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”

All India MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament -2015: Schedule and Results

All India MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament -2015

All India MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament -2015 LogoVenue: Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Egmore, Chennai
Date: 16th-26th July, 2015

Participating teams in All India MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2015:
Pool A: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC); Karnataka Hockey; Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG); Mumbai Hockey; Namdhari XI.
Pool B: Indian Overseas Bank (IOB); Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB); Army XI; Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL); Indian Railways.

Detailed Schedule and Results of All India MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2015: Continue reading →

Punjab Retain Jr Men Nationals Title, Haryana finished 3rd

6 April 2014: Punjab outclassed Odisha by 6-2 in the finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) to retain their Junior National Champions title, Haryana defeated SAI 7-3 to finish 3rd.

Harjeet Singh (Punjab): Man of the Tournament in action against Odisha

Harjeet Singh (Punjab): Man of the Tournament in action against Odisha

Individual Awards Of The Tournament –
Best Goalkeeper- Jugraj (Punjab)
Best Defender- Nilam Sanjeev Xess (Odisha)
Best Midfielder- Sumit (Haryana)
Best Forward- Joseph Toppo (Odisha)
Man of the Tournament- Harjeet Singh (Punjab)

In an exciting finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship (Division A), played today in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the defending champions Punjab held Hockey Odisha back on their feet as the penetrated a total of six goals to bag the championship title for the second time and let Hockey Odisha keep a mere two goals in their account.

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Odisha face Defending Champions Punjab in Final

5 April 2014: Odisha will face the Defending Champions Punjab in the final of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) after winning their respective semi finals at Chennai.

Action during Odisha vs SAI semi-final match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

Action during Odisha vs SAI semi-final match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

In the first semi-final match between Haryana and Punjab, the Defending Champions beat their neighbours by 6-2 and Hockey Odisha defeated Sports Authority of India by 6-0 in a one-sided match in the second semi-final.

For the finale tomorrow while Punjab is all set to retain its title, Hockey Odisha is eyeing to settle scores with Punjab, as last year too both teams had met in the finals where Hockey Odisha lost to Punjab 2-1. This year it is yet to be seen who outwits the other to take the title home. Continue reading →

Odisha and SAI in Semis of Jr Men Nationals (A-Division)

3 April 2014: Odisha and SAI confirmed their places in the semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) being played in Chennai. Haryana and Punjab are already in the semi-finals to be played this Saturday.

Action during Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

Action during Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

Haryana will take on Punjab on Saturday in the first semi-final match and Sports Authority of India will clash against Odisha in the second semi-final match. It is yet to be seen who will keep their nerves and take the bus to the finale.

In Pool B match, Hockey Odisha continues its winning form and in its 3rd match of Pool B, the team beats Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd convincing to enter the next stage of the tournament. The team beat the opponents with a 4-0 margin and not giving them a single chance to open their scorecard. Continue reading →

Punjab and Haryana in the Semis of Jr Men Nationals (A-Division)

2 April 2014: Punjab and Haryana have qualified for the semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) being played in Chennai. Haryana and Punjab will face each other in 1st semi-final on Saturday.

Action during Jharkhand vs Haryana match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

Action during Jharkhand vs Haryana match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Chennai

In a Pool C match, both Haryana and Jharkhand held their fort for a long time as they played a self-protective game and did not let each other go for the kill, until Haryana’s Karmbir managed to sneak in a field goal, as late as in the 42nd minute of the game. Shortly, Karmbir was supported by team-mate Nikhil Saroha in the 45th minute which gave Haryana a 2-0 lead over Jharkhand. With just a minute in hand before the final buzzer went off, Jharkhand’s Amit Bhengra sliced in a field goal which only helped the team in reducing the goal difference to 2-1. Haryana registered their second win in the championship and entered the semi-finals from Pool C. Continue reading →