Monday, March 10, 2014

Rajasthan register first win in Senior National hockey

Lucknow, March 8, 2014: Teams of Pool A saw the clash of Rajasthan and Gujarat where the former won the match by 3-2 and with this win Rajasthan opens its scorecard in the points table of Division B of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium here today.

Both the teams gave a tough fight to each other in the first half and it was Gujarat who scored the first goal of the match. It was Vijay Thapa of Gujarat who converted a good pass in the 14th minute of the match. Going into the second half it was Gujarat who was leading the scorecard with 1 goal to Rajasthan’s nil.

Though Gujarat had the mental edge over the opponents Rajasthan started the session with great speed. They continued their attack till the time they did not score their goal which came in the 49th minute which helped them level the scores 1-1.

It was Ankit Kishwah who helped Rajasthan open their score card through a field goal. This gave Rajasthan the window and hope of going ahead in the game and in the 60th minute Purshotam Bagdi who gave the much needed goal which helped Rajasthan edge past Gujarat. Gujarat tried coming back in the game but within 2 minutes of the last goal it was Paramveer Singh Rathore who added another to the scorecard and further minimizing Gujarat’s chances for a win in the match. In the 66th Minute Gujarat got a Penalty Strike and was successfully converted by Vijay Thapa who scored his second goal for team. In the final few minutes Gujarat kept its attack on with the hope of leveling the scores but they couldn’t pass the strong defense of Rajasthan. This win helps Rajasthan register its first win and Gujarat it yet to get a win in its name.

In the second match of the day, Namdhari XI defeated Sashastra Seema Bal 1-0 in a very close contest in Pool A. The match saw the sole goal being scored by Namdhari XI in the 24th minute and was converted through a field goal by Gurmukh Singh. In the second half both the teams kept attacking but were not successful in converting the chances they got.

Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd today played with a clear mandate of winning, and that’s what they ensured in their match against Himachal Pradesh in Pool B. They beat Himachal Pradesh 4-0 not conceding a single goal to the opponents. Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd played an attacking game and in the 19thminute of the game got them their first goal through Captain Victo Singh. Manprit Singh Chahal scored the second goal for the team by taking complete advantage of the penalty corner opportunity that the team got in the 28th minute. This goal ensured that Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd ended the session with a 2-0 lead and entering the second half with a clear advantage of leading the game. In the second session Himachal Pradesh fought hard to score but they could not convert the opportunities they got. Mumbai won the matches 4-0.

In the last match of the day, Jammu & Kashmir finally has a win in its name and they beat Goa 5-0 in Pool B. They scored their 1st goal in the 6th minute of the game by Surinder Singh. They again struck within 6 minutes and registered their 2nd goal in the 12th minute. By the end of the first half they had put 3 goals in their name. They continued their dominance in the second half and won the match 5-0.

Today’s Result
Pool A- Rajasthan 3  Ankit Kushwah (49 min), Purshotam Bagdi (60 min), Param Veer Rathore (62 min) vs Gujarat 2 Vijay Thapa (4, 66 min)
Pool A Namdhari XI 1 Gurmukh Singh (24t min) vs Sashastra Seema Bal 0
 Pool B Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 4 Victo Singh (19 min), Manprit Singh Chahal (28 min), Harjit Singh (52 min), Prateek Singh (68 min) vsHimachal Pradesh 0

 Pool B Jammu & Kashmir 5 Surinder Singh (6, 36 min), Arminder Singh (12, 63 min), Jaspreet Singh (16 min), Prateek Singh (68 min) vs Goa 0

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Zain Zafar advances to quarterfinals

 Zain Zafar

 Swapnil Sinha 
Utkarsh Singh

Patna, March 8, 2014: Zain Zafar of Bihar trounced Suvrat Mall of Bihar 6-0, 6-1 to move into the boys U-12 singles quarterfinals of AITA Talent Series Tournament at the Patliputra Tennis Centre here.

Zain Zafar (Bih) bt. Suvrat Mall (Bih) 6-0,6-1
Rewant Raj (Bih) bt. Ansh Tandon (Bih) 6-2,6-3
Roshan Kumar (Bih)  bt. Saahil Shivam (Bih) 6-1,6-1
Swapnil Sinha (Bih) bt. Harsh Shekhar (Bih) 6-3,6-4
Mudit Bhagat (WB) bt. Sahil Bariar (Bih) 6-0,6-1
Aditya Vardhan Roy (WB) bt. Rohil Roy (Bih) 6-0,6-0  
Vishal Vivek (Bih) bt. Anik Ghosh (WB) 6-3,6-2
Utkarsh Singh (Bih) bt. Anurag Agarwal (WB) 6-3,6-3

Megha Roy (WB) bt. Ayushi Singh (Bih) 6-3,6-4
Megha Pratap (Bih) bt. Tanmaya Khushi (Bih) 6-2,6-3
Aditya Shreya (Bih) bt. Soumya Shigh (Bih) 6-3,6-3
Medhavi Singh (Bih) bt. Jyoti Pratap (Bih) 6-1,6-1
Nilanjana Saha (WB) bt. Abhisha  Raikwar (Jha) 6-0,6-0
Sonal Srishti (Bih) bt. Lavanya Hanshi (Bih) 6-0,6-1
Sakshi Suman (Bih) bt. Mallika (Bih) 6-1,6-1
Monika Kumar (WB) bt. Mahima Kumar (WB) 6-0,6-0 

Bihar down Rajasthan in Senior National hockey

New Delhi, March 7, 2014: Day-9 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today saw exciting clashes between teams. Namdhari XI, Bihar, Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd and Uttarakhand take a step ahead in the league by winning their respective matches today.

In Pool A, Namdhari XI registered an easy win against Gujarat by leaving them behind with a score of 9-0 on board. Namdhari XI claimed their first win in their very first match of the pool leaving Gujarat with yet another loss. Namdhari XI went all out from the very beginning of the match, where Bhagat Singh Dhillon scored two goals at 5th and the 15th minute of the game by converting both the penalty corners followed by the field goals by Santa Singh at 27th minute and Captain Kuldeep Singh at 29th minute taking the score to 4-0 in the first half of the game. The second half the game saw Namdhari XI scoring another 5 goals where Udham Preet Singh scored two goals at 37th and 54th minute and Avtar Singh, Mehkeet Singh and Gurjant Singh scored a goal each at 50th, 54th and 68th minute of the game, winning it by 9-0.

In another match, Bihar scooped away the match from Rajasthan by 4-2 in Pool A. The match saw Bihar dominating the first half of the match with a 3-1 lead whereas the second half the match saw a decent struggle from both the teams. Nevertheless, Bihar got a chance to strike another goal and took the total to 4 goals and Rajasthan was held at only 2 goals to their credit. Bihar’s Sankalp Raghav converted two penalty corners at 12th and 21st minute of the game and another two field goals were stroked in by Naveenminz and Bhim Kumar at 23rd minute and 54th minute respectively. On the other hand, Rajasthan’s Ankit Kushwah and Amit Yadav could only score field goal each for their team at 13th and 59th minute and failed to take over Bihar.

In the first match of Pool B played today, Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd registered a comprehensive win over Goa with a difference of 13 goals to 0. The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd squad was their best in their first of the pool matches and stormed past Goa in a blink, leaving them with yet another defeat after yesterday against Uttarakhand. A total of 7 players are responsible for Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd’s blistering win today, out of which Manprit Singh Chahal scored four goals at 11th, 28th, 61st and 62nd minute and Harjit Singh scored three goals at 33rd, 56th and 63rd minute, followed by Ambika Pratap Singh who scored two goals at 50th and 63rd minute. The score 13-0 is on the top of the charts followed by 11-1 (Puducherry against Bengal) and 10-0 (Gangpur-Odisha against Assam). Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd has set the level of the game high and probably will be the most feared team in the tournament now.

Uttarakhand defeated Jammu & Kashmir 5-3 to register their second consecutive win in their Pool B league match. Prakash Mehra scored twice each and Amit Aswal, Manoj Tamta and Vijay Pal contributed a goal each in Uttarakhand’s win. Amrinder Singh, Sunil Kalsotra and Amarjeet Singh scored a goal each for Jammu & Kashmir

Today’s Result
Pool A- Namdhari XI 9  Bhagat Singh Dhillon (5th and 15thmin), Santa Singh (27th min), Kuldeep Singh (29th min), Udham Preet Singh (37th min), Avtaar Singh (50th min), Hartaj Singh Aujla (53rd min), Mehkeet Singh (54th min) and Gurjant Singh (68th min) vs Gujarat 0
Pool A Bihar 4 Sankalp Raghav (12th and 21st min), Naveenminz (23rd min) and Bhim Kumar (54th min) vs.Rajasthan 2 Ankit Kushwah (13th min) and Amit Yadav (59th min).
Pool B- Mumbai 13 Manprit Singh Chahal (11th, 28th, 61stand 62nd min), Harjit Singh (33rd, 56th and 63rd min), Ambika Pratap Singh (50th and 67th min), Nitin Kumar Nandanoori (13th min), Sajit Lakra (26th min), Tyron Pereira (31st min) and Amit Goswami (64th min) vs Goa 0.
Pool B- Uttarakhand 5 Amit Aswal(18th min), Prakash Mehra (23rd and 44th min), Manoj Tamta (46th min), Vijay Pal (49th min) vs Jammu & Kashmir Amrinder Singh (8thmin), Sunil Kalsotra (22nd min) and Amarjeet Singh (69th min)

Footballer Robin Singh celebrates Women’s day with Smile Foundation

Bangalore, March 07, 2014: Saluting the spirit of Indian women, India's ace footballer Robin Singh celebrated International Women’s Day with Smile Foundation.   Fifteen girls who came forward to make an identity of their own from a difficult background were part of this celebration at hotel Monarch Luxur.

Robin who was in town was enthralled to join the cause. Pledging his support toward the cause of women empowerment he said, “Women empowerment is all about enabling the female segment of society to understand their real worth and to enable them with the power of equality. 

I feel it is imperative for male involvement in development of this segment of women's rights. 

All these girls symbolize the spirit of "living your dream" if given the right platform and support. I wish them the very best and I hope they become a force to reckon with.”

All these girls were from Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) – Smile Foundation’s employability program for youth.  Youth are trained in STeP centres across India through a six month course to face the world professionally and then are placed also in reputed companies in service and retail sectors. All of them were excited to meet their football star.

Commenting on this occasion Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO Smile Foundation said, “Smile Foundation strongly believes that when you Empower a Women the whole generation is empowered. We have a long way to go in this direction and we can only achieve it by involving all section of the civil society.” He added, “I would like to thank Mr. Robin Singh who come forward and supported the cause. I believe that we all can inspire changes in our own way this Women’s Day.”

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Bihar defeat Gujarat 4-1 in senior hockey national

New Delhi, March 6, 2014: Day-8 of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014 (Division B) played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow today saw the commencement of games of Pool A & B teams. Setting their goals clear from the very beginning teams Bihar, Uttarakhand, Sashastra Seema Bal and Himachal Pradesh made it evident that they are here to stay.

The first match played between Bihar and Gujarat witnessed Bihar going all out from the very start. Though, Gujarat’s Krushsingh Zala scored the very first goal of the game at the 9th minute, it was Bihar’s Md Reyazuddin, Naveenminz and Mangra Bhengra who in return scored at the 11th, 14th and 21st minute respectively, to take the lead by 3-1 in the first half of the match. Gujarat played a defensive game in the second half of the game but couldn’t stop Bihar’s Naveenminz from scoring another goal at 40th minute and wrapping the game at 4 goals to 1.

In another match, Uttarakhand gave an even better fight to Goa by simply not allowing them to score even a single goal. Prakash Mehra scored two goals for Uttarakhand at 23rd minute as a field goal and converted a penalty corner at the 49th minute. Captain Maheshwar Negi of Uttarakhand also scored a field goal at 28th minute and Kailash Jalal helped in taking the lead against Goa by 4-0 when he got a clear shot at penalty strike at the 56th minute of the match.

In the third match of the day, a tough competition was evident between Sashastra Seema Bal and Rajasthan. Rajasthan took in the lead with 1-0 in first half with the help of Purshotam Bagdi’s penalty corner shot at the 22nd minute of the match. In reply to their opponents, Sashastra Seema Bal made a perfect come back in the second half of the match and took away the match from Rajasthan and won the game by 2-1. H. Surachandra Singh of Sashastra Seema Bal proved to be a ‘one-man-show’ as he scored both the field goals for his team at 41st and 65thminute of the game and drove the team for an exciting victory over Rajasthan.

The last match of the day, played between Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir saw a neck-to-neck fight, where Himachal Pradesh dominated the first half of the game by 1-0 with the help of Sanwar Ali’s field goal at the 34th minute. Jammu & Kashmir made a good comeback and leveled it at 1-1 with Amrinder Singh’s field goal at the 41st minute. The game turned around back in favour of Himachal Pradesh when Rajesh Kumar converted the penalty corner in a goal when got a chance at the 46th minute. Hence, the penalty corner in favour of Himachal Pradesh helped them claim their win over Jammu & Kashmir.”

Today’s Result
Pool A- Bihar 4 Md Reyazuddin (11th min), Naveenminz (14th & 40th min) and Mangra Bhengra (21st min) vs Gujarat 1 Krushsingh Zala (9th min).
Pool B Uttarakhand 4 Prakash Mehra (23rd & 49th min), Maheshwar Negi (28th min) and Kailash Jalal (56th min) vs. Goa 0.
Pool A- Sashastra Seema Bal 2 H. Surachandra Singh (41st & 65th minute) vsRajasthan 1 Purshotam Bagdi (22nd minute).
Pool B- Himachal Pradesh 2 Sanwar ali (34th min) and Rajesh Kumar (46thmin) vs Jammu & Kashmir 1 Amrinder Singh (41st min)

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