News for 16 June 2010

All the news for Wednesday 16 June 2010

Canada-India Cup starts tonight in Surrey

The 2010 Canada-India Cup kicks off tonight at 7:00pm in Surrey, British Columbia.  The Canadian women’s national team look to gain some valuable experience ahead of this fall’s Commonwealth Games by taking on the number-13 ranked Indians in a four game series.

Canada is currently ranked 19th in the world.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for us,” says Canadian head coach Louis Mendonca.  The calibre of competition will be excellent and this serves as great preparation for the Commonwealth Games.”

Tonight’s game takes place at Tamanawis Park in Surrey at 7:00pm local time.  Games Two and Three will take place at the same location on June 17th and 19th.

Game Four is June 20th at 4:00pm at Wright Field on the University of British Columbia campus.

All games are free to attend but donations will also be accepted.

For more information please click here

Field Hockey Canada media release

Kate Walsh' and Danny Kerry's views on England's opponents

Positive thinking: Kate Walsh and Danny Kerry are optimistic about England's chances in the Champions Trophy Photo: PA

England captain Kate Walsh and coach Danny Kerry give their views on the five nations England will face in the 2010 Champions Trophy, Nottingham.

Argentina - World No 2

* Olympics Silver 2000, Bronze 2008, 2004
* World Cup Gold 2002, Silver 1994, 1976, 1974 Bronze 2006, 1979
* Women’s Champions Trophy Gold 2001, 2008, 2009, Silver 2002, 2007, Bronze2004
* Pan American Games Gold 2007, 2003, 1999, 1995, 1991, 1987
* Pan American Cup Gold 2009, 2004, 2001

Walsh says: "It’s always a great game against Argentina. They're a very strong side which makes it a great game to watch and a great one to play in."

China - World No 3

* Olympic Games Silver 2008
* Women’s Champions Trophy Gold 2002, Silver 2006, 2003, Bronze 2005
* Champions Challenge Gold 2007

Walsh says: "We’ve played China and Germany recently and we’ve had good results against them so I don’t think we’ve got a huge amount to worry about going into these games. We can really take confident and belief into these games and trust that we can do well."

Kerry says: "They're Olympic silver medallists. We played very very well against them but got kicked in the a**e on the counter attack and we’ve learned our lesson from that.

Germany - World No 4

* Olympic Games Gold 2004, Silver 1992, 1984
* World Cup Gold 1981, 1976, Silver 1986, 1978 Bronze 1998, 1974
* Champions Trophy Gold 2006, Silver 2004, 2000, 1997, Bronze 1999, 1993, 1989
* Champions Challenge Gold 2003
* EuroHockey Nations Championships Gold 2007, Silver 2005, 1999, 1991 Bronze 2003, 1995, 1984

Walsh says: "We’ve played China and Germany recently and we’ve had good results against them so I don’t think we’ve got a huge amount to worry about going into these games. We can really take confident and belief into these games and trust that we can do well."

Kerry says: " They're Olympic semi-finalists and we didn’t perform as well as we did against China but won the games."

Holland - World No 1

* Olympic Games Gold 2008, Silver 2004, Bronze 2000
* World Cup Gold 2006, Silver 2002
* Women’s Champions Trophy Gold 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, Silver 2001, Bronze 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2008 (they’ve been in the medals for the last 11 years!)
* EuroHockey Nations Championships Gold 2009, 2005, 2003, 1999, 1995, 1987, 1984 Silver 2007 Bronze

Walsh says: "The Netherlands were Olympic champions - they’re a fantastic side going through a transition with some younger players coming up through the ranks and it’s their captain’s last summer of senior international hockey this year so Janneke Schopman going to retire so I think she’ll want top go out with a bang so I think they’ll be strong at the tournament without a doubt."

New Zealand - World No 9

* Olympic Games Bronze 1998
* Champions Challenge Gold 2005, 2009, ,
* Oceania Hockey Cup Gold 2007, 2009, Silver 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005

Walsh says: "New Zealand: we’ve not played them since Beijing. They are definitely a team in transition, they have a really young side and a couple of old hands but they're an exciting squad. It’ll be an interesting game."

The Telegraph

Olympic showdown between Great Britain and Australia

Pupils at Altwood Church of England School in Maidenhead, Berkshire, are excitedly awaiting the arrival of the Great Britain and Australian Olympic women’s hockey teams this week ahead of their test match, which will be played at the school this Friday.

With the enthusiastic support of the school, Great Britain will play their second test of a two match series against the triple Olympic gold medallists at Altwood, giving hundreds of young school pupils the chance to see the stars of London 2012 in action as they prepare for the Olympic Games in two years time.

Explaining the motivation behind playing the match away from the squad’s training base at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Great Britain Hockey Performance Director David Faulkner said, “We are very keen to raise the profile of hockey in this country and taking the international teams to play at schools gives us the perfect chance to do this in front of enthusiastic young people.  Hopefully this will be the first of many such initiatives.”

Paul Milligan, Business Manager at the school, said, “We’re thrilled to be hosting the match here at Altwood Church of England School.  It is a great opportunity for the students here to see two teams of this standard and in particular, to support the British team.”

The Australia test series comes hot on the heels of matches against China in April and Germany in May and ahead of a busy summer of international hockey for the home nations that make up Great Britain.  In July, England’s women will take part in the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham before heading to Rosario in Argentina for September’s World Cup.  Alongside England, Scotland and Wales will compete at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October where Scotland’s athletes will meet Australia in Pool A.

Australia, known as the Hockeyroos, are one of the most successful teams in the sport’s history having won three Olympic titles (in 2000, 1996 and 1988), two World Cups (in 1998 and 1994) and six Champions Trophy tournaments.  In 2009, three Hockeyroos were named in the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) World All Stars team; Madonna Blyth, Tony Cronk and Casey Eastham were acknowledged in the list of the 18 best players in the world, while Coach Frank Murray was named as coach of the team.  Also amongst the names in the 2009 World All Stars team was Great Britain’s own Helen Richardson after a year of consistently excellent performances on the world stage.

The last time the two sides met a goal in either half led Australia to a 2-0 victory in the fifth place playoff at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.  Despite the defeat, the match signalled the culmination of a successful Olympic Games for Danny Kerry’s squad as they finished sixth, three places higher than their ranking at the time.  Since then, Great Britain has climbed the world rankings and now sit just two places behind fifth placed Australia in seventh.

Great Britain Hockey media release

Ireland announces squads for German and Australian Series

Ireland’s women’s national team players have a busy few weeks ahead of them as the level of matches and training revs up for the summer months.

The first tournament to take place is a four nations invitational set to take place in Essen, Germany from 25-27 June. This tournament will give Ireland a great opportunity to compete against some of the top sides in the world, Australia, India and of course hosts Germany. Just three days later starting on 30 June Ireland will take on Australia in a triple header in UCD, Dublin.

Muller has named a squad of 18 for the 4 nations, which includes the uncapped Nicola Evans and a squad of 19 for the Australian test series which sees two additions Louisa Healy in for Mary Goode and the uncapped Sinead McCarthy for Cork Harlequins included.

Commenting on his selection coach Gene Muller said “The panel for these two events features two new additions, with Nicola Evans and Sinead McCarthy being selected. We are delighted to have secured these fixtures and our players are exited at the prospect of competing against this calibre of opposition   Australia and Germany are traditional powerhouses in women's hockey and will be a stern test for us.  India are the Commonwealth games hosts and are gearing up for the World Cup later this year. They are an emerging force in Asian hockey.”

Germany 4-nations event

25-27 June; Essen; Germany

Emma Clarke (Leicester; 67 caps); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney; 144); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto; 31); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute; 165); Nicci Daly (Loreto; 2); Nicola Evans (Railway Union; 0); Mary Goode (Bray; 67); Emma Gray (Hermes; 12); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus; 32); Lisa Jacob (UCD; 67); Shirley McCay (Dragons; 85); Audrey O'Flynn (UCC; 8); Julia O'Halloran (UCC; 48); Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins; 59); Niamh Small (Loreto; 27); Emma Smyth (Railway Union; 26); Alex Speers (Dragons; 72); Nikki Symmons (Loreto; 136)

Australia series

30 June-2 July; UCD; Dublin

Emma Clarke (Leicester; 67 caps); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney; 144); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto; 31); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute; 165); Nicci Daly (Loreto; 2); Nicola Evans (Railway Union; 0); Louise Healy (Loreto; 49); Emma Gray (Hermes; 12); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus; 32); Lisa Jacob (UCD; 67); Sinead McCarthy (Cork Harlequins; 0) Shirley McCay (Dragons; 85); Audrey O'Flynn (UCC; 8); Julia O'Halloran (UCC; 48); Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins; 59); Niamh Small (Loreto; 27); Emma Smyth (Railway Union; 26); Alex Speers (Dragons; 72); Nikki Symmons (Loreto; 136)

Irish Hockey Association media release

Mixed fortunes for KZN age-group hockey teams at SA national weeks

School hockey & rugby weeks


For Kwa Zulu Natal Inland there was a 10-0 win over South Western Districts at the SA U16 Boys' Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf and Maritzburg College's superb Pape's Astro hockey facility with its fine club house, while the Inland girls at the equivalent IPT in Potchefstroom beat Boland 2-0 with a brace from captain Heather McEwan.

The boys' U16 hockey  IPT looks to be a four-horse race between defending champs KZN Inland, last year's finalists Western Province, as well as South Gauteng and Border.

In Pool A of the South African Girls' U16 IPT hockey A Section, Border lead with nine points from four games followed by KZN Coastal on seven, who have a game in hand. Inland lie third.

In Pool B, EP lead with nine points after four games, Southerns are two points behind with a game in hand, while Northerns are also on seven points but have played four. WP are fourth, three points behind EP but with a game in hand.

In the B Section, a league with no playoffs, Northerns B and North Free State are top with Border B third.

U16 Boys' Hockey IPT: WP A 6 East Gauteng 0; KZN Coastal 1 Border A 4; EP 0 North West 0; KZN Inland A 10 SWD 0; South Gauteng A 2 WP B 1; S Free State 2 Northerns 2; Border B 3 Inland B 4; Boland 7 N Free State 1; Mpumalanga 2 N Cape 0; S Gauteng B 1 Limpopo 4; WP A 2 KZN Coastals 0.
* The Border vs North West; EP vs Easterns; South Gauteng vs SWD; Border B vs Limpopo; and Mpumalanga vs North Free State were unavailable at the time of going to press.

U16 Girls' Hockey IPT – Results Day and 2:
A Section - Pool A: Border 3 Boland 2; Border 3 Inland 1; Border 3 Mpumalanga 0; Border 0 SFS 1; Boland 0 Inland 2; Coastal 2 Boland 2; Coastal 3 Mpu 0; Coastal 2 SFS 1; Inland 1 SFS 1; Mpu 2 SFS 1.
Pool B: East Gauteng 1 EP 4; EG 1 Northerns 3; EG 0 WP 1; EP 1 Northerns 0; EP 4 North West 1; EP 0 South Gauteng 1; Northerns 0 SG 0; Northerns 4 WP 2; NW 0 SG 7; NW 0 WP 7.
B Section: Border B 0 Limpopo 2: Border B 3 North Cape 1: Border B 1 South Gauteng B 0: Limpopo 0 North Free State 1: Coastal B 1 Northerns B 3: Coastals B 0 North Free State 3: Northerns B 1 NFS 1: Northerns B 1 SWD 1: North Cape 1 South Gauteng B 1: South Gauteng B 0 SWD 3.

U13 Craven Week: EP 15 Border 12; Border CD 15 SWD 3; Limpopo 27 Griquas 5; Griffons 36 KZN 5; Valke 0 Boland 0; WP 12 Free State 8; Blue Bulls 12 Pumas 8; Lions 15 Leopards 10; Namibia 12 Zimbabwe 10.
U16 Grant Khomo Week: Griquas 15 Leopards 14; Free State 9 Border 9; Griffons 20 Border CD 6; Namibia 8 Limpopo 0; Boland 27 Pumas 10; KZN 22 Lions 13; Blue Bulls 27 EP 20; Valke 17 Griquas CD 10; WP 28 SWD 10.

The Witness

Malacca send Johor packing in the quarters

MALACCA rose to the occasion to send Johor packing in a quarter-final match of the men’s hockey competition at the Malacca Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Malacca chalked up an impressive 4-1 win over Johor, who were the silver medallists at the last Sukma in Terengganu. They will play against Perak in the semi-finals today.

Perak scored two late goals through Mohd Sabri Mohamed in the 64th and Amir Farid in the 67th minutes to beat Pahang 2-0.

The other semi-final will be between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Penang had to ward off strong challenges from Negri Sembilan before winning 2-1 while defending champions KL edged Terengganu 4-3.

Johor have themselves to blame for the defeat as they muffed numerous chances to score. In contrast, Malacca made their chances count, scoring all the four goals from penalty corners.

Mohd Syakir Amir Kamarudin gave Malacca the lead off their second penalty corner in the 23rd minute and Johor equalised with a penalty corner conversion by Baljit Singh Sarjab in the 43rd minute.

Malacca hit back with three more penalty corner goals in a space of 15 minutes.

They regained the lead through Mohd Arifin Dollah in the 46th minute and Syakir went on target in the 59th before Amirullah Zainol sealed the match for Malacca two minutes later.

Although Malacca came away with a convincing win, coach K. Balakrishnan wasn’t too pleased with the way his team played the game.

“The forwards failed to score a single goal while the backline allowed the opponents to create a number of scoring chances,” he added.

Balakrishnan conceded that Malacca would face a difficult task against Perak, who have a well-balanced team.

“I hope that with home ground advantage and support from the fans, we will get the better of Perak,” he said.

The Star of Malaysia

Gold Cup Hockey Tournament commences

Staff Report

LAHORE: The Gold Cup Hockey Tournament started at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium on Tuesday. Ten teams, divided into two pools, are taking part in the event. Pool A comprises of National Bank Pakistan (NBP), Pakistan Customs, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) while Pool has Pakistan WAPDA, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Punjab, Pakistan Police and Port Qasim Authority. Three matches were played on the opening day. In the first match, HEC beat POF 3-2. HEC: Muhammad Imran Khan (15th minute), Rashid Minhas (38th minute), Abad Ali (59th minute). POF: Shahbaz (6th minute), Naseer Ahmad (20th minute). Police downed PQA 1-0. Police: Irfan (34th minute). NBP defeated Customs in the last match of the day. Earlier, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia inaugurated the tournament. Present on the occasion were PHF secretary general Muhammad Asif Bajwa, tournament director Khalid Bashir, organising secretary Rana Mujahid Ali and many former Olympians.

Today’s matches:

Navy vs. HEC
Punjab vs HBL

The Daily Times

India back in Hamburg Masters after a decade

K. Arumugam

Indian authorities have confirmed to the Germany Hockey Federation of India's participation in the Hamburg International tournament.

Holland, Japan, India and Germany will be in action at the BDO Hamburg Masters 2010 to be held in the traditional city of Hamburg between 2nd and 4th July.

India have last participated in the tournament in 2003, and won it too.

Hockey India have last week belatedly informed German Hockey Federation of its participation. Olympic Gold Medallists and World Cup Silver Medallists Germany, the World Cup Bronze Medallists Holland, the aspirants Japan and record Olympia Winners India are int he fray in Hamburg-Hummelsbuettel.

Though no official communication has been received, it is understood the trails have already taken place, Indian team selected for the Hamburg sojourn.

India will take on Holland on 2nd July, followed by Germany on 3rd and Japan on 4th.

The sudden decision of the Hockey India is, it is believed, to avoid Indian players for the Yudirappa Cup now going on in Bangalore, and then to avoid National Championship that will commence on 4th July.

It is worthwhile to note here that the revived IHF has given nod to MP Government to organize the Nationals in Bhopal from 4th July. Now, it remains to be seen the players will come back and join the Nationals or will be advised against joining.

It has been observed that since Brasa has taken over the coaching, the administrators are keeping him away from any domestic tournaments, for whatever reasons. This policy is going to be in play now also.

Its a pity the national chief coach is yet to witness any serious domestic competiton, vested interested are keeping him away from knowing the real talent pool of India.

Some info on Hamburg Masters: For the German and Dutch teams, the tournament is the last rehearsal for the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy which takes place four weeks later, from the 31st July to 8th August in Moenchengladbach. In Hamburg, the new Dutch Coach will be experiencing his first International Tournament, as Michel van den Heuvel will no longer be filling this role.

India was the last team to confirm that they would be taking part in this year’s tournament. The founding country of hockey experienced an excellent come-back into world hockey at the World Cup in New Delhi at the beginning of March. The Indian national team having missed, for the first time, the 2008 Olympic in Beijing, had gained eighth place and was again ranked in the World Top Ten Listings as ninth.

As apposed to the strong dribbling artists from India, the Japanese team will be bringing a completely different style to Hamburg. The Japanese have had a steep climb in the hockey world in the last few years, and have now, with their athletic and dynamic style changed from being a “Nobody” to feared opponents. The Japanese have also just had a break in their team formation, so that hockey fans can expect surprises from the two Asian teams when they come to play against the two World-class teams from Europe.

Courtesy: Additional input from official DHB sources

Bhopal Nationals to start on July 4th

K. Arumugam

Government of Madhya Pradesh, which did so much to promote hockey – revival of Obaidullah Cup, regular purses to men and women hockey players – has come once again to rescue hockey.

Sports and Youth Service arm of the MP government will organize the much delayed National Championship in Bhopal from 4th to 18th July.

On the day the Indian Hockey Federation organized a sitting last week, the State government approached them for approval, and got it as well.

Which actually means, once again, as Andhara Pradesh did in 2005, a State government comes to the rescue of hockey.

Both Hockey India and Indian Hockey federation have not organized Nationals, which is almost a sin, when they were in power.

Now, the Nationals will be held from July 4th to 18th in Bhopal. It’s a good news for the domestic hockey which is otherwise rotting.

It is learnt that the IHF has sent letters to all State Hockey Associations (as they existed in early 2008) inviting teams for the Nationals, and also to Associate members.

If the mood of the State Hockey Associations, who have been traumatized and rattled by the arm-twisting of Hockey India in the last two years, is any indications, most of them are likely to send their teams to Bhopal. Interestingly, Sports Authority of India, which is an associate member of the IHF – which enables them to put their team in the Nationals – is willing to participate.

History shows the fact that the faction that holds the Nationals first has always won the IHF chair ultimately.

When Sahni and MAM Ramasamy factional feud was at its worst in the mid-70, Pune, then known as Poona, successfully organized the Nationals. This has ultimately led to MAM Ramasamy winning the battle for the IHF top post.

Therefore, it’s a godsend for the pauper pack called Indian Hockey Federation, which got a booster dose from the court, to grab the limelight though it won’t be spending a pie.

Our stand on the issue is consistent. Its same as that of our view for the recent world cup. Who organizes is not important than the event hot held at all.

Hockey India will surely try to stall the Bhopal Nationals, it will also sulk. The best way for them now is to organize another Nationals instead of trying to play spoil sport.

If Hockey India is interested in hockey, it should forthwith organize another National or League. We would thus have an opportunity to witness two Nationals in a year. So many strange things have happened in the last couple of years, why not another strange thing, two Nationals.

In 2005, a state has sent two teams, representing each faction. The then IHF allowed both teams to play. It was considered a good decision against disallowing both, after all more players got to play.

We are not bothered who organizes the Nationals – IHF or HI. As long as opportunity is created for the players to play on the ground, our support is for everyone who would do it.

The move of the Madhya Pradesh government to organize the long over due Nationals is also a slap on the face of Hockey India, which gave permission to organize a women tournament in Bhopal recently, and then backstabbed them by not allowing the national team members – who were ironically in a camp in the same city -- to take part.

Of all the persons, Narinder Batra knows one thing – the significance of Nationals. It’s his hometown edition in 2000 that sowed the seeds of what he is today. Before 2000 we never knew him.

Therefore it is advisable for Batra not to stall the National now. Instead, as a return favour to the event that catapulted him to national politics, organize his own the the time he wants now, December.

Meanwhile, the playing community must welcome Bhopal. MP Government is an excellent host. This I saw for myself during the last Obaidullah Cup.

BPCL qualifies

Bangalore: BPCL became the third team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Chief Minister Yeddyurappa Cup, beating Odisha Stars 2-0 in their pool B encounter at the KSHA stadium here on Tuesday.

Odisha Stars are now out of the reckoning for the semis, having lost both their games so far.

Both goals were scored in the first half and despite some pressure in the second, BPCL held on comfortably for the win.

Karmit Singh opened the scoring on 17 minutes, finding the top corner from a tight angle on the edge of the area, with an excellent effort.

Amar Aiyamma, fresh off a hat-trick for BPCL in the previous game, found himself in excellent scoring positions on two occasions, but put the ball wide both times.

The second goal came on 33 minutes when Sher Singh on one of his marauding runs, saw the ball fall kindly in his path, only a few yards away from goal, and promptly lashed it into the roof of the net.

The results: BPCL 2 (Karmit Singh 17', Sher Singh 33') bt Odisha Stars 0 .

The Hindu

Chief Minister Cup update

s2h team

Chief Minister Cup update (First three days) June 14

Army XI nail ONGC

A scintillating display of skill and Eliazer Lakra’s brace helped Army XI to a 4-2 win over ONGC in the all-India invitation Chief Minister Cup hockey tournament. Army XI looked in command from the start and, despite a couple of late goals from ONGC, held on to pick up their second win in as many matches at the KSHA stadium on Monday.

Olympian Ignace Tirkey gave Army XI the lead in the fifth minute. After being awarded a penalty corner, Chitranjan Singh pushed the ball to Lakra. Lakra powered the ball towards an unguarded Tirkey, who deflected the ball to sound the board. Lakra continued to tease the ONGC defence and scored in the 29th minute from just inside the semi-circle off Rommel Singh’s defence-splitting pass. Two minutes after the break, Chitranjan guided the ball to Lakra, who smashed it past ONGC custodian Kamaldeep Singh for his brace. Army XI rounded off their scoring in the 52nd through Jerum Kujur.Dharmender pulled one back for ONGC in the 57th minute and Pramod completed the scoring in the 69th minute. DYSS lose again

In the day’s second match, IOCL consigned DYSS, Karnataka to their second defeat, scoring a comprehensive 5-1 victory. The scorers for IOCL were Inderjit Chadda (31st), Prabhjot Singh (37th, 51st), Deepak Thakur (44th) and Arjun Anjit (53rd). Aiyappa (50th) scored the sole goal for DYSS.

13th June

Aiyamma powers BPCL

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, spurred by Amar Aiyamma’s treble, rode to a comfortable 3-1 win over Indian Railways in the all-India invitation Chief Minister Cup hockey tournament here at the Karnataka State Hockey Association stadium on Sunday.

There was no sign of over enthusiastic crowd that packed the stadium on the opening day but the few in attendance were treated with a brilliant display of hockey by Aiyamma.

The Railways started on a good note with a couple of attempts at the goal but were pegged right back when BPCL were awarded a penalty corner in the 17th minute. Prabhdeep Singh, who received the ball from Karmit Singh, fired a shot right at the Railways’ custodian RK Pfokerlo. Aiyamma collected the ball which took deflection off Pfokerlo before ending at the back of the net to give BPCL the lead. In the 31st minute, Sher Singh, who replaced a cramping Pundalik Bellary in the 30th minute, dribbled past a couple of defenders and slid the ball to William Xalco.

A good stick work from Xalco helped him to find Aiyamma, who angled his stick just enough to guide the ball into to the goal for a 2-0 lead. After the break, the Railways’ came up with an all-attack approach. Railways’ effort bore fruit in the 48th minute when Deepak Ekka slotted in an easy shot from the right. But just as the Railways went for the equaliser, BPCL cashed in on their rivals’ defensive lapse to earn a penalty corner. Aiyamma took advantage to score his third goal when he converted the short corner with a powerful strike in the 51st minute.

Sandeep Michael scored a brace as Air India posted a 3-0 win over Odhisha Stars in the second match of the day.Sandeep found the back of the net in the 23rd minute and scored his second in the 29th. Skipper Sameer Dad sounded the back board in the 31st to seal the win for AI.

12th June 2010

Army XI trounce DYSS

India international Chitranjan Singh slotted in two goals as Army XI routed Department of Youth Services and Sports, Karnataka 4-1 in the all-India invitational Chief Minister Yeddyurappa Cup hockey tournament.

The opening encounter at the Karnataka State Hockey Association’s new turf, drew in a good crowd and as expected Army XI shone brightly under lights.

Army XI, led by Olympian Ignace Tirkey, made their intentions clear from the start with a series of attacking moves. DYSS’ goalkeeper Tharun Thammanna did a good job thwarting a couple of shots but his resillience came to an end in the 11th minute. Sunil Ekka deflected Jerum Kujur’s powerful shot to the bottom right-hand corner for the lead. Army XI’s lead, however, lasted no more than six minutes as DYSS responded through Nithin Thimmaiah in the 17th. Appanna made the most Army XI’s defensive lapse to find Nithin, who powered in a shot past the diving Army XI custodian PT Rao.

Barely a minute after DYSS restored parity, Chitranjan surged past three defenders and lobbed the ball over Rao to help Army take a 2-1 lead.After the break, Chitranjan continued to torment DYSS’ brittle defence and found his way through for the second time in the 38th minute. Mukesh Lakra, who remained dorment for most part of the match, sealed the win for Army with a goal in the 67th minute.

Easy win for S. Railway ‘B'

CHENNAI: Southern Railway ‘B' beat Ashok Leyland by eight goals to nil in the first division hockey league championship which commenced on June 14. In the other match, St. Paul's defeated RBI by the odd goal in a 3-2 thriller.

The results: Southern Railway ‘B' 8 (Ganesh Pandian 3, hat-trick, Shankar 2, Vetri 2, Pamaresh) bt Ashok Leyland 0; St. Paul's 3 (Chinnaswamy, Monty, Mohamed Asif) bt RBI 2 (Stephen 2) .

The Hindu

Former hockey international dead

Mumbai: Hiranna M. Nimal who played for Indian Railways and represented India in the 1962 Asian Games hockey competition at Jakarta passed away on Monday.

He was 74.

He played for Indian Railways in the Asian Railway Games held in Delhi.

The Hindu