Malaysian Junior Hockey Team in Bangalore for World Cup Preparation

Malaysian junior men’s hockey team i.e. Project 2013 Hockey Squad, is in Bangalore (India) on two weeks playing tour. The team is currently playing in the 1st Phase of KSHA State Super Division Hockey Tournament 2012-13.

Project 2013 Squad (Malaysia Junior Hockey Team) with coaching staff Dharmaraj (Chief Coach) and Gobinathan (Asst Coach), Dr Saju Josesh, Razana (Physio) during KSHA Super Division Hockey League 2013

Project 2013 Squad (Malaysia Junior Hockey Team) with coaching staff Dharmaraj (Chief Coach) and Gobinathan (Asst Coach), Dr Saju Josesh, Razana (Physio) during KSHA Super Division Hockey League 2013

The Malaysian outfit reached Bangalore today and played their first match against Ashish Ballal Hockey Academy (ABHA) in evening at KSHA Hockey Stadium. Continue reading →

World Class Hockey Tournament for School Kids Concluded, RDT Inclusive High School Emerge Champions

Hockey action under flood lights, Kookaburra balls in use, doctors/physios & ambulance on the sidelines, with a glittering LED Screen showing live action for the audience, a creative and huge scoreboard, DJ playing music after every goal, a band performing during break, guests being escorted by marching Jawans, a Checkered back drop for giving away Man of the Match after every game, a specially designed Souvenir release, firecrackers and the National Anthem sung in chorus by everyone present, etc are rarest of sights in India. Few of these happens in tournaments like WSH or IPL, but its heartening to see all of them being done at an Inter School Hockey Tournament in Bengaluru.

South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament 2012 Champions RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur (AP) with chief Guest Allan Schofield (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist)

South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament 2012 Champions RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur (AP) with chief Guest Allan Schofield (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist) (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

The sight at Bangalore’s only Hockey Stadium aka Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, was no less than an international level tournament all at a school tournament i.e. South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament. The tournament is organized by Jude Felix Hockey Academy every year, and the 2nd (2012) edition of tournament was sponsored by South United FC (a sports venture of Lokko Sports Pvt Ltd). 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 →

World Class Support Staff to Assist Coaches in WSH

The World Series Hockey will not only contribute to enhancement of the profile of hockey in India, but also provide a highly professional environment and leadership to each of the eight franchise teams. All the Head Coaches will have a retinue of support staff that includes a Coach, High Performance Manager, Team Manager, Physio, Video Analyst, Team Doctor and two Masseurs.

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Ashish Ballal giving to tips his wards players during KSHA Super League 2011

Following the Draft of players earlier this week, an array of former international stars and men with proven coaching ability have come on board as team coaches to assist the Head Coach. The coaches include: former India star Ashish Ballal (Mumbai), Darryl D’Souza (Delhi), Romeo James (Chennai), Charles Gaudoin (Chandigarh), Jorge Dabanch (Punjab), Shanmugam (Bangalore), Senthil Kumar (Bhopal) and Rahul Singh (Pune).

While Ballal, D’Souza and James represented India with distinction, Dabanch, Gaudoin have vast coaching experience. Shanmugam has been associated with the Jude Felix Hockey Academy in Bangalore since its inception and Senthil Kumar has been a player of note on the domestic front. The coaches will play critical roles in getting their teams up to speed for the tournament as they will also double up as sounding boards for the Head Coach besides ensuring effective implementation of game plans and tactics. Continue reading →

World Series Hockey Organizing Team

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith (source: WSH)

World Series Hockey Organizing Team include big names not only in hockey such as former coaches/players/captains of India, administrators Dennis Meredith (member of the FIH panel of Tournament Directors) as Technical Director and Peter Von Reth (former Chairman of FIH Umpiring Committee) as sports technical manager but also veteran in sports management industry Preeti Pariat Mehta (Event Director of 2010 Hockey World Cup) as Event Director.

Technical Committee Members of World Series Hockey:

Dennis Meredith: Technical Director of WSH, has been responsible for multiple Olympic Games, Hockey World Cups, Champion Trophies, Commonwealth Games and Champions Challenges during his tenure with the FIH.
Joaquim Carvolho: Arjuna Award winning former coach and player of India
Ashish Ballal: Former Captain and recognized as one of the best goalkeepers of India
Dr MP Ganesh: Arjuna Award winning Former Coach and Captain of India
Peter Von Reth: Former Chairman of the FIH Umpiring Committee, has worked on multiple Olympic Games and Hockey World Cups as Umpire and Umpire Manager
Shahbaz Ahmed: World Cup winning captain of Pakistan, recognized as one of the best forwards in the history of the game
Zafar Iqbal: Olympic Gold Medalist and former Captain, has also served as the Chief National Coach for India

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Ashish Ballal giving to tips his wards players during KSHA Super League 2011

And Event Director:

Preeti Pariat Mehta: over 23 years of vast experience in organizing global events across multiple sports like Cricket, Hockey, Golf, Polo, Aquatics, Billiards and Adventure Sports, has signed on with World Series Hockey as Event Director. Her notable assignments are ICC Cricket World Cups in 2011 & 2007, Champions League T20 in 2011 & 2009, ICC Champions Trophy in 2006, India Open Golf and the World Billiards Championships, apart from the 2010 Hockey World Cup in India. 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.

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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
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For more details please contact the KSHA (www.karnatakahockey.org) and the full text of Appeal for Financial Assistance and Hockey Coaching Circular are given below.

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