Friends from Mumbai emerge champions

Friends United, Mumbai beat Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi 5-0 in the final of the Lusitanians Sports Club (LSC) Cup 2012 nines invitational women’s hockey tournament at the Dubai Scholars Private School’s sand-based synthetic grass facility, on Saturday.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Tue 27 Nov 2012, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

Friends United once again proved their command over hockey when they won another event in Dubai. Dubai Scholars finished a creditable third after a hard fought 1-0 win over Westminster School-Dubai in the playoff. Arudhati’s seventh minute goal earned the hosts the bronze spot.

Lakshmi Katri of Dubai Scholars was adjudged the ‘Most Promising’ player of the tournament among the UAE schools.

Friends United, Mumbai with officials. — Supplied photo

Remo Rodgers, coach of Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi said: “Exposure to a good team like Friends United is a wonderful way to improve the skills of our students and help hockey take a good footing in the UAE.”

Hilary Gomes, convenor, Friends United said: “I am very happy to see the enthusiasm in the girls and I hope they continue to enjoy sports.”.

Gabriel Lewis, sports co-ordinator, Dubai Scholars Private School, who helped out with the organisational aspects apart from his coaching duties and Patrick Vaz of Lusitanians said: “With this event the seeds are sown, we need to help it grow and bear fruits.”

The well drilled tourists from Mumbai, who have played at the state and varsity levels back home, were not troubled by the three local school teams right through the one-day tournament, organised by the Lusitanians Sports Club, Dubai and Dubai Scholars Pvt.

Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi caused an upset when a well directed hit from Daleen found the goal and deprived hosts Dubai Scholars Pvt a place in the final. In the title round, Friends United did not allow Cambridge to settle down.

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