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By Our Sports Reporter
Karnataka had just recently finished runner-up against Tamil Nadu in the South Zone tournament.
The match opened on a fast and furious pace. Indian Airlines earned two penalty corners by the eighth minute and it was Karnataka goal-keeper Arun Babu who pulled off an excellent save as he thwarted Lazarus Barla's effort.
Karnataka swung into action and from the ninth minute made a series of efforts, which resulted in five penalty corners in six minutes. However, it never managed to breach the Airlines defence.
The action swung into the other half after that. Indian Airlines soon earned five penalty corners in 15 minutes and even as it looked as if the first-half would be barren, the seventhy penalty corner produced results. Lazarus Barla's first attempt was blcoked by Arun Babu but Virender was quick to pounce on the rebound. Virender relayed to Roshan Madappa and the latter was in a good position to score.
The second-half was less intensive. Karnataka had some good chances to score but a desperate lunge by John Verghese to get a deflection into the goal missed by inches.
John Verghese was again in action in the 47th minute but his strong strike was stopped by goal-keeper Jagadish Ponappa.
Indian Airlines too made some bold moves to increase the winning margin but Adarsh Ganapathy hit was deflected out by Virender off the eighth penalty corner. Soon afterwards Brojen Singh and Virender launched an assault on the citadel but Arun Babu's good reflexes thwarted their efforts.
Earlier prior to the commencement of the match, Mr. Kumar Appachu, President of the Kodagu Hockey Association made a strong plea for getting a deadline for the synthetic surface for the hockey stadium at Madikeri.
The dignitaries who included Mr. Jothikumaran, Secretary IHF, Mr. Alva President of KSHA, Mr. M.P Ganesh, Former Director of SAI South and Mr V.V. Bhaskar, Director General of Police, Govt. of Karnataka were of the opinion that a synthetic surface would be installed during this financial year.
The following special prizes were awarded: Player of the tournament: Brojen Singh; Best goal-keeper: M.K. Sharanu; Best defender: Lazarus Barla; Best half-back: Bipin Thimmaiah; Best Forward: P.T. Aiyappa.
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