NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (DIVISION 1)
Match Day 1: Khalsa vs Tornados*
Final Score: 3-0
Date: 2 March 2019, Saturday
Khalsa’s League 1 team started off their campaign against Tornados on the 2nd of March. The team, managed by Mr Manminder Singh and coached by Mr Paramjit Singh, was looking forward to a good start to get their momentum going after a loss in their last pre-season friendly.
Khalsa started the match with the upper hand, patiently building up from the back, dominating possession. In the first quarter, both teams had few chances but Khalsa eventually broke the deadlock after a string of quick passes and an excellent finish by Faiz.
In the second quarter, Khalsa continued to dominate possession but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. Tornados began to grow into the game and had their fair share of chances which were stopped by a compact and effective backline. Khalsa drew a second with a cheeky deflection by Kent.
In the third quarter, Khalsa had a quick counter attack which led to a 1 v 1 situation. A penalty stroke was awarded after Bazil was taken down by the Tornados’s goalkeeper. Khalsa further extended their lead with the penalty stroke via team captain, Prem Singh. With 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter , Khalsa had 2 green cards and were under a barrage of attacks and short corners but great saves from the national goalkeeper, Gugan, who maintained a clean sheet for Khalsa.
The fourth quarter was an equal fight but both teams failed to strike. Khalsa failed to convert their one and only Penalty Corner of the game and the game ended 3-0 to Khalsa. That being said the NHL 1 men’s team now look ahead to their next match against SCC with more confidence and belief.