Hat-trick heroes: Palanganda win Iychettira Kodava family hockey Cup
Palanganda clan created history in the Kodava Hockey Festival by emerging champions three years in a row when they defeated this time the Kaliyanda team by 2-1 in the Iychettira Cup finals held at Ammathi on Sunday.
It was a sweet victory for the Palanganda boys who won the match without their star player Amar Aiyamma, who had anchored the success of the team in the last two years. The Palangandas had won the Machamada Cup last year and the Maneyapanda Cup in 2010.
Palanganda Prajwal scored both the goals, the first of a Shyam Kalappa pass in the 34th minute and sounded the boards again of a Muthanna pass in the 40th. For Kaliyanda, Kiran converted a penalty corner in the 49th minute to reduce the margin.
For the Kaliyanda, it was the second successive defeat at the hands of Palanganda in the finals. Palanganda had beaten Kaliyanda by a solitary goal in the Machamada Cup last year.
Though the Kaliyanda boys played a superb hockey, they failed to convert 10 penalty corners. However, their team-mate Kiran managed to convert a lone penalty corner.
Dame luck has favoured the Palanganda boys in the last three years, though their opponents played much better hockey each time. This is the impression of this reporter who has witnessed all the finals in the last three years.
The winning Palanganda team won a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh along with the trophy. Palanganda Prajwal emerged as the best player of the match. Kaliyanda Kiran won the best ‘man of the series’ for scoring highest number of goals. Mandepanda Sajan Achaiah was declared as the best upcoming player.
The Palanganda clan which won the Kallichanda Cup in 2006, has so far won four times. The Koothanda clan has also won the Kodava hockey festival four times so far.
An interesting feature of the Palanganda team is that it is packed with youngsters. This way, they could be a formidable team in the years to come. However, there is always scope for a dark horse to emerge. A little bit of coaching and hard work, could turn any one of the clans a potential winner next year.
The next edition of the Kodava hockey festival will be hosted by the Madanda family in 2013 at Balgodu near Virajpet.