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Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament: Lokseva, St Joseph take the honours

Lokseva Pratishthan clinch under-13 title, while St Joseph High School claim under-15 title

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2019 16:53 IST
Jigar Hindocha
Jigar Hindocha
Hindustan Times, Pune
Lokseva Prathisthan (in yellow and blue) in action against St Joseph High School in the under-13 final of the Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament at Major Dhyanchand hockey polygras stadium in Pimpri on Saturday.
Lokseva Prathisthan (in yellow and blue) in action against St Joseph High School in the under-13 final of the Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament at Major Dhyanchand hockey polygras stadium in Pimpri on Saturday.(HT PHOTO)

Pune The final of the under-13 and under-15 categories turned out to be contrasting affairs in the Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament at the Major Dhyan Chand hockey poligras stadium on Saturday. The under-13 category saw Lokseva Pratisthan and St Joseph High School playing hockey with a brisk pace where Pratisthan team came with champions tag defeating St Joseph 5-2.

In the under-15 category, the match between St Joseph High School and Pune Police Public School turned out to be a one-sided affair as St Joseph humiliated the Pune Police team with the 6-1 victory. The only factor which was common in both the final was the team captains scoring a hat-trick of goals for both the winning teams (u-13 and u-15). Arjun Hargude, captain of Lokseva Pratisthan, scored three goals while Rohan Rathod, captain of St Joseph High School, netted five goals.

The day started with heroic moves of Hargude of Lokseva Pratisthan whose alertness on the field made things harder for St Joseph. Even after taking a 1-0 lead at the end of the 8th minute, St Joseph found themselves in the receiving end on most of the occasion. For Lokseva Pratisthan, Kunal Satav (10th and 14th) netted two goals before going into the half time 2-1. At the halfway, the match was evenly poised but after resumption, it was Lokseva who controlled the ball’s possession and kept on attacking.

St Joseph’s defenders who were put in pressure by Hargude and company gifted four penalty corners out of which Pratisthan boys scored goals on two occasions (Hargude 32nd and 37th minute). After converting two penalty corners, Hargude added one more field goal in the 42nd minute to complete his second consecutive hat-trick.

For Joseph, the goal came in the 44th minute via Nehal Tapase but it only reduced the deficit as Lokseva Pratisthan took home the title.

Under-15: St Joseph roars louder

Disappointed after going down in under-13 category, St Joseph High School did everything right to overcome 10-boy Pune Police team with ease. It turned out to be a learning lesson for the Pune Police who got into the pressure of final and failed to deliver. For St Joseph, captain Rohan Rathod led from the front with scoring goals in 10th, 26th, 28th, 36th and 53rd minutes while one goal was netted by Kedar Chavan. The lone goal for Pune Police was added by Raj Pasge in the 39th minute.

The Lokseva Pratisthan u-13 team winners with medals and trophy.
The Lokseva Pratisthan u-13 team winners with medals and trophy. ( HT PHOTO )

Pack of tribal and military boys pockets title for Lokseva Pratisthan

Netting twenty-nine goals in five matches showcase the strength of Lokseva Pratisthan team. Right from the start of the tournament, Pratisthan netted at least five goals in every match.

The team was made up of five players from Lokseva English Medium School Dahanu, Palghar and six from Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Boys’ Military School, Phulgaon both coming under the Lokseva Pratisthan trust.

Most of the boys who were part of the team are playing hockey for the last two years. The team was so focussed on playing that even after winning the final there were hardly any celebrations.

The team went to opponent’s team dug out where every player took the blessing of St Joseph’s physical training teacher Bharat Gatkul and then back to their dugout to take blessing from their coach -- Aniket More.

“Discipline is the key to success. All these boys are very obedient and they do what I instruct them during the training. In our three hour training every day we balance all our routine,” said coach Aniket More of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Boys’ Military School, Phulgaon who trained Lokseva Pratisthan team.

The journey of Lokseva Pratisthan started with an 8-0 win over St Ursula High School from there onwards they never looked back. The Pratisthan team only conceded two goals that too came against St Joseph High School in the final which they won 5-2.

The capability of playing hockey in – inner, outer and centre field during the match made them the most lethal team of the under-13 category.

“What I taught them was to cover complete field. Many teams have a habit of attacking from the centre or left but I made sure that passing happens in all the portion of the field. In the semi-final we did not manage to do that while in final team executed the plan properly,” added More.

The u-15 winning side of St Joseph High School.
The u-15 winning side of St Joseph High School. ( HT PHOTO )

Hockey giants, St Joseph maintains reputation of best hockey team

When it comes to the best training facilities in hockey – St Joseph High School stands tall above all. Everyday routine practice and well-maintained hockey ground makes them a perfect location to learn hockey in the city.

Coming into the tournament with the favourites tag brought justice to them by winning the under 15 final where they defeated Pune Police Public School by 6-1. The win could have been sweeter if they would have won the under-13 final which they lost 5-2 against Lokseva Pratisthan. “St Joseph has a tradition of producing good results at a school level hockey. These days number of hockey tournaments happening in the city has gone down otherwise we used to emerge champions in under-14, 17 and 18 categories in the inter-school tournaments in past,” said Bharat Gatkule, physical training teacher of St Joseph School.

For St Joseph, captain Rohan Rathod stole the limelight by scoring 15 goals in the five matches. In the final Rathod added five goals to script an easy win. “We have a very good team and all the players’ coordinates well. Final was a bit tough otherwise it was an easy tournament for us,” said Rathod who is in Class 9.

Rathod’s only worry was his goalkeeper Aditya Salunkhe.

“He needs to improve, sometimes he gives away easy goals,” said Rathod.

Overall St Joseph scored 24 goals during the tournament and conceded only one goal.

Passing ball from left to right is something which St Joseph School does it in tandem which helped them to dominate the under-15 category.

“We get trained every day under our physical training teacher, Bharat Gatkul. Most of our players are regular hockey players which benefit us a team. We are looking forward to play at the Zilla Parishad tournament in coming days,” added Rathod.

Results: (Finals)

Under-13: Lokseva Pratishthan 5 (Kunal Satav 10th, 14th, Arjun Hargude 32nd, 37th, 42nd) bt St Joseph’s High School, Khadki 2 (Bazil Shaikh 8th, Nehal Tapase 44th).

Under-15: St Joseph’s High School 6 (Rohan Rathod 10th, 26th, 28th, 36th, 53rd, Kedar Chavan 43rd) bt Pune Police Public School 1 (Raj Pasge 39th).

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 16:52 IST

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