Met Dilip Tirkey during CM Cup at Bangalore

I am feeling proud to share with you all that I watched playing two Indian Hockey legends Dhanraj Pillay and Dilip Tirkey in CM Cup which is being organised by Karnataka Government as an inaugural tournament of newly laid turf at Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

I watched the match between Air India (Dhanraj’s Team) and Odisha Stars (Dilip’s Team). The Air India which is full of stars like Dhanraj Pillay, Sandeep Michael, Len Aiyappa, Adrian D’Souza, etc. won the match with score of 3-0. The local star Sandeep Micheal scored a brace in 23rd and 29th minutes and Sameer Dad scored another goal in 31st minute of the match.

Local boy Amar Aiyamma stole the show with a hat-trick in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (BPCL) 3-1 win over Indian Railways in the other match of the day. Amar scored for BPCL in 17th (PC), 31st and 51st minute of the game. The lone goal for Indian Railways was scored by Deepak Ekka in 48th minute.

Some photographs from the match:

CM Cup, Bangalore

About CM Cup

The Karnataka government inaugurated the newly laid synthetic hockey surface at the Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore by organising the Chief Minister Cup with record prize and participating money.

The new gala event is organised by an committee, which had been constituted by the Government of Karnataka. Gulihatti D. Shekar, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles Youth Services and Sports as Chairman and I.M.Vittala Murthy, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports(Vice Chairman); Shivananjaiah Director, Youth Services & Sports; Dr. G.Kishore, Director, S.A.I.; R.K.Shetty; Sri.K.Krishnamurthy; Ashish Ballal, Olympian; A.B.Subbaiah, Olympian; and Dr.M.P.Ganesh, Olympian are the members.

The top eight teams of the country are invited to play this great tournament, which are, Army XI; Indian Railways, Orissa star, Indian Oil, Air India, and DYSS-Karnataka.

The winners will get a cash prize of Rs.6,00,000 while Runner ups will get Rs.4,00,000, and Rs.2,00,000 for 3rd Place and Rs.1,00,000 for 4th place. In addition to the above, each team will be given an appearance money of Rs.1,25,000.

The DYSS, Karnataka team is being prepared under the leadership of Ashish Ballal, Olympian and Head Coach.

Armt XI thrashed home team DYSS, Karnataka 4-1

Army XI : 4 (Sunil Ekka-11′, Chitaranjan Singh-17′ & 36′, Mukesh Lakra-66′)
DYSS, Karnataka : 1 (Nithin Thimmaiah-16′)

IOCL beat ONGC 3-1

IOCL : 3 (Prabhjot Singh-1′, Gaurav-6′, Deepak Thakur-40′)
ONGC : 1 (Dharmender-47′)

Schedule of Sunday (June 13, 2010)
BPCL Vs Indian Railways at 5:00PM, Odisha Stars Vs Air India at 7:30PM

Source: TOI,

Improve basics says legendary Dilip Tirkey

“We fail to analyse the games as perfectly as the other teams in the world do. Moreover we lack in basics and have to improve the technical shortcomings. We possess the skills but we are still slow and have to be quicker in tackling the opponents,” said legendary Dilip Tirkey (former Indian captain), who has played more than 400 international matches for India (perhaps second player in the world to do so).

According to Tirkey, ” We are able to match them on few occasions but lack the consistency. The percentage of the penalty corner conversion is still low and we lose the ball quite frequently which adds to the pressure.” Continue reading →

Baljit Singh … the best Indian Hockey Goalie ever…

Baljit Singh made his international debut as Goalkeeper at the Junior level in 2000 in a 4-nation tournament in Poland. During 1993 Under 15 pre Nehru Cup, he had to do goal keeping as his team’s frontline goal keeper was injured. Since then he has been enjoying his role as goalie and achieving mile stones one after another. Dadwal is a product of the SD College, Sector-32 Chandigarh. He is the only player who has played 3 finals out of four PHL (Premier Hockey League). He used to play for Chandigarh Dynmos in PHL. He is 2007 Asia Cup and 2009 Azlan Shah Cup Gold medalist.

He is a very good person from heart and good personalilty

In July 2009, he got a severe blow on his career because of a severe eye injury during a practice session. Hope, he come backs strongly like his team mate Sandeep Singh.

May God bless him. Get well soon. We wish to see you soon guarding Indian goal post 🙂

Get well soon 🙂

Baljit’s interview with Mid-Day

His fans community at orkut: http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Community?cmm=60055250

Indian Hockey Team Honored

Yes, Shivraj Ji did it once again for hockey….

Yesterday, Indian hockey team and all the staff members were invited to Bhopal at the CM House for their honour for their brilliant performance at the Azlan Shah Cup 2010…

During the function he also cleared everybody that he doesn’t need a place in HI (Hockey India) cause many were thinking like that. He said that he just want to see the hockey at the top and nothing else.

He also said to the team that they should just concentrate on the game and leave rest of the things to him as he is ready to give even a blank cheque to them….

One more special thing was about the coach Brasa…
He came just 5 mins before the starting of the function and aate hi unhone sabse pehle ashok kumar (former olympian and son of legendary dhyanchand)  ke pair chue [:o]…..was shocking for everyone present there…..

Well, hope shivraj ji continues to be same in future as well.:)

Here are the photos of the function: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/vipulbpl/HonorOfIndianTeam#

Indian Eves beat Black Sticks 3-1 to seal the series…

Indian Women’s Hockey is on the tour of New Zealand. They are playing a series of 5 test matches.
Indian Eves have sealed the series the with 2 draws and 2 sensational win (1st and 4th Match of the series).
India won 4th match by 3-1. At the half time black sticks were leading 1-0 because of superb of performance their goalie Beth Jurgeleit, who stopped numerous Indian attacks. But late surge by Indians in second changed the result. India scored through Captain Surinder Kaur (43″), Saba Anjum (63″) and 15 year old impressive Rani Ramphal (69″).
Rani scored a Hat-trick in first test match and helped India in winning first test of the series (3-2).