Finally, issue resolved! Govt recorgnises Hockey India

Finally, the decision has been taken and Hockey India has been recognised by Govt of India as National Sports Federation (NSF) for the sport of Hockey (Men’s and Women’s).

Hockey India LogoThe long pending issue of governing body of Hockey in India, which was affecting the sport in the country, is now settled. This decision of government is expected to have a positive impact on the promotion and development of National Sport of India i.e. Hockey.

According to a press release by Hockey India, it’s a moment of ecstasy for them today as they have finally been assigned the responsibility of promoting Hockey in India. Government of India through Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognized Hockey India as the sole body responsible towards promotion of sport in national and international arena. Continue reading →

Andreu dreams of producing an International Hockey Player from Anantapur, but…

Andreu Enrich, former Spanish International Hockey Player, dreams of producing an International Player from Anantapur through Stick for India (a hockey project of Rural Development Trust (Fundación Vicente Ferrer) started in 2006 by Santi Freixa and Andreu Enrich)

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu came to India for the first time in 2005 with the national team of Spain to participate in the Champions Trophy at Chennai. He and Santi extended their stay to visit RDT at Anantapur. After the visit, they proposed a hockey school.

To find the response for hockey among the kids, they started off with summer camps, which were received well among the children where nobody talked about hockey. And, then hockey was introduced at 10 adopted centres, where boys/girls teams were formed and leagues were played. Continue reading →

Karnataka Won their Maiden Title of Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals to Lift Rangaswamy Cup

The 64th edition of the Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup concluded today at the KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore, with hosts Karnataka lifting the cup for the first time in the history of the tournament, while defending champions Mumbai finished third.

Karnataka: The Champions of 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka: The Champions of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Then Mysore, Karnataka had entered into the final in the year 1968 and became runners-up then has now created history by winning the 64th edition by beating Uttar Pradesh 3-1. In the third place match, Mumbai matched Punjab and snatched the third place in penalty shoot-out on sudden death, after having equal scores of 2-2 (after full-time), 4-4 in penalty shoot-outs, while in sudden death shoot-out, Mumbai Goalkeeper Sudhir Dixit saved as he faced Balwinder Singh and their Captain Victo Singh scored to finish third. Continue reading →

It’s Karnataka Vs Uttar Pradesh in the Final of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

On the last day of league stage, Uttar Pradesh defeated Manipur 19-2 to set up summit clash against hosts Karnataka, as with today’s win, UP moved to 2nd place in points’ table above Mumbai on the basis of goal difference, while Punjab beat Jharkhand 6-0 to score their 3rd win of the tournament and will play Mumbai in the Bronze Medal Match at 16:00 on 16th May, 2013 at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship at KSHA Hockey Stadium BangaloreHosts Karnataka will face Uttar Pradesh in the final match to be played under artificial lights at 18:00 tomorrow (16th May, 2013). Both Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will be looking for their first ever Rangaswamy Cup victory. Uttar Pradesh last appeared in the final of Rangaswamy Cup in 1960 at Kolkata, where they lost to services to finish 2nd, while Karnataka (then Mysore) had played in the final in the year of 1968 at Udhagamandalam, where they lost to Indian Railways.

Points Table of 64th edition of Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship after league stage (Detailed Results here): Continue reading →

Karnataka Reach the Finals of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

In the crucial match played between Karnataka and Punjab for qualifying to play in the final of the 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey championship, the hosts beat (2-1) Punjab to complete all their  league stage matches with top of table finish in the single pool, which also earned a place for the hosts Karnataka in finals to be played on 16th May.

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

This will be Karnataka’s 2nd appearance in the final in 64 editions Rangaswamy Cup. The last time was in way back in 1968, then Mysore entered final in Uthagamandalam and had lost to Indian Railways by 1-0 to finish at 2nd place. Continue reading →

Hosts Karnataka Beat Jharkhand to Stay on the Top of Table in the 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

Karnataka beat Jharkhand 3-1 in today’s match to remain unbeaten and stay on the top of Points’ Table of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup being played at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore.

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

At the half time the score was 1-1. Karnataka  scored through their captain Deepak Beijwad who converted a penalty corner in 21 minute and Jharkhand equalized through Deepak Soreng who scored a stinging shot from the top of the circle which Karnataka custodian had no answer.

The 2nd Half saw rejuvenated Karnataka coming back strongly and made several in roads into Jharkhand territory. N. S. Rajesh picking up a solo run and went inside the circle and scooped over the charging goal keeper to give a lead in the 36th minute. The Penalty Corner specialist Deepak Beijwad scored once again in the 40th minute neatly converting a PC with a direct flick. Continue reading →