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 →
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 (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 →
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 (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 →
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 (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 →