Hockey: SAIL Odisha show no mercy
Hosts SNBP Academy, Dhyanchand Academy, Grassroot Hockey, Smart Hockey Academy, Ritu Rani Hockey Academy finished with all-win records to qualify for the quarterfinals
Pune: Hosts SNBP Academy, Dhyanchand Academy, Grassroot Hockey, Smart Hockey Academy, Ritu Rani Hockey Academy finished with all-win records to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 6th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys’ Under-16) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, on Monday.
Drama however unfolded in the second half of the day with both Army Boys Sports Centre and Olympian Vivek Singh Academy,who finished winners and runners-up at the 2nd Hockey India National Academy Championship earlier this year, bowed out. Both exit after they finished below Anwar Hockey Society on goal difference.
In the last match if the day, defending champions SAIL, Rourkela plundered Olympian Bhaskaran Hockey Academy 28-0 in a match that they needed to score 24 goals to up their goal average and qualify. The Pool-G goal glut by was a record of the tournament in its history of six-years.
On a day when there was a rush to grab knock-out berths in the competition, SNBP Academy came through by putt aside Kushida School, West Bengal 4-0 to top Pool-A with six points. A brace by Amrut Pawara (6th, 23rd), a penalty corner conversion by Mohmad Shahid (11th) and a goal from Md. Adil Khan (29th) was enough for SNBP to seal their place.
In Pool-D, Dnyanchand Academy relatively had it easy with a 12-0 win over Kolkata Warriors and log their second successive win and progress. In contrast, Grassroot Hockey scored a 6-0 goal verdict against Hockey Nashik to finish on top of Pool-H.
On the other hand, Smart Hockey Academy found the going tough and needed fight off a spirited challenge from R.K Roy Academy, Patna 2-1. The Pool-E encounter had Smart Hockey Academy have Shubhankar Sonkar (13th) give them the lead, which was later levelled by Nitin (37th) for the Patna side to bring the score on levels (1-1). With three minutes left, Smart Hockey Academy sealed their place after a successful penalty corner conversion by Brahmjot Singh Mani (57th).
Pool-C had Ritu Rani Academy, Varanasi progress as their opponents Regional Development Centre (RDC) called off their trip to Pune. As a result the pool was reduced to 2 teams which included Mumbai School Sports Association. Ritu Rani had begun their campaign with a win over MSSA which tirned out to be the decider for a last-8 berth,
The scenario in Pool-F was interesting with Anwar Hockey Society squeezing past Olympian Vivek Singh Academy and Army Boys Sports Company, Bengaluru on goal difference and into the last-8 round.
On Monday, Anwar Hockey Society downed Olympian Vivek Singh Academy 4-0 to force a three-way tie after all three teams ended with a one-win and three-points in their kitty.
However, Anwar Hockey Society (+2), edged out ABSC (0) and Olympian Vivek Singh Academy (-2) on better goal difference. Anwar Hockey Society’s was fashioned by Mithalesh Yadav (2nd), Ketan Kushwaha (19th) and a brace by Shahruk Ali (35th, 49th).
Pool-H: Grassroot Hockey: 6 (Shubham Chaudhary 3rd – (pc), 28th; Gaurav Singh 6th, 24th; Suraj Kumar 36th; Rohit Ariy 51st) bt Hockey Nashik: 0. HT: 4-0
Pool-A: SNBP Academy: 4 (Amrut Pawara 6th, 23rd; Mohmad Shahid 11th – (pc); Md. Adil Khan 29th) bt Kushida School, West Bengal: 0. HT:
Pool-B: Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Jamshedpur: 2 (Md. Jaeed 9th – (ps); Ankush – (pc)) drew with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar: 2 (Jagdeet Singh 26th; Hasrshdeep Singh 28th). HT: 1-2
Pool-D: Dhyanchand Hockey Academy: 12 (Trilok Venvanshi 2nd, 12th; Arbaz 4th, 10th; Krishna Mohan 9th – (pc), 14th; Akib Ahmad 13th; Rohan Singh 30th – (pc); Soham Kashid 32nd; Pramod Pal 34th – (pc); Suraj 41st; Dnyanesh Kumar 57th) bt Kolkata Warriors, Kolkata: 0. HT: 8-0
Pool-E: Smart Hockey Academy: 2 (Shubhankar Soinkar 13th; Brahmjot Singh Mani 57th– (pc)) bt R.K Roy Academy, Patna: 1 (Nitin 37th). HT: 1-0
Pool-F: Anwar Hockey Society: 4 (Mithalesh Yadav 2nd; Ketan Kushwaha 19th; Shahruk Ali 35th, 49th) bt Olympian Vivek Singh Academy, Varanasi: 0. HT: 2-0
Pool-G: SAIL Hockey Academy, Rourkela: 28 (Sunil Lakra 3rd, 10th (pc), 16th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 31st, 36th; Deonath Nanwar 5th, 32nd, 35th; Salman Lakra 11th; Arbaj Khan 17th, 52nd; Rohit Singh 18th, 34th, 39th 42nd, 43rd; Nabin Kumar Lakra 22nd (pc), 26th (pc); Yuvraj Singh 23rd (PS); Richadsan Soreng 27th; Amit Topno 28th, 45th (pc), 46th; Sahil 29th, 29th) bt Olympian Bhaskaran Hockey Academy: 0. HT: 17-0
(on Sunday): Pool-F: Army Boys Sports Company, Bengaluru: 4 (Daya Ram 1st – (pc), 34th – (pc); Nitesh Sharma 44th; Chhitiji Bara 54th) bt Anwar Hockey Society: 2 (Ataey 12th; Gaurav Yadav 56th). HT: 1-1