Jalandhar: Last Year Runners Up Indian Oil Mumbai clinched the title of 31st Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament by beating holders Punjab & Sind Bank Delhi by 5-2 at Olympian Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium here today. Indian Oil won the title of this tournament for the fourth time.
The winning team was awarded with Rs. 5 Lakh and trophies while runners up team was awarded with Rs. 2.5 Lakh. The first cash prize of Rs. 5 Lakh was sponsored by Tut Brothers USA and Rs. 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 Sareef of Punjab XI (Pakistan) was declared best player of the tournament. Mohinder Singh Tut memorial award was conferred upon him, which was sponsored by Ranbir Singh Rana Tut. The tournament committee also declared Davesh Chohan 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. Rs. 25,000 were awarded as cash prize to all of them.
In the first half of the final match, both the teams made good moves. In the 22nd minute of the match, 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 sounded the board to took lead over Bank (1-0). At the half time Indian Oil was leading by 1-0.
In the second half’s 36th minute International star of Indian Oil Roshan Minj scored the field goal from right flank to consolidate (2-0). In the 40th minute of the match Indian Oil’s Inderjit Singh netted the ball from right flank (3-0). 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 sounded the board from the pass of Olympian Prabhjot Singh (4-2). In the 67th minute Prabhjot Singh scored field goal for Indian Oil (5-2).