Air India and Tamil Nadu in Quarters of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

BANGALORE, Sept 25: Defending champion Haryana continued its winning spree in the 2nd Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship, setting for a 3-1 verdict against a fighting Puducherry for its third straight win in Pool A league here today, and are on course for a berth in the quarter finals. While, Maharashtra, who will face Haryana tomorrow (26 Sept) at 8:30AM, defeated Bengal (3-1) in the early morning match today.

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Air India out classed Nagaland with the score board reading 16-0, to make three wins from three league matches and confirming their berth in the quarters. Air India will take on winners of Pool D in 4th Quarter Final on 30th September.

Tamil Nadu, who drew with Odisha in their campaign opener, won 16-1 against Kerala and qualified for the Quarter Finals on the basis of better goal difference (39), while Odisha defeated Gujarat 17-0 and managed to get a goal difference of 34. Continue reading →

Haryana and Punjab continue their winning streak on Day 2 of Men’s National Championship (India)

Defending Champions Haryana continued their winning streak by defeating Bengal  8-0 in a one sided match played at the Bangalore Hockey Stadium. While Punjab, semi finalists of last edition of Sr Men’s National Championship, also recorded their 2nd win of the campaign, by defeating Chhattisgarh 12-0 which includes 5 goals from Junior India captain Akashdeep Singh.

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Services, who could not reach the quarters in the last edition with a tough competitor of Punjab in Pool C in this edition, got a walk over against Arunachal Pradesh, as they did not turn up for the tournament.While in Pool A –  Hockey Bhopal, who lost to Haryana in their first match, recorded their first win against Maharashtra (2-1).

In the afternoon session, Air India got an easy win over Rajasthan (9-0) in Pool E, while Madhya Pradesh who lost against Air India in the first match, won against Nagaland 9-2. Continue reading →

Haryana came from behind to win the opener, Puducherry Stunned Maharastra on Day 1 of Men’s National Championship (India)

Day1: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012 Maharashtra Vs Puducherry

Day1: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Maharashtra Vs Puducherry (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Day One of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship, Bangalore saw some surprising results. Puducherry stunned Maharashtra 7-2, while Odisha held Tamil Nadu 2-2. Defending Champions Haryana came from behind to win 2-1 against Hockey Bhopal. While in other matches Punjab rolled past Jammu and Kashmir (12-1), while Kerala won 11-0 against Gujrat. Chattisgarh got a walk over as Arunachal Pradesh did not turn up.

After opening ceremony, last match of the day was played between Air India and Madhya Pradesh, which Air India won with 4-1. The star studded team looked a little off their elements.

Day 1 results of 2nd Hockey India National Championship, Bangalore: Continue reading →