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Semi-finals spotted in Air Force Hockey

Chandigarh, Aug 6 (UNI) Formidable South Western Air Command will meet Central Air Command in the first semi-final of the Air Force Hockey Championship being organised by 3 Base Repair Depot (3BRD) at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.

In the second semi-final Eastern Air Command will lock horns with Air Headquarters.

SWAC and WAC finished their league programme with an all-win record. Scoring one goal in each half, South Western Air Command logged full points at the expense of Maintenance Command whom they beat by 2-0.

In a well-contested match, JP Saini gave SWAC the lead with a field goal in the 29th minute. Domnick made it safe for SWAC by scoring his team's second goal in the50th minute.

It was SWAC's third successive triumph in three outings. Western Air Command mastered Eastern Air Command with an authoritative 6-1 verdict. Dominating the proceedings, WAC were 4-0 up in the first seven minutes of play. S Singh (1st minute), Kispota (4th) and Satvir Singh (5th and 7th) were the scorers. Sumeet reduced the margin for EAC in the 9th minute.

Major Singh further increased the victory margin of WAC with an 11th minute goal. The winners led 5-1 at half time.

With EAC virtually surrendering, WAC took the thing lightly and one minute after resumption scored another goal through Singh to complete their tally.

Training Command proved too good for Air Headquarters whom they trounced by 7-1. Enjoying territorial supreamcy, TC scored through Ramesh Lakara (3rd), S Kumar (15th), H kumar (23rd), KM Prakash (44th), Nadeem (53rd), AC Billooram (69th) and Harish Kumar (70th).

The face-saving goal for Air Headquarters was scored by VC Sharma in the 55th minute against the run of play. TC finished their league programme with two victories and one defeat.

Central Air Command and Southern Air Command played a dull and drab goalless draw.


Story first published: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 21:05 [IST]
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