Riding on Chandan’s Hat-Trick Army XI beat Air India 5-3 in Bangalore Cup 2014

BANGALORE, October 13: A brilliant hat-trick by Chandan Aind helped Army XI overcome Air India 5-3 to keep the fight for a final berth open in the men’s section of the inaugural Bengaluru Cup All-India hockey tournament, while Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Tamil Nadu 9-0 in women’s competition.

Army XI celebrating a goal during Bangalore Cup 2014

Army XI celebrating a goal during Bangalore Cup 2014

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd remain unbeaten at the top of the table with six points from two matches in the men’s section, Army XI have four points from three matches and remain in the running for a berth in the final while Air India have three from three outings.

Army XI surprised the Air India by striking a field goal in the very fourth minute through Arun Kumar, but after a fair share of exchanges, Samir Dad restored parity in the 28th minute as the teams went into the break on equal terms. Continue reading →

IOCL and Haryana continue their winning streak at Bangalore Cup

BANGALORE, October 12: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) notched up their second straight win beating home team Karnataka XI 6-2 in men’s section, while Haryana defeated the hosts 4-2 in women’s competition of the 1st Bengaluru Cup All-India invitational hockey tournament at the city’s only hockey stadium.

Haryana girls celebrating one of their goals against hosts Karnataka during Bangalore Cup 2014

Haryana girls celebrating one of their goals against hosts Karnataka during Bangalore Cup 2014

With two wins from two matches each, IOCL and Haryana lead the table with six points.

Meanwhile, Army XI came back from a two-goal deficit after opening 3 minutes and threatened to steal full points, but had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. Army XI muffed three short corners in the last five minutes.

BPCL, thus picked up their first point in two outings as did Army XI in the five-team men’s competition. Continue reading →

Hat-trick by Shivendra as Air India register a win on 2nd day of Bangalore

BANGALORE, October 11:  A hat-trick by Indian star forward Shivendra Singh lifted Air India as they came back twice from behind to win against Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited 4-2 for their first win in 1st Bengaluru Cup All-India invitational hockey tournament.

Shivendra Singh (Air India Hockey)

Shivendra Singh scored a hat-trick in Air India’s 4-2 victory against BPCL

BPCL, playing their first match, forged into the lead in the eighth minute when Amir Khan tapped in from the goalmouth after Asian Games gold medalist SV Sunil did the spadework. Sunil cut into the circle from the left flank and dribbled down the goal-line towards the left post and sent a short pass to Amir Khan who made no mistake.

Air India drew parity in the 24th minute with a stinging shot from Shivendra Singh from an acute angle. BPCL took the lead once again seven minutes into the second session when defender William Xalxo sounded the boards following their third penalty corner. Continue reading →

1st Edition of Bangalore Cup Started Today

The hosts Karnataka had mixed luck on the opening day of 1st Bangalore Cup All-India Hockey Tournament being organized by Hockey Karnataka at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The host men’s team began with a 4-2 victory over Army XI while their women counter part lost 1-3 to Central Railway.

Kusha KP receiving man of the match award from Dr Prabhakar, SAI at Bangalore

Kusha KP receiving man of the match award from Dr Prabhakar, SAI at Bangalore

In the other women’s match, MP Academy edged past Western Railway 2-1 with all the goals coming in the second-half. Later, the star-studded Indian Oil Corporation Ltd eased past Air India 3-1. Internationals Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot scored through field goals in the 21st and 25th minutes to put IOCL 2-0 ahead before Gurjinder Singh made it 3-0 in the 40th with a penalty corner conversion. Air India drew some consolation with a 42nd minute strike by Joga Singh. Continue reading →

Haryana: Jr Women National Champions for 3rd Consecutive Time

23 March 2014: Defending Champions Harayna retained the title by defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 2-0 in final of the 4th Hockey India Jr. Women National Championship 2014 ( Division A ) at Chamundi vihar Astro turf Ground today. While Jharkhand defeated Odisha  to win bronze medal.

Best Goalkeepr Nisha N.N. (Karnataka)
Best Defender Rashmitha Minj (Odisha)
Best Mid Fielder Rajni Soreng (Jharkhand)
Best Forward Priyanka Wankhede (MP Hockey Academy)
Player of the Championship Jyoti Gupta (Haryana) Continue reading →

Haryana vs MPHA in final of Jr Women Nationals (A-Division)

22nd March 2014: Haryana defeated Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy overcame Hockey Odisha to enter the finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) to be played at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground in Mysore tomorrow.

Haryana vs Jharkhand in the semi-final of 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

Haryana vs Jharkhand in the semi-final of 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

In the first semi-final played today, defending champions Haryana easily defeated Jharkhand 10-1. Haryana started off a destructive game from the very 5th minute of the game when Jyoti Gupta struck an impressive field goal, which was supported by Narinder Kaur, Pooja Rani and Reet in the 9th, 14th and 19th minute of the game showcasing a promising match. Continue reading →