He also serves the Madras Engineering Group (Madras Sappers corps of engineers) Indian army as a commissioned officer. He holds the rank of Captain. Ignace Tirkey’s younger brother Prabodh Tirkey also represented India in hockey. He is a product of Panposh Sports Hostel, Rourkela where he was spotted by Indian Army to help him pursue his career.
Ignace Tirkey made his international debut in February 2001 against Belgium. He was a part of the Indian team that participated in the Athens Olympic in 2004, where India finished seventh. He is best known for his brilliant goal which he hit between Pakistan’s ace striker Sohail Abbas’s legs in the final minutes of 2003 Asia Cup to give India the winning lead after both teams were locked at 2-2.
In a marriage between two hockey players, former India captain Ignace Tirkey tied the knot with women’s team member Masira Surin at a church in Simdega on Monday.
Father M Gulab Lugun of the Lachragarh Roman Catholic Church solemnised the marriage, which was attended by Ignace’s brother Prabodh, also a hockey player, and friends from sporting arena.
Both the bride and the groom, who are parts of national men’s and women’s hockey team respectively, were dressed in traditional attire during the ceremony.
Ignacious (“Ignace”) Tirkey is a midfielder for India’s hockey team who has also captained the Indian team previously. Tirkey made his debut for the national side in February 2001 at the Akbar el Yom Tournament in Cairo against Belgium. He was also a member of the Indian team that came seventh in the Athens Olympic in 2004. He is famously remembered for his incredible goal which he hit between Pakistan’s ace striker Sohail Abbas’s legs in the final minutes of 2003 Asia Cup to give India the winning lead after both teams were locked at 2-2. He is considered as a skillful and lethal striker. In 2001, he scored what is known as a golden goal to help India win the finals in the Muruguppa Gold Cup and once more thereafter during the National Games in 2002. He is also the recepient of the Padma Shree and the Arjuna awards.
He joined MEG, Bangalore, as hawaldar (soldier) in 1998 after spending the preceding four years at the famous Panposh Sports Hostel and Birsa Munda High school. The half-back represented Services in the Jr. and Sr. Nationals before making his international debut in the 2001 Akber el Yom Cup and then played in the Samaranch Cup before making the senior grade at the 2001 Sultan Azlan Cup.
Succeeding Ramandeep Singh for the left-half position, he played a pivotal role in India winning four out of six titles in 2003. Ignace posted a thrilling match-winner against Pakistan in the 2003 Asia Cup final. The midfielder has hardly been dropped since 2001 and is one of the six colts who made it to the 2002 World Cup from the gold winning 2001 Jr. World Cup team.
He led India in the 2006 Pakistan Test Series and 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne). He led Chennai Veerans in the 2005 PHL. Nowadays plays for the Orissa Steelers. He was recalled for the Argentina Test Series in Jan 2009, but could not go due to his marriage with Masira Surin, commonwealth Games hockey gold medallist. He returned to Indian side for the Punjab Gold Cup and went on to win the gold at Ipoh in the Azlan Shah Cup.
Last International Appearance: 2009 Europe Tour.