Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Sundargarh, Orissa, India
Ignacious ("Ignace") Tirkey is an Indian field Hockey player. He plays as a Fullback and has captained the Indian team. He was born on 10 May 1981 in Lulkidihi, Navapara, Sundergar Orissa, India. He also serves the Madras Engineering Group (Madras Sappers corps of engineers) Indian army as junior commissioned officer. He holds the rank of Subedar. Tirkey made his debut for the national side in February 2001 at the Akbar el Yom Tournament in Cairo against Belgium. He was a member of Indian team that participated in the Athens Olympic in 2004, where India finished seventh. In club hockey, Tirkey played for Services. He is most remembered for his goal that he scored between Pakistan's ace striker, Sohail Abbas's legs in the final minutes of 2003 Asia Cup final to give India the winning lead after both teams were locked at 2-2 (India eventually added a 4th goal in the last minute). The match won India its first gold in Asia Cups. Another highlight of his was in the Muruguppa Gold Cup in Aug 2001, where he scored a golden goal to win final, and thereafter in December 2002 during the National Games in Hydrabad. In 2009, he received the Arjuna Award.