‘’We saw that and we took it’’

‘’We saw that and we took it’’


Belgium becomes World Champion for the first time in Belgium Felid Hockey history and becomes sixth nations ever to win the World Title.
World Cup Final between Netherlands and Belgium was stretched to its very end as the match remained 0-0 till the end of the fourth quarter and the match had gone to penalties and after first 3 penalties Netherlands led the penalties by 2-0 and after that Belgium Keeper Vincent Vanaschv saved two penalties and it worked as Belgium came back in the game by scored continues two goals and the match went to sudden death after 2-2.

During sudden death an amazing thing happened as Netherlands missed the goal first goal after sudden death and Belgium had a chance to win subsequently Belgium scored and they started celebrating but Netherlands called for a review as a last option and it went to their favour as the ball had touched Arthur De Sloover right leg and Dutch gets a lifeline and (as per new rules of FIH if a ball touches the leg the team who are in foul are given back a penalty) so, Belgium had to score again and Florent Van Aubel scored through a reverse flick giving Belgium lead and straightaway Dutch reviewed but this time Netherlands lost their referral. The Dutch needed to score to continue the sudden death but Vincent followed Jeroen Hertzberger when he went left and forced Hertzberger to take the shot and it missed as it went high and wide and Belgium became World Champions.

Before the award ceremony Vincent showed up for interview and he said, “We are such good team
Which had a beautiful end and we saw that and we took it”
He further added that it looks like that the crowd likes hockey and can’t thank enough to the fans love you all”

2018 FIH Hockey World Cup Awards:

Golden Umpire Award- Australian Referee Adam on his 100th match as FIH Umpire.
Hockey India Best Celebration- Indian Men’s Hockey Team.
Fans Choice Award- Arthur Van Doren, Belgium.
Fair Play Award Team- Spanish Men’s Hockey Team, award received by Coach Frédéric Soyez.
Most Goals Team Award- Australian Men’s Hockey team, award received by Blake Grovers.
Odisha Mining Best Goalkeeper- Primin Blaak, Netherlands.
Top Goal scorer Award- Shared between Australian Blake Govers and Belgian Alexander Hendrickx for scoring 7 Goals each.
Player of the Tournament: Arthur Van Doren, Belgium.

After reaching two European Finals and Olympic Finals, Belgium were confident of winning the World Cup and they delivered by doing so and on the other side Netherlands yet again missed out their chance to get hands on the World Cup trophy and its 20 years since Belgium last won (1998) and now it looks as a thing of past but none the less a great performance by both the nations.

Before handing the World Cup to Belgium, President Narendra Batra said few words “we were glad to showcase the best of hockey to the world and it’s been watched by more than 190 countries and both teams deserves to reach the final and we are coming back to Odissia next year in June for the Olympic Qualifiers”
Batra finished of his speech by saying few words in Odia for the fans and in it he said thanks to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Odisha government and the fans who had showed up for the final.

Its’ a feeling that cannot expressed, a moment that can never forgotten, a chance that comes once in a lifetime and a Gold Medal that makes our dream true.

December 16, 2018 in Field Hockey

India vs Belgium 2018

India vs Belgium 2018


Today in the fifth day of the FIH Men’s Hockey World cup, two matches were played with both resulting in draw.
Second match was a four goal thriller with both sides scoring two each and Belgium opened the scoring through Alexander Hendrickx field goal and after that Belgium led the game for half an hour until Harmanpreet Singh broke the deadlock and scored the equaliser in 39th and Simranjeet Singh brought India in the lead following a field goal but India failed to fend of Belgium who scored the final goal of the match, when there were only four minutes left in the game and was scored by Simon Gougnard. Final Score 2-2.

Now, for the teams in Group C have a five day rest as last matches of the group will kick off on 8th December and tomorrow’s matches are Spain Vs France and New Zealand Vs Argentina in Group A.

December 02, 2018 in Field Hockey

Canada pushes South Africa to a draw:

Canada pushes South Africa to a draw:



In the third match of Group C Scott Tupper of Canada scored in the dying minutes of third quarter which it made South Africa difficult to comeback.
This is 9th head to head match with South Africa leading 5 wins out of 2 against Canada and first in the FIH World Cup which resulted in a draws.

Both the goals were scored in the third quarter with South Africa scoring through field goal from Gabriel Garcia and for Canada it was a penalty corner converted to penalty stroke which was scored by Skipper’s right hand’s lower corner goal and goal keeper Gowan Jones dived in right but failed to stop and in the final quarter SF dominated with 4 circle entries, 3 shots and one penalty corner each but failed to score and win.

Now, with this draw South Africa are in fourth position and last in Group C after losing the opener against the Host and Canada are sitting in third in the Group.
 
 

December 02, 2018 in Field Hockey

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