91st ALL INDIA MCC-MURUGAPPA GOLD CUP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT 2017

Chennai, 25th July 2017: 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.

 

Fixtures:

 

S.no DATE DAY POOL TIME TEAMS
26.07.2017 WED 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
04.08.2017 FRI REST DAY
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

The press will be provided with broadband / fax facilities at the venue to facilitate sending reports after the last match of every day.

About MCC and the Tournament

The Madras Cricket Club is one of the premier sports institutions in the country, which organises major national-level tournaments in the disciplines of Tennis, Squash, Cricket, Badminton, Billiards and Hockey.

Originally started as the Madras Challenge Cup in 1901 and later named the A.M.M. Arunachalam Challenge Cup after the first Indian President of Madras Cricket Club, this is the 91st edition of the tournament which along with Murugappa Group in the mid 90s was named the MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup. This tournament has been keenly observed by coaches and administrators for recruiting talent to represent the country.

About Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the INR 300 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eight listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.

Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Transmission systems, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilisers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies such as Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Advanced Materials, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM),Yanmar & Co. and Compagnie Des Phosphat De Gafsa (CPG). The Group has a wide geographical presence all over India and spanning 6 continents.

Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Montra, Mach City, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor, Shanthi Gears and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The Group fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees. For more details, visit www.murugappa.com

For further information, please contact:

 

Sandhya Subramanian

Murugappa Group

+91-9500072458/ sandhyas@corp.murugappa.com

Vinod Kumar

Ogilvy PR

+91-9840126179 / vinod.kumar@ogilvy.vom