Dominates the match with 6-4 win against IOB

Chennai, Sep 22, 2013: Defending co-champions Indian Oil Corporation trounced Indian Overseas Bank 6 – 4 to emerge the Champions of the 88th MCC Murugappa Hockey Tournament in Chennai today.

In the final showdown between the Oil company and the Bank, the first half saw IOC stacking up goals. After the half-time break, Indian Overseas Bank fought back to score 4 goals. But IOC (which was the joint winner last year) consolidated its dominance of the match, to emerge the Champions of this 88th edition of the tournament.

The winner takes home the prize money of 2,50,000/- , and the runner-up receives 1,50,000/-.

IOC wins MCC Murugappa Hockey Tournament 2013

The following awards were given away as special recognition for the top performing players:

Man of the Match – Finals

Prabjyot Singh

The best player of the tournament

Raghunath

The best forward

Deepak Thakur

The best mid-fielder

Dharamveer Singh

The best defender

Birender Lakhra

Veteran Hockey Umpire and International Official Mr. PV Pandarinathan was given the ‘MCC Murugappa Hockey Honourarium’ for the long years of exemplary services rendered by him to the sport of Hockey. During the course of the tournament, a special coaching camp was also conducted for select school students interested in hockey. 25 boys and girls learnt the intricacies of the game from stars Birender Lakhra, Raghu Prasad and Mohammad Riyaz.

Mr.Mohamed Muneer 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. A Vellayan, Executive Chairman Murugappa Group,, Mr. MM Murugappan, Vice Chairman Murugappa Group, office-bearers and members of Madras Cricket Club, and hockey aficionados cheering the teams from the stands.

About Madras Cricket Club

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.

About MCC – Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament

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 88th 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. We are proud as the Madras Cricket Club to be associated with this tournament and be the only sporting Club in India to conduct an event of such magnitude.

About Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 28 businesses including eleven 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., Sabero Organics 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 5 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.