Karnataka Won their Maiden Title of Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals to Lift Rangaswamy Cup

The 64th edition of the Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup concluded today at the KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore, with hosts Karnataka lifting the cup for the first time in the history of the tournament, while defending champions Mumbai finished third.

Karnataka: The Champions of 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka: The Champions of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Then Mysore, Karnataka had entered into the final in the year 1968 and became runners-up then has now created history by winning the 64th edition by beating Uttar Pradesh 3-1. In the third place match, Mumbai matched Punjab and snatched the third place in penalty shoot-out on sudden death, after having equal scores of 2-2 (after full-time), 4-4 in penalty shoot-outs, while in sudden death shoot-out, Mumbai Goalkeeper Sudhir Dixit saved as he faced Balwinder Singh and their Captain Victo Singh scored to finish third. Continue reading →

It’s Karnataka Vs Uttar Pradesh in the Final of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

On the last day of league stage, Uttar Pradesh defeated Manipur 19-2 to set up summit clash against hosts Karnataka, as with today’s win, UP moved to 2nd place in points’ table above Mumbai on the basis of goal difference, while Punjab beat Jharkhand 6-0 to score their 3rd win of the tournament and will play Mumbai in the Bronze Medal Match at 16:00 on 16th May, 2013 at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship at KSHA Hockey Stadium BangaloreHosts Karnataka will face Uttar Pradesh in the final match to be played under artificial lights at 18:00 tomorrow (16th May, 2013). Both Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will be looking for their first ever Rangaswamy Cup victory. Uttar Pradesh last appeared in the final of Rangaswamy Cup in 1960 at Kolkata, where they lost to services to finish 2nd, while Karnataka (then Mysore) had played in the final in the year of 1968 at Udhagamandalam, where they lost to Indian Railways.

Points Table of 64th edition of Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship after league stage (Detailed Results here): Continue reading →

Karnataka Reach the Finals of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

In the crucial match played between Karnataka and Punjab for qualifying to play in the final of the 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey championship, the hosts beat (2-1) Punjab to complete all their  league stage matches with top of table finish in the single pool, which also earned a place for the hosts Karnataka in finals to be played on 16th May.

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

This will be Karnataka’s 2nd appearance in the final in 64 editions Rangaswamy Cup. The last time was in way back in 1968, then Mysore entered final in Uthagamandalam and had lost to Indian Railways by 1-0 to finish at 2nd place. Continue reading →

Hosts Karnataka Beat Jharkhand to Stay on the Top of Table in the 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

Karnataka beat Jharkhand 3-1 in today’s match to remain unbeaten and stay on the top of Points’ Table of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup being played at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore.

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

Karnataka State Hockey Team competing in 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup

At the half time the score was 1-1. Karnataka  scored through their captain Deepak Beijwad who converted a penalty corner in 21 minute and Jharkhand equalized through Deepak Soreng who scored a stinging shot from the top of the circle which Karnataka custodian had no answer.

The 2nd Half saw rejuvenated Karnataka coming back strongly and made several in roads into Jharkhand territory. N. S. Rajesh picking up a solo run and went inside the circle and scooped over the charging goal keeper to give a lead in the 36th minute. The Penalty Corner specialist Deepak Beijwad scored once again in the 40th minute neatly converting a PC with a direct flick. Continue reading →

Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka Win on Day 4 of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

The fourth day of 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship turned out to be a goal fest as progressed as Mumbai defeated Jharkhand in last match by 7-5, while earlier in the day Uttar Pradesh sneaked past Punjab 1-0 and hosts Karnataka beat Manipur 4-1.

64th Senior Men's National Hockey Championship at KSHA Hockey Stadium Bangalore

In the first match of day, Uttar Pradesh scored a narrow victory over Punjab with the help of Prem Kumar’s goal in 1st half (28th Minute), while hosts Captain Deepak Bijwad’s brace (1st and 20th Minutes) aided by a goal each from Biju Yirkal (10th Minute) and Naveen Kumar (37th Minute) helped hosts Karnataka to secure their 1st win in the tournament as they defeated Manipur 4-1. Starun scored the only goal for Manipur in 7th Minute to equalize after Karnataka had scored in very first minute of the game. Hosts Karnataka were earlier held by Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh for draws, while Manipur had lost their opening game to Jharkhand. Continue reading →

Hosts Karnataka Held By Holders Mumbai in Opening Match of 64th Senior Men’s Hockey Nationals

Inaugural hockey match of the 64th Senior Men’s National Hockey Championship for Rangaswamy Cup played between the hosts Karnataka and the holders Mumbai ended in 2-2 at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangalore.

The Fans of HockeyHosts Karnataka started on positive note and came close to scoring early in the game but missed the opportunities to misjudgements/mishits as Mumbai Goalie Sudhir Dixit stood tall under the bar. Mumbai earned 1st penalty corner of the game, on which Karnataka captain Deepak Bijwad deflected the direct flick of Jayanta Meitei to keep the 0-0 score intact. Continue reading →