Gujarat, UP, Kerala, TN, Bihar, and Maharashtra among winners on Day 4 of Hockey Nationals
Pune, December 15, 2021
Hockey Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Kerala Hockey, Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Hockey Bihar and Hockey Maharashtra were among the winners on Day 4 of the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship Pimpri Chinchwad 2021 in Pune on Tuesday.
In the days' opener from Pool F, Hockey Association of Odisha and Hockey Bengal played a hugely entertaining 3-3 draw. In the topsy turvy game, it was Hockey Association of Odisha who struck first, Abhijeet Swain (12'), Sibren Lakra (15') and Rahul Ekka (28') scoring to give them a comfortable lead going into half time. At that time, it seemed like the result was in no question. Two minutes into the third quarter though, Raushan Kumar struck to give Hockey Bengal hope, and a brace by Nitish Neupane (46', 53') ensured they completed a marvelous turnaround to split the points. The two teams are locked on points at the top of the table.
In Pool F's second game, Hockey Gujarat beat Goans Hockey 4-3 in a high scoring affair. Goals for Hockey Gujarat were scored by Poonam Thakor (6'), Ajaykumar Thakor (18'), Dharmesh Mir (24') and Divyesh Miyatra (45'). Goans Hockey's goal scorers were Dattesh Priolkar (17'), Issub Sayyed (41') and Abbusaliya Havaldar (54').
Uttar Pradesh Hockey beat Hockey Jharkhand 3-0 in Pool G. A brace for Ajay Yadav (15', 56') and a goal by Faraz Mohd (4') gave Uttar Pradesh Hockey a comfortable victory, as they kept up their perfect start at the top of the table.
Kerala Hockey beat Assam Hockey 2-1 in a tense Pool G encounter. Goals by Athul Shaju (22') and Muhammed Siyas K (28') gave Kerala Hockey a comfortable lead as the teams went into the break. Right at the end of the third quarter, though, Prashant Kabeer Sen's 43rd minute strike gave Assam a lifeline and set up the final quarter perfectly. Kerala Hockey held on to take the three points.
Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu trounced Telangana Hockey 7-0 in their Pool A match. Goals for Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu were scored by S Karthi (12', 26', 57'), Sundarapandi (2'), Pruthvi GM (32'), Mareeswaran Sakthivel (37') and S Silver Stalin (44').
In Pool H, Hockey Bihar beat Hockey Mizoram 6-1. A hat trick by Subash Sanga (34', 37', 57') and goals by Mukesh Lakra (4') , Sujit Roshan Tigga (40') and Samuel Topno (54') gave Hockey Bihar a comfortable victory. Hockey Mizoram's goal was scored by Lamremdika in the 60th minute.
In the last game of the day from Pool H, Hockey Maharashtra beat Chhattisgarh Hockey by 9-2. Goals for Hockey Maharashtra were scored by Taleb Shah (4', 30', 55'), Venkatesh Kenche (11'), Tikaram Thakulla (15'), Pratap Kishanrao Shinde (34', 42') and Mohd Nizamuddin (47', 50'). Goals for Chhattisgarh Hockey were scored by Kartik Yadav (16') and Junaid Ahmed (35').
Day 4 Results:
~ Hockey Association of Odisha and Hockey Bengal drew 3-3 in pool F
~ Hockey Gujarat beat Goans Hockey 4-3 in Pool F
~ Uttar Pradesh Hockey beat Hockey Jharkhand 3-0 in Pool G
~ Kerala Hockey beat Assam Hockey 2-1 in Pool G
~ Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu trounced Telangana Hockey 7-0 in Pool A ~ Hockey Bihar beat Hockey Mizoram 6-1 in Pool H
~ Hockey Maharashtra beat Chhattisgarh Hockey 9-2 in Pool H