Giving a major thrust to hockey! Well, senior players (both current and former) joined hands to organise an invitational tournament featuring 16 teams on a six-a-side format at Gymkhana Grounds.
In coordination with District Sports Authority of Hyderabad, they ensured there was a fitting finale when the honours were clinched by South Central Railway which piped Income Tax 5-3 in the final.
The beauty of the whole effort was the way the floodlights were installed for the first time at the venue where triple Olympian Nandnuri Mukesh Kumar and 1996 Atlanta Olympics Indian custodian Edwards Alloysius mastered their basics. It is a pity that the two stars and most of the hockey officials were conspicuous by their absence at the ground.
Every move in the whole endeavour was perhaps symbolic. The winner's trophy was donated by Gyan Chand of State Bank of India in memory of his brother Mukesh Chand, runner-up trophy by former SAI player Javed and there were many who chipped in their own way.
Like Rajamundry Narsing who spontaneously donated Rs.3,000 and also took care of the snacks and refreshments for the players right through the event.
“This is what we were looking for and a wonderful beginning indeed,” remarked one of Hyderabad's best ever players who never played for India – Jude Lazarus of SBI. Another former international Saranjit Singh too was delighted at the whole concept. “This should encourage more schools to come forward in a big way,” he pointed out.
Former Hyderabad Sultans victorious coach Narenderpal Singh felt that this effort showed what players could do if given the chance. “This is just the beginning and we hope to see many more such events,” he said.
Well, when internationals Innocent Kullu (SCR) and Surender Singh (SBI), the latter playing a big role as an organiser too in the company of the SAAP consolidated hockey coach B. Ramesh, were felicitated, their beaming faces said it all.
The fact that Mohammed Bin Omer Bin Khalifa of Bhisthiwada Hockey Club is already inspired and keen to host such events very soon is a tribute to the efforts of all those involved in making this event a big success. G.Vasu Sena, ACP, gave away the prizes.
Senior players organise invitation tournament at Gymkhana Grounds This is just the beginning and we hope to see many more such events, says coach
Senior players organise invitation tournament at Gymkhana Grounds
This is just the beginning and we hope to see many more such events, says coach