India beat Wales 3-0 in Women’s Champions Challenge I, Dublin

DUBLIN, Sept 29: India opened its campaign in the 2012 Champions Challenge 1 with a 3-0 win against Wales in Pool A here on Saturday.

Ritu Rani

Ritu Rani

Skipper Ritu Rani (18th minute), Lily Chanu Mayengbam (28th minute penalty corner) and Soundarya Yendala (70th minute penalty corner) scored the goals in the tournament that will determine the qualifier for FIH Women’s Champions Trophy.

A 10-minute span in the first-half gave India the upper-hand. India scored two goals through captain Ritu Rani and Lily Chanu’s penalty corner strike. Continue reading →

Karnataka, Jharkhand qualify for Quarterfinals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 29: Hosts Karnataka and Jharkhand completed the quarter-final line-up with emphatic victories in the concluding league matches of Hockey India’s 2nd Senior National hockey championship, here on Saturday.

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Unbeaten Karnataka topped pool B with a 5-1 win over Andhra Pradesh who could not sustain the initial spirit while Jharkhand, with Ajitesh Roy scoring four goals, outplayed debutants Sashastra Seema Bal 9-1 for an all-win record in pool D.

The quarter-final line-up is: holders Haryana vs Manipur; Punjab vs Indian Railways; Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu; Jharkhand vs Air India. All the four matches will be played on Sunday. Continue reading →

Indian Railways and Manipur Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 28: Indian Railways and Manipur entered the quarter-finals of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship by winning hard-fought matches in their respective pools, here on Friday.

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

The Railways overcame talented Uttar Pradesh 3-1 to top pool F unbeaten while a youthful Manipur, coached by former India star Tikken Singh, overcame Association of Indian Universities 4-3 in Pool H to record their third win and advance to the quarter-finals.

Railways and Manipur joined defending champions Haryana (Pool A), Punjab (pool C), Air India (Pool E) and Tamil Nadu (Pool G) in the knock-out stage that commences on Sunday. Continue reading →

Punjab Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India), Manipur on Course

Bangalore, Sept 27: Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored thrice each as Punjab raced to a 7-2 win against the Services in their concluding pool C league game and entered the quarter-finals of Hockey India’s Second Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship, here on Thursday.

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Earlier in morning session, Manipur pulled off a fine 9-3 win against fancied Bihar in a Pool H to strengthen their chance for Knock-Out stage. Now, Manipur need a draw in their Next Match against Combined Universities, to be played tomorrow (28th Sept) at 2:30 PM. After today’s 14-0 win against Andaman & Nicobar and draw against Bihar, Combined need to win the match against Manipur to be in Quarters.

In Pool F, Uttar Pradesh also recorded their second win when they hammered Tripura 24-0 with Chandan Singh and Mohd Amir Khan topping the scorers list with seven goals apiece. Continue reading →

Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge Preview

UCD, Dublin Saturday 29th – 7th October 2012

Dublin will play host to the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I for the second successive year after a spectacular event in 2011 ended with Japan just edging out USA, coming from behind to claim a thrilling 3-2 victory.

2012 FIH Champions Challenge (Women's) 1 DublinFive of the cast list are back once again, both in search of world ranking points and trying to uncover new talents in the wake of the Olympic cycle.

Indeed, four of the nations come into the competition just six weeks after their involvement in London with Australia the marquee name in the field. Continue reading →

Top Performers of Senior Hockey National Championship to Receive NANO

Bangalore, Sept 27: In a rare gesture, Hockey Karnataka have decided to present a Tata Nano car each to the best defender, best forward and best player in the ongoing Hockey India’s second senior National men’s hockey championship here.

The three award winners will be selected by a panel comprising Olympians MM Somaya, N Mukesh Kumar and Dilip Tirkey besides a yet to be nominated journalist, according to Hockey Karnataka’s secretary AB Subbiah. Continue reading →