The 91st edition of the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey tournament will be held from 27th July to 6th August, 2017. This will see participation from 10 teams pooled across two Groups. The top two teams will win cash prizes of ₹ 5 lakhs and ₹ 2.5 lakhs, respectively. There will also be a cash prize of ₹ 10,000/- given along with a high-end bicycle each to the best forward, best midfielder, best goalkeeper/ defender, the most promising player of the tournament and the man of the match of the finals. Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Egmore, Chennai, will continue to be the venue for the tournament.
This was announced at a press conference by Madras Cricket Club (MCC) and Murugappa Group, the two institutions that are organising this tournament. The MCC was represented by Mr. Srivatsan Subramaniyam, President, Mr. B. Vijay Kumar, Honorary Treasurer, and Mr. CN Shanmugham, Organising Secretary. Murugappa Group was represented by Mr. Arun Murugappan, Managing Director of Parry Enterprises India Ltd.
Mr. Arun Murugappan said, “Murugappa Group is happy to be associated with this tournament for all these years and we hope to continue our association in the coming years. The tournament is a great platform for youngsters who are passionate about the game and is also a great opportunity for recruitment of new talent. Cash prizes for the winners and runners-up and special prizes for the best individual players of the tournament will be given away. It will be an exciting 10 days for sure!”
Mr. Srivatsan Subramaniyam, President of MCC, added, “The Madras Cricket Club aims at promoting hockey on a large scale and that is the idea behind the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey tournament. We are honoured to be associated with the 91st edition and would like to extend our thanks to the Murugappa Group for their continued support.”
The host MCC will play the traditional exhibition match against The Hindu on 26th of July at 6.00 p.m. under floodlights. One match will be played under floodlights on all days.
Mr. Manish N Gour will officiate as the Tournament Director and will be assisted by a team of outstation and local officials.
A total of 10 teams are participating in this tournament, pooled in the following 2 groups:
|POOL – A||POOL – B|
|Indian Railways||Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)|
|Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd ( BPCL)||Punjab National Bank (PSB)|
|Punjab & Sind Bank||Army XI|
|Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu(HUT)||Hockey Odisha|
|Hockey Bengaluru||Central Secretariat Hockey Team|
The winners of the 2016 edition, Indian Railways, will be defending their title. The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. The top 2 teams from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals to be played on 5th August 2017. The finals will be played on 6th August 2017 under floodlights.
||6.00 PM||MCC||V/s||THE HINDU|
|1.||27.07.2017||THU||A||4.15 PM||B P C L||V/s||HOCKEY UNIT OF TAMIL NADU|
|2.||27.07.2017||THU||B||6.00 PM||ARMY XI||V/s||HOCKEY ODISHA|
|3.||28.07.2017||FRI||A||2.30 PM||INDIAN RAILWAYS||V/s||HOCKEY BENGALURU|
|4.||28.07.2017||FRI||B||4.15 PM||O N G C||V/s||HOCKEY ODISHA|
|5.||28.07.2017||FRI||A||6.00 PM||PUNJAB & SIND BANK||V/s||B P C L|
|6.||29.07.2017||SAT||B||2.30 PM||CENTRAL SECRETARIAT HOCKEY TEAM||V/s||PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK|
|7.||29.07.2017||SAT||B||4.15 PM||ARMY XI||V/s||O N G C|
|8.||29.07.2017||SAT||A||6.00 PM||INDIAN RAILWAYS||V/s||PUNJAB & SIND BANK|
|9.||30.07.2017||SUN||B||2.30 PM||HOCKEY ODISHA||V/s||PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK|
|10.||30.07.2017||SUN||B||4.15 PM||ARMY XI||V/s||CENTRAL SECRETARIAT HOCKEY TEAM|
|11.||30.07.2017||SUN||A||6.00 PM||B P C L||V/s||HOCKEY BENGALURU|
|12.||31.07.2017||MON||A||4.15 PM||HOCKEY BENGALURU||V/s||PUNJAB & SIND BANK|
|13.||31.07.2017||MON||A||6.00 PM||INDIAN RAILWAYS||V/s||HOCKEY UNIT OF TAMIL NADU|
|14.||01.08.2017||TUE||B||4.15 PM||HOCKEY ODISHA||V/s||CENTRAL SECRETARIAT HOCKEY TEAM|
|15.||01.08.2017||TUE||B||6.00 PM||O N G C||V/s||PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK|
|16.||02.08.2017||WED||A||2.30 PM||HOCKEY UNIT OF TAMIL NADU||V/s||PUNJAB & SIND BANK|
|17.||02.08.2017||WED||A||4.15 PM||INDIAN RAILWAYS||V/s||B P C L|
|18.||02.08.2017||WED||B||6.00 PM||ARMY XI||V/s||PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK|
|19.||03.08.2017||THU||B||2.30 PM||O N G C||V/s||CENTRAL SECRETARIAT HOCKEY TEAM|
|20.||03.08.2017||THU||A||4.15 PM||HOCKEY UNIT OF TAMIL NADU||V/s||HOCKEY BENGALURU|
|21.||05.08.2017||SAT||1st S.F||WINNER POOL ‘A’||V/s||RUNNER-UP POOL ‘B’|
|22.||05.08.2017||SAT||2nd S.F||WINNER POOL ‘ B ‘||V/s||RUNNER-UP POOL ‘A’|
|23.||06.08.2017||SUN||FINALS||WINNER OF MATCH 21||V/s||WINNER OF MATCH 22|