Archive for March, 2008
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’.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
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.
|Saturday 1 March|
|1||14:30||Great Britain||:||Mexico||11:0 (2:0)|
|Sunday 2 March|
|4||16:00||Great Britain||:||Russia||8:0 (4:0)|
|Monday 3 March|
|Tuesday 4 March|
|9||19:30||Chile||:||Great Britain||1:4 (0:0)|
|Wednesday 5 March|
|Thursday 6 March|
|10||14:00||India||:||Great Britain||2:3 (1:1)|
|Friday 7 March|
|Saturday 8 March|
|Sunday 9 March|
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