Khalsa clinched their second men's hockey league title in a row when they swept to a convincing 5-1 victory over Punjab at Happy Valley on Sunday.
The ease with which they dispatched their opponents who were in second place in the Premier Division standings just underscored the dominance of the club, which over the past two seasons has dominated the local hockey scene, and could continue for some time with a flourishing youth programme in tow.
"It is great to retain the league title for another season, but what this does is it also encourages our youngsters who look up to the senior team who are mentors to them," said elated Khlasa manager Gurucharan Singh. "We have more than 50 kids from the age of eight to 16 in our development programme and, to them, these guys are their heroes and winning just makes it better."
Two goals each from Inderpal Singh and Ahmed Ewas plus one from Arshad Khan sealed a handsome victory for Khalsa, who began the game leading Punjab by two points in the standings.
The victory made their lead unassailable and it was one big celebration after the game as Hong Kong Hockey Association officials presented the silverware to the team.
"Everything went according to plan today. The guys put their heart and soul into finishing it off today," said Gurucharan Singh. "Defending our league title is a huge achievement and it speaks volumes for the great morale in the dressing room. Everyone is united and that has been a crucial aspect of our campaign."
Khalsa led 2-0 at half-time from a field goal by Inderpal Singh and a drag-flick from a short corner by Ewas, but could easily have had a couple more in the bag having failed to score from quick counter-attacks and with four-on-two situations.
Punjab badly missed their big-name stars, including short-corner specialist Sohail Abbas and his absence was felt as they squandered five short corners in the first half.
A goal from Punjab's Amarjit Singh, 10 minutes into the second half gave them hope. But that was shortlived as Khalsa upped the tempo and sealed the result hammering home three quick goals in succession, including one from a short corner to wrap up the win with nearly 15 minutes to go.
At the end Punjab were going through the motions as Khalsa were preparing to celebrate.
"We won the Guru Nanak Trophy earlier in the season and now the league crown. Our next goal is to win the Holland Cup. Things can't go any better for us," said Gurucharan.