2nd Win for Odisha & MPHA at Jr Women Nationals (A-Division)

19 March 2014: The hosts Karnataka tasted their first win as they defeated Hockey Bhopal with a proficient 4-1 in Pool B of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) played at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground today.

Karnataka played a well strategized game today, as in the first half of the game they kept switching their stance between attack and defense. It was Karnataka’s Ramya N. who stroked in the first goal for the team just a minute before the end of the first half in the 34th minute and helped the team take a 1-0 lead till the half time. Continue reading →

Debutants Gangpur Won the B-Division of Sr Nationals

13 March 2014: Hockey Gangpur-Odisha pipped Hockey Maharashtra by 3-2 in a nail-biting final match of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, while Mumbai defeated Namdhari XI 3-1 to finish third.

Banmali Xess of Hockey Gangpur-Odisha in action against Maharashtra in final of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (B-Division)

Banmali Xess of Hockey Gangpur-Odisha in action against Maharashtra in final of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (B-Division)

Both Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Hockey Maharashtra went all out from the very beginning of the match which led to a 2-2 score on board by the end of the first half. This close fight saw attacks and counter-attacks. The first goal of the match was scored by Gangpur-Odisha’s William Xalxo in the very first minute of the game to which Hockey Maharashtra’s Captain Vishal Pillay replied with a goal in the 3rdminute. Continue reading →

Debutants Gangpur face Maharashtra in Final of Sr Nationals (B-Division)

12 March 2014: Hockey Ganpur-Odisha and Hockey Maharashtra defeated Namdhari XI and Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd respectively to set summit clash of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) being played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Mumbai defending a penalty corner against Maharashtra in semi-final of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (B-Division)

Mumbai defending a penalty corner against Maharashtra in semi-final of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship (B-Division)

The Final and Bronze medal matches will be played tomorrow at 1400 and 1600 hours respectively at the same venue.

In a tough competition, both Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Namdhari XI played strategically to restrict each other from scoring any goals and tried not committing any errors themselves. The strategy worked out well in the first half of the match for both the teams and the score remained at 0-0 at the time of hooter for lemon break. Continue reading →

In Semis of Sr Nationals (B Division): Namdhari XI vs Gangpur and Mumbai vs Maharashtra

10 March 2014: Namdhari XI and Mumbai emerged as the pool winners of Pool A and Pool B respectively, thus setting up semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) against Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Maharashtra.

Action during Himachal Pradesh vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Action during Himachal Pradesh vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

The semi-finals will be played on 12th March (Wednesday) at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow, while Division A of the tournament gets underway on 11th March at the same stadium.

Namdhari XI, continuing its winning spell, defeated Rajasthan 3-1 in their last Pool A league match. Continue reading →

Namdhari and Mumbai on winning spree in Sr Nationals (B Division)

9 March 2014: Namdhari XI and Mumbai registered their third consecutive victories on the day 11 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) being played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.

Action during Mumbai vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Action during Mumbai vs Uttarakhand match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

In a Pool A match between Namdhari XI and Bihar, Karandeep Singh Dhillon of Namdhari alone pocketed 4 goals for the team at 8th, 16th, 25th and 64th minute of the game followed by Baljot Singh’s two goals at 15th and 47th minute. Naveen Minz, Bhim Kumar and Mangra Bhengra of Bihar only managed to strike one goal each at 12th, 40th and 51st minute of the game. By the end of the first half, Namdhari XI led the match by 8-1 and finally cashed on to their victory with a difference of 10 goals to 3. Continue reading →

Day 10 at Sr Men Nationals 2014 (B Division) at Lucknow

8 March 2014: Teams of Pool A saw the clash of Rajasthan and Gujarat where the former won the match by 3-2 and with this win Rajasthan earned their first 3 points at Division B of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 being played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today.

Goal mouth melee during Mumbai vs Himachal Pradesh match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Goal mouth melee during Mumbai vs Himachal Pradesh match at the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship

Both the teams gave a tough fight to each other in the first half and it was Gujarat who scored the first goal of the match. It was Vijay Thapa of Gujarat who converted a good pass in the 14th minute of the match. Going into the second half it was Gujarat who was leading the scorecard with 1 goal to Rajasthan’s 0. Continue reading →