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”

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 →

Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha & MPHA in final 4 at Mysore

20 March 2014: Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy have confirmed their spots in the semi-finals of the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) being played at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground today.

Goal mouth action in Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

Goal mouth action in Odisha vs Mumbai match at the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (A-Division) at Mysore

Haryana will meet Jharkhand and Hockey Odisha to fight Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in the semi-finals this Saturday.

In Pool B match, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy registered their third consecutive win after beating Bhopal 4-0 and qualified to play the semi-finals. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy’s Rakhi Prajapati damaged Bhopal’s confidence in the 9th minute of the game by successfully piercing in a field goal. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy took the lead ahead with a 3-0 margin by the end of the first half when Captain Priyanka Wankhede and Suman Devi TH struck two field goals in a span of two minutes in the 20th and 21st minute, respectively. Continue reading →

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 →

Day 4 at Jr Women Nationals (A-Division) in Mysore

18 March 2014: Hockey Bhopal overcame Delhi 4-0 in the opening match of Pool B to register their first win in the 4th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) played at Chamundi Vihar Hockey Ground.

It was Chanda Gupta’s 3 goals which helped Hockey Bhopal take an easy win over Delhi. She scored the first goal in the 9th minute by converting a penalty corner to give her team 1-0 lead in the first half. Continue reading →