RDT Anantapur Retained JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament Title

Bangalore, 10 Nov, 2013: RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur successfully defended their title of JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament by defeating Sports School Kudige in the final of Dreamworld India – JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013 by 3-2 played tonight here at KSHA Hockey Stadium under floodlights.

NA Haris, MLA Shantinagar handing over trophy to RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur, the Champions of Dreamworld India - JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013

NA Haris, MLA Shantinagar handing over trophy to RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur, the Champions of Dreamworld India – JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013

In the final match, Siva of RDT, scored in 3rd minute to take early lead which lasted till the half time. The Sports School Kudige came back in the game quickly after the change of ends and scored an early goal in 2nd half to equalize. The equalizing goal came through Carriappa MB, when he scored off a penalty corner in very first minute of 2nd half. Continue reading →

Andreu dreams of producing an International Hockey Player from Anantapur, but…

Andreu Enrich, former Spanish International Hockey Player, dreams of producing an International Player from Anantapur through Stick for India (a hockey project of Rural Development Trust (Fundación Vicente Ferrer) started in 2006 by Santi Freixa and Andreu Enrich)

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu came to India for the first time in 2005 with the national team of Spain to participate in the Champions Trophy at Chennai. He and Santi extended their stay to visit RDT at Anantapur. After the visit, they proposed a hockey school.

To find the response for hockey among the kids, they started off with summer camps, which were received well among the children where nobody talked about hockey. And, then hockey was introduced at 10 adopted centres, where boys/girls teams were formed and leagues were played. Continue reading →

World Class Hockey Tournament for School Kids Concluded, RDT Inclusive High School Emerge Champions

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)

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 →

Its RDT Vs Military School in the Final of South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament

The stage for the Grand Finale of the South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament is all set-up. RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur will take on Rashtriya Military School, Bangalore in the summit clash.

Goalie Peter of Maria Niketan School Bangalore stops Rashtriya Military School forward line lead by Captain Rajit, during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012

Goalie Peter of Maria Niketan School Bangalore stops Rashtriya Military School forward line lead by Captain Rajit, during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012 (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

On the third day of the tournament, RDT Inclusive High School won  both their matches against Maria Niketan and Sports School Kudige, while Rashtriya Military School defeated Maria Niketan School to reach the finals. In the other match of the evening, Sports School Kudige won against Bishop Cotton School and finished at third place in the table followed by Bishop Cotton and Maria Niketan at 4th and 5th place. Continue reading →

Day 2 of South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament

After the 2nd day of the South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament, defending Champions St Josesh’s Indian High School are on the top of the table with 10 points from 4 matches, followed by Rashtriya Military School (7 points from 3 matches) on 2nd spot and RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur on 3rd spot with 5 points from 3 matches.

Action from Maria Niketan School Bangalore vs St. Josesh's Indian High School during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012

Action from Maria Niketan School Bangalore vs St. Josesh’s Indian High School during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012 (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

With RDT and Military School having two matches on the 3rd and last day of league stage, any two teams of top 3 in table stand a chance to reach the finals and it might boil down to the last league match between St. Joseph’s Indian High School and Rashtriya Military school. Continue reading →

Day 1 of South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament

On the first day of the South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament, Rashtriya Military School and St Josesh’s High School earned 4 points from a win and a draw of two matches, while Sports School Kudige won the only match they played today. The runners-up of 1st edition of the tournament RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur held defending champions SJIHS and another title contender Rashtriya Military school for draws.

RDT Inclusive High School Anantapur vs Rashtriya Military School Bangalore during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012

RDT Inclusive High School Anantapur vs Rashtriya Military School Bangalore during South United-JFHA Inter Shcool Hockey Tournament 2012 (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

The tournament was declared open by Fr V.M Gregory (Director St Mary’s Orphanage & Principal Maria Niketan High School) in a small but well organized opening ceremony, where Mr. Manuel Fredricks, Former Indian Goal Keeper & Munich Olympics Bronze Medalist, was the Guest of Honor.

Olympian Sabu Varkey and master Coach PA Raphael chose the “Man of the Match” for each match.

Detailed match results are given below: Continue reading →