PROFESSOR JOHN EVANS ATTA MILLS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT – 5 YEARS ON.
The Late Professor John Evans Atta Mills, the third President in the 4th Republic of Ghana passed on 5 years ago on July 24th, 2012. One could never forget the instrumental role he played in the development of Hockey in Ghana. Being a driving force behind the acquisition of the first sand base turf in 1999 when he was Vice President and the first synthetic turf in 2009 when he was President.
His passion for Hockey goes way back in his early days when he featured in the national team and an asset of the Old Achimota Association Hockey Club as well as a pioneer of the Veterans Hockey Club.
With more than enough to be made mention of him, his legacy of selfless advocacy lives on in the hockey fraternity. In light of this, an annual tournament is played in honour of him. This year’s edition is scheduled for 29th July 2017 at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra. The event will run from 7am to 7pm.
The Atta Mills Care Ghana, a foundation founded by the son of the late president, Samuel Fiifi Atta Mills collaborates with the Ghana Hockey Association to bring up this year’s edition.
The tournament will feature teams in the top 4 of the various categories (men, women, youth and masters) in the Sapholda Hockey League. Climaxing the day will be an encounter of a select side between Atta Mills XI and K.N Owusu XI. K.N Owusu, also of blessed memory was a former Chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association in the early 80’s. He is also remembered for his enormous contribution to the development of hockey in the 80’s. He led the Ghana contingent to the memorable Yugoslavia Invitational tournament in 1981. The ceremonial match will feature the oldies who have played the game since the 70’s and the 80’s.
Below are the fixtures for the event.
MATCH TIME CATEGORY TEAMS
01 7:00am MEN G.R.A vs Police
02 7:45am MEN Trustees vs Exchequers
03 8:15am MASTERS Sapholda vs Citizens
04 9:00am MASTERS Financiers vs MultiStix
05 9:45am WOMEN GRA vs Ark Ladies
06 10:30am WOMEN Police vs Reformers
07 11:15am MASTERS Loser 03 vs Loser 04
08 12:00pm MASTERS Winner 03 vs Winner 04
09 12:45pm WOMEN Loser 05 vs Loser 06
10 1:15pm MEN Loser 01 vs Loser 02
11 2:00pm YOUTH Real Ambassadors vs Kasoa Heroes
12 3:00pm WOMEN Winners 05 vs Winners 06
13 4:00pm MEN Winners 01 vs Winners 02
14 5:00pm CEREMONIAL MATCH Prof. Atta Mills XI vs K.N Owusu XI
6:00pm – PRESENTATION OF AWARDS AND REFRESHMENT