21 March 2014: The 4th edition of the Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 is all set to commence on 24th March 2014 in Chennai. The matches will be played at two venues SDAT Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium and YMCA Nandanam Hockey Stadium.
This year 3 additional teams will be competing for the top honours at the championship, which will be played in two-phase this year i.e A Division and B Division. 16 teams in Division A will compete in for pools to find a place in final four and then fight for the tile while Division B will see 19 teams competing for the places in A Division of next edition and the title of B-Division this year.
4 Pools in each Division consisting of 4 teams each in Division A and 5 teams each in Pool A B & C of Division B and 4 teams in Pool D within the same Division. The three new teams getting added to this year’s Junior National Championship are Steel Plants Sports Board, Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Vidarbha Hockey Association will compete in B Division of the Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014.
The matches will be played in a phased manner with Division B first completing its sets of matches and the same will be played from 24th March to 31st March 2014. Teams under Division A will play their matches from 29th March and will go on till 6th April 2104.
The inaugural match of the Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 will be played between Hockey Mizoram and Steel Plant Sports Board on Pitch 1 and Hockey Puducherry and Hockey Gangpur – Odisha on Pitch 2 under Division B.
The Defending Champions Hockey Punjab will play their first match against Chandigarh Olympic Association and which will be played on the inaugural day when Division A kickstarts its journey in the 4th season. Last year’s Runner Up team Hockey Odisha will take on Hockey Karnataka in its first match and they are placed in the Pool B of Division A group in the Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014.