WGSHA reign supreme in Hockey, beat MIT 3-1
Manipal: Tempers ran high, emotions overflowed and competitive spirit was at its very peak in the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Inter-Collegiate Hockey Tournament, as Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) got the better of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) in the finals held here on Monday, 26 February.
The first half of the final was nail biting as both teams launched attack after attack, not giving even a moments rest to the respective defences. WGSHA’s Suhit Pratap Singh opened the scoring for his team with a brilliant passing goal, MIT’s Prashant Shrivastav wasn’t far behind as he scored the equaliser soon after. WGSHA’s brilliant teamwork paid off in the closing minutes of the first half as Suhit scored the team’s second goal, which sent WGSHA into the second half with a psychological advantage.
Captain Ishwar Ojha chases the ball during the game. || Photograph courtesy: Tarush Dhume
WGSHA’s attackers consisting of captain Ishwar Ojha, Preet Padubidri, Manvendra Singh and Suhit Pratap Singh showed skilled gameplay, with consistent passing and kept the MIT defence under pressure at most times. MIT’s Hitesh Upadhyay showed moments of brilliance, continuously pressing and winning the ball for his team.
The WGSHA team dominated the proceedings. || Photograph courtesy: Tarush Dhume.
The second half saw a number of cards for both teams, as tempers rose. Pushing, fouls and expletives were all seen in the game, as emotions went haywire. The second half saw a somewhat slump in form for MIT, as WGSHA continuously pressed forward. Yohann Tanishq, sealed the game for WGSHA with a third and final goal, to crown the hoteliers champions.
The game ended with a final scoreline of 3-1, with a jubilant WGSHA team celebrating their victory. Captain Ishwar Ojha, final year, WGSHA, said that his team played brilliantly this year, both in the finals and the semi-finals. Ojha also expressed happiness over WGSHA’s dominance over Inter-MAHE Hockey in the past 3-4 years.
In the semifinals held on Sunday, WGSHA got the better of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (KMC, Mangalore), beating them 2-0 with goals from Ishwar Ojha and Sabal Gupta. MIT beat Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (KMC, Manipal), with Prashant Shrivastav scoring the winner.
The Inter-MAHE Hockey Tournament was held at the MIT Hockey ground over a two-day period; February 25-26, and saw a participation of five teams from MAHE colleges fighting it out on the field.
Edited by Pravin C
Featured Image Courtesy: Tarush Dhume