BANGALORE: Army Green scored a narrow 4-3 victory over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Super Division league hockey tournament here on Tuesday.
With this win Army Green ensured its place in the Tier I phase of the competition which will be played from September 14. Three other teams will qualify for Tier I after Wednesday’s matches.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited dominated the early proceedings. Theja Babu (19th) and Bhim Kumar (21st) and Dominic Savio (35th, scoring off a penalty corner) gave HAL a 3-0 lead a the end of the first half.
After the break Army Green XI closed ranks and fought back magnificently.
Jerome Kujur scored in the first minute of the second half through a penalty corner and Anup Kullu (49th) also successfully utilised a penalty corner push in. Arumugam’s brace (50th & 57th) ensured a victory and a place in tier I for the Army team.
In another match Fortis beat Army Service Corps 3-1 with K.M Chengappa (1st), Sandeep Michael (13th) and Brojen Singh (37th) scoring for Fortis. Rawa Bhengra (66th) scored off a penalty corner for ASC’ s solitary success.
Sports Authority of India and Central Excise played out a 0-0 draw in an earlier match.
Sohaib, Vidya triumph
Sohaib of Oracle and Vidya Ramachandran of Dell claimed the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively in the Friends For Entertainment-organised inter-corporate table tennis championship which concluded here.
In the team event final, HP defeated Oracle 3-0.
The results (all finals): Men: Singles: Sohaib (Oracle) bt Bhargav (Mind Tree) 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3. Doubles: Rohan Lobo/ Kiran (Symphony) bt S.K. Yateesh/ Vikas V. Rao (Mphasis) 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8.
Women: Singles: Vidya Ramakrishnan (Dell) bt Ramaya Ramesh (Mind Tree) 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-3.
Mixed doubles: Sohaib/ Shilpa (Oracle) bt Sriram/ Gitanjali (Oracle) 11-8, 4-11, 11-8.
Executive singles (above-35): Arun Cyril bt Sriram Naik 11-4, 11-5, 11-5.
Team event: HP bt Oracle 3-0.