Hockey India organizes an Umpire Seminar in Anantapur

Hockey India and Hockey Andhra Pradesh, aiming to strengthen the technical department in Andhra Pradesh, with the support of Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), organized a two day Hockey Umpire and Technical Officials Seminar in Anantapur Sports Village (ASV), Andhra Pradesh. Hockey India stalwarts including internationally renowned hockey umpire, RV Raghuprasad, Manager Technical and Development and BJ Kariappa, Manager High Performance (South India) led the two day seminar on the 15th and 16th March, 2017.

RV Raghuprasad delivering the seminar, Anantapur Sports Village.

RV Raghuprasad delivering the seminar, Anantapur Sports Village.

A total of 28 aspiring umpires from both the Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, alongside ASA’s senior hockey girls and boys attended the seminar. The participants were excited to attend the seminar delivered by RV Raghuprasad, the golden whistle recipient from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for officiating 100 international matches, which includes the 2014 Hockey World Cup, 2012 London Olympics and Men’s Junior World Cup 2013, to name a few. It was equally motivating for the participants to be in the presence of BJ Kariappa, who came to Anantapur after helping Kalinga Lancers to win the championship in the recently concluded Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) 2017.

The seminar was designed to train the participants in the basic concepts of umpiring, including umpire roles and responsibilities, applying the basic hockey rules followed by a few fundamental concepts related to positioning during the various phases of the game, but not limited to penalty corners and penalty strokes. The participants were also taken through the signals and were offered a detailed explanation which would help their decision making on the turf with regards to offering advantage, giving cards, etc.

Alongside the theoretical concepts, Raghuprasad ensured the participants were supported by practical learning as well.  The participants were divided into groups and each group was given a specific situation that might arise during a game and were allowed time to discuss among themselves. Later, the group members presented their explanation to the remaining groups regarding their umpiring decision pertaining to that situation. On both the days, participants were taken to the hockey ground to put their learning to test.

Group picture of all participants along with trainers from Hockey India

All participants along with trainers from Hockey India

Raghuprasad, upon being asked about their objective behind holding the seminar and participants response, said “Our sole objective was to share our knowledge with the upcoming umpires in India and strengthen our technical department of hockey umpiring. Using these seminars, we would like to encourage youth to take up hockey umpiring as a career and identify the ambitious youth. Initially, the participants were a bit hesitant but by the end of the seminar we have seen a gradual progress with regards to their contribution within the seminar.”

Vijay Babu, Secretary of Hockey Anantapur and an avid supporter of ASA’s hockey program, which recently celebrated 10 years of developing lives through hockey in Anantapur, mentioned, “We would like to improve the standard of umpiring in the lower level competitions. Also, with the gradual downfall in the number of registered women as umpires in India, we are keen on promoting girls to take up umpiring as a career. We would like to thank RV. Raghuprasad, BJ Kariappa, G. Harsha Vardhan, Chairman – Technical Committee, Hockey Andhra Pradesh and Anantapur Sports Academy for organizing this seminar and we are already planning on organizing more seminars in the coming future.”

Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Women’s Hockey Schedule and Results

Rio 2016 Olympic Games:
Women’s Hockey Schedule and Results

Rio 2016 Olympics Games LogoVenue: Olympic Hockey Centre
Rua Sargento Morais Pinheiro, 572-620 – Vila Militar, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil

5th – 21st August 2016

Participating Teams: 
Pool A: Netherlands, New Zealand, China, Germany, Korea, Spain
Pool B: Argentina, Australia, Great Britain, USA, Japan, India

Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Women’s Hockey Detailed Schedule and Results:

# Pool Time India Time Team1 vs Team2 Pitch
Saturday 6 August
W01 B 17:00 01:30 Argentina vs  USA 2
W02 B 20:30 05:00 Great Britain vs  Australia 1
Sunday 7 August
W03 A 10:00 18:30 New Zealand vs  Korea 1
W04 B 11:00 19:30 Japan vs  India 2
W05 A 12:30 21:00 Netherlands vs  Spain 1
W06 A 13:30 22:00 China vs  Germany 2
Monday 8 August
W07 B 10:00 18:30 Australia vs  USA 1
W08 A 13:30 22:00 New Zealand vs  Germany 2
W09 A 17:00 01:30 Netherlands vs  Korea 2
W10 B 18:00 02:30 India vs  Great Britain 1
W11 A 19:30 04:00 Spain vs  China 2
W12 B 20:30 05:00 Argentina vs  Japan 1
Tuesday 9 August Rest Day
Wednesday 10 August
W13 A 10:00 18:30 Spain vs  New Zealand 1
W14 B 11:00 19:30 India vs  Australia 2
W15 A 12:30 21:00 Germany vs  Korea 1
W16 B 13:30 22:00 Great Britain vs  Argentina 2
W17 B 17:00 01:30 USA vs  Japan 2
W18 A 18:00 02:30 China vs  Netherlands 1
Thursday 11 August
W19 A 17:00 01:30 Germany vs  Spain 2
W20 B 18:00 02:30 Australia vs  Argentina 1
W21 B 19:30 04:00 USA vs  India 2
W22 B 20:30 05:00 Japan vs  Great Britain 1
Friday 12 August
W23 A 10:00 18:30 Korea vs  China 1
W24 A 11:00 19:30 New Zealand vs  Netherlands 2
Saturday 13 August
W25 B 10:00 18:30 Argentina vs  India 1
W26 A 12:30 21:00 Netherlands vs  Germany 1
W27 A 17:00 01:30 Korea vs  Spain 2
W28 B 18:00 02:30 Great Britain vs  USA 1
W29 B 19:30 04:00 Australia vs  Japan 2
W30 A 20:30 05:00 China vs  New Zealand 1
Sunday 14 August Rest Day
Monday 15 August
QF1 10:00 18:30 v 1
QF1 12:30 21:00 v 1
QF1 18:00 02:30 v 1
QF1 20:30 05:00 v 1
Tuesday 16 August Rest Day
Wednesday 17 August
SF2 12:00 20:30 v 1
SF2 17:00 01:30 v 1
Thursday 18 August Rest Day
Friday 19 August
W37 Bronze 12:00 20:30 v 1
W38 Gold 17:00 01:30 v 1

Notes:

FIH, IOC and Rio 2016 reserve the right to amend the match schedule for any reason
The sequence of quarter final matches will be advised after the completion of the pool phase
The sequence of semi final matches will be advised after the completion of the Quarter-Finals

Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Men’s Hockey Schedule and Results

Rio 2016 Olympic Games:
Men’s Hockey Schedule and Results

Rio 2016 Olympics Games LogoVenue: Olympic Hockey Centre
Rua Sargento Morais Pinheiro, 572-620 – Vila Militar, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil

5th – 21st August 2016

Participating Teams: 
Pool A: Australia; Great Britain; Belgium; New Zealand; Spain; Brazil
Pool B: Netherlands; Germany; Argentina; India; Ireland; Canada

Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Men’s Hockey Detailed Schedule and Results:

# Pool Time India Time Team1 vs Team2 Pitch
Saturday 6 August
M01 B 10:00 18:30 Argentina vs  Netherlands 1
M02 B 11:00 19:30 India  vs  Ireland 2
M03 A 12:30 21:00 Belgium vs  Great Britain 1
M04 A 13:30 22:00 Australia vs  New Zealand 2
M05 B 18:00 02:30 Canada vs  Germany 1
M06 A 19:30 04:00 Spain vs  Brazil 2
Sunday 7 August
M07 A 17:00 01:30 Great Britain vs  New Zealand 2
M08 B 18:00 02:30 Netherlands vs  Ireland 1
M09 A 19:30 04:00 Brazil vs  Belgium 2
M10 A 20:30 05:00 Australia vs  Spain 1
Monday 8 August
M11 B 11:00 19:30 Germany vs  India 2
M12 B 12:30 21:00 Canada vs  Argentina 1
Tuesday 9 August
M13 A 10:00 18:30 New Zealand vs  Spain 1
M14 B 11:00 19:30 Argentina vs  India 2
M15 B 12:30 21:00 Germany vs  Ireland 1
M16 B 13:30 22:00 Netherlands vs  Canada 2
M17 A 18:00 02:30 Brazil vs  Great Britain 1
M18 A 20:30 05:00 Belgium vs  Australia 1
Wednesday 10 August
M19 A 19:30 04:00 New Zealand vs  Brazil 2
M20 A 20:30 05:00 Great Britain vs  Australia 1
Thursday 11 August
M21 B 10:00 18:30 Netherlands vs  India 1
M22 B 11:00 19:30 Ireland vs  Canada 2
M23 B 12:30 21:00 Argentina vs  Germany 1
M24 A 13:30 22:00 Spain vs  Belgium 2
Friday 12 August
M25 B 12:30 21:00 India  vs  Canada 1
M26 B 13:30 22:00 Germany vs  Netherlands 2
M27 A 17:00 01:30 Great Britain vs  Spain 2
M28 A 18:00 02:30 Belgium vs  New Zealand 1
M29 B 19:30 04:00 Ireland vs  Argentina 2
M30 A 20:30 05:00 Australia vs  Brazil 1
Saturday 13 August Rest Day
Sunday 14 August
QF1 10:00 18:30 v 1
QF1 12:30 21:00 v 1
QF1 18:00 02:30 v 1
QF1 20:30 05:00 v 1
Monday 15 August Rest Day
Tuesday 16 August
SF2 12:00 20:30 v 1
SF2 17:00 01:30 v 1
Wednesday 17 August Rest Day
Thursday 18 August
M37 Bronze 12:00 20:30 v 1
M38 Gold 17:00 01:30 v 1

Notes:

FIH, IOC and Rio 2016 reserve the right to amend the match schedule for any reason
The sequence of quarter final matches will be advised after the completion of the pool phase
The sequence of semi final matches will be advised after the completion of the Quarter-Finals

India won Silver and Hearts in London, FIH Clarifies decision #HCT2016

In a dramatic end to a successful tournament, India won silver medal and hearts of hockey fans throughout. India lost in the shootout to Australia after ending the game 0-0 at regulation time in their maiden appearance in the final of Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 in London. Earlier in the day, Germany edged past Great Britain to win the bronze medal thanks to a solitary strike from tournament top scorer Marco Miltkau.

Indian Hockey team with their first Champions Trophy silver medal

Indian Hockey team with their first Champions Trophy silver medal

India entered the tournament as underdogs and using tournament for preparations of Rio Olympics and started on high note with holding Olympic Germany for 3-3 draw and defeated hosts Great Britain by 2-1 for first time in last 4 decade at their home soil. India had heart break when they lost to Belgium by 2-1 and then came back in tournament with win against Korea by 2-1 and commendable performance against Australia in their last pool game (2-4). Thanks to draw between GB and Belgium in last pool match, India reached final against Australia. Continue reading →

ASA Hockey Academy celebrates 10 years of developing lives through Hockey

Anantapur finally managed to see some showers ahead of the 8th Father Vincent Ferrer Memorial Hockey Championship 2016. Resultantly experiencing pleasant weather to welcome the championship that would celebrate 10 years of Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) Hockey Academy. Celebrations that marked 10 years of the ASA Hockey Academy’s promoting India’s national sport among the rural youth to educate and develop them and affect a sporting cultural change in the region.

Teams arrived at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) on the 3rd June 2016 and got down to acclimatizing to the relatively warmer weather of Anantapur despite the rains. The tournament took shape with 14 teams, around 230 of the finest athletes in South India contesting for the honour of having the Father Vincent Ferrer Memorial Hockey Championship trophy don their cabinets.

RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer welcoming teams with inspiring words

RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer welcoming teams with inspiring words

The championship began with RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer encouraging the young athletes with warm words and later declaring the championship open on the evening of the 4th June 2016. This marked the beginning of the league stages of the championship.

Eight boys’ and six girls’ teams made up the roster. The boys’ competition set between Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA), Bangalore, RV Academy, Chennai, Medical College, Chennai, Sports Club, Kovilpatti, G.V.G. Udumalpet, RDT Anantapur, RDT Dharmavaram and hosts RDT’s ASA Hockey Academy. The girls’ competition on the other hand was contested between RGV Kovilpatti, GVGW Udumalpet, Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) Mysore & Bangalore, JFHA Bangalore and hosts ASA Hockey Academy.

The championship followed a league cum knockout structure with both the boys and girls split into two pools. Each team would play their pool contenders once with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals where they would face-off in a knockout setting to make their way to the trophy.

Images from the action packed League stages

Images from the action packed League stages

The league stages came off quite hard fought, with quite a few of the games going down to the wire, being decided in the dying minutes. The boys’ competition came through after some intense games with the semi-finals eventually seeing R.V. Academy and RDT Dharmavaram from Pool A and ASA Hockey Academy and JFHA Bangalore from Pool B, whereas the girls’ competition saw DYSS Mysore and RGV Kovilpatti from Pool A and ASA Hockey Academy and GVGW Udumalpet from Pool B.

A tooth and nail effort saw RDT Dharmavaram and JFHA end the first semi-final with 3 goals each. Nerves were tested as the teams took to a nail biting shoot-out. Where both teams drew again at 3 a piece in their stipulated 5 shootouts going into sudden death for a result. JFHA goalkeeper fouled Dharmavaram player in his sudden death shootout attempt leading to a penalty stroke, later silencing the supporting Anantapur crowd to take the JFHA boys to the final with a 2-1 sudden death score to play the hosts ASA Hockey Academy who convincingly defeated RV Academy 3-0 in their semi-final. The ASA Hockey Academy girls controlled every moment of their 8-1 semi-final win over RGV Kovilpatti while DYSS Mysore managed a 3-0 win over GVGW Udumalpet to arrive into the finals.

The finals were decided with overwhelming wins. The Boys final saw hosts ASA Hockey Academy dominate proceedings right from the start to beat JFHA 5-0. While the girls competition closed as ASA Hockey Academy went into half time being one goal down, eventually conceding two more for a 3-0 scoreline losing to DYSS Mysore.

 Shots from the Finals


Shots from the Finals

Hockey Anantapur Secretary M H Vijayababu shared, “We have grown greatly throughout this eventful decade with just one hockey summer camp organized with Spanish players Andreu Enrich and Santi Freixa back in 2006 to now having close to 1700 children play hockey throughout the district. As for our teams in the championship, it was only a matter of experience that made the difference. Our boys have been in the academy for a couple of years now and their teams had some favourable playing time before this championship at national level tournaments in Nagpur and Kovilpatti. Most of the girls however have been with the academy only this year and are relatively inexperienced, but have played exceptionally to reach the finals and their performance despite the lack of experience was fulfilling. We only look forward to having a more competitive infrastructure for the future, continue to grow and develop these children and more throughout the hockey program with more of them being able to secure jobs through their influence on the field much like many of their predecessors who now serve in the Police, the Army and as PE Teachers”

India is Ready for Hero Champions Trophy 2016

 

With mix of experience and youth in team, India are ready Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016. And aiming to finish at podium in the Champions Trophy between 10-17 June at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at London.

Indian Hockey team for Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016, London

Indian Hockey team for Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016, London

Playing best of the world hockey including Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium and Korea in marquee event of FIH, will be real test and chance for India to fine tune their preparations Rio Olympics 2016.

In the Champions Trophy 2016, Defender Harmanpreet Singh, one of the outstanding performers from the team’s Silver Medal winning Sultan Azlan Shah Cup team, finds himself retained in the squad, and is joined by his junior colleagues, Harjeet Singh and Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya. Dahiya will be a back up to the returning PR Sreejesh in the team. Continue reading →