Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha & MPHA in final 4 at Mysore

20 March 2014: Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy have confirmed their spots in the semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) being played at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground today.

Goal mouth action in Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

Goal mouth action in Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

Haryana will meet Jharkhand and Hockey Odisha to fight Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in the semi-finals this Saturday.

In Pool B match, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy registered their third consecutive win after beating Bhopal 4-0 and qualified to play the semi-finals. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy’s Rakhi Prajapati damaged Bhopal’s confidence in the 9th minute of the game by successfully piercing in a field goal. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy took the lead ahead with a 3-0 margin by the end of the first half when Captain Priyanka Wankhede and Suman Devi TH struck two field goals in a span of two minutes in the 20th and 21st minute, respectively. Continue reading →

Haryana vs Jharkhand and Railways vs Punjab in Semis at Bhopal

20 March 2014: Railways, Haryana, Jharkhand and Punjab qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (A Division) in Bhopal at Aish Bagh and MDC stadium.

Railways' Joydeep Kaur hitting during a penalty corner against Bihar at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

Railways’ Joydeep Kaur hitting during a penalty corner against Bihar at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

Haryana will meet Jharkhand in the first Semi-final and Punjab will take on Railways in the second semi final to be played this Saturday.

In a pool B match, Railways defeated Bihar with a massive goal difference of 24-0 including 20 Field Goals and four penalty corners. The first goal was scored by Rani in the 5th minute. Rani emerged as the highest scorer of the match scoring in the 8th, 34th, 46th and 62 minute. By half time, Railways had consolidated 11-0 lead over Bihar. Railways continued their dominance in the second half as well where they scored additional 13 goals to take the score further ahead to 24-0. Team Bihar failed to convert any of the opportunities into goals. Continue reading →

Big Win for Defending Champs Haryana on Day 1 of Sr Women Nationals (A-Division)

18 March 2014: Defending Champions Haryana defeated Odisha 11-0 in their Pool A opening game at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) at Bhopal.

Haryana vs Odisha during the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

Haryana vs Odisha during the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

Haryana’s Navneet Kaur and Navjot Kaur pocketed five and three goals respectively and led the team to a splendid 11-0 win.

Haryana penetrated its first goal in the 7th minute when Navneet Kaur made no mistake while piercing a Field Goal. Navjot Kaur stroked in another field goal in the 18th minute giving the team a 2-0 lead. The end of the first half saw Haryana dominating the game a margin of 6 goals to 0. Continue reading →

FCI beat Haryana 4-1 at the Sr Nationals (A Division)

12 March 2014: Food Corporation of India (FCI) stunned Haryana by 4-1, Uttar Pradesh and Railways registered their 2nd wins while Bhopal started on winning note on the Day-2 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) beign played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Malak Singh of Railway trying to snatch the ball from Tamil Nadu defender at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

Malak Singh of Railway trying to snatch the ball from Tamil Nadu defender at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

Food Corporation of India made an impressive comeback on the second day after losing their first match against Railways yesterday and registered their very first win in the championship as they defeated Haryana by an inspiring 4-1 on board in Pool D. FCI was in no mood to settle down or give away goals to their opponent. The dominating attitude was visible from the very first half of the match as the Food Corporation of India led by 3-0 with Ganendrajit Ningomban, Sunil and Vikram striking a goal each in the 6th, 18th and 22nd minute of the first half, respectively. Continue reading →

Hosts UP start Sr Hockey Nationals on Winning Note

11 March 2014: Hosts Uttar Pradesh opened their account on a winning note by defeating Odisha 5-2 on the opening day of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Surender Kumar (Food Corporation of India) attempting to intercept an areal ball against Indian Railways at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

Surender Kumar (Food Corporation of India) attempting to intercept an areal ball against Indian Railways at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (A-Division) at Luckhnow

In other matches of the day, Jharkhand and Indian Railways defeated their respective opponents Bhopal and Food Corporation of India by the same scorelines of 3-0. While Tamil Nadu got walk over as Andaman & Nicobar failed to show up in Pool D.

Uttar Pradesh dominated the first half of the game by 2-0 with one field goal by Amir Khan in the 10th minute and Diwakar Ram converting a penalty corner in the 33rd minute of the game. Continue reading →

Rani: The Spectacular Hockey Goal Scorer from Shahabad

In June 2001, a seven-year old daughter of a cart-puller from Shahabad Markanda (Haryana) picked up Hockey Stick, and debuted for India in 2008 Olympic Qualifiers in Russia  at the age of just 14.

Rani Rampal Childhood Photographs

Rani Rampal receiving some prizes in her early hockey playing days (Do not use the photo without permission)

Rani Rampal, born on 4th December 1994, has represented India in more than 100 matches and have scored some of best goals in women’s hockey. Continue reading →