A Hockey Match
Total 3 Essays
Essay No. 01
Hockey is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting games, from the point of view of both the players and the spectators. It is a fast game, not slow and leisurely like cricket. Besides, there are a few uncertainties and surprises in the game. In hockey, victory always goes to the better players, better both as regards skill and coordination. We had an interesting exhibition of hockey the other day at the Shiva Ji Stadium. It was a match between the University eleven and District eleven. The District eleven won this match by two goals to one. The District victory was hard-earned. The University men played well, but not well enough in comparison with the District team. But the University men certainly made the District players fight for every inch.
The University men proceeded to give the District team one of the hardest times experienced by them. Never at any time were the District allowed to relax. While the District team had to thank Ajay Sharma and Ravi for their many breakthroughs and Manoj for his cleverly initiated moves, the University team owed much to Rajesh and Wazir.
Exchanges were more or less even in the initial session, though the University team for long spells pinned the District team to their own area. But when it came to scoring, it was the District team who took the initiative first. Manoj tried to get the District’s attack going with some well-spread passes. The University team was out first with a penalty corner that could not be used to a better advantage. Then followed good hockey, though unproductive as far as goals went, for the next fifteen minutes. A fine move between Sunil, Manoj, and Ajay Sharma ended with the last getting the better of right-back Hari and hitting the ball in from next to the advancing goalkeeper. But even as the ball hit the boards, umpire Davi Singh pulled up Raman for obstruction and awarded a penalty-push. Ajit converted it into a goal. This happened in the 17th minute. The University team applied pressure, following the reverse and five minutes later inside-right Jain scooped out from the top of the area. In the last minute of the first half, District eleven wasted a penalty corner hit.
Once the teams changed sides for the second half, the District team took over the attack and for about ten minutes gave the University defense a grueling time. The University wasted n penalty corner. Immediately the ball was propelled to the other end where a timely advance by Pawan stopped Aditya at the top of the “D”. The game swung to the District half with University forwards, spurred by Hari, going all out for the equalizer. They were not denied for long when Divyansh pushed the ball in from a hectic melee, following a penalty corner hit taken by full-back Wazir that was padded weakly by Raman.
But it was to be a District’s day, and now they subjected the University defense to some pounding. Two minutes from the equalize; Lakhi Ram cut the ball as he took a penalty corner shot and the goal was disallowed.
The next minute in a rare flash by Ajay Sharma, the District went ahead, put through by outside left, he entered the area with the ball well in control and dodged the advancing Pawan with a backhand flick. Pawan stood bewildered as the ball was shot past him into the goal.
The game was exciting from beginning to end and it was a hill of suspense. The crowd was very enthusiastic and except at one point fully endorsed the judgment of the umpire Davi Singh. No ugly incident marred the play. There were some partisan clapping and hearty shouts of ‘buck up, buck up’ by the respective supporters in the crowd, but that always happens at such matches. The end-of-monsoon weather was excellent, and the match was played in a picturesque setting in which the soft green grass blended beautifully well with the contrasting blue and yellow colors of the District and the University teams.
Essay No. 02
A Hockey Match
Hockey is the national game of India. Almost every school and college has its own hockey team.
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to watch a hockey match between our school and the D.A.V. Modern School.
There was great excitement among the students of both schools. The parents of some of the players also had come to watch their children play along with the Principals and Teachers of both the schools.
The match started at three o’clock. Both the teams were in good form. We chose our side as our team won the toss. In the beginning, the match was slow but as time passed it became interesting as both the teams played vigorously. In spite of the game becoming brisk, neither team could score any goal before the interval.
After interval our team felt a bit discouraged as the team of D.A.V. had scored a goal, but suddenly there came a twist in the game as our team started making furious attacks and as its intensity increased our team scored three goals in the last fifteen minutes. The other team now was really having a hard time.
The rival team tried its best to equalize but did not succeed and our team began to cheer loudly and some students even began to dance sensing the coming victory. At last, the referee blew the whistle and the match came to end. Our school team was declared victorious.
It was a game played by both teams with the spirit of sportsmanship.
Essay No. 03
A Hockey Match
Hockey is a popular game not only in India but in other countries of the world too. Schools and colleges also have their own hockey team at the national level.
Last week, I was lucky enough to watch a hockey match between our school and that of Modern School.
There was great excitement among the students of both schools. The parents of the players were also there to cheer their children from both schools with other spectators including teachers and principals of both the schools.
The match started around 2 pm in the afternoon. Both the team players were in good health. Our team won the toss. To start with, the match was slow but as the time passed by it became interesting as both the teams played vigorously. In spite of the game becoming brisk neither team could score a goal before halftime.
After some time our teammates felt a bit discouraged as the team of Modern School kept scoring goal after goal but suddenly there came a twist in the match when our team started making goals. As the pressure mounted our team scored five goals during the last fifteen minutes. The other team had to face a hard time.
The other team tried its best to secure goals but did not succeed. At last, the referee blew his whistle signaling the game to end. Our school won the match.
It was a fair game played by both the teams with the spirit of sportsmanship.