IOC wins Obaidullah Gold Cup Hockey Tournament

Bhopal: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) won its
maiden title in the 65th All-India Obaidullah Gold Cup Hockey
Tournament being played at the Aishbagh Stadium here by
defeating BPCL 3-2 in a closely contested final last evening.

Captain Deepak Thakur opened IOC`s account in the 12th
minute through a brilliant field goal to take a 1-0 lead for
his team.

Seven minutes later, forward Ramandeep Singh of IOC again
scored a brilliant field goal taking a lead of 2-0.

Defender V R Raghunath of IOC converted a penalty corner
in the 23rd minute to further consolidate the lead to 3-0.
Till breather, IOC led 3-0.

However, in the second half, BPCL players played some
aggressive hockey and hit two goals in the last 12 minutes of
the play.

The first goal for BPCL was scored by Gurpreet Singh
through a penalty corner in the 58th minute while the second
one was struck by Jarnail Singh through a brilliant field
goal, a couple of minutes before the final whistle which
reduced the margin to 2-3.

BPCL got eight penalty corners but converted only a
single into the goal while IOC earned two penalty corners and
succeeded in converting one of them.

Skipper Deepak Thakur was adjudged man-of-the-match for
his brilliant field goal and nice moves.

Earlier in a hardline match, Air India beat ONGC 4-3
to grab the third position.

Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration Minister, Babulal
Gaur gave away the trophy to the winners IOC along with a
cheque worth Rs 11 lakh while the runners-up BPCL got Rs 5.50

The third and fourth place holders -- Air India and
ONGC -- were awarded Rs 2.75 lakh and Rs one lakh


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