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Hockey India Jr Men’s Nationals: Odisha to take on Puducherry on first day

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Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
New Delhi, Mar 21:

Hockey Gangpur-Odisha would take on Hockey Puducherry in the inaugural match of 4th Hockey India Junior Men’s National Championship 2014 beginning in Chennai from March 24.

The matches will be played at two venues: SDAT Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium and YMCA Nandanam Hockey Stadium.

hockey india logoA total of 35 teams in Division A and B would participate in the championship. While Division A will have 16 teams, Division B will have 19 teams.

Each Division has been divided into four pools consisting of four teams each in Division-A while there are five teams each in Pool A, B and C and four teams in Pool D in Division-B.

While Hockey Gangpur-Odisha is placed in Pool A under Division-B, Hockey Odisha is placed in Pool B under Division-A.

The three new teams participating in this year’s championship are Steel Plants Sports Board, Hockey Gangpur-Odisha and Vidarbha Hockey Association.

The matches will be played in a phased manner with Division B first completing its sets of matches and the same will be played from March 24 to 31.

Teams under Division A will play their matches from March 29 to April 6.