Odisha, Bengal, UP, Jharkhand, TN, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra win on Day 6 of Hockey Nationals
Pune, December 17, 2021
Odisha, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra earned victories in their respective matches on day six of the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship here today.
In the day's opener, Hockey Association of Odisha beat Goans Hockey 14-0 in Pool F. Sushil Dhanwar (5', 6', 9', 12', 12', 45') scored as many as six goals, while Mangra Bhengra (7', 22') netted twice and captain Abhisek Lakra (28'), Patras Tirkey (20’), Prakash Barla (36'), Prasad Kujur (47'), Biju Ekka (58') and Ajay Kumar Ekka (60') contributed a goal each for Odisha.
In another Pool F match, Hockey Bengal beat Hockey Gujarat 19-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Abhishek Pratap Singh (2', 12', 14', 25', 34', 37', 39) starred with seven goals, while Nitish Neupane (21', 35', 53') bagged a hat-trick and Raushan Kumar (9', 38'), Kunjan Topno (18', 30') and Taranveer Singh (47', 54') each netted twice to help Bengal finish on top of the Pool F basis higher goal difference Odisha. Avoy Ekka (16'), Sanjay Paswan (26') and Saurabh Kumar Singh (44') also got on the scoresheet for Bengal.
In Pool G, Uttar Pradesh Hockey registered a comfortable 6-0 win against Assam Hockey to seal a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition. Mohammad Amir Khan (1', 7') and Mohd. Saif Khan (8', 43') netted twice, while Rishabh Sahu (21') and Deepak Patel (50') scored a goal each for Uttar Pradesh.
Hockey Jharkhand earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Kerala Hockey to end the campaign on a winning note. Rajendra Oram (36') and Sandeep Minj (52') were the goalscorers for Jharkhand, while Ajeesh Reji (59') got on the scoresheet for Kerala in the last Pool G match of the tournament.
Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu finished on the top of Pool A with a dominating 11-0 win against Hockey Himachal. Karthi S (9', 11', 37', 39', 43') starred with five goals, while Sundarapandi (29', 35', 47') bagged a fine hat-trick and Pruthvi G.M (33'), Shanmugam P (42') and Silver Stalin S. (53') scored one goal each for Tamil Nadu.
In Pool H, Chhattisgarh Hockey beat Hockey Mizoram 6-1 to sign off from the competition on a winning note. Junaid Ahmed (40', 42', 51') registered a hat-trick, while Kartik Yadav (1', 35') scored two goals and Shukdev Nirmalkar (45') chipped in with a goal for Chhattisgarh Hockey. Captain Lalremdika (29') scored the only goal for Hockey Mizoram.
Hockey Maharashtra booked their place in the top eight with a clinical 5-1 win over Hockey Bihar. Pratap Kishanrao Shinde (14', 41', 42') bagged a fine hat-trick, while Tikaram Thakulla (37') and Venkatesh Kenche (43') contributed a goal each in Maharashtra's win. Whereas, Uday Bara (60') scored the only goal for Bihar in the last Pool H match of the tournament.
Day 6 Results
~ Hockey Association of Odisha beat Goans Hockey 14-0 in Pool F
~ Hockey Bengal beat Hockey Gujarat 19-0 in Pool F
~ Uttar Pradesh Hockey beat Assam Hockey 6-0 in Pool G
~ Hockey Jharkhand beat Kerala Hockey 2-1 in Pool G
~ Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu beat Hockey Himachal 11-0 in Pool A
~ Chhattisgarh Hockey beat Hockey Mizoram 6-1 in Pool H
~ Hockey Maharashtra beat Hockey Bihar 5-1 in Pool H