Patiala, Punjab, 2nd March 2015: The matches on the final day of the 1st All India Inter University American Football Championship 2015 were played in wet conditions owing to incessant rains on the previous day and the night before. The grand final between home team, Punjabi University, Patiala (PUP) and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (GNDU) did not disappoint, despite the rainy conditions. With both teams coming out fired up to begin the game, the atmosphere was set for an electric clash.
In the first quarter, GNDU began proceedings with an early touchdown by their running back, Chawla. However, they did not gain extra points by failing to convert their field goal opportunity. PUP quickly tied the game with a 42-yard touchdown of their own by running back, Anmol, and they managed to grab a 1-point lead by converting their field goal opportunity. The second quarter was owned by GNDU, who played strong defense and regained the lead with their quarterback, Pannu, managing to score a touchdown with a short run of less than 5 yards. With GNDU leading the game 12-7, entering the third quarter, hosts PUP fought valiantly to get back into the game. However, both teams played stellar defense and the third quarter remained scoreless. In the fourth quarter, PUP struck first with their running back, Anmol, scoring a 10-yard touchdown and the team gained an extra point by converting the subsequent field goal. However, GNDU struck back with a touchdown by their star quarterback, Pannu, who scored a 6-yard touchdown. GNDU converted the field goal as well and held onto their lead for the rest of the game to register a 19-14 victory.
The 3rd place match was a shortened affair consisting of only 4 downs given to both teams to convert a touchdown. M.D. University, Rohtak (MDU) prevailed over their opponents, Osmania University, Hyderabad (OU) by scoring a touchdown on the very first down. When it was OU’s turn, MDU played solid defense and intercepted OU’s pass on their third down. MDU won 3rd place with a 6-0 victory.
Earlier in the day, the flag football final took place in wet conditions between Division II finalists Jaipur National University and Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. Jaipur National University comfortably defeated their opponents 32-6 to lift the flag football trophy.
Tackle Football Final:
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar bt Punjabi University, Patiala: 19-14 (6-7, 6-0, 0-0, 7-7)
Tackle Football 3rd place match:
M.D. University, Rohtak bt Osmania University, Hyderabad: 7-0
Flag Football Final:
Jaipur National University bt Gujarat University, Ahmedabad: 32-6
For all other pictures from the tournament, please visit the Ekalavyas Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EkalavyaPosts
About the Elite Football League of India University
For the first time in India, select universities are competing in an All India Inter University American Football Championship. Going by the name of the ‘Elite Bowl 2015’, the tournament is being organized by the Elite Football League of India and Association of Indian Universities, along with hosts, Punjabi University, Patiala. There are 16 teams participating in the first version of the tournament in India from all across the country.
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 without 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.