Haryana Enter Semi-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Scoring twice in each half, defending champions Haryana defeated Manipur 4-2 to become the first team to enter the semi-finals of Hockey India’s senior men’s National hockey championship here today.

Bharat Chhikara (Haryana) socred two goals against Manipur in Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Bharat Chhikara (Haryana) socred two goals against Manipur in Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Spearheading the Haryana charge was India forward Bharat Chhikara who opened the scoring with goals in the third and sixth minutes while Mandeep Antil (43rd) and Didar Singh (44th) netted one apiece from penalty corners.

Manipur, playing in their maiden quarter-final game at this level, went down fighting with penalty corner goals by Jayantakumar Meitel (31st, 60th) keeping them in the frame, but Haryana held their ground in the last 10 minutes. Continue reading →

Karnataka, Jharkhand qualify for Quarterfinals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 29: Hosts Karnataka and Jharkhand completed the quarter-final line-up with emphatic victories in the concluding league matches of Hockey India’s 2nd Senior National hockey championship, here on Saturday.

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Unbeaten Karnataka topped pool B with a 5-1 win over Andhra Pradesh who could not sustain the initial spirit while Jharkhand, with Ajitesh Roy scoring four goals, outplayed debutants Sashastra Seema Bal 9-1 for an all-win record in pool D.

The quarter-final line-up is: holders Haryana vs Manipur; Punjab vs Indian Railways; Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu; Jharkhand vs Air India. All the four matches will be played on Sunday. Continue reading →

Punjab Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India), Manipur on Course

Bangalore, Sept 27: Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored thrice each as Punjab raced to a 7-2 win against the Services in their concluding pool C league game and entered the quarter-finals of Hockey India’s Second Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship, here on Thursday.

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Earlier in morning session, Manipur pulled off a fine 9-3 win against fancied Bihar in a Pool H to strengthen their chance for Knock-Out stage. Now, Manipur need a draw in their Next Match against Combined Universities, to be played tomorrow (28th Sept) at 2:30 PM. After today’s 14-0 win against Andaman & Nicobar and draw against Bihar, Combined need to win the match against Manipur to be in Quarters.

In Pool F, Uttar Pradesh also recorded their second win when they hammered Tripura 24-0 with Chandan Singh and Mohd Amir Khan topping the scorers list with seven goals apiece. Continue reading →

Haryana in Quarters, Punjab vs Services match tomorrow will decide Pool C winner, in Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

BANGALORE, Sept 26: Haryana escaped with a draw against Maharashtra and confirmed their berth in the Quarter Finals of the Men’s Senior National Championship (India), where they will face the winners of Pool H in the quarter finals.

Bharat Chhikara (Harayana) during Haryana Vs Maharashtra on Day 4 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

Bharat Chhikara (Harayana) during Haryana Vs Maharashtra on Day 4 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Indian team star Bharat Chhikara opened the scoring and talismanic mid-fielder Sardar Singh scored Equalizer for defending champions Haryana.

Bhopal defeated Puducherry 6-2 in the Pool A match, while Manipur scored 16 goals against the minnows – Andaman & Nicobar in Pool H.  Bihar and Combined Universities played 1-1 draw in the  2nd match of the pool.

Services defeated Jammu & Kashmir 18-0 in Pool C, and will face Punjab tomorrow (27th Sept) at 4:00PM in the Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore. Winner of Punjab vs Services will be through to Quarters, however Services needs just a draw to be in final eight teams. Continue reading →

Air India and Tamil Nadu in Quarters of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

BANGALORE, Sept 25: Defending champion Haryana continued its winning spree in the 2nd Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship, setting for a 3-1 verdict against a fighting Puducherry for its third straight win in Pool A league here today, and are on course for a berth in the quarter finals. While, Maharashtra, who will face Haryana tomorrow (26 Sept) at 8:30AM, defeated Bengal (3-1) in the early morning match today.

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Air India out classed Nagaland with the score board reading 16-0, to make three wins from three league matches and confirming their berth in the quarters. Air India will take on winners of Pool D in 4th Quarter Final on 30th September.

Tamil Nadu, who drew with Odisha in their campaign opener, won 16-1 against Kerala and qualified for the Quarter Finals on the basis of better goal difference (39), while Odisha defeated Gujarat 17-0 and managed to get a goal difference of 34. Continue reading →

Haryana and Punjab continue their winning streak on Day 2 of Men’s National Championship (India)

Defending Champions Haryana continued their winning streak by defeating Bengal  8-0 in a one sided match played at the Bangalore Hockey Stadium. While Punjab, semi finalists of last edition of Sr Men’s National Championship, also recorded their 2nd win of the campaign, by defeating Chhattisgarh 12-0 which includes 5 goals from Junior India captain Akashdeep Singh.

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Services, who could not reach the quarters in the last edition with a tough competitor of Punjab in Pool C in this edition, got a walk over against Arunachal Pradesh, as they did not turn up for the tournament.While in Pool A –  Hockey Bhopal, who lost to Haryana in their first match, recorded their first win against Maharashtra (2-1).

In the afternoon session, Air India got an easy win over Rajasthan (9-0) in Pool E, while Madhya Pradesh who lost against Air India in the first match, won against Nagaland 9-2. Continue reading →