Dribbling Past The Marquees: Inter-Hall Football Tournament
NIT, Rourkela conducted Inter Hall football tournament among seven of its halls of residences, from 25th to 30th of August. The matches were played with great enthusiasm, with hall teams being eager to display their talents in the sport. The tournament went smoothly, even though the organizing committee had to compromise on timings, as the initial schedule of matches clashed with the first years’ PE classes and the Ganesh Puja celebrations. Slowly but surely the teams advanced, with DBA and SD making it to the finals. In a balanced and exciting finale, Dhirubhai Ambani Hall of Residence whisked away the trophy with a flourishing goal in the second half.
On the day of inauguration, the director, Prof. Animesh Biswas came down to the stadium to deliver a talk and to encourage the players. He greeted the teams and the members of the organizing committee, and stayed back to watch the first match.
Team MM brings to you a detailed report of the tournament, which took place at the Dilip Tirkey Stadium.
There were 7 teams from 7 respective boys’ halls of residence namely; GDB, MV, DBA, MSS, HB, VS, and SD. These 7 teams were divided into 2 groups; group A and group B. Group A consisted of 3 teams and Group B constituted of 4 teams. The group division is as shown below:
M. VISHWESWARAYA HALL
V SARABHAI HALL
M. S. SWAMINATHAN HALL
SATISH DHAWAN HALL
HOMI BHABHA HALL
DHIRUBHAI AMBANI HALL
The tournament began on 25th August and ended with the finals on 30th August. In the league stage, 3 matches were played per day in slots of 5 pm to 6 pm, 6 pm to 7 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm. Each team of a group faced the other teams of the group and the top 2 teams of each group qualified for the semi finals. The first semi-final was between the team topping group A and the team coming up second in group B. The second semi-final was between the table topper of group B and the runner-up team of group A. The matches culminated with the final face-off between the winners of the semi-finals, facing each other in the final.
The matches were played in accordance with the FIFA rules. The group matches were played for 25 minutes in each half and the final was played for 30 minutes in each half. From the group stage, MSS and HB advanced from group A, while SD and DBA advanced from group B.
The league matches and their results are as follows:
D.B.A. VS G.D.B.
M.S.S. VS M.V.
S.D. VS V.S.
M.S.S. VS H.B.
S.D. VS D.B.A.
V.S. VS G.D.B.
S.D. VS G.D.B.
V.S. VS D.B.A.
H.B. VS M.V.
The Knockout fixture for the semi-final and final matches of the tournament are as follows:
The final match was scheduled to be held on 29th of August. But the players, who had been playing for four consecutive days, deserved a much-needed break, for which it was postponed to 30th of August. This was a collective decision taken by both the teams.
The teams of Satish Dhawan Hall of residence and Dhirubhai Ambani Hall of residence emerged as the teams to reach the finals. Both belonged to the same group; Group B. The match was scheduled to begin at 7 PM but was delayed by 15 minutes as Team DBA took some additional time for the warm up exercise.
All said and done, the match began. The team of Satish Dhawan Hall were aggressive in their attacks and made several attempts for scoring a goal, but Team DBA’s defense was equally strong as they dodged the opponent’s attempts tactfully, thus keeping the scores at an equal 0-0 until the half time. With a lot of enthusiasm in place, both the teams landed back on the ground after the half time break. As quoted by Rishabh Pal, a member of the playing 11 of DBA:
We changed our strategy for the final half, the mid field was especially strengthened and we also played aggressively, trying to score as many goals as possible
Thus the final 30 minutes of the tournament began and the match seemed kinetic and balanced at the same time, as both the teams made attempts to score and also defended the goals with precision and accuracy. Towards the 50th minute, Debapriya Chhotray, the team captain and striker of DBA scored a goal as he managed to sneak the ball through the field, into the goalpost. The rest of the match passed quickly and DBA was declared the clear winner of the Inter Hall Football Tournament.
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The tournament ended smoothly with no hiccups. One of the problems faced by the players, as cited by the sports secretaries was the unavailability of drinking water at DTS. Refreshments came in late for those participating in the matches. Apart from this, the organizers had problems in fixing the schedule, due to conduction of PE classes as well as orientations and inductions of various other sporting teams around that time. Dr. T.R PATNAIK, the Students Activity, and Sports Officer was quite satisfied with the conduction of the tournament and was quoted saying:
Overall I feel this tournament to be a success; barring a few issues, it was flawless. But I feel the activeness of the Games and Sports VP’s & Sports Secretaries should be more prominent and next year onwards, I hope these tournaments to be managed flawlessly.
The tournament was conducted earlier this year due to approaching mid-semester exams and the Inter NIT Football tournament. Yet it was a success with the hall teams having a great time playing the beautiful game and enjoying the spirit of sportsmanship.