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ONGC to face stiff challenge in MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Defending champion Oil and Natural Gas Corporation team will face stiff challenge from IOC,Indian Navy, Railways and & Sind Bank in the 92nd edition of the MCC-Gold Cup Hockey tournament, which kicks off at Radhakrishnan stadium here on September 6.

Though members of the Indian squad which played in the recent in won't be seen in action here, the teams boast of a number of former internationals, the organisers said at a press conference Tuesday.

The players (who featured in the Asiad) would be missing the tournament as they would be taking part in a camp in preparation for the hockey World Cup, C N Shanmugam said.

He said ONGC, which boasts of a strong squad, will be the one to watch out for, apart from and Navy.

The 10 participating teams have been divided into two pools, with the top two from each advancing to the semifinal.

The final will be played on September 16 under lights.

The winning team will be richer by Rs five lakh and the runner-up will receive Rs 2.5 lakh, the said adding there were numerous individual prizes.

Also, this year, Group Company, will be giving away two special awards Parry's Amrit Most Natural Player of the Tournament and Parry's Spirulina Best Defensive Player of the Tournament.

The winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each along with a gift hamper.

MCC K Dhananjaya Das said he expected quality contests as the top teams from across the country were in the fray.

(a Group company) Managing Director said it was nice to see the top teams from across the country and top players participate in this event.

The host MCC will play the traditional exhibition match against 'The Hindu' tomorrow.

The pools: A: ONGC, Railways, Indian Army XI, Central Secretariat hockey team,

Pool B: Bengaluru Hockey Association, IOC, & Sind Bank, Indian Navy,

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First Published: Tue, September 04 2018. 21:00 IST
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