Chennai, 26 July 2015 : After what could be described only as a neck-and-neck contest, defending champions Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) team emerged victorious in the finals of the 89th All India MCC Murugappa Hockey Tournament, beating past-title-holder Army XI, with a final score of 3-2, and retained the heard-earned title of the Champions of the 89th MCC Murugappa Hockey Tournament in Chennai today.
The match seemed to be a fight among equals right up to the half-time, after which the competition got hotter by the minute. The final few minutes saw frantic attempts by both teams to firm up their positions in the match. With the aplomb shown in the earlier matches too, the IOC skipper Deepak Thakur led the team from the front, finally guiding the team to victory.
As the winning team, Indian Oil Corporation takes home the prize money of Rs 5.00 lakhs, and the runner-up team Army XI receives 2.50 lakhs. (This year’s tournament prize amount was increased from the earlier sums of 2.50 lakhs and 1.50 lakhs respectively).
In addition to the above team prizes, the following individual awards were also given away to the top performing players. Each of these players were given a high-end bicycle from TI Cycles, a holiday voucher from www.parryyatra.com and a cash prize of 10,000.
|Special prize||Awarded to||Team|
|Best Forward||Deepak Thakur||IOC|
|Best Midfielder||Pradhan Somanna||Karnataka Hockey|
|Best Goal keeper/ Defender||Chandan Singh||C A G|
|Most Promising Player of the tournament||Vinay Anup Valmiki||Mumbai Hockey|
|Man of the Match of the Finals||Deepak Thakur||IOC|
Mr. RS Sokhi had officiated as the Tournament Director and was assisted by a team of outstation and local officials.
The Final match was a well-attended affair, with Mr. Arun Murugappan and Mr. MM Murugappan and others from the Murugappa Group. Office-bearers of the Madras Cricket Club, including Mr.Ajit Kumbhat, President, Mr. Srivatsan Subramaniam, Vice President, Mr. R Ramesh, Honorary Treasurer and Mr. Vijay Kumar, Organising Secretary, along with the others members of Madras Cricket Club, participated in the final tournament, which had the hockey aficionados cheering the teams from the stands.
About MCC and the Tournament
The Madras Cricket Club is one of the premier sports institutions in the country, which organizes major national level tournaments in the disciplines of Tennis, Squash, Cricket, Badminton, Billiards and Hockey.
Originally started as the Madras Challenge Cup in 1901 and later named the A.M.M Arunachalam Challenge Cup after the first Indian President of Madras Cricket Club, this is the 89th edition of the tournament which along with Murugappa group in the mid 90’s was named MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup. From the early days, this tournament has been the premier hockey event in South India and one of the major competitions in the country attracting the top teams and talent.This tournament has been keenly observed by coaches and administrators for picking talent to represent the country.
About Murugappa Group
Founded in 1900, the INR 269Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including nine listed Companies traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd.,Shanthi Gears Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.
Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Mitsui Sumitomo, Morgan Crucible and Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM). The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 6 continents.
Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Chola, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.