Namdhari XI Vs Air India and IndianOil Vs Bharat Petroleum in Surjit Hockey Tournament Semi-Finals

Surjit Hockey Logo28th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament
Semi Finals Schedule (14h October 2011):
Namdhari XI Vs Air India (5:15 PM, Live on PTC Chak de)
Indian Oil Vs Bharat Petroleum (7:00 PM, Live on PTC News)

Holders Indian Oil Mumbai entered the semi finals of the 28th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament after beating Punjab Police by 4-1 in the last league match of the Pool A at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar. While Bharat Petroleum beat Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala by 3-1 to set up semi finals against Indian Oil. Spirited Namdhari XI thrashed Oil and Natural Gas Commission Dehradun by 4-1 to set up semi finals against Air India Mumbai, who beat Punjab & Sind Bank by  2-1 to reach to the semi finals.

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65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup 2011: IOC are Champions

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) lifted the 65th All-India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup by defeating its rival Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) by 3-2 in a thrilling final played at the floodlit Aishbagh Hockey Stadium in Bhopal (MP). While defending champion Air India secured third place by beating ONGC 4-3 in the play off match which went into extra time in the 65th edition of the reputed hockey tournament.


IOC Goalkeeper Baljit Singh saving a goal during a penalty corner against ONGC at Nehru Hockey 2010 Semis


Deepak Thakur (IOC Captain), The player of the final

Player of the tournament: Kothajeet Sigh (IOC)
Best Forward: Prabhjot Sigh (IOC)
Best Mid-fielder: Diwakar Ram (ONGC)
Best Defender: VR Raghunath (IOC)
Best Goalkeeper: Baljit Singh (IOC)

Man of the final: Deepak Thakur (IOC)
Man of the third place play-off: Vikram Pillay (Air India)

In the thrilling final, the IOC started aggressively and pumped three goals against a lackluster BPCL through Captain Deepak Thakur (12″ field goal), Ramanjeet Singh (19″ field goal) and VR Raghunath (28″ penalty corner). The BPCL players finally got their act together in the second half and attacked on IOC goal continuously to find Baljit Singh under the bar foil there attacks. But Gurpreet Signh of BPCL converted a penalty corners in 58″ and Jarnail Singh scored a field in the dying moment of the game. The IOC led by experienced forward and player of the final Deepak Thakur however managed to hold on to the lead and won the match 3-2. Continue reading →

65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup: Results and Schedule

Obaidullah_Gold_Cup_LogoResults and schedule of 65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey tournament will be updated regularly on this page. Keep visiting 🙂
(PoM-> Player of the Match)

31st May, 2011 (Final):
IOC Vs BPCL : 3-2 … IOC are the champions of 65th Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup 2011,
PoM: Deepak Thakur (IOC)
3rd Position: Air India Vs ONGC: 4-3, Air India finished at 3rd Position, PoM: Vikram Pillay (Air India)

30th May, 2011 (Semifinals):
Match 17 at 6:45 PM: IOC Vs Air India : 0-6, PoM: , Scorers: Ramandeep Singh (2), Deepak Thakur (2), VR Raghunath (1) and Prabhjot Singh (1)
Match 18 at 8:30 PM: BPCL Vs ONGC : 2-1, PoM: Aamir Khan (BPCL), Scorers: BPCL: Jarnail Singh (1), Aamir Khan (1) and ONGC: Diwakar Ram (1)

Semi-finalist teams are:
Air India, ONGC, IOC and BPCL

29th May, 2011 (Quarterfinals):
Match 15 at 6:45 PM: IOC Vs Indian Railway : 4-1, PoM: Khothajeet Singh (IOC), Scorers: IOC: Deepak Thakur (2), VR Raghunath (1), Roshan Minz (1) and Indian Railways: Vivek Singh (1)
Match 16 at 8:30 PM: BPCL Vs Namdhari XI : 3-1, PoM: Sher Singh (BPCL), Scorers: BPCL: Gurpreet Singh (1), Amar Aiyamma (1), Sher Singh (1) and Namdhari XI: Gurpreet Singh (1)

28th May, 2011 (Quarterfinals):
Match 13 at 6:45 PM: Air India Vs MP Academy : 8-0, PoM: Shivendra Singh (Air India), Scorers: Shivendra Singh (4), Sameer Dad (1), Prabodh Tirkey (1), Joga Singh (1) and Birendra Lakra (1)
Match 14 at 8:30 PM: ONGC Vs PNB : 4-1, PoM: Vivek Gupta (ONGC), Scorers: ONGC: Akashdeep (2), Vikash Topo (1), Vivek Gupta (1) and PNB: Yudhveer (1)

Quarter-finalist teams are:
Air India, PNB, Namdhari XI, IOC, ONGC, MP Academy, BPCL and Indian Railways Continue reading →

65th All-India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament

The 65th All-India Obaidullah Khan Gold Cup Hockey Tournament will be held in bhopal from May 23-31, 2011. A total of 12 teams, including Sapura Club, Malaysia and Bangladesh XI, would take part in the tournament. The teams are divided in four pools, which are as following:
obaidullah khanPool A: Air India, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB),
Pool B: Sapura Club (Malaysia), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Namdhari Club,
Pool C: Bangladesh XI, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy,
Pool D: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Indian Railways and Punjab Police. Continue reading →

KSHA Hockey Academy : Coaching for All

Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) has announced a Hockey Academy to impart coaching (induction) to budding youngsters who are interested to learn playing the hockey sport. The sole objective of the academy is to develop hockey in the Karnataka State. Hockey Academy will provide coaching in three tiers: Induction, Semi-skilled and Skilled. Induction for the beginners (who wants to learn playing hockey), Semi-Skilled for the players who knows how to play hockey, but need to sharpen their skills, and Skilled for the players who need to sustain and shape their careers. The academy will function through out the year at KSHA Hockey Stadium (also known as Shanti Nagar Hockey Stadium in Bangalore), Rhenius Street, Langford Town, Bangalore 560 025 from May 1, 2011 both in the mornings and evenings. The detailed coaching schedule can be obtained at the time of enrolling. The coaching will be provided free of cost to the interested individuals by the pool of reputed coaches.

KSHA HOckey Stadium

A view of KSHA HOckey Stadium during a match between Army XI and Air India (KSHA Super League)

KSHA has appeal for financial assistance for this program to meet a short fall of about 5 lakhs annually. Please contribute to the extent possible to help the hockey development and coaching. Contribution can be made online in the following account:
Current A/c No: 04142010012633
Syndicate Bank, Langford Town Branch, Bangalore 560 025
IFSC – SYNBH 0000414
or by Cheque/DD in the name of KSHA payable at Bangalore
For more details please contact the KSHA ( and the full text of Appeal for Financial Assistance and Hockey Coaching Circular are given below.

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Arjun Halappa to don Captain’s Arm Band

Senior most member of the Indian team Arjun Halappa finally gets the chance to wear the Captain’s Arm Band, he has been named captain for the forthcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held from 5th to 15th May, 2011. He was the captain of India A in 2004 and he is the most capped player of the current team (with 223 caps). He has played under captaincy of very junior players but never complained. Hope he will lead the Indian team to glory as he does in the mid-field during the game.

Arjun Halappa

Arjun Halappa

Brief Profile of Arjun Halappa Son of former East Bengal Hockey Club player B.K. Halappa, Arjun joined the Centre of Excellence in 1998. Hails from Coorg. Played his first Senior Nationals at Hyderabad next year and was picked among the 72 probables for a conditioning camp. Made his Jr.internl debut in the Europe tour same year under coaches C.R. Kumar and Harendera. Posted eight goals in the 2000 Junior Asia Cup, including a brace in the semis. Scored vital goals at Hobart Jr. World Cup before earning senior spurs in coach Cedric D’Souza’s regime as a part of title winning Dhaka Prime Minister Gold Cup team. Since then cemented his place in the senior side.

Captained India for the Prince Taekemada Cup (Gifu, Japan) in 2004. Led Bangalore Lions to PHL titles. After brief stint in Canara Bank, joined Indian Airlines in 2002 after figuring in the KL World Cup.

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