Karnataka face Odisha in a do-or-die clash in Junior Women’s Hockey Nationals

SONEPAT, Oct 5 Keeping their hopes alive to qualify for the quarter-finals Odisha recorded their second win, when they hammered Gujarat 31-0 in Pool-D at the 2nd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship in Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai today.

Rajkumari Ekka contributed maximum number of 7 goals for Odisha’s second victory in the league match followed by Biranji Ekka (5), Lilima Minz (4), Surabhi Pradhan (4), Elin Ekka (3), Sarojini Ekka (3), Reshma Lakra (2), Punam Barla (1), Lata Kujur (1) and Anita Ekka (1) goals. In their first league match played on Thursday Odisha beat Puducherry 29-0. Continue reading →

Delhi beat Rajasthan 3-1 to Enter Quarterfinals of Junior Women’s Hockey Nationals

SONEPAT, Oct 4:  Delhi entered the quarterfinals of 2nd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship with a 3-1 victory over Rajasthan via a penalty shootout in a nerve-wracking Pool H league game in the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai today.

Delhi goalkeeper Swaleha became the star with two saves to lead Delhi as the fifth team in the quarterfinals after the match ended in a 2-2 draw after the regulation time and 15-minute extra time. Delhi scored its opening goal in the 16th minute through Lalita. Rajasthan leveled in the 59th minute with the penalty corner conversion by skipper Sonam. Delhi took the lead again in the 65th minute via a penalty stroke by Lalita but three minutes later Sonam scored equaliser for Rajasthan. Continue reading →

Air India complete the Semi-Final Line-up of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 30: Air India scored a hard-fought 4-2 win against Jharkhand to enter the semi-finals of Hockey India’s second senior men’s National hockey championship here on Sunday.

Arjun Halappa Maneuvers the Ball through Space: 4th Quarter Final of Senior National Championship 2012

Arjun Halappa Maneuvers the Ball through Space

In the semi-finals to be played on Monday, Air India take on hosts and last year’s finalists Karnataka who earlier beat Tamil Nadu 2-0 while defending champions Haryana will clash with Punjab.

Haryana overcame a gritty Manipur 4-2 while Punjab put in a good second-half performance to defeat Railway Sports Control Board 5-1 after conceding an early goal.

Air India, who led 1-0 at the break, looked far from impressive as they struggled to find any rhythm or flow in their game and they were indebted to goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh who brought off several fine saves. Continue reading →

Karnataka, Jharkhand qualify for Quarterfinals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 29: Hosts Karnataka and Jharkhand completed the quarter-final line-up with emphatic victories in the concluding league matches of Hockey India’s 2nd Senior National hockey championship, here on Saturday.

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Karnataka Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Unbeaten Karnataka topped pool B with a 5-1 win over Andhra Pradesh who could not sustain the initial spirit while Jharkhand, with Ajitesh Roy scoring four goals, outplayed debutants Sashastra Seema Bal 9-1 for an all-win record in pool D.

The quarter-final line-up is: holders Haryana vs Manipur; Punjab vs Indian Railways; Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu; Jharkhand vs Air India. All the four matches will be played on Sunday. Continue reading →

Indian Railways and Manipur Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 28: Indian Railways and Manipur entered the quarter-finals of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship by winning hard-fought matches in their respective pools, here on Friday.

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

The Railways overcame talented Uttar Pradesh 3-1 to top pool F unbeaten while a youthful Manipur, coached by former India star Tikken Singh, overcame Association of Indian Universities 4-3 in Pool H to record their third win and advance to the quarter-finals.

Railways and Manipur joined defending champions Haryana (Pool A), Punjab (pool C), Air India (Pool E) and Tamil Nadu (Pool G) in the knock-out stage that commences on Sunday. Continue reading →

Punjab Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India), Manipur on Course

Bangalore, Sept 27: Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored thrice each as Punjab raced to a 7-2 win against the Services in their concluding pool C league game and entered the quarter-finals of Hockey India’s Second Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship, here on Thursday.

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Earlier in morning session, Manipur pulled off a fine 9-3 win against fancied Bihar in a Pool H to strengthen their chance for Knock-Out stage. Now, Manipur need a draw in their Next Match against Combined Universities, to be played tomorrow (28th Sept) at 2:30 PM. After today’s 14-0 win against Andaman & Nicobar and draw against Bihar, Combined need to win the match against Manipur to be in Quarters.

In Pool F, Uttar Pradesh also recorded their second win when they hammered Tripura 24-0 with Chandan Singh and Mohd Amir Khan topping the scorers list with seven goals apiece. Continue reading →