Hat-trick by Shivendra as Air India register a win on 2nd day of Bangalore

BANGALORE, October 11:  A hat-trick by Indian star forward Shivendra Singh lifted Air India as they came back twice from behind to win against Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited 4-2 for their first win in 1st Bengaluru Cup All-India invitational hockey tournament.

Shivendra Singh (Air India Hockey)

Shivendra Singh scored a hat-trick in Air India’s 4-2 victory against BPCL

BPCL, playing their first match, forged into the lead in the eighth minute when Amir Khan tapped in from the goalmouth after Asian Games gold medalist SV Sunil did the spadework. Sunil cut into the circle from the left flank and dribbled down the goal-line towards the left post and sent a short pass to Amir Khan who made no mistake.

Air India drew parity in the 24th minute with a stinging shot from Shivendra Singh from an acute angle. BPCL took the lead once again seven minutes into the second session when defender William Xalxo sounded the boards following their third penalty corner. Continue reading →

1st Edition of Bangalore Cup Started Today

The hosts Karnataka had mixed luck on the opening day of 1st Bangalore Cup All-India Hockey Tournament being organized by Hockey Karnataka at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The host men’s team began with a 4-2 victory over Army XI while their women counter part lost 1-3 to Central Railway.

Kusha KP receiving man of the match award from Dr Prabhakar, SAI at Bangalore

Kusha KP receiving man of the match award from Dr Prabhakar, SAI at Bangalore

In the other women’s match, MP Academy edged past Western Railway 2-1 with all the goals coming in the second-half. Later, the star-studded Indian Oil Corporation Ltd eased past Air India 3-1. Internationals Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot scored through field goals in the 21st and 25th minutes to put IOCL 2-0 ahead before Gurjinder Singh made it 3-0 in the 40th with a penalty corner conversion. Air India drew some consolation with a 42nd minute strike by Joga Singh. Continue reading →

MPHA won Sub-Junior Women Hockey Nationals (A Division) at Pune

New Delhi, 27th May 2014: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Jharkhand 5-2 in the finals of the 4th Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Hockey Championship (Division A) held at Pune, Maharashtra today. While Chandigarh defeated Haryana 3-1 to finish win the Bronze Medal.

Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy: the Champions 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 – Women (A-Division)

Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy: the Champions 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 – Women (A-Division)

In the final match played between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Hockey Jharkhand, the opening goal of the match came from MPHA’s Preeti Dubey as early as in the 2nd minute of the game. Two quick goals collaborated by Pratibha Arya and Preeti Dubey in the 17th and 22nd minute respectively indicated the game to be in favour of MPHA . The score stood at 3-0 until the whistle blew signalling the end of first half. Continue reading →

Odisha Won 4th Sub Junior Hockey Nationals 2014 – Men (A Division)

Ranchi, 25th May 2014: Hockey Odisha emerged as the champions of the 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 – Men (A Division) by winning over Haryana 3-1 in the final played at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Whereas, Punjab finished 3rd place by defeating Jharkhand with a score of 3-1 on board.

Hockey Odisha: The Champions 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 - Men (A Division)

Hockey Odisha: The Champions 4th Sub Junior National Hockey Championship 2014 – Men (A Division)

In an exciting match played between Hockey Odisha and Haryana, Odisha lifts the title and defeated Haryana with a mere goal margin of 3-1. The winning team showed their superiority scoring three consecutive goals in the entire match not letting Haryana to score a single goal in the first half of the game. 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 →