Giving is ‘fun’da: JFHA Summer Camp for Everybody in Bangalore

Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) is organizing summer camp from 7th-21st April and 4th-18th May 2013. The camp is open for all irrespective of skills or age, but there will be separate training groups based on skills and age.

Fitness is of prime importance, so the warm down, P Shanmugham observing the kids

Fitness is of prime importance, so the warm down, P Shanmugham observing the kids

Guest instructors, including current and former international players and Olympians like Dhanraj Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Lehnn Aiyappa, Vinaya VS and others, will join the JFHA Coaching Staff headed byOlympian Jude Felix in training the athletes at the camp.

 Giving is ‘fun’da

Why: We, at JFHA, believe in giving. And what better way to do that, than to reach out all, as a way to give back something to society through what we know best… HOCKEY. Continue reading →

Curtain Raiser Event – 2nd JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament – All set for Nov 7-10

Once again Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) proved their desire to do things differently, with  a spectacular curtain raiser event for the upcoming 2nd edition of JFHA Inter School Hockey tournament, which will be played from 7-10 November at KSHA Hockey Stadium aka Shantinagar Hockey Stadium under floodlights.

2012 JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament Curtain Raiser

2012 JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament Curtain Raiser

Hockey Stars’ Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, SV Sunil, SK Uthappa, Legendary Goalkeeper Ashish Ballal, Mr K Krishnamurthy (Hon Secretary, KSHA) and Mr Saranga Pani (one of Founders of CSIM) graced the occasion and made it an amazing Sunday along with all the donors & well wishers of JFHA, the event was held at JFHA ground,  Maria Niketan School. Continue reading →

Punjab Won Senior Men’s Hockey National Championship (India) by Defeating Air India in Final

Bangalore, Oct 2: An own goal in the second minute of extra-time gave Punjab a 2-1 victory over Air India in the final of Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship, here on Tuesday.

National Champions Punjab receiving trophy from Jagadish Shettar (CM, Karnataka) and Arun Jaitly (BJP Leader)

National Champions Punjab receiving trophy from Jagadish Shettar (CM, Karnataka) and Arun Jaitly (BJP Leader)

After a blank first-half, Punjab took the lead through Prabhdeep Singh (36th), but Air India leveled a couple of minutes later when Vinaya Vokkaliga (38th) converted a penalty corner.

With the regulation period ending in a 1-1 deadlock, the extra-time was enforced and in the second minute, Gurbaaj Singh’s hard hit from the right went into the goal off defender Joga Singh’s stick for the match-winner. Continue reading →

Air India Defeated Karnataka to Enter the Final of Senior Men’s National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Oct 1: Last year’s runners-up Karnataka squandered a 2-0 lead and went down 2- 3 to Air India who scored the match winner just as the hooter went to enter the final of Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship here on Monday.

Air India after Defeating Karnataka (3-2) to Enter in Final of Senior Men's National Championship India

Air India after Defeating Karnataka (3-2) to Enter in Final

In Tuesday’s final, Air India will take on Punjab who earlier knocked out defending champions Haryana 4-1.

Air India, out of the frame for a major portion of the match with Karnataka leading 2-0 on goals by Pundalik Bellary (32nd) and Nitin Thimmaiah (44th), enjoyed a profitable 20-minute spell when they scored thrice. Continue reading →

Core group of Olympic probables announced, Halappa and Rajpal are not Considered

Having booked their ticket to London Olympic Games after defeating France by 8-1 in the final of Hero FIH Road to London, (Olympic Qualifier at Delhi), Hockey India has announced a series of Coaching Camps for the Men Probables at SAI Centre Bangalore from 05 March 2012. Indian men’s team will be playing a number of tournaments before kicking off their campgain at the Olympic Games at London from 27 July – 12 August 2012. India has received invitations for two 4 Nations Tournaments at Lahore, Pakistan and Santandar, Spain besides the Olympic Test Events at London and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan

Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey besides Chief Coach Michael Nobbs held a Selection Meeting to decide on the Core Group of Probables for future camps. They unanimously selected the 48 probables who would be in consideration for the team that would play in the Olympic Games.

The big names like former captains and seasoned players, Arjun Halappa and Rajpal Singh, are missing from the list of probables. Earlier Rajpal Singh was not selected for on the basis of fitness while Arjun Halappa considered good enough for standbys for Olympic Qualifiers Squad. The omission of both the players from scheme of things has came as big shock for hockey fraternity in the country. But this is usual in Indian hockey, players have been left out without any major/minor issue with their onfield performance including Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’souza, Rajpal Singh and Deepak Thakur to name a few in recent past.

The list of probables is as following: Continue reading →

Bollywood Brigade joins Bridgestone World Series Hockey

Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre company, has come on board as the ‘Title Sponsor’ of World Series Hockey (WSH), the biggest-ever hockey league in the world. And Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan became the latest celebrity fan of Bridgestone World Series Hockey as he unveiled the dazzling trophy at a glittering function held today in Mumbai.

The versatile actor spoke passionately about hockey being a family heirloom, starting with his grandfather, the Senior Nawab of Patuadi, Iftikar Ali Khan Patuadi who played for India. Saif confirmed his participation at the opening ceremony of the Bridgestone WSH in Chandigarh on February 29.

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

Viren Rasquinha, Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D'souza, Rajpal and Saif Ali Khan Unveiling the Bridgestone WSH Trophy

 Bollywood has come out in full support of the inaugural path breaking Bridgestone WSH. Action star and sports enthusiast Suniel Shetty is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ for the league. ‘Anna’ (Suniel Shetty) said, “The Bridgestone WSH is an idea whose time has come. I’m proud to be supporting our national game and I’m sure the Bridgestone WSH will help hockey regain its pride.”

Bridgestone World Series Hockey will be a star studded event and many more celebrities will be a part of this league.

H. Tanigawa, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We are thrilled with our association with World Series Hockey. This is a revolutionary concept and we want to be a catalyst in promoting India’s national game amongst millions of passionate fans.” He further added, “Bridgestone has been actively associated with various marquee sporting events and joining hands with World Series Hockey is a natural extension of our marketing philosophy. We look forward to a long term win-win association”

Nimbus Sport COO Yannick Colaco said, “We are delighted to welcome Bridgestone as the title sponsor for the inaugural World Series Hockey. The Bridgestone World Series Hockey is all set to wow the hockey enthusiasts around the world with unmatched skill and excitement. It is indeed a landmark moment to have a reputed international brand like Bridgestone begin its association with Hockey through WSH.”