GNDU, Amritsar and Punjabi University, Patiala met this past weeknd in India first college football final!
Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, won the first All-India Inter-University American Football Championship defeating hosts Punjabi University Patiala (PUP) 19-14.
The tournament was conducted under the banner of the Association of Indian Universities with the support from the Elite Football League of India (ELFI) at Punjabi University Patiala, under the chairmanship of Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma. Vice-Chancellor of the host university Dr. Jaspal Singh gave away the trophy to the winning teams.
EFLI President Tausif. I. Shaikh, Vice President Deepesh Solanki, and American coach Mark Philamore were honored by the host university.
Semi-Final: GNDU Amritsar v. OU Hyderabad
The semi-finals for the Division I tackle football teams at the 1st All-India Inter University American Football Championship 2015 provided quality entertainment to the crowd at Punjabi University, Patiala.
The first semi-final was between Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (GNDU) and Osmania University, Hyderabad (OU), both of whom had impressed in their quarterfinal matches. The first quarter saw an 80-yard touchdown on a punt return by GNDU player Riar and the team managed to convert the field goal opportunity as well for an extra point.
In the second quarter, both teams displayed solid defense and the scores remained unchanged. OU came back into the game with a 5-yard touchdown by their running back Sandri Sai followed by conversion of the field goal opportunity. With the game tied heading into the fourth quarter, GNDU player Sood scored a 40-yard touchdown and the team scored the field goal as well.
Toward the end of the game, OU running back Sandri Sai scored again with a 30-yard touchdown with an opportunity to tie the game with a field goal. However, OU went for the win and tried to gain 2 points by advancing the ball. The team failed to complete the pass and GNDU managed to hold on for a 14-13 victory in a nail-biting encounter.
Semi-final: Punjabi University, Patiala v. MDU Rohtak
The second semi-final was between hosts Punjabi University, Patiala (PUP) and M.D. University, Rohtak (MDU). MDU began the game aggressively on the offensive end with multiple attempts at a touchdown. However, PUP played strong defense and managed to thwart MDU’s attempts in the first quarter.
MDU kept the momentum going in the second quarter with MDU player Lakshya scoring a 15-yard touchdown entering the second quarter. This was followed by 30-yard touchdown by MDU player Rahul in the same quarter. The team failed to covert their field goal attempts following the touchdowns.
Down 12-0 going into the second half, PUP fought back with a 40-yard touchdown by PUP player Anmol in the third quarter and a subsequent field goal conversion. Anmol was the hero for the host team scoring again with a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give PUP a 1-point lead in the game.
PUP maintained their narrow lead for the rest of the game to seal a berth in the final on 2 March 2015 where they will face state rivals GNDU, Amritsar.
Scoring Summary for the All-India University semi-finals:
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar bt Osmania University, Hyderabad:14-13 (7-0, 0-0, 0-7, 7-6)
- Punjabi University, Patiala bt D. University, Rohtak: 13-12 (0-0, 0-12, 7-0, 6-0)
About the Elite Football League of India University
The tournament is being played on grounds specially designed for American Football, complete with line-marking and goal posts. The sixteen teams have been divided into two divisions – Division I teams will play tackle football and Division II teams will play flag football. Tackle football for the better teams in Division I will be played in full American Football protective gear, while flag football played by the Division II teams is devoid of the protective gear.
Complete list of teams taking part in the Elite Bowl 2015 are as follows:
Division I teams:
- Bangalore University, Bangalore
- Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
- Jain University, Bangalore
- D. University, Rohtak
- University of Madras, Chennai
- Punjabi University, Patiala
- Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
Division II teams:
- Auro University, Surat
- Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
- B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra
- Shiksha O Anusandhan University, Bhubhaneshwar
- Chandigarh University, Gharuan
- Jaipur National University
- JECRC University, Jaipur
- Poornima University, Jaipur
About Association of Indian Universities
The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.