Ranchi saw a very happening match on the 21st of February as spectators entered the Astroturf Stadium in anticipation of seeing their favorite team win. After defeating their counterparts in the semi-finals, the Jaypee Punjab Warriors and the Kalinga Lancers emerged as the two teams competing each other in the finals.
The match started off with a good start for the Jaypee Punjab Warriors as Armaan Qureshi striked a goal early on in the game giving the Warriors an edge of two goals over the Kalinga Lancers by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started off with both teams struggling to prevent a goal from the other side while simultaneously searching for an opening to make a goal. However, initially both teams failed to score a goal. Near the end of the quarter, the Kalinga Lancers successfully secured a goal, ending the second quarter at a score of 2-1 with the Jaypee Punjab Warriors still on the leading side.
The third quarter proved to be in the favor of the Jaypee Punjab Warriors as they attacked the Kalinga Lancers every chance they got. Matt Ghodes and Satbir Singh were the heroes of the quarter as they scored goals for their team. The third quarter ended with the Lancers lagging behind with a score of 1-6.
With such a large lead, the Punjab Warriors only needed to defend their side and prevent the Kalinga Lancers from scoring additional goals. So in the fourth and final quarter while the Kalinga Lancers tried their best to score a goal and get closer to defeating the Punjab Warriors, they forgot that their competition was in no mood to let go of their impending win. The Jaypee Punjab Warriors kept their name and ferociously defended the Kalinga Lancers from scoring a goal. This spectacular defending ultimately ended the final quarter with a score of 6-1 and the Jaypee Punjab Warriors emerged as the champions of the Hockey India League 2016.
The Jaypee Punjab Warriors walked away with a whopping cheque of INR 2.5 Crores along with the much deserved title and trophy of the Hockey India League 2016.
|Champions||Jaypee Punjab Warriors||2.50 Crores|
|Runner’s Up||Kalinga Lancers||1.25 Crores|
|Third Place||Delhi Waveriders||75 Lakhs|
|Coal India Player of the Tournament||Rupinder Pal Singh (Delhi Waveriders)||50 Lakhs|
|Dhruv Batra Maximum Goals||Glenn Turner (Kalinga Lancers)||20 Lakhs|
|Ponty Chadha Upcoming Player of the Tournament||Sumit (Ranchi Rays)||20 Lakhs|
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