Archive for March, 2008

Hockey – Lost Chances

Posted on March 10, 2008. Filed under: hockey, india |

Hopes broken :(, the Indian Hockey Team failed to qualify to the Beijing Olympics. This is the first time since 1928 that India did not qualify for the Olympics. Britain beat India 2-0. Britain scored both goals in the initial ten minutes – one of a smart pass and the other from a penalty corner. The defence of the British team was too good for the Indian attack. There were very few instances where India was close to scoring a goal except for a few penalty corners which were not converted.

I expected the match to be a lot more closer.  It started at 2:30 am IST.  I did make a sincere attempt to go back to sleep,  but didnt get any. So, here I am back on my desk ‘blogging’.

Match commentary archive on the Olympic Qualifiers website.

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India thrash Austria 7-3 in Olympic Qualifiers

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: hockey, india |

The Indian Hockey Team has beaten Austria 7-3 at Santiago.  Earlier they thrashed Russia 8-0.  Good signs.  It’s the same Indian team which played and won the Asian Games in Chennai.  I had been to the matches then and loved to watch them play.  I know that India is a strong team and want to see them playing at Beijing.  

3 of the 12 teams for the Beijing Olympics are selected through these Olympic qualifier matches.   New Zealand has already qualified in group-1.  India is in group-2 and has  3 matches left against Mexico, Chile and Great Britain.  The third and final qualifier group matches happen in the first week of April.   More on the tournament format here.

 

SCHEDULE
# Time Teams Score
Saturday 1 March
1 14:30 GBR Great Britain : MEX Mexico 11:0 (2:0)
2 16:30 IND India : RUS Russia 8:0 (4:0)
3 19:00 CHI Chile : AUT Austria 3:4 (1:2)
 
Sunday 2 March
4 16:00 GBR Great Britain : RUS Russia 8:0 (4:0)
5 18:00 MEX Mexico : CHI Chile 0:4 (0:1)
6 20:00 AUT Austria : IND India 3:7 (2:2)
 
Monday 3 March
Rest Day
 
Tuesday 4 March
7 15:30 MEX Mexico : IND India 1:18 (0:8)
8 17:30 AUT Austria : RUS Russia 5:4 (1:2)
9 19:30 CHI Chile : GBR Great Britain 1:4 (0:0)
 
Wednesday 5 March
Rest Day
 
Thursday 6 March
10 14:00 IND India : GBR Great Britain 2:3 (1:1)
11 17:30 AUT Austria : MEX Mexico 3:1 (1:1)
12 19:30 RUS Russia : CHI Chile 2:1 (0:0)
 
Friday 7 March
Rest Day
 
Saturday 8 March
13 15:00 GBR Great Britain : AUT Austria
14 17:00 RUS Russia : MEX Mexico
15 19:00 CHI Chile : IND India
 
Sunday 9 March
16 13:00 5th : 6th
17 15:30 3rd : 4th
18 18:00 1st : 2nd
 

[Chart and Images from http://www.olympicqualifiermenchile.sportcentric.com]

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