ASA concludes All India Hockey Academies Championship 2017

RDT Hockey Academy after winning the championship.

RDT Hockey Academy after winning the championship.

The first ever Fr. Vincent Ferrer All India Invitation Hockey Academies Championship came to an end here in Anantapur Sports Village (ASV). The championship was organised by Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) in partnership with Hockey Anantapur. The championship was held over six days beginning on 29th May 2017 and for the first time a hockey championship in Anantapur was presided by Hockey India officials. 11 Hockey Academies from various regions of India participated in this All India Hockey Academies Championship for (U-21).

11 teams were divided into four pools and each team had to play once against each other in their pool during the group stages.  The usual suspects who performed well in the group stages were there in the semi-finals. TN Hockey Academy (Chennai), Dhyan Chand Hockey Academy (Guntur), One Thousand Hockey Legs (Delhi) and Rural Development Trust(RDT) Hockey Academy (Anantapur) were the teams in the semis. TN Hockey Academy knocked out Dhyan Chand Hockey Academy (Guntur) to seal their spot in the finals.And Dhyan Chand Hockey Academy (Guntur) were placed third in the championship after playing against One Thousand Hockey Legs (Delhi) who looked fiercely in the beginning.

The players in action.

The final match between TN Hockey Academy and RDT Hockey Academy was going toe-to-toe with equal chances given the fact that both had shown good maneuvering and tactical skills throughout the championship. Both teams were good at defense which kept the score board idle.

Eventually, in the 25th minute with Tamil Nadu giving away a penalty corner, Sandeep Kumar of the RDT Hockey Academy made use of the opportunity and scored a goal to break the deadlock. The second goal wasn’t far behind too, Charan Kumar scored a field goal in the 27th minute.

It was turning out to be an unexpected one sided match as the ball possession was mostly with RDT and they limited the TN Hockey Academy team to defense before the halftime. Few minutes into the second half saw one more goal from Sandeep Kumar helping RDT Hockey Academy to gain a comfortable lead of 3-0.

1 2With the blow of the final whistle, there was a loud cheer from the home crowd and supporters ran towards the winning team with RDT Hockey Academy winning the maiden Fr. Vincent Ferrer Hockey Academies Championship 2017. The player of the match for all matches were felicitated with hockey sticks.

BJ Kariappa, the Hockey India Manager High Performance (South India) who was in Anantapur Sports Academy said that the championship was a good opportunity for the players to showcase their skills and the coaches to see the growth in their players. He also felt that there was a great potential in the players and if they continue with the same spirit, they could surely excel at national and international level.

Raipur to host 2015 Men’s Hockey World League Final

  • Raipur International Hockey Stadium will host the 2015 Men’s Hockey World League Final
  • First international hockey event to be held in city of Raipur
  • Recently completed stadium to host eight team competition
Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President of Hockey India, presenting 'Hockey India Momento' to Dr. Raman Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in Raipur

Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President of Hockey India, presenting ‘Hockey India Momento’ to Dr. Raman Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in Raipur

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that the 2015 men’s Hockey World League Final will be hosted by the Indian city of Raipur, Chhattisgarh between 27 November and 6 December 2015.

The event will be held in the 3,000 capacity Raipur International Hockey Stadium which was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August 2014. Continue reading →

Hockey India send recommendations for Arjuna Awards, Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Hockey India today recommended players for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award 2015. Sardar Singh has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards. For the Arjuna Awards Hockey India has recommended Danish Mujtaba, Dharamvir Singh, VR Raghunath, P R Sreejesh, and SV Sunil while in the women category the recommendation has gone for Asunta Lakra, Deepika, Rani, Ritu Rani, Sushila Chanu and Vandana Katariya.

Sardar Singh in action against Australia in practice match before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar (India)

File Photo: Sardar Singh in action against Australia in practice match before Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 in Bhubaneswar (India)

Speaking on the recommendations, Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “The players that we have recommended for the Awards have proved themselves on the field through their play and through their representation in the National Teams have made India proud. They have won India accolades on the International platform and I am confident that India will stand up and give them their due credit by bestowing them with the awards that they so rightly deserve. Being bestowed with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna or an Arjuna Award is each players dream and they all work extremely hard for this national recognition.” Continue reading →

Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

Detail of Hockey India Annual Awards: First Ever Award Ceremony

  • The awardee for the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’ award Sardar Balbir Singh received Rs.30,00,000/-


Video of Hockey India Annual Awards Function is here

List of Awards for the ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ –

Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Rs.30,00,000/-: Sardar Balbir Singh Sr
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) Rs.25,00,000/-: Birendra Lakra
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) Rs.25,00,000/-: Vandana Kataria
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Harmanpreet Singh
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Namita Toppo
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: PR Sreejesh
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Deepika
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Manpreet Singh
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Akashdeep Singh
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) Rs.5,00,000/-: Harendra Singh
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement Rs.5,00,000/-: K Arumugam for One Thousand Hockey Legs

New Delhi, 16 March 2015: ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ an initiative by Hockey India will take place on 28th March 2015 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi and will mark the kick-start of the first ever annual awards for the sport. The annual awards initiated by Hockey India is an effort towards recognizing the hard work put in by the hockey players, coaches, support staff and administrators on the field both nationally as well as internationally. Continue reading →

India to play Australia 18 times in 3 years: HI & HA Agreement

Hockey Australia and Hockey India has signed a landmark bilateral agreement. The agreement includes Indian men’s national hockey team touring to Australia in each of the next three years, 2016-2018. In return, Hockey Australia will release its senior men’s national squad athletes, Kookaburras, for the Hockey India League for the next three seasons, including in 2016, six months before the Olympic Games in Rio.

Cam Vale (CEO, Hockey Australia) and Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India) during press conference

Cam Vale (CEO, Hockey Australia) and Elena Norman (CEO, Hockey India) during press conference

The strategic initiative was announced by Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale and his counterpart at Hockey India, Elena Norman, at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi, during the Hockey India League semi finals. Continue reading →