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"Victorious Start: Adambakkam Veterans and Nilgiris Veterans Shine in Swasth Masters League Matches"


In the 2nd Swasth Masters League Tournament held at the Ramachandra Medical College grounds in Porur on September 3, 2023, Adambakkam Veterans and Nilgiris Veterans emerged as the victorious teams.

Two exhilarating matches showcased their prowess in hockey, and Mr. SM Hamesh Kumar provided commentary on the thrilling encounters.


Adambakkam Veterans vs. Madras Masters

1st Half

In the first match, Adambakkam Veterans faced off against Madras Masters. The initial half saw a fierce midfield battle as both teams vied for control. Madras Masters missed an early opportunity to score, setting the tone for a competitive clash. Appanraj of Adambakkam Veterans broke the deadlock with a well-executed field goal. Immediately, the goalkeeper of MM made a good save. As a retaliation, Singaravelan of MM scored from a Field-Goal, leveling the score at 1-1.

AV sustained pressure on their opponent's goal, but MM defenders made crucial saves. The forwards of MM missed a couple of golden opportunities to score. In return, AV missed a golden chance to score. Towards the end of the first half, MM's captain missed a great scoring opportunity. AV's goal-bound move was thwarted by the MM goalkeeper.

1st Half-Score:

  • Adambakkam Veterans: 1 (Appanraj - Field Goal)

  • Madras Masters: 1 (Singaravelan - Field Goal)

2nd Half

As the second half began, both teams' forwards struggled to score in the starting phase. Mr. SM Hamesh Kumar continued to provide commentary on the action.

A penalty corner was earned by MM but was saved beautifully by the AV goalkeeper. Again, from a few well-organized moves, both forwards failed to score. A penalty corner was earned for MM, but they wasted it, and in a counter-attack, Appanraj missed a chance to score a Field-Goal. But to make amends, Appanraj of AV eventually scored from a Field-Goal. MM missed two chances to level the scores as they missed beautiful opportunities to score.

The thrilling match concluded with Adambakkam Veterans winning 2-1. It was a pulsating encounter with MM going all out to draw the match and surge ahead, but they missed too many chances.

Final Scores:

  • Adambakkam Veterans: 2 (Appanraj - Field Goal, Appanraj - Field Goal)

  • Madras Masters: 1 (Singaravelan - Field Goal)

Player of the Match:

  • Appanraj, Adambakkam Veterans

Nilgiris Veterans vs. Thundersquad

1st Half

In the second match of the day, Nilgiris Veterans took on Thundersquad. The commentary by Mr. SM Hamesh Kumar continued, providing insights into the game. The half began with a vibrant move by TS, earning a penalty in the very first minute, but they wasted it. A counter-attack by NV led to a penalty that was also wasted. Both teams missed multiple opportunities as their forwards struggled amidst a hectic midfield battle.

Despite continuous efforts, neither NV nor TS could find the back of the net in the first half, resulting in a goalless draw.

1st Half-Score:

  • Nilgiris Veterans: 0

  • Thundersquad: 0

2nd Half

As the second half started, Mr. SM Hamesh Kumar's commentary continued. Both teams missed chances to score right at the beginning of the 2nd Half. Forwards of both teams either hit wide or hit the goalkeepers of the opponent teams and thus failed to score. A penalty corner was also wasted by TS. In the mounting heat of the match, two players earned Green Cards for TS.

In a sudden move by Nilgiris Veterans (NV), a foul committed by the TS defense led to a Penalty Stroke being awarded to NV. Jerrie Kanakkaraj capitalized on it, giving NV a 1-0 lead. NV continued to press forward and earned a penalty corner, which Jerrie couldn't convert. In a swift move, Ganesamoorthy of NV scored a field goal (2-0). In the final moments of the match, Santosh Kumar sealed the victory with an impeccable reverse-hit goal (3-0) for Nilgiris Veterans.

The second half showcased relentless attacks by Nilgiris Veterans as they capitalized on opportunities that eluded them in the first half. The team displayed improved cohesion, understanding, and precise passing, securing a convincing 3-0 win.

Final Scores:

  • Nilgiris Veterans: 3 (Jerrie Kanakkaraj - Penalty Stroke, Ganesamoorthy - Field Goal, Santosh Kumar - Reverse-Hit Goal)

  • Thundersquad: 0

Player of the Match:

  • Santosh Kumar, Nilgiris Veterans

In summary, today's league matches in the Swasth Masters League Tournament were a testament to the spirit and skill of the participating teams. Adambakkam Veterans and Nilgiris Veterans emerged victorious after intense battles on the field. Stay tuned for more exciting hockey action in this tournament!

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