Chennai, Sep 10, 2013: The Madras Cricket Club is one of the premier sports institutions in the country, which organizes 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 88th edition of the tournament which along with Murugappa group in the mid 90’s was named MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup. From the early days, this tournament has been the premier hockey event in South India and one of the major competitions in the country attracting the top teams and talent. This tournament has been keenly observed by coaches and administrators for picking talent to represent the country. We are proud as the Madras Cricket Club to be associated with this tournament and be the only sporting Club in India to conduct an event of such magnitude.

The 88th MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament will be held between 12th and 22nd September, 2013 at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Egmore, Chennai.

A total 10 teams are pooled in 2 groups as follows:-

POOL – A

POOL – B

Indian Oil Corporation

Air India

South Central Railways

BPCL

Army XI

Punjab National Bank

Comptroller & Auditor General of India

Steel Authority of India

Indian Overseas Bank

Indian Bank

Air India & IOC (joint winners of 2012) will be defending their title. The tournament will be played on a league cum knock-out basis. Top 2 teams from each pool will qualify for semi-finals to be played on 21st September 2013. The Finals will be played on the 22nd of September under floodlights.

One match will be played under floodlights on all days. The league fixtures are enclosed herewith.

Prize money for the tournament remains at Rs.2,50,000/- for Winners and Rs.1,50,000/- for Runners-up. There will be prizes from the semi-finals stage for the man of the match for each game and special prizes for the best player of the tournament, the best forward, the best goal keeper and the most promising player of the tournament.

Mr.Mohamed Muneer will officiate as the Tournament Director and will be assisted by a team of outstation and local officials.

The Press will be provided with broadband / fax facilities at the venue to facilitate sending reports after the last match. The finals will be aired live on Doordarshan.

The host MCC will play the traditional exhibition match against The Hindu on 11th of September at 6.00 p.m. under floodlights.

The Murugappa Group

The tournament is sponsored by one of the India’s largest business conglomerates, The Murugappa Group and Madras Cricket Club would like to thank Mr. Vellayan, Executive Chairman of the Murugappa Group and Mr. Arun Murugappan, Managing Director – Parry Enterprises India Ltd, for their continued support and interest in promoting the game in Chennai.

Talking about this, Mr. Arun Murugappan, Managing Director of Parry Enterprises India Ltd said “Murugappa Group takes great pride in bringing to you once again the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament. Over the past 60-plus years, Murugappa Group has been actively engaged in promoting this sport and the spirit behind it – teamwork, planning and execution, and the sheer energy of the sport. From last year onwards, in addition to supporting and rewarding the current players, we have also honoured those who have contributed to the sport in various ways, through a special award for a Hockey Veteran and an award for an upcoming Indian Hockey Star. In addition, we are also trying to create opportunities for the school and college students to take advantage of the top-class hockey talent available in the city during the tournament, by conducting coaching camps for them.”

We thank you for being here and look forward to your support in covering this event.

B.VIJAYKUMAR
Organising Secretary
Madras Cricket Club

SRIVATSAN SUBRAMANIAM
Hony.Secretary
Madras Cricket Club

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Chennai.

About Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eleven 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., Sabero Organics Ltd., Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.

Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Crucible and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 5 continents.

Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.