Despite conceding an early goal, spirited Saket boys fought back gallantly to punch three goals against formidable rivals to annex the second Nehru-Dhyan Chand Sports Day Cup on a tight 3-2 score recently at the historic Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi.
When both the undefeated Delhi teams, Government Boys Senior Secondary School, J Block, Saket and Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Ashok Nagar, locked horns for the ultimate honours in the 24-team School hockey meet, organized to commemorate National Sports Day, a cracker of a final was expected. And it was so.
First Rohit of SBV struck but a brace of goals from the 13-year old Nakul turned the tide. Shravan Kr Nigam added one more before Mukul Sharma converted a penalty to give a befitting final score. Mukul later was adjudged Best Player of the Tournament.
Earlier, SBV and Saket schools demolished their semi-final rivals, Khalsa School, Lajpat Nagar and Govt-Co-ed Sarvodaya Bal Vidyala, Shapurjat, respectively on identical 5-1 scoreline.
The event was organized jointly by the Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society and One Thousand Hockey Legs, a schools hockey NGO. 24 boys teams took part; 21 of them coming from the stable of One Thousand Hockey Legs Project.
One Thousand Hockey Legs is the flagship project of NGO, Hockey Citizen Group, which is affiliated to Hockey India.
The 24 teams were divided in to eight pools of three teams each, and the winner of each pool graduated to quarterfinal league. For most of the Delhi schools, the event presented first opportunity to play on synthetic turf. Affiliated to Hockey India, the event provided excellent umpiring ambience to the budding talents.
As a happy turn around, the victorious Saket team was accorded a grand reception by the School Principal and the staff; the boys were presented the medal in a specially convened assembly of about 2500 students. The whole team was feted amidst waves of enthusiasm and ear-spliting clapping.