Pruijser (33rd). Matt Gohdes scored the winner in the 42nd minute. In the final, Australia

  • Erratic India eye improved show

    Raipur : A disappointing pool campaign fresh in their minds, an inconsistent India will have to raise their game by leaps and bounds as a dangerous Great Britain await the hosts in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) here today. India are still searching for their first win in the tournament, having finished last in Pool B with a draw and two losses. Great Britain, on the other hand, topped Pool A

  • Great Britain to meet India

    Raipur: India will face Great Britain in the quarterfinals here on Thursday after the British drew 3-3 with Belgium to top Pool A in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium on Tuesday. In what can be judged as the best match of the tournament, Great Britain and Belgium fought tooth and nail to get the better of the other. But in the end the draw was a

  • Resolute India hold Germany

    Raipur : India put up a resolute performance to hold Olympic champions Germany 1-1 in their second Pool B match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium here on Saturday. Germany’s Niklas Wellen’s fifth-minute strike was cancelled out by Akashdeep Singh in the 48th minute as the hosts came back strong after a 0-3 thrashing in the opener against Argentina. It was Germany’s second consecutive draw after

  • ‘Women’s team has strong attack’

    Antwerp: Indian women’s hockey team chief coach Mathias Ahrens said that his forwards are preparing well and have a strong attack to take on other teams in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final.

  • Germany, Argentina, Netherlands qualify

    Buenos Aires: Reigning Olympic champions Germany, along with Argentina and the Netherlands, have qualified for the 2016 Olympics as they grabbed the top three places in the men’s Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here.