Report of the Third IndianOil Chota Nagpur Tribal Women Hockey Tournament 2015 held during 18th October and 25th October, 2015 at Simdega, Jharkhand organised by Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals New Delhi 
1. Third IndianOil Chota Nagpur Women Hockey Tournament, 2015-16

The Third IndianOil Chota Nagpur Women Hockey Tournament held at Sashkiya Balika  Uch-Vidhalaya, Simdega, Jharkhand between 18th October and 25th October, 2015 organised by Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals, New Delhi.  The title sponsor of the Hockey Tournament was Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. The logos of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd were put all sides of the ground, main entrance of the gate, in the shamiana where guests were to sit as well as at Awareness Workshop/ Orientation Program.

In this invitational hockey tournament, 12 women teams have been invited to participate for the prize money of Rs. 70,000/- for winner and Rs. 40,000/- for runner-up.  In addition to other cash prizes such as for the teams reaching third position and fourth position, best talented player of the tournament for Rs.10,000/- was also the attraction. Out of 12 teams, the following teams had participated in the tournament held at Simdega, which is a district town of Jharkhand and termed as ‘Garh’ of hockey as many national and international hockey players in both category i.e. mail & female were produced by this district.


The teams were divided into 4 groups and round robin matches were held on league basis.  The first 2 teams of each group were qualified for the knock-out matches.

The tournament was inaugurated by Shri Michael Kindo, the Arjuna Awardee & Gold Medal Winner in the World Cup 1975 (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia), Silver Medal Winner World Cup 1973 (Amsterdam, Holland) and Bronze Medal Winner Munich Olympic 1972 and World Cup 1971 (Barcelona, Spain) who also hailed from Simdega on 18th October, 2015.  A grand march past was organised before the commencement of the game.  The Deputy Commissioner of Simdega District Shri Vijoy Kumar Singh and other ex-international & national hockey players like Masihdas Baa, Silbanus Kindo, Christopher Lakra and officials of the Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals were present in the opening ceremony.  PadamShri Dilip Tirkey, Olympian and former Captain of Indian National Hockey Team and Member of Parliament also visited the hockey tournament  on 23.10.2015.

After the league matches in the respective group the following teams were qualified for knock-out stage:

Group A – Hockey Simdega and Nav Jagrit Manav Sangh
Group B – Birsa Club Khunti and St. Mark’s Club, Banabira
Group C – Panposh Hostel and Rengari XI
Group D – Gumla Hockey Club and Nav Yuvak Sangh, Lathhakhaman

After the Quarter Final Matches held ,the semi-finals matches were played as per the following:

First Semi Final – Hockey Simdega V/s Panposh Hostel

Second Semi Final- Nav Jagrit Manav Sangh V/s  Nav Yuvak Sangh Lathhakhaman

In the semi-finals Hockey Simdega and  Nav Yuvak Sangh Lathhakhaman defeated their rivals and entered into the Final of Third IndianOil Chota Nagpur Tribal Women Hockey Tournament 2015.

The final match of the tournament was played on 25th October, 2015 at Sashkiya Balika Uch Vidhalaya, Simdega. In the absence of Chief Guest Mr. Manoj Gupta from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Ranchi as he could not make it possible because of the “bandh” called by “People War Group” an organisation connected to Maoist on 25th October, 2015. In the absence of Chief Guest from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, the Hockey Association requested Mr. Rajeev Ranjan Singh, Superintendent of Police, District Simdega to become the Chief Guest for the final match and Mr. Singh has kindly accepted it.  Other dignitaries present were  Shri Vijoy Kumar Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Simdega, Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribe, New Delhi & Chief Patron of the Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals and all other ex-national and international players as well as the Guests from Simdega namely, Shri Benjamin Lakra, former Principal Accountant General and Shri Neil Tirkey, former MLA of Simdega were present.  The Chief Guest was welcomed by traditional dance.  Both the finalist teams i.e. Simdega Hockey and Nav Yuvak Sangh Lathhakhaman were put on the complete set of playing dresses on which IndianOil Logo was printed which were visible from the distance.  Bigan Soy, an international hockey player was part of the playing 11 of Hockey Simdega. The match was interesting and Hockey Simdega won the Third Indian Oil Chota Nagpur Trophy for the third time in a row since the inception of the hockey tournament by defeating Nav Yuvak Sangh Lathhakhaman by 4 goals to 1. The match was interesting and sizable crowd cheered for the local team.

DD Ranchi has recorded the proceedings of the match and the same was telecasted after 3 days in the National Channel on 28.10.2015.  The Chief Guest handed over the trophies to the winner and runner-up teams after the match.  The Chief Guest had also handed over   the following display cheques as a prize money to the following teams:

Winner – Hockey Simdega– Rs. 70,000/-
Runner up- Nav Yuvak Sangh Lathhakhaman– Rs. 40,000/-
Third position team- Panposh Hostel Odisha– Rs. 25,000/-
Consolation prize for the fourth position team-  Nav Jagrit Manav Sangh– Rs. 15,000/-

In addition to above, most talented player declared was Sunita Kumari of Hockey Simdega Team received the amount of Rs. 10,000/-

2. Penalty Shoot Out Competition for the teams – a new initiative
This year onwards, a new initiative was taken by the Hockey Association which was appreciated by all concerned. A new Shoot-Out Competition was introduced for the teams. The Shoot-Out competition was held on 23.10.2015 and winner declared successful scoring of given 5 chances to the teams. The following teams have declared the winners of the Shoot-Out Competition and got the cash prizes as per the following:

  • Winner- Gumla Hockey Club – Rs. 10,000/-
  • Runner-up – St Marks Club Banabira – Rs. 7,500/-
  • Third position team – Surguja XI – Rs. 5,000/-

3. Fruitful Awareness Workshop/ Orientation Program for all participants
Since most of the players participated are school & College students, the Hockey Association has organized one day Awareness Workshop on 22nd October, 2015 for the entire team members, managers and coaches at St. Mary’s High School, Simdega. The Hockey India officials were also present.  The objectives of the awareness workshop/orientation program were to (i) generate awareness and understanding of the rules of the game of hockey and (ii) the problems generally faced by the tribal women hockey players when they are selected to represent the country and (iii) how to address those issues.  The program details are given below:

9.30 a.m. – introduction and mixing among the players of all teams, moderator- Mr. Ashish and Mr. Ignatius
10.00 a.m.- Tribal People and Hockey – A Relationship , the moderator was Mr. Justin Tirkey
11.00 a.m.- Tribal hockey and Chota Nagpur region- speaker was Mr. Benjamin Lakra , Former Principal Auditor General of India
11.30 a.m. – Hockey rules of FIH – speaker was Shri H.S. Shokhi , Tournament Director appointed by Hockey India and International hockey  umpire.
12.00 p.m.- Experience Sharing – by two reputed ex-international tribal hockey players namely Ms. Sumrari Tete and Ms. Rajkumari Banra.
12.30 p.m.- learning through the film “Chak De India”- moderator Mr. Ireneus Toppo
1.30 p.m.- lunch

The program went well according to the schedule given above.  The young girls were learnt about the need of mental toughness apart from physical fitness in the competitive hockey.  They were also advised to continue the study and learn English to counter the problems during the coaching by foreign experts and to handle the situation creped in when they got the chance to play abroad as part of the National Hockey Team.

The experience shared by Ms. Sumrari Tete and Ms. Rajkumari Banra ex-international hockey players was excellent and served the purpose as well as experience sharing. They cited the examples the problems faced when they were the part of the National Hockey Team in the tournament held in Japan. They advised the young players about the importance of English speaking and the kind of behavior with the players of foreign countries, which are considered as important in the foreign tours. It was a great knowledge acquisition to the entire players of the hockey teams as well as their managers and coaches.

The coaches of the teams present have several questions posed to Mr. H.S. Sokhi, Tournament Director appointed by Hockey India who has clarified the rules followed by FIH.  He also informed about the latest changes in the rule of the game of hockey which are considered useful to the players and coaches.  The players and coaches have expressed that such Workshops should be held in every hockey tournament organized by the Association.

4. Felicitation ceremony was held for Ex-National and Inter-National players belonging to Chota Nagpur Region
A glittering felicitation ceremony was organised by Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals New Delhi held for Ex-National and Inter-National players belonging to Chota Nagpur Region in both category of male and female who were gathered in large number. The names of the Ex-National and Ex-International hockey players are given below. The mementoes were given to these players for representing the country in the various high levels national and international hockey tournaments.

Male Players Female Players
Shri Gopal Bhengra Ms. Savitri Purty
Shri Vijay Kujur Ms. Sukro Sanga
Shri Stanislas Bada Ms. Pushpa Topno
Shri Ignatius Tirkey Ms. Jyoti Kujur
Shri Chistopher Indvar Ms. Adline Kerketta
Shri Jagan Topno Ms. Asunta Lakra
Shri Khistopher Lakra Ms. Fulmani Soy
Shri Sukra Aind Ms. Urshela Toppo
Shri Amlan Toppo Ms. Fatima Kujur
Shri Alexious Lakra Ms. Masira Surin
Shri Stanislaus Kindo Ms. Bigan Soy
Shri Masidas Baa Ms. Mashidas Baa
Ms. Jayamani Sanga

It was a great and unique experience to the former hockey players as well as for the members of the Hockey Association.


Title of Hockey Tournament- XVIII CHOTA NAGPUR TRIBAL MEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2015-16 held between 20th February to 20th March 2016 in MDC National Stadium and Shivaji Stadium, New Delhi 

Organised by Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals, Delhi (Regd.)

XVIII CHOTA NAGPUR TRIBAL MEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2015-16 held between 20th February to 20th March 2016 in MDC National Stadium and Shivaji Stadium, New Delhi. The matches were played on 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th February and 5th March 2016 at MDC National Stadium and on 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th March 2016 at Shivaji Stadium, New Delhi.

  1. As many as 20 tribal men hockey teams of Delhi & NCR had participated in this tournament. Teams were divided in four Groups of 5 teams. The initial round of matches was played on round- robin/league basis in each group and first and second ranking of the Groups joined in the Quarter Final matches which were played on 12.3.2016. The results of Quarter Final (QF) Matches were as under:

1st QF : Jharkhand Sports defeated BARLA XI by 2-1
2nd QF: Tribal Warriors defeated Defence Kotla by 2-0
3rd QF: DLF Phase III defeated JCO United by 6-3
4th QF: NOIDA defeated Srinivaspuri by 3-0

Thus four teams qualified for Semi-Finals (SF) were Jharkhand Sports, Tribal Warriors,  DLF Phase-III, and NOIDA. The result of Semi Final matches layed on 19th March 2016 was as under:

1st  SF : Jharkhand Sports defeated DLF Phase III by 7-6 (after 2 goals scored by each team in the regulation time)

2nd  SF: Tribal Warriors defeated NOIDA by 3-0

  1. The final match of the XVIII CHOTA NAGPUR TRIBAL MEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2015-16 was played on 20th March 2016 at Shivaji Hockey Stadium, Synthetic Turf Ground, New Delhi between Tribal Warriors and Jharkhand Sports Hockey team. The Chief Guest of the final match was Shri Fuggan Singh Kulaste, Hon’ble MP. Due to emergency meeting with Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Kulaste was held up and could not make it.  Shri Shanti Priye Beck, Joint Secretary, Central Information Commission, Fr. Ranjit Toppo,s.j. Head of the Tribal Department of Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, Fr. Vincent Toppo, s.j. an scholar of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Fr. Norbert D Xalxo sdb of Bosco Club were the Guests of Honour at the dias. People of NGOs relating to development of tribal people were also present. A sizable match viewer and supporters were present to cheer the players and the teams on the final match.
  1. Before the match, Distinguished Guests were welcomed by traditional cultural group dance by Salomi Cultural Group of Friends Colony led by Shri Kulranjan Toppo. The final match was inaugurated by Shri Shanti Priye Beck, Joint Secretary, Central Information Commission & Distinguished Guests with the introduction of both the teams. The match started at very fast note with the attacks and counter attacks by both the teams.  Jharkhand Sports Club mostly with experienced players expected to dominate the game but it is Tribal Warriors which forged ahead with the swift counter attack goal by its captain Suman at 17th minute of the match.The equalizer came in the 28th minute by Sachin of Jharkhand Sports. After the lemon break Jharkhand added three goals in 40th, 44th and 47th minute by Sachin and experienced player Jolen Topno (2 goals). Tribal warriors responded two goals through Anuj Tirkey and Manoj Xalxo in 49th and 54th minute respectively. Last goal scored by Prakash Jojo of Jharkhand Sports I 55th minute. Thus Jharkhand Sports won the Trophy defeating Tribal Warriors by 5 goals to 3 goals. Before the Final Match, a match was played between NOIDA and DLF Phase III to decide third position. As opponent was off-colour on this day, NOIDA easily defeated DLF Phase III by 3-0.
  1. After the match, the prize distribution ceremony took place and cash awards announced to winner i.e. Jharkhand Sports Hockey Club, runners up team i.e. Tribal Warriors and 3rd placed team i.e. NOIDA of Rs. 50,000/-, Rs.25,000/- and Rs.10,000/- respectively. A consolation prize of Rs. 7,500/- has been announced to DLF Phase III.  The championship trophy was handed over to Jharkhand Sports Hockey Club. Display cheques were handed over to above teams by Ranjit Tiggaji, Vincent Ekkaji  and Norbert Xalxoji. The Best Player of the Tournament prize consisting of memento and cash prize of Rs.5,000/- awarded to Jolen Topno of Jharkhand Sports for his all-round performance, intelligent scheme and scoring of 2 field goals for his team. Chirag Delhi Hockey team declared as  Most Disciplined team in the tournament and given memento and cash prize of Rs.5,000/-. Salomi Cultural Group was also given the memento for their beautiful presentation..  In the end, Ranjit Tiggaji appreciated the organiser to conduct such events for the benefit of tribal people.

New Initiative

The Association has started new initiative to promote the tribal upcoming umpires to supervise the matches as per the standards laid down by Hockey India. To start with two prospective umpires Shri Nirmal Ekka and Shri Suman Tirkey both from Surguja Hockey Ambikapur were invited by the Association for the following purposes:

1.To learn the basics of umpiring in consultation with the umpires and Tournament Director appointed by Hockey India during the matches played.

2.To watch the matches, learn umpiring signals and basic rules of the game of hockey both theoretically & practically
3.To clear the doubt on rules and situation under which penalty corner & penalty stroke are awarded
4.To know how to fill the match sheet & other forms

Shri Nirmal Ekka and Shri Suman Tirkey came to Delhi and remained present on the ground and carefully saw all the matches and discussed at length with the umpires & Tournament Director appointed by Hockey India on 5th and 6th March 2016. According to them it was their great learning experience and they stated that they will give more focus and wanted to become the team of umpires in the next tournament organized by the Hockey Association of Chota Nagpur Tribals in August 2016.