Sporting Clube de Goa Eves reclaim All-Goa Hockey crown
Karuna Kankonkar netted the winner as Sporting Clube de Goa Eves defeated Goa Hockey Promoters 1-0 in the final to lift the Goans Hockey Womens league title, which was organised by Goans Hockey, outside Fatorda Stadium, recently.
The league which is now in its fourth edition was previously won by the Sporting Goa Women in the second season.
Sporting Goa’s victory was masterminded by NIS trained Hockey Coach Anthony Vaz, who had put the ladies through their paces all year round. “Full credit has to go to this wonderful bunch of athletes who have dedicated their time to train and improve week in week out,” stated Anthony.
“I hope more is done to encourage women in sports. Hopefully this league will grow with more teams participating and also business houses coming forward to back them,” added Anthony.
Anthony was also appreciative of the Don Bosco High School, Panjim and Our Lady of the Rosary High School, Dona Paula for providing the grounds for practice.
The Sporting Goan stick wizards qualified for the final after topping the North zone starting with a convincing 2-0 win over last year’s winners San Antonio Warriors, with goals from Deepika Gauns and Karuna Kankonkar.
In their second match they overcame Pink Panthers with a similar score line. Andrea Sequeira and Sybyl Fernandes hit the back of the net for the Flaming Oranje Ladies.
In the other game San Antonio ran out 5-0 winners over Pink Panther. Dakshita Naik, Kurtika Shirodkar (2), Stiffy Fernandes, Rakey Naik did the damage.
Sporting Goa topped the North group with 6 points, followed by San Antonio with 3 and Pink Panthers finished last with 0 points.
In the South, Goa Hockey Promoters defeated Navelim Hockey Club by a solitary goal courtesy of a fine strike from Liona Fernandes to make their way into the final.
Sporting Goa received the winner’s trophy at the hands of Chief Guest Cynthia D’souza, former DSYA TSO, Bardez Taluka.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa Eves celebrate winning the Goan Hockey trophy.