THE 2018 edition of Royal Sungei Ujong Club (RSUC) President’s Cup veteran hockey tournament picked up where it left off last year, with a whole lot of laughter and more good memories to cherish.
RSUC team captain Harcharan Singh said unlike other veteran hockey tournaments, they were dead set on making sure everyone leave the event with a smile.
“There are many veteran hockey tournaments organised all over the country.
“But many of them include teams that are highly competitive and play all out. It’s all good, but we must remember, these are players who are above 45 years old, so we focus on them having fun while playing,” said Harcharan who is known as Hutch among his friends.
Tournament organising chairman Datuk Daljeet Singh Dhillon said five out of 10 teams returned for this year’s game while many expressed interest in joining the event.
“Our tournament is by invitation only, but through word-of-mouth, other teams came to know about our unique tournament set-up and requested to participate.
“Unfortunately, we had to humbly decline a lot of them, but who knows, maybe in future we may allow more teams to join in,” said Harcharan.
A total of 28 matches were played at the Seremban 2 MPS Hockey Stadium – 20 matches in the Group stage and eight matches in the Knock-out stage.
The final saw defending champions Sathya Hockey Club take on RSUC and was decided on penalties after the match ended 0-0.
Sathya won 3-2 on penalties and became the new champions.
Harcharan said RSUC surprised most of the teams by entering the final. “We really did well and overachieved. We beat a few stronger teams on our route to the final,” he said.
“For me, a successful tournament is not purely based on the games’ results. The weather was great for a fun-filled day of hockey and laughter,” he added.
On top of handing almost 120 medals to all teams and tournament officials, they also gave out unique individual prizes to players which garnered the most laughs.
“RSUC had ‘fun awards’ which included categories such as ‘Only Female Team Manager’ and ‘Tallest Player’ but we gave it to the shortest person in the field, and ‘Most Supportive Player’, who entertained all the players during the dinner with songs,” Harcharan said.
“To me, the final score is secondary, as most people will remember the fun they had in the tournament and dinner afterwards.”
A representative from Cochrane Old Boys said: “We wish to thank the organisers and committee of the RSUC tournament for inviting us. What a wonderful tournament.
“We hope we will be invited next year as well.” Meanwhile, a representative from Team
Synergy said: “We enjoyed every minute of the day and the dinner. A big thank you to RSUC for organising a fabulous tournament”.