Hosts and defending champions Pinegrove school, Dharampur, lifted the trophy of the 16th sub-junior inter-public school hockey tournament by trouncing Mayo College by 4-2 for second year in succession on the school premises at Dharmapur on Sunday night.
Pinegrove lads scored a goal by Anmol Singh within the first 10 minutes of the match, stunning their opponents. Thereafter, Mayo boys created regular opportunities but were met with stiff resistance from the home team. Dushyant was the only silver lining throughout the match as he scored the equaliser for Mayo boys in both the halves of the game. As the energy and pace escalated during the match, each missed opportunity was answered by the other side.
Anmol seemed to be on a song as he pumped two more goals for the home team and the score read 3-1 at half time. The second half saw a fired up Mayo side come out determined to make an impact on the scoreboard putting the host team's defence under strain but failed to reduce the deficit.
Pinegrove boys in the meantime capitalised on the chances that came their way and consolidated their lead through Anmol, once again to make it 4-2 much to the excitement of the home crowd.
The highest scorer award went to Dushyant of Pinegrove School while Khush Bachawat of Daly College, Indore, walked away with the best upcoming player award, Sahaj Brar and Gurjugad Singh of the home team were adjudged as the best goalkeeper and best defender, respectively. The player of the tournament award was shared by Saksham Nayol of Pinegrove and Dushyant of Mayo College, Ajmer.
Brigadier GS Reddy, Commander 95 Infantry Brigade, Kasauli, who was the chief guest, applauded the school for the infrastructure and ethos of the organisation.