Indian Railways and Manipur Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

Bangalore, Sept 28: Indian Railways and Manipur entered the quarter-finals of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship by winning hard-fought matches in their respective pools, here on Friday.

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium

A Banner of National Championship in Shantinagar Hockey Stadium (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

The Railways overcame talented Uttar Pradesh 3-1 to top pool F unbeaten while a youthful Manipur, coached by former India star Tikken Singh, overcame Association of Indian Universities 4-3 in Pool H to record their third win and advance to the quarter-finals.

Railways and Manipur joined defending champions Haryana (Pool A), Punjab (pool C), Air India (Pool E) and Tamil Nadu (Pool G) in the knock-out stage that commences on Sunday. Continue reading →

Punjab Enter Quarter-Finals of Men’s Senior National Championship (India), Manipur on Course

Bangalore, Sept 27: Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored thrice each as Punjab raced to a 7-2 win against the Services in their concluding pool C league game and entered the quarter-finals of Hockey India’s Second Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship, here on Thursday.

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012

Punjab Team during Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Earlier in morning session, Manipur pulled off a fine 9-3 win against fancied Bihar in a Pool H to strengthen their chance for Knock-Out stage. Now, Manipur need a draw in their Next Match against Combined Universities, to be played tomorrow (28th Sept) at 2:30 PM. After today’s 14-0 win against Andaman & Nicobar and draw against Bihar, Combined need to win the match against Manipur to be in Quarters.

In Pool F, Uttar Pradesh also recorded their second win when they hammered Tripura 24-0 with Chandan Singh and Mohd Amir Khan topping the scorers list with seven goals apiece. Continue reading →

Haryana in Quarters, Punjab vs Services match tomorrow will decide Pool C winner, in Men’s Senior National Championship (India)

BANGALORE, Sept 26: Haryana escaped with a draw against Maharashtra and confirmed their berth in the Quarter Finals of the Men’s Senior National Championship (India), where they will face the winners of Pool H in the quarter finals.

Bharat Chhikara (Harayana) during Haryana Vs Maharashtra on Day 4 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

Bharat Chhikara (Harayana) during Haryana Vs Maharashtra on Day 4 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012 (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Indian team star Bharat Chhikara opened the scoring and talismanic mid-fielder Sardar Singh scored Equalizer for defending champions Haryana.

Bhopal defeated Puducherry 6-2 in the Pool A match, while Manipur scored 16 goals against the minnows – Andaman & Nicobar in Pool H.  Bihar and Combined Universities played 1-1 draw in the  2nd match of the pool.

Services defeated Jammu & Kashmir 18-0 in Pool C, and will face Punjab tomorrow (27th Sept) at 4:00PM in the Shantinagar Hockey Stadium, Bangalore. Winner of Punjab vs Services will be through to Quarters, however Services needs just a draw to be in final eight teams. Continue reading →

Haryana and Punjab continue their winning streak on Day 2 of Men’s National Championship (India)

Defending Champions Haryana continued their winning streak by defeating Bengal  8-0 in a one sided match played at the Bangalore Hockey Stadium. While Punjab, semi finalists of last edition of Sr Men’s National Championship, also recorded their 2nd win of the campaign, by defeating Chhattisgarh 12-0 which includes 5 goals from Junior India captain Akashdeep Singh.

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland

Day2: Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012: Madhya Pradesh vs Nagaland (Photo Courtesy: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Services, who could not reach the quarters in the last edition with a tough competitor of Punjab in Pool C in this edition, got a walk over against Arunachal Pradesh, as they did not turn up for the tournament.While in Pool A –  Hockey Bhopal, who lost to Haryana in their first match, recorded their first win against Maharashtra (2-1).

In the afternoon session, Air India got an easy win over Rajasthan (9-0) in Pool E, while Madhya Pradesh who lost against Air India in the first match, won against Nagaland 9-2. Continue reading →