IOCL lifts CM Cup, Army runners up

CM Cup Standings
2. Army XI
4. Air India

Experienced IOCL won the CM Cup who beat Army XI by 3-2 in finals on 20 June at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Shantinagar (Bangalore).
Former Indian captain Ignace Tirkey played a wonderful game for Army , but Indian Oil (IOCL) game plan proved better to win the match and CM Cup.
Hamza Mujtaba (47, 55) scored a brace for IOCL and Ramandeep Singh scored the 3rd goal for IOCL. It was the Army who took lead in the game through Sunil Ekka in 36th minute and he pulled one back in 66th minute.
BPCL beat Air India 3-2 to finish third. Karmit Singh (14, 65) scored a brace and Sher Singh scored the other goal in the 39th minute for BPCL. M Minz (27) and Sandeep Michael (31) scored for Air India.

Some more pics at

Army XI beat Air India in the semi-final of CM Cup via tie breaker

It was great atmosphere at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Shantinagar (Bangalore)  in the semi-finals of the CM Cup 2010 which is being organized by Karnataka State Government.

Army XI and IOCL will be playing for the title tomorrow at 7:00 PM, which has includes cash prize of Rs 6 Lacs for the winners. IOCL beat BPCL 3-2 to reach the finals.

It was the game of nerve holding between Air India and Army XI, where Army XI showed the coolness and snatched the game from Air India who were leading 2-1 at half and had scored in the 2nd minute of the game. Army came back strongly in second half to level the game in stipulated time at 3-3. I think Air India tried to push the game to penalty strokes to have advantage of experienced goalie Adrian D’Souza but that was not good for Air India, Army XI goalie stopped a stroke of experienced V.S. Vinaya who has represented India in the past and won the match for Army. He had brilliant second half when saved many attempts from Air India.

Another blog on the day with more photographs by Mr. Shashank Gupta who is very active in promotion of hockey through One Thousand Hockey Legs:

Here are the some photos from the match (Wish I had an SLR with me 🙁 )

Senior National Hockey tournament in Bhopal

Once again a good news for Hockey Lovers 🙂

50 Teams would be participating at Senior National Hockey Tournament.

The love of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan towards Hockey has given another chance for the hockey lovers to watch this tournament in July in Bhopal.

Chennai Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Harayana and Chandigarh had put their bid to organise the tournament at the General meeting at Indian Hockey Federation. But
Sports and Cultural Youth Bhopal has won the bid to organise the tournament.

After the announcement by Sanjay Chowdary, Sports Director, there was a atmosphere of joy in the citizens of Bhopal. After successfully organising All India Obaidullah Cup and Women’s Hockey tournament at Aishbagh stadium with Astro Turf, now Senior National Hockey Tournament would be organised in which 50 teams throughout the country would be participating.

Olympian Sameer Dad Jallauddin Rizvi, Enam Ur Rehman welcomed the decision and said that it will encourage Hockey in the state. After 1975, this tournament is again going to be organised in the Capital.

Army XI and IOCL make to semis in CM Cup, Bangalore

Eliazer Lakra and Prabhjot Singh scored two goals for Army XI and IOCL respectively in their victory. Army XI won against ONGC 4-2 and IOCL thrashed local team DYSS Karnataka 5-1.

Indian Oil and Army XI, the semi-finalist from Group A will meet each other Wednesday to decide the group toppers. Group B might need to wait till Thursday for semi-finalist if today, Indian Railways upset tournament favourite Air India and Odisha Stars beat BPCL.


Army XI 4 (Ignace Tirkey 5′, Eliazer Lakra 29′ & 37′, Jerum Kujur 52′)
ONGC 2 (Dharmender 57′, Pramod Kumar 69′)

IOCL 5 (Inderjit Chadda 31′, Prabhjot Singh 37′ & 51′, Deepak Thakur 44′, Arjun Anjit 53′)
DYSS Karnataka 1 (Aiyappa 50′).

Tuesday’s matches: BPCL vs Odisha Stars 5pm; Air India vs Indian Railways 7.30pm

Met Dilip Tirkey during CM Cup at Bangalore

I am feeling proud to share with you all that I watched playing two Indian Hockey legends Dhanraj Pillay and Dilip Tirkey in CM Cup which is being organised by Karnataka Government as an inaugural tournament of newly laid turf at Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

I watched the match between Air India (Dhanraj’s Team) and Odisha Stars (Dilip’s Team). The Air India which is full of stars like Dhanraj Pillay, Sandeep Michael, Len Aiyappa, Adrian D’Souza, etc. won the match with score of 3-0. The local star Sandeep Micheal scored a brace in 23rd and 29th minutes and Sameer Dad scored another goal in 31st minute of the match.

Local boy Amar Aiyamma stole the show with a hat-trick in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (BPCL) 3-1 win over Indian Railways in the other match of the day. Amar scored for BPCL in 17th (PC), 31st and 51st minute of the game. The lone goal for Indian Railways was scored by Deepak Ekka in 48th minute.

Some photographs from the match:

CM Cup, Bangalore

About CM Cup

The Karnataka government inaugurated the newly laid synthetic hockey surface at the Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore by organising the Chief Minister Cup with record prize and participating money.

The new gala event is organised by an committee, which had been constituted by the Government of Karnataka. Gulihatti D. Shekar, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles Youth Services and Sports as Chairman and I.M.Vittala Murthy, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports(Vice Chairman); Shivananjaiah Director, Youth Services & Sports; Dr. G.Kishore, Director, S.A.I.; R.K.Shetty; Sri.K.Krishnamurthy; Ashish Ballal, Olympian; A.B.Subbaiah, Olympian; and Dr.M.P.Ganesh, Olympian are the members.

The top eight teams of the country are invited to play this great tournament, which are, Army XI; Indian Railways, Orissa star, Indian Oil, Air India, and DYSS-Karnataka.

The winners will get a cash prize of Rs.6,00,000 while Runner ups will get Rs.4,00,000, and Rs.2,00,000 for 3rd Place and Rs.1,00,000 for 4th place. In addition to the above, each team will be given an appearance money of Rs.1,25,000.

The DYSS, Karnataka team is being prepared under the leadership of Ashish Ballal, Olympian and Head Coach.

Armt XI thrashed home team DYSS, Karnataka 4-1

Army XI : 4 (Sunil Ekka-11′, Chitaranjan Singh-17′ & 36′, Mukesh Lakra-66′)
DYSS, Karnataka : 1 (Nithin Thimmaiah-16′)

IOCL beat ONGC 3-1

IOCL : 3 (Prabhjot Singh-1′, Gaurav-6′, Deepak Thakur-40′)
ONGC : 1 (Dharmender-47′)

Schedule of Sunday (June 13, 2010)
BPCL Vs Indian Railways at 5:00PM, Odisha Stars Vs Air India at 7:30PM

Source: TOI,