Jalandhar November 9, 2014: Last edition’s runners-up Indian Oil defeated defending champions Punjab & Sind Bank (5-2) to emerge 4th time winner of the 31st Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.
The Winners bagged Rs 5 Lakh and Trophy where as Runners-up got Rs 2.50 Lakh and Trophy. The first cash prize was sponsored by Tut Brothers USA and 2.5 Lakh Cash prize was sponsored by CT Group Jalandhar. Sikandar Singh Maluka Hon’ble Panchayat Minister Punjab gave away the prizes to the winners.
Waqas Shareef of Punjab XI (Pakistan) was declared best player of tournament, he was honoured with Mohinder Singh Tut memorial award, which was sponsored by Ranbir Singh Rana Tut. The tournament committee also declared Devesh Chauhan of Indian Oil as Best Goal Keeper, Ahmed Shakeel Bhatt of Punjab XI (Pakistan) as Best Full Back, Gautampal Singh of Punjab & Sind Bank best half back, Deepak Thakur of Indian Oil as best forward of the tournament. All of them bagged Rs 25000 each.
The final was played on very fast pace. In the first half of the game both team made good moves but could not utilize them. In the 22nd minute of the play Indian Oil earned first penalty corner, but Bank’s goalkeeper Guriqbal Singh made good save. In the 25th minute of the play Indian Oil’s Olympian Prabhjot Singh found the target to take lead over Bank. At half time Indian Oil was leading by 1-0.
In the second half’s 36th minute International star of Indian Oil Roshan Minz scored the field goal from right flank to double the lead. In the 40th minute of the play Indian Oil’s Inderjit Singh scored from right flank to consolidate further. In the 55th minute of the play Bankmen able to reduce the margin with the help of goal from stick of Manjinder Singh (1-3). In the 58th minute of the play Ajit Pandit of Punjab & Sind Bank scored the field goal from the pass of Jarmanpreet Singh (2-3). In the 60th minute of the play Indian Oil’s Olympian Deepak Thakur scored from the pass of Olympian Prabhjot Singh (4-2). In the 67th minute Prabhjot Singh scored his second goal of the day to complete the tally of 5-2 for Indian Oil and win the title.