Air India won the 28th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament for the first time by beating the defending champions Indian Oil by 4-2 at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar. The winners were presented with cash prize of 2.50 Lakh, a Trophy and One quintal Almonds where as Runners up were given 1.50 Lakhs and Trophy. Affan Yousuf of Indian Oil Mumbai got a gold medal for the best player of the tournament. Indian Oil were leading by 1-0 at half time with the lone goal of half by Dharamvir Singh. But Air India equalized through Joga Singh in 45th Minute, look lead through Rahul Shilpkar’s goal in PC (49th Minute). Indian Oil’s Affan Yousuf equalized the scores again (2-2) through PC in 52nd Minute. Rahul Shilpkar converted two more PCs (55th and 67th Minute) to seal in the game and clinch the title for Air India.
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Air India, Mumbai clinched the title
Jalandhar, Oct. 15: Air India, Mumbai clinched the title of 28th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament by beating Holders Indian Oil Mumbai by 4-2 at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today. Air India Mumbai won this title for the first time. The winners bagged 2.50 Lakh, Trophy and One quintal Almonds where as Runners up bagged 1.50 Lakhs and Trophy. Affan Yousuf of Indian Oil Mumbai declared the best player of the tournament and awarded Gold Medal.. Cheif Guest Tikshan Sud Cabinet Minister Punjab gave away the prizes. Surjit Hockey Society facilitate Pargat Singh with Life time achievement award with One lakh rupees. Pargat Singh donated this money for the upliftment of Junior Hockey in the State.
In the Final Match of the Tournament both teams played controlled hockey. In the 8th minute of the play Deepak Thakur of Indian Oil missed the chance to score. IN 10th minute of the play Air India’s Sammed Dad not able to convert a golden chance. In the 18th minute of the play Dharamvir singh of Indian Oil put their team ahead with field goal from left flank (1-0). At half time Indian Oil was leading by 1-0. After the lemon break Air India Put pressure on Indian Oil and scored the equalizer in the 45th minute of the play, when Joga Singh netted the ball from the top of the circle (1-1). In the 49th minute of the play Air India took the lead when Rahul Shilpkar converted the penalty corner (2-1). In the 52nd minute of the play Indian Oil’s Affan Yousuf converted the penalty corner to equalize (2-2). Three minutes later Air India earned the penalty corner. This time Rahul Shilpkar converted the second penalty corner (3-2).In the 67th minute of the play Rahul Shilpkar converted the third penalty corner for Air India (4-2).