ASA Hockey Academy celebrates 10 years of developing lives through Hockey

Anantapur finally managed to see some showers ahead of the 8th Father Vincent Ferrer Memorial Hockey Championship 2016. Resultantly experiencing pleasant weather to welcome the championship that would celebrate 10 years of Rural Development Trust’s (RDT) Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) Hockey Academy. Celebrations that marked 10 years of the ASA Hockey Academy’s promoting India’s national sport among the rural youth to educate and develop them and affect a sporting cultural change in the region.

Teams arrived at the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) on the 3rd June 2016 and got down to acclimatizing to the relatively warmer weather of Anantapur despite the rains. The tournament took shape with 14 teams, around 230 of the finest athletes in South India contesting for the honour of having the Father Vincent Ferrer Memorial Hockey Championship trophy don their cabinets.

RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer welcoming teams with inspiring words

RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer welcoming teams with inspiring words

The championship began with RDT Executive Director, Anne Ferrer encouraging the young athletes with warm words and later declaring the championship open on the evening of the 4th June 2016. This marked the beginning of the league stages of the championship.

Eight boys’ and six girls’ teams made up the roster. The boys’ competition set between Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA), Bangalore, RV Academy, Chennai, Medical College, Chennai, Sports Club, Kovilpatti, G.V.G. Udumalpet, RDT Anantapur, RDT Dharmavaram and hosts RDT’s ASA Hockey Academy. The girls’ competition on the other hand was contested between RGV Kovilpatti, GVGW Udumalpet, Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) Mysore & Bangalore, JFHA Bangalore and hosts ASA Hockey Academy.

The championship followed a league cum knockout structure with both the boys and girls split into two pools. Each team would play their pool contenders once with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals where they would face-off in a knockout setting to make their way to the trophy.

Images from the action packed League stages

Images from the action packed League stages

The league stages came off quite hard fought, with quite a few of the games going down to the wire, being decided in the dying minutes. The boys’ competition came through after some intense games with the semi-finals eventually seeing R.V. Academy and RDT Dharmavaram from Pool A and ASA Hockey Academy and JFHA Bangalore from Pool B, whereas the girls’ competition saw DYSS Mysore and RGV Kovilpatti from Pool A and ASA Hockey Academy and GVGW Udumalpet from Pool B.

A tooth and nail effort saw RDT Dharmavaram and JFHA end the first semi-final with 3 goals each. Nerves were tested as the teams took to a nail biting shoot-out. Where both teams drew again at 3 a piece in their stipulated 5 shootouts going into sudden death for a result. JFHA goalkeeper fouled Dharmavaram player in his sudden death shootout attempt leading to a penalty stroke, later silencing the supporting Anantapur crowd to take the JFHA boys to the final with a 2-1 sudden death score to play the hosts ASA Hockey Academy who convincingly defeated RV Academy 3-0 in their semi-final. The ASA Hockey Academy girls controlled every moment of their 8-1 semi-final win over RGV Kovilpatti while DYSS Mysore managed a 3-0 win over GVGW Udumalpet to arrive into the finals.

The finals were decided with overwhelming wins. The Boys final saw hosts ASA Hockey Academy dominate proceedings right from the start to beat JFHA 5-0. While the girls competition closed as ASA Hockey Academy went into half time being one goal down, eventually conceding two more for a 3-0 scoreline losing to DYSS Mysore.

 Shots from the Finals


Shots from the Finals

Hockey Anantapur Secretary M H Vijayababu shared, “We have grown greatly throughout this eventful decade with just one hockey summer camp organized with Spanish players Andreu Enrich and Santi Freixa back in 2006 to now having close to 1700 children play hockey throughout the district. As for our teams in the championship, it was only a matter of experience that made the difference. Our boys have been in the academy for a couple of years now and their teams had some favourable playing time before this championship at national level tournaments in Nagpur and Kovilpatti. Most of the girls however have been with the academy only this year and are relatively inexperienced, but have played exceptionally to reach the finals and their performance despite the lack of experience was fulfilling. We only look forward to having a more competitive infrastructure for the future, continue to grow and develop these children and more throughout the hockey program with more of them being able to secure jobs through their influence on the field much like many of their predecessors who now serve in the Police, the Army and as PE Teachers”

KSHA ‘C’ Division Hockey League Championship 2013-14

KSHA ‘C’ Division Hockey League Championship 2013-14: 2nd & 3rd Phase

17th-24th October 2013 at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore

Final Standings:
1. Jude Felix Hockey Academy,
2. Major Dhyanchand Hockey Club, Dharwad
3. RDT Hockey Academy, Anantapur (Stick for India)
4. Dhyanchand Hockey Club, Tumkur

KSHA Hockey Stadium

2nd Phase Teams (Pool Toppers in 1st Phase)
Pool-A: Dhyanchand HC, Tumkur; Bangalore United H C; D A Association; RDT Hockey Academy
Pool-B: Major Dhyanchand HC, Dharwad; Falcon H C; Aiyappa H A; Jude Felix Hockey Academy

3rd Phase: Top 2 teams from each Pool A & Pool B (A1, A2, B1 & B2) in 2nd Phase
A1
: RDT Hockey Academy, A2: Dhyanchand HC, Tumkur
B1: Jude Felix Hockey Academy, B2: Major Dhyanchand HC, Dharwad

Detailed Schedule and results of 2nd Phase: Continue reading →

SAI ‘A’ Won Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship 2013

SAI ‘A’ held DYES ‘A’ for 1-1 draw to win Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship 2013, which concluded on Friday at the KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The winners SAI ‘A’ got richer by INR 30,000/- while the runners DYES ‘A’ were awarded with INR 20,000/-.

RDT Hockey Academy (Stick for India) Anantapur Goalkeeping Training Session

Navneeta (Best Goalie) trains here at RDT Hockey Academy

Individual Awards:
Best Goal Keeper – Kumari Navneeta (RDT)
Best Defender – Bhagyashree (SAI ‘A’)
Best Half – Kavyashree (DYES Mysore)
Best Forward – Chaithra (Vasu Sports Club)
Player of the Tournament – Sushma ( SAI ‘A’)

Both the teams, DYES ‘A’ and SAI ‘A’, were pool toppers in the 1st phase of the tournament, while in 2nd phase both finished on 7 points from 2 wins and a draw each, same goal difference of +9 each and are separated only by goal scored (10 and 13 respectively). However DYES ‘A’ was only unbeaten in the league as the champions SAI ‘A’ had lost 0-1 to Vasu SC, Hubli in a match in the first phase of the championship.

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Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship Updates: 2nd Phase Underway

The 2nd phase of the Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship is underway at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The league is being conducted by Karnataka State Hockey Association after the legal amalgamation of Karnataka State Women’s Hockey Association with Men’s Body (KSHA) in 2012.

Women's HockeyThe League Championship started on 3rd September, where a total of 9 teams competing for top honours. The teams were divided in two pools for the first phase. Pool A consisted of DYES ‘A’, Govt Sports School-Kudige, SAI ‘B’ and Zenith HC, while BCYA, DYES ‘B’, RDT Hockey Academy-Anantapur, SAI ‘A’ and Vasu SC-Hubli completed the Pool B.

First phase results and points table are given below. Continue reading →

Phase 2 of KSHA ‘A’ Division Hockey League Championship 2012-13

KSHA ‘A’ Division Hockey League Championship 2012-13: Phase 2

KSHA Logoat the KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangatore (map).
Organised by: KSHA (Karnataka State Hockey Association)

Teams Qualified for 2nd Phase from Phase 1:
SAI ‘B’, Postal, ASC Boys, MEG Boys

Final Points’ Table:

2ND PHASE P W D L GF GA GD PTS
S A I ‘B’ 3 3 0 0 15 2 13 9
POSTAL 3 1 1 1 7 11 -4 4
ASC BOYS 3 1 0 2 5 9 -4 3
MEG BOYS 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1

Detailed Results of Phase 2 (Phase 1 Results here): Continue reading →

KSHA ‘A’ Division Hockey League Championship 2012-13: Schedule and Results of Phase 1

KSHA ‘A’ Division Hockey League Championship 2012-13: Phase 1

KSHA Logofrom 16th May to 10th June 2013
at the KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangatore (map).
Organised by: KSHA (Karnataka State Hockey Association)

Qualified for 2nd Phase: SAI ‘B’, Postal, ASC Boys, MEG Boys

Teams:

POOL ‘A’ POOL ‘B’
Postal R W F
DYSS ‘B’ MEG Boys
ASC Boys SAI ‘B’
R B I B S N L
SWR, Hubli SHBHC, Gadag
I T I Aiyappa H A
Flying H C SBM Jain College
B E L Coorg Blues H C

Detailed Schedule and Results of Phase 1 (Daily Results Here): Continue reading →