Ambedkar hockey tournament in Pune: 11 players face 7, later 6 as goalie walks off
Raja Bangla Sports Club played against 7-player Kids XI to secure 7-0 victoryUpdated: May 07, 2019, 17:26 IST
After waiting for an hour, the organisers conducted a match between 11 players team – Raja Bangla Sports Club and 7 players team Kids XI which Raja Bangla Sports Club won 7-0. The duration of the match was 30 minutes.
This was the story of the second match of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar hockey tournament which began at the Major Dhyan Chand hockey poligras stadium, Nehru Nagar, Pimpri, on Monday.
“There is no written rule about the number of minimum players required to conduct a match. If both teams agree to play then we can conduct the match. We could have given a walk over to Raja Bangla Sports Club but with teams willing to play, we decided to go ahead with 30 minutes match. One-quarter of seven and a half minute,” said Stanely D’souza, tournament director.
“Such thing only happens in a local-level tournament, you will never see such things happening in state-level tournaments. I know it does not set a good example but with fewer tournaments happening in the city and players coming from long distance to play the game we consider it and conduct the match,” added D’souza.
The match was lopsided right from the start as Raja Bangla Sports Club controlled the ball possession completely. Franko Subramanium opened the goal scoring for Raja Bangla Sports Club in the second minute. Karon Katraj made it 2-0 in the fourth minute.
The second quarter also saw Raja Bangla Sports Club scoring one goal in the eighth minute, scored by Onkar Sonawane as the team went into the half with 3-0 scoreline.
Goalkeeper walks off the filed...
“We had no goalkeeper, one of our players played the acting goalkeeper role for first fifteen minutes but in next half, he just went out off the field and we had to continue with six players. Already the opponents were scoring goals so we just decided not to have a goalkeeper. This is the first time our players did not report on time, generally, it never happens,” said Akash Sawant, captain of Kids XI.
With no goalkeeper, the job became much easier for Raja Bangla Sports Club as Subramanium added two more goals in 17th and 35th minute while Neeraj Jagtap (20th) and Rohan Rathod (29th) scored one goal each.
“It was an easy match for us there was no pressure at all,” said Pawan Pillay coach and captain of Raja Bangla Sports Club.
In the pre-quarter-final, Raja Bangla Sports Club will face Super XI on Tuesday
Easy opening fixtures for Priyadarshini, Super XI, Income Tax and PCMC XI
Super XI, Income Tax, Priyadarshini Sports Centre and PCMC XI had easy opening fixtures and scored huge wins over their opponents to advance into the pre-quarter-finals.
Super XI defeated Vikram Pillay Academy B-team 5-2. Super XI had Akash Sapkal (3rd) and Ramakant B (7th) struck early to open a 2-0 lead at half time. Later, Akash (49th), Ramakant B (55th) and Sakib Inambar (58th) scored for Super XI. Vikram Pillay Academy B-team had Ritesh Pawar (40th, 54th) reduce the margin.
In the other matches, PCMC XI got the better of Pune City Line Boys 3-0 with Ganesh Landge (24th and 45th) leading the way while Shekhar Shinde (29th) completed the tally.
Priyadarshini Sports Centre had the toughest match of the day getting the better of friends Union 4-2 via a penalty shoot-out after playing out a goalless draw in regulation time.
Tej Bhist, Sanket Shinde, Richard Zacharia, Rohan Rapol scored for the winners, while Yogesh Phatak and Yash Thakur netted for the losers.
Income Tax, Pune scored 5-0 win over Hockey Lovers. Goals were scored by Ashutosh (2nd) Atharv (6th and 19th), Aashish Chetty (10th), Vickram (18th).
The day also witnessed a walkover with Green Meadows walking through to the next round after Hockey United failed to turn up.
Super XI 5 (Akash Sapkal 3rd, 49th; Ramakant B 7th, 55th; Sakib Inambar 58th) bt Vikram Pillay Academy ‘B’ 2 (Ritesh Pawar 40th, 54th). HT: 0-0
Raja Bangla Sports Club 7 (Franko Subramanium 2nd, 17th, 35th; Karon Katraj 4th; Onkar Sonawane 8th; Neeraj Jagtap 20th; Rohan Rathod 29th) bt Kids Xl: 0. HT: 3-0
Income Tax, Pune: 5 (Ashutosh 2nd; Atharv 6th, 19th; Aashish Chetty 10th; Vickram 18th) bt Hockey Lovers: 0. HT: 5-0
Priyadarshini Sports Center, Khadki: 0, 4 (Tej Bhist, Sanket Shinde, Richard Zacharia, Rohan Rapol) bt Friends Union: 0, 2 (Yogesh Phatak, Yash Thakur). HT: 0-0
Green Meadows w/o Hockey United
PCMC XI: 3 (Ganesh Landge 24th, 45th; Shekhar Shinde 29th) bt Pune City Line Boys: 0. HT: 1-0