Air India flies high on their return to Ozonegroup State Super Division hockey league, emerging champions with a 2-1 victory over Army Red in last match of the league.
In their last league encounter in the 11-team event, star studded team, which coached bye Gavin Ferreira secured their ninth win to tally 27 points and sneaked past second-placed BPCL (the only unbeaten side in the league this season) who logged 26 points from 8 wins and 2 draws. Third placed IOCL lost a match to champions Air India and drew 1 is series to tally 25 points. Army Red could manage 4th place. Air India got Rs 2 lakh for their effort, BPCL Rs 1.5 lakh, IOCL Rs 1 lakh and Army Red Rs 0.5 lakh.
Special prizes are as following:
Best goalkeeper: Swinder Singh (BPCL);
Best defender: Harpreet Singh (Namdharis);
Best midfielder: Birendra Lakra (BPCL);
Best forward: S Armugam (Army Red);
Highest goal scorer of the league: VR Raghunath (IOCL, 23 goals, PC-21 ,PS -2);
Player of the final: Sameer Dad (Air India);
Player of the championship: Inderjit Singh (IOCL);
Most admired hockey player: Sabu Varkey (BPCL);
Most promising player: Sagay Jayaseelan (MEG);
Fair play trophy: Maratha Light Infantry (MLI).
Final standings: 1. Air India (27 points); 2. BPCL (26); 3.IOCL (25); Army Red (20); 5.Fortis (16); 6. SAI (13); 7. Namdharis (11); 8. MEG (10); 9. Army Green (6); 10. ASC (3); 11. MLI (1)