2017 was a satisfactory year for women’s hockey team of India. Most noticeable feat of 2017 being the title of Asia Cup. Indian women clinched the title after 13 long years. India missed on title in 2009 against China when they went down by 5-3. While in 2017, India overpowered the same opponent in penalty shootout by 5-4. This was India’s second Asia Cup Title. India have also finished runners up two times and on third position for couple of times.
- 3rd Asia Cup title for Men’s team (Last Title: 2007)
- 2nd Asia Cup title for Women’s team (Last Title: 2004)
- Jr. Men’s team won Bronze in Sultan of Johor Cup
This year’s progress and team building will help us in upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
India’s Men’s Hockey team achieved the similar feature in 2017 winning Asia Cup title after 10 years by beating Malaysia in final by 2-1. Men’s Asia Cup was first held in 1982 in Karachi, Pakistan. First 3 consecutive tournaments were won by Pakistan team defeating India in the finals. Though Indian team has reached finals more than any other team (8 out of 10 times), we have managed clinch the title 3 times.
In World Hockey League Round 2 Indian team won the final match beating Chile in Shoot Out by 3-1.
On the other hand Women’s Hockey Team’s performance was not up to the mark.
In Hockey World League Semi-Final Indian Team finished 8th.
In the Europe Tour; they managed to win a game and lost two, while one game remained draw.
Australian Hockey League (AHL) 2017 was not fruitful for Indian Women’s Hockey team as they managed to win only one game in the league matches, and one match remained draw out of seven total matches.
Indian Hockey Team visited New Zealand for 5 match test series but failed to win a single game. Later after the test series they participated in tri-nation invitational tournament and won two games against Belgium & Germany.
In World League Semi Final London, India lost to Canada in 5th place match and finished 6th.
On Europe tour India Won three games two against Netherlands and one against Austria; while Belgium remained undefeated in couple of games.
In September, Indian men’s team managed to win two games but could not make it to the semi finals on Australian Hockey League.
•Jr. Men’s Team
India beat Nepal by 24-0 in pool games and secured one of the biggest victories by margin.