Riding on Sumit Toppo’s Hat-trick Odisha won Junior Hockey Nationals 2015 (Men, A-Division)

Sumit Toppo scored hat-trick as Odisha won the title of the 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) A-Division by defeating Punjab by 4-3 in the fitting finale played in Chamundi Vihar Stadium, Mysore (Karnataka). Haryana finished 3rd position with a 3-0 victory ove Himachal.

Odisha: The Champions of 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) A Division

Odisha: The Champions of 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) A Division

The Finals of the 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) ‘’A’’ Division lived up to the moment as the clash was intense and exciting and which kept the spectators at the stadium and hockey fans across India glued onto the match which was even viewed LIVE on DD Sports. It was Hockey Odisha which kept its nerves to come back into the game and win the Final by 4-3. What worked in the team’s favour were Sumit Toppo’s 3 individual goals leaving the opponents completely dented. Continue reading →

Assam Clinches Sr Women Nationals B-Division Title, Delhi 3rd

19 March 2014: Assam clinched the title of 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) as they managed to beat Himachal Pradesh 3-2 in a hard-fought final played at the Aish Bagh Stadium in Bhopal.

Assam: The winner 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B), Bhopal

Assam: The winner 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B), Bhopal

Himachal Pradesh gave a challenging start to the game when Ravita Chauhan scored the very first goal for the team in the 4th minute of the game itself. Assam took no time in returning the favour and found the target twice in 6th and 8th minute with the help of Dolly Yadav and Maully Yadav, respectively and took away lead from Himachal by the end of the first half at 2-1. Continue reading →

Himachal to face Assam in Finals of Sr Women Nationals (B-Division)

18 March 2014: Himachal Pradesh pipped Delhi in shoot-out and Assam beat Tamil Nadu to enter the finals of the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) being played at Aish Bagh Hockey Stadium in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Action during Assam vs Tamil Nadu semi-final match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) in Bhopal

Action during Assam vs Tamil Nadu semi-final match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) in Bhopal

In the first semi-final, Assam defeated Tamil Nadu 3-1 to book their berth for the finals of the championship. Tamil Nadu opened its account in the 4th minute through field goal scored by Karuppayee but Assam’s Seema Bharti’s quick reply in the 6th minute leveled the scores of the match. A penalty corner conversion by Shikha Singh in the 15th minute and a field goal by Pooja Choudhary in the 31st minute helped Assam take the lead 3-1 till the half time. Continue reading →

Delhi in Semis of Sr Women Nationals (B-Division)

15 March 2014: Delhi defeated Rajasthan by 4-0 in a Pool D match to secure its third consecutive win and enter in to the Semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B).

The match saw a slow start in the first half of the game as Delhi pocketed its first goal in the 33rd minute through Ruby Khod’s field goal and Delhi secured the lead over Rajasthan with 1-0 by the half time. Whereas, in the second half of the game, Delhi picked up the pace and stroked in three more goals and wrapped up the match at 4-0. Delhi’s Sunita Rani and Captain Teena pierced in a penalty corner in 45th minute and a field goal in the 52nd minute respectively, but closing goal for the match came through Ruby Khod as a field goal in the 67th minute and took the lead ahead by 4 goals to 0 and helped Delhi qualify for the semi-finals. Continue reading →

Day 2 at the Senior Women Nationals at Bhopal

14 March 2014: On the 2nd day of the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship (A-Division), Vidarbha Hockey Association rain 11 goals on team Goa in Pool A, while Himachal Pradesh crushed Jammu & Kashmir 12-0, Rajasthan beat Puducherry 6-0 and Assam edged past Bengal 1-0.

Action from Goa vs Vidarbha Hockey Association Match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B)

Action from Goa vs Vidarbha Hockey Association Match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B)

After Captain Roshni Kupale scored the first goal for her team, Vidarbha Hockey Association, in the 16th minute it was Sarika Malkhede who scored a hat-trick goal. While 2 goals came before the end of 1st half right after the start of 2nd half she scored her third goal for her team.

Post that it was Sarita Malkhede who went on to score a hat-trick goal which she delivered within 6 minutes and came in the 43rd, 47th and 48th minute. After that it was again Sarika Malkhede who added another 2 goals to tally in the 53rd and 62nd minute. This helped Vidarbha Hockey Association take an easy win over Goa. Continue reading →

In Semis of Sr Nationals (B Division): Namdhari XI vs Gangpur and Mumbai vs Maharashtra

10 March 2014: Namdhari XI and Mumbai emerged as the pool winners of Pool A and Pool B respectively, thus setting up semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) against Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Maharashtra.

Action during Himachal Pradesh vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Action during Himachal Pradesh vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

The semi-finals will be played on 12th March (Wednesday) at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, while Division A of the tournament gets underway on 11th March at the same stadium.

Namdhari XI, continuing its winning spell, defeated Rajasthan 3-1 in their last Pool A league match. Continue reading →