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Harmanpreet, Gurjit win big as India make clean sweep at annual FIH Stars Awards

Harmanpreet Singh, PR Sreejesh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Gurjit Kaur, Savita Punia, Sharmila Devi walked away with the honours in which whopping three lakh fans across the world voted.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 6, 2021 5:51:25 pm
Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjit Kaur in action for India. (File)

The bronze medal performance by the hockey men’s team after 41 years and fourth place show by the women’s team helped Indian players and coaches to dominate the FIH Hockey Stars Awards 2020-21 for the first time.

Gurjit Kaur (best player, women), Harmanpreet Singh (best player, men), Savita (best goalkeeper, women), PR Sreejesh (best goalkeeper, men), Sharmila Devi (best rising star, women) and Vivek Prasad (best rising star, men) as well as both the women’s and men’s coaches, Sjoerd Marijne (the Netherlands) and Graham Reid (Australia), polled the highest number of votes in their respective categories.

Harmanpreet was the top scorer in India’s bronze medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was nominated for the award along with Belgium’s Arthur Van Doren and Alexander Hendrickx as well as Australia’s Jake Whetton, Tim Brand and Aran Zalewski.

Sreejesh came up with a career-best performance at the Olympic Games 2020 and was the cynosure of Indian defence. The other nominees in this category were Belgium’s Vincent Vanasch and Australia’s Andrew Charter.

Savita, who was also the joint-vice captain for the Indian women’s hockey team at the Olympic Games 2020, was outstanding in guarding India’s post and played an instrumental role in the team finishing fourth in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Vivek won the award for the second consecutive time. He was nominated along with South Africa’s Mustaphaa Cassiem and Australia’s Sean Findlay.

Apart from votes from the fans, 79 national federations – represented by their respective national captains and coaches – voted (Africa: 11 out of 25 member federations; Asia: 29 out of 33; Europe: 19 out of 42; Oceania: 3 out of 8; Pan America: 17 out of 30).

Record 3,00,000 fans cast their votes.

Belgium (men) and the Netherlands (women), who were not only crowned Olympic champions won the FIH Hockey Pro League, as well as the Great Britain women’s team, were also given high recognition by the voting groups.

Belgium’s Alexander Hendrickx and Arthur van Doren were voted second and third best players, respectively, with Vincent Vanasch named second best goalkeeper and Shane McLeod (New Zealand) second best coach.

For the Netherlands, Eva de Goede and Frédérique Matla clinched the second and third places in the FIH Player of the Year Award while Alyson Annan (Australia) finished on the second spot of the FIH coach of the year Award.

For Great Britain, goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, rising star Fiona Crackles and coach Mark Hager (Aus) all reached the third spot of their respective categories.

Argentines Belén Succi was named second best goalkeeper and Valentina Raposo as well as Mustaphaa Cassiem (South Africa) were second in the FIH Rising Star of the Year Award, while goalkeeper Andrew Charter (Aus), rising star Sean Findlay (NZL) and coach Colin Batch (Aus) all finished on the third spot of their respective categories.

With no FIH Hockey Stars Awards in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s awards covered the period from January 2020 through to the conclusion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The voting process started on August 23 and concluded on September 15.

Votes from national federations counted for 50% of the overall result, while fans and players (25%) as well as media (25%) made the other half of the votes.

RESULTS

WOMEN (Weighted scores)

FIH Player of the Year:

1. Gurjit Kaur (IND) – Score: 46,63 points (35,48% of the national federation votes, 50,67% of the media votes, 64,89% of the fans/players votes)

2. Eva de Goede (Ned) – Score: 19,80 pts (25,35% of the national federations votes, 25,33% of the media votes, 3,18% of the fans/players votes)

3. Frédérique Matla (Ned) – Score: 13,49 pts (15,67% of the National Federations votes, 20% of the Media votes, 2,64% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Goalkeeper of the Year:

1. Savita (IND) – Score: 58.75 (51,38% of the National Federations votes, 63,16% of the Media votes, 69,08% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Belén Succi (ARG) – Score: 22 pts (24,31% of the National Federations votes, 13,16% of the Media votes, 26,22% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Maddie Hinch (GBR/ENG) – Score: 19,25 pts (24,31% of the National Federations votes, 23,68% of the Media votes, 4,70% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Rising Star of the Year:

1. Sharmila Devi (IND) – Score: 55,51 pts (48,39% of the National Federations votes, 58,67% of the Media votes, 66,60% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Valentina Raposo (ARG) – Score: 29,83 pts (36,41% of the National Federations votes, 17,33% of the Media votes, 29,19% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Fiona Crackles (GBR/ENG) – Score: 14,66 pts (15,21% of the National Federations votes, 24% of the Media votes, 4,21% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Coach of the Year:

1. Sjoerd Marijne (NED – Team IND) – Score: 56,33 pts (39,73% of the National Federations votes, 66,22% of the Media votes, 79,66% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Alyson Annan (AUS – Team NED) – Score: 35,37 pts (49,32% of the National Federations votes, 27,03% of the Media votes, 15,82% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Mark Hager (AUS – Team GBR/ENG) – Score: 8,30 pts (10,96% of the National Federations votes, 6,76% of the Media votes, 4,52% of the Fans/Players votes)

MEN (Weighted scores)

FIH Player of the Year:

1. Harmanpreet Singh (IND) – Score: 52,11 pts (42,66% of the National Federations votes, 44% of the Media votes, 79,12% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Alexander Hendrickx (BEL) – Score: 24,88 pts (25,69% of the National Federations votes, 40% of the Media votes, 8,15% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Arthur van Doren (BEL) – Score: 12,84 pts (17,43% of the National Federations votes, 12% of the Media votes, 4,51% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Goalkeeper of the Year:

1. PR Sreejesh (IND) – Score: 58,34 pts (47% of the National Federations votes, 59,46% of the Media votes, 79,90% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Vincent Vanasch (BEL) – Score: 34,40 pts (42,40% of the National Federations votes, 39,19% of the Media votes, 13,60% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Andrew Charter (AUS) – Score: 7,26 pts (10,60% of the National Federations votes, 1,35% of the Media votes, 6,50% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Rising Star of the Year:

1. Vivek Prasad (IND) – Score: 66,78 pts (57,80% of the National Federations votes, 68.49% of the Media votes, 83,03% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Mustaphaa Cassiem (RSA) – Score: 23,10 pts (31,65% of the National Federations votes, 20,55% of the Media votes, 8,56% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Sean Findlay (NZL) – Score: 10,12 pts (10,55% of the National Federations votes, 10,96% of the Media votes, 8,41% of the Fans/Players votes)

FIH Coach of the Year:

1. Graham Reid (AUS – Team IND) – Score: 50,93 pts (36,07% of the National Federations votes, 50% of the Media votes, 81,57% of the Fans/Players votes)

2. Shane McLeod (NZL – Team BEL) – Score: 40,74 pts (52,51% of the National Federations votes, 45,83% of the Media votes, 12,10% of the Fans/Players votes)

3. Colin Batch (AUS) – Score: 8,33pts (11,42% of the National Federations votes, 4,17% of the Media votes, 6,33% of the Fans/Players votes)

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