Jalandhar, November 5, 2014 : Star Studded Rail Coach Factory (RCF Kapurthala) reserved their berth in Finals of the 31st IndianOIl Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament, in women section being played at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar.
In the Men sections, Indain Oil defeated Indian Overseas Bank by 4-1 and Army XI defeated Bharat Petroleum 3-2 to entered semi finals of the tournament from their respective pools.
In the men section of the tournament, last year’s rumnners up Indian Oil, Mumbai defeated indian Overseas Bank by 4-1. The bankers took the lead in the 5th minute of the game when they earned their first penalty corner. Their penalty corner expert D Matthuselvan did not make any mistake to find the target.
After trailing by one goal, oilmen started their moves from right flank and got the equalize in the 11 minute when Olympian Prabhjot Singh scrored a superb field goal. At half time both teams were playing 1-1 draw. After lemon break, oilmen started the game with planned manner and increased the lead in the 47 minute when Olympian Deepak Thakur scored field goal to edge ahead of bankers. In the 57 and 62 minute, stars Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh scored one goal each to complete tally of 4-1 and reached semi-finals.
In a well contested match of the day between Bharat Petroleum and Army-XI, the army men were leading by 3-1 at half time. The scorers for Army-XI were Siraju AP, E. Lakra, S Arumugam where as Hari Parsad and Tushar Khandekar were the scorers for BPCL.
In the women section matches of the day in the round robin league, former champion Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala girls defeated Rest of Pakistan by 7-0. The Rail Coach factory with 9 points topped the points tally whereas the other team will be decided from the match between Rest of Pakistan & Haryana-XI. Presently, Punjab-Xi has 4 points from their three matches whereas Haryana-XI has one point from their two matches. Haryana girls will only qualify for Finals if they beat Rest of Pakistan by margin of 4 goals.
In the match between RCF Kapurthala and Rest of Pakistan, Amadeep Kaur scored 4 goals, Vatrika Singh, Ramngaihzv Ali, Th.Anuradha Devi scored one goal each for RCF. In the match between Punjab-XI and Haryana-XI , both teams exhibited good hockey. Both teams shared one point each with 1-1 at their stipulated time. Punjab-XI was leading by 1-0 at half time. Punjab girls took the lead in the 32nd minute of the game when full back Ritu made no mistake to convert their first penalty corner (1-0). Punjab girls increased their lead through Meenakshi who sounded the board with a solo effort in 56th Minute to make it 2-0. Haryana girls came back in the game and reduced the margin in 58th minute through Jyoti Gupta. And in the 63rd minute it was Jyoti again who scored and equalized 2-2 to keep her team in the race for finals.
6th November (Thursday) Fixtures:
Rest of Pakistan Versus Haryana-XI (women) at 2.15 PM
Punjab & Sind Vs CAG at 3.30 PM
ONGC Vs Punjab-XI (Pakistan) 5.00 PM