The final phase of Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for the 64th Rangaswamy Cup will be played at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore. The Championship has returned to Bangalore after 16 years, which will be organized by Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) under the auspices of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).
Hosts Karnataka will take on defending champions Mumbai in the opening game on 8th May, 2013 at 4:30 PM. (Full Schedule here)
The week long competition will conclude on 16th May, with final match being played under lights at 6 PM while 3rd place play off match will be played 4PM and prize distribution ceremony after final match. The final will be graced by Dinesh Reddy (IPS, DGP of Andhra Pradesh and the President of IHF) as chief guest. Continue reading →
Hockey action under flood lights, Kookaburra balls in use, doctors/physios & ambulance on the sidelines, with a glittering LED Screen showing live action for the audience, a creative and huge scoreboard, DJ playing music after every goal, a band performing during break, guests being escorted by marching Jawans, a Checkered back drop for giving away Man of the Match after every game, a specially designed Souvenir release, firecrackers and the National Anthem sung in chorus by everyone present, etc are rarest of sights in India. Few of these happens in tournaments like WSH or IPL, but its heartening to see all of them being done at an Inter School Hockey Tournament in Bengaluru.
South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament 2012 Champions RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur (AP) with chief Guest Allan Schofield (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist) (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)
The sight at Bangalore’s only Hockey Stadium aka Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, was no less than an international level tournament all at a school tournament i.e. South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament. The tournament is organized by Jude Felix Hockey Academy every year, and the 2nd (2012) edition of tournament was sponsored by South United FC (a sports venture of Lokko Sports Pvt Ltd). Continue reading →
World Series Hockey is back for its second edition, bigger and better!
The largest hockey league in the world will start with a double header on Saturday, 15 December and will run till the finals on Sunday, 20 January.
The tournament will now have 45 matches played over 5 weeks, as opposed to 59 matches over the same period in the first edition. There will be one match a day on weekdays and two matches a day on the weekends. The weekday match begins at 8 pm and the two weekend matches start at 6 pm and 8 pm respectively.
This spread ensures that players get adequate rest between games and top-notch hockey is guaranteed from start to finish.
The number of teams in the competition now stands at seven, with Chandigarh Comets and Sher-e-Punjab united into one Punjab team. This will ensure undivided support for the team, with matches played across multiple venues in Punjab. Continue reading →
Mumbai, 6 September: After the resounding success of the first season of World Series Hockey, Nimbus and IHF have announced the dates for the second season. The world’s biggest hockey league will be played from Saturday, 15 December 2012 to Sunday, 20 January 2013.
File Photo: Yannic Colaco (COO, Nimbus Sport) and R K Shetty (President, IHF) during 1st Season of WSH
The inaugural season of World Series Hockey was a resounding success with the championship being watched in over 30 countries on television and over 65 countries on YouTube. The unique television tune-ins in India was over 32 million; triple that of the English Premier League in the same period.
The 5 week long inaugural tournament created unprecedented buzz in terms of daily prime time action on television and record fan walk-ins in the stadium. An aggressive 360-degree marketing campaign and extensive media coverage resulted in extremely high awareness and consumption of World Series Hockey. Continue reading →