Punjab defeated Railways (5-1) to Set-up Semi Final against Haryana: Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Punjab muscled past Railway Sports Control Board 5-1 here on Sunday to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with defending champions Haryana in Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship.

Indian Team Players Gurbaj Singh (Punjab) and Chenglensana Singh (Railways) Trying to Get Possession of the Ball, in 3rd Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Indian Team Players Gurbaj Singh (Punjab) and Chenglensana Singh (Railways) Trying to Get Possession of the Ball

Haryana had earlier beaten a young Manipur 4-2 in the first quarter-final and later, hosts Karnataka had the measure of arch-rivals Tamil Nadu 2-0 to also enter the penultimate round of the championship.

Karnataka await the winners of the fourth quarter-final match between Air India and Jharkhand to be played later tonight.

Punjab, who led 3-1 at half-time after conceding an early goal, were stretched to the limit by Railways who however, did not defend as well as they attacked to allow their rivals to gain the upper hand. Continue reading →

Karnataka Edge Past TN to Reach Semi-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Hosts Karnataka, scoring twice in the first-half through MK Mudappa and PL Thimmanna, edged out Tamil Nadu 2-0 and entered the semi-final of Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship, here on Sunday.

Karnataka celebrates their 1st goal as Tamil Nadu players looks on, in 2nd Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Karnataka celebrates their 1st goal as Tamil Nadu players looks on, in 2nd Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

The quarter-final game was well-fought and Tamil Nadu had their chances, but it was Karnataka who came good with two opportunistic goals late in the first-half to make progress.

Karnataka joined defending champions Haryana who earlier in the day defeated Manipur 4-2 in the first quarter-final match.

Mudappa was in the right place at the right time to deflect home a cross from Pundalik Bellary with the ball eluding the gloves of Olympian goalkeeper Sreejesh. Mudappa quickly scrambled home to set off celebrations in the 29th minute. Continue reading →

Haryana Enter Semi-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Scoring twice in each half, defending champions Haryana defeated Manipur 4-2 to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of Hockey India’s senior men’s National hockey championship here today.

Bharat Chhikara (Haryana) socred two goals against Manipur in Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Bharat Chhikara (Haryana) socred two goals against Manipur in Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Spearheading the Haryana charge was India forward Bharat Chhikara who opened the scoring with goals in the third and sixth minutes while Mandeep Antil (43rd) and Didar Singh (44th) netted one apiece from penalty corners.

Manipur, playing in their maiden quarter-final game at this level, went down fighting with penalty corner goals by Jayantakumar Meitel (31st, 60th) keeping them in the frame, but Haryana held their ground in the last 10 minutes. Continue reading →

Air India complete the Semi-Final Line-up of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Air India scored a hard-fought 4-2 win against Jharkhand to enter the semi-finals of Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship here on Sunday.

Arjun Halappa Maneuvers the Ball through Space: 4th Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Arjun Halappa Maneuvers the Ball through Space

In the semi-finals to be played on Monday, Air India take on hosts and last year’s finalists Karnataka who earlier beat Tamil Nadu 2-0 while defending champions Haryana will clash with Punjab.

Haryana overcame a gritty Manipur 4-2 while Punjab put in a good second-half performance to defeat Railway Sports Control Board 5-1 after conceding an early goal.

Air India, who led 1-0 at the break, looked far from impressive as they struggled to find any rhythm or flow in their game and they were indebted to goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh who brought off several fine saves. Continue reading →

2nd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2012 Schedule

2nd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2012

Competition Dates: 1-12 October 2012,
Location- Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Sonepat (Haryana)

Participating Teams:

POOL A  POOL B  POOL C  POOL D 
M . P . H . A JHARKHAND CHANDIGARH ODISHA
MIZORAM TAMIL NADU KERALA KARNATAKA
ANDHRA  PRADESH MANIPUR BIHAR GUJARAT
HOCKEY BHOPAL ASSAM PUDUCHERRY
POOL E  POOL F  POOL G  POOL H 
HARYANA UTTAR PRADESH UTTARAKHAND DELHI
MAHARASHTRA CHHATTISGARH PUNJAB RAJASTHAN
GOA JAMMU & KASHMIR BENGAL TRIPURA
SAI BHOPAL HIMACHAL PRADESH

The detailed schedule of the 2nd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2012: Continue reading →

Day 1 Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge 1, Dublin

Match 1: India 3-0 Wales (HT 2-0):
India Scorers: Ritu Rani op 18th; Lily Chanu Mayengbam pc 28th; Soundarya Yendala pc 70th
2012 FIH Champions Challenge (Women's) 1 DublinDay one of the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge started today in UCD when India took on Wales in the opening game. Both sides opened tentatively but it was India who took the initiative in the 18th minute when Captain Ritu Rani converted from open play. Ten minutes later India made it 2-0 thanks to Lily Chanu converting her penalty corner. India sealed the deal in the 70th minute when Soundarya Yendla secured her sides second penalty corner to finish off the match with a 3-0 win. (Details here)

Match 2: Australia 4-1 Belgium (HT 2-0)
Australia Scorers: Jodie Schultz 19th ps; Casey Eastham 25th; Anna Flanagan; Madonna Blyth 67th Continue reading →