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 →

Australia beat India to Take 5th Consecutive Gold at CWG

Australia, the world number one side showed their dominance in the final of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and defeated India 4-0 to retain the title. In the Bronze medal match, England edged past New Zealand in dramatic penalty shoot-out 4-2 after having scores locked 3-3 in regulation time.

In the women’s hockey competition at Glasgow 2014, Australia won Gold, while England and New Zealand took Silver and Bronze respectively.

Australia the Gold medalists, India the Silver medalists and England the Bronze medalists at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Australia the Gold medalists, India the Silver medalists and England the Bronze medalists at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Australia have won every gold medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 1998 making it 5 consecutive Gold at the quadrennial event. India was silver medalists in last edition CWG 2010 in Delhi. In the Glasgow, Ashley Jackson of England was joint top scorer at the tournament alongside Chris Ciriello of Australia. Continue reading →

England Edge New Zealand in Shoot-Out to Take Bronze at Glasgow 2014

England edged past New Zealand in a dramatic shoot out to claim Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre earlier today, while Australia outclassed India by 4-0 to win their 5th consecutive Gold at the games.

England's players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand  at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s players celebrate their victory in the bronze medal match against New Zealand at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Child gave New Zealand the lead with a classy finish in the 12th minute, while England saw both Iain Lewers and Ashley Jackson sin-binned in what was a heated opening period to the bronze medal match. England turned the game around in the space of three minutes when first Alastair Brogdon found the target from close range and then Jackson flicked home from a penalty corner to take a 2-1 lead, however Kiwi’s Andy Hayward equalised in the 33rd minute to bring the scores level going into the break.? Continue reading →

Australia Women Retain CWG Title, New Zealand get Bronze

In the most dramatic of circumstances the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, won a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday as they struck late to overhaul a determined England team in a shoot-out. While New Zealand Women’s Hockey team beat South Africa 5-2 to win Bronze medal at Glasgow 2014.

The Hockeyroos react to winning the shoot-out against USA in the Semi-Final of Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

File Photo: Hockeyroos Celebrating (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

In the Gold Medal match, trailing 1-0 with 18 seconds remaining, defender Jodie Kenny showed her cool as slotted home a late, late equaliser from a penalty corner rebound to force the shoot-out.

Lily Owsley had earlier put England ahead against the run of play but Kenny’s leveller brought the tournament to a nail biting conclusion with captain Madonna Blyth stepping up to score the winning goal in the shoot-out.

On the night, Australia had heroines across the park with Casey Eastham and Georgie Parker also finding the target in the shoot-out while goalkeeper Rachael Lynch demonstrated her pedigree saving from England’s Susie Gilbert and forcing Nicola White wide. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs Australia in final: A Re-Match of 2010 Finals

India came down from 2-0 to defeat New Zealand 3-2 to set-up grand finale at Galsgow 2014 against defending champions of Commonwealth Games Australia in a re-match of 2010 edition’s final.

India's PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India’s PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra celebrate at the final whistle after victory over New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The reigning World Champions Australia beat England in the first semi final by 4-1 to continue their winning streak to seal their place in a fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games final on Saturday. Continue reading →