– A total of 36 teams will be seen fighting it out to emerge as Champions
New Delhi, 19 March 2015: Entering its 5th season, the Hockey India Junior National Championship will witness 36 teams battling it out against each other to claim the top spot and the title Champion’s. All set to commence on 1st April 2015, hockey lovers will yet again get a chance to witness the young and budding hockey stars, striving to emerge as the winners of the 5th edition of Hockey India Junior National Championship (Men).
Where Steel Plant Sports Board, Manipur Hockey, Services Sports Control Board and Bengal Hockey Association were seen battling it out to become the Champions as semi-finalists at the 4th edition of Hockey India Junior National Championship 2014, Steel Plant Sports Board proved their mettle and emerged as the Champions of last year’s all important tournament.
The 36 participating teams will be divided into two Divisions – A & B. Where Division A consists of 16 teams, further divided into 4 Pools with 4 teams in each pool, Division B will see 20 teams further divided into 4 Pools with 5 teams each.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Hockey India Secretary General said, “The 5th season of Junior Men National Championship is all set to commence and we are set to witness yet again a season of exhilarating hockey where these players will give cut throat competition to each other. We will use the upcoming National back to back National Championships to identify talent and take them to the next level. I am sure these young stars will give us enough reasons to consider them for the International arena”.
The matches will be played in a phased manner with Division B first completing its sets of matches and the same will be played from 1st April – 12th April 2015. Teams under Division A will play their matches from 14th April and will go on till 22nd April 2015 in Mysore, Karnataka.
The inaugural match of the season will be played between The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd. and Goans Hockey of Division B at 7:30 am in Mysore under Division B. The Champions of the 4th edition, Steel Plant Sports Board placed in Pool A, will be taking on Hockey Maharashtra in the second match on the opening day, when Division A kick starts on 14th April 2015.