Pune: Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Telangana score huge wins

Players of Hockey Jharkhand (Yellow) and Assam Hockey (Green) in action

Players of Hockey Jharkhand (Yellow) and Assam Hockey (Green) in action

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Pune, 12th December 2021: Hosts Hockey Maharashtra delighted with a resounding 18-0 win over Hockey Mizoram which included a huge 8-goal effort by skipper Taleb Shah in the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship Pimpri Chinchwad 2021 at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri on Sunday.

Skipper Taleb’s effort made him the top-scorer of the tournament and likewise power Hockey Maharashtra to the top of Pool-H. In the same group, Hockey Bihar put aside the challenge of Chhattisgarh Hockey 4-2.

In the last match of the day, Hockey Maharashtra began dominating but goals seemed to elude the after Darshan Gawkar (2nd) opened the scoring. Thereafter, missed chances frustrated the home crowd, before Ajit Shinde (14th) made it 2-0.

Taleb thereafter took over with field goals in the (20th, 29th, 34th, 37th, 42nd, 47th, 51, 59th minutes). Adding to the tally were Venkatesh Kenche (23rd, 23rd), Mohd. Nizzamuddin (28th, 36th), Pratap Shinde (53rd, 59th, 60th, 60th).  

With the odds stacked against Hockey Mizoram goalkeeper Lallawmzuala impressed with his fearless show in goal, the margin would have been much higher.

Hockey Bihar rode on goals by Subash Sanga (4th, 25th), Samuel Topno (7th) and Mukesh Lakra (12th) to down Chhattisgarh Hockey. Sukhdev Nirmalkar (11th) and Arbaz Ali (60th) reduced the margin for the losers.

The day once again logged 74 goals in 7 matches, with Hockey Telangana, Hockey Jharkhand and Hockey Maharashtra getting into double-digit scores.

The day began with two back-to-back Group-F matches. Odisha had it easy with a rout of Hockey Gujarat 8-0 with Sushil Dhanwar (17th, 26th, 36th) leading from the front.

Next up, Hockey Bengal pushed aside Goans Hockey 8-0. The highlight of the victory was the brilliant 5-goal effort by Raushan Kumar (2nd, 4th, 53rd, 54th, 59) which included the opening goal. Raushan thus became the highest individual scorer in a match in the morning session.

Players of Hockey Bengal (White) and Goans Hockey (Green) in action
Players of Hockey Bengal (White) and Goans Hockey (Green) in action

Later in Group-C action, Uttar Pradesh Hockey and Hockey Jharkhand logged full points from their opening games.

Uttar Pradesh Hockey posted a 9-0 verdict over Kerala Hockey after Mohammad Amir Khan (6th, 24th), Ajay Yadav (37th, 46th) and Faraz Mohd. (48th, 52nd) netted a brace each. The other contributors were Mohd. Saif Khan (10th), Deepak Patel (22nd), and Mohd. Sadiq (50th).

Hockey Jharkhand pushed the ten-goal mark with a clinical 11-0 win over Assam Hockey. The encounter also witnessed the 100th goal of the tournament – Sandeep Minj had the distinction of this feat when he netted Jharkhand’s opening goal.

Three-goals each from Noyel Topno (14th, 25th, 31st) and Jen Soreng (24th, 40th, 49th) was the highlight of Jharkhand’s victory. Rajendra Oram (10th, 43rd) and Amardeep Samrat Kujur (44th, 59th) completed the tally.

In an afternoon encounter, Telangana Hockey notched the highest score of the day.

In a one-sided Group-A encounter, Telangana Hockey breezed past Hockey Himachal 13-1 riding on a 4-goal brilliance by Surya Prakash Potluri (24th, 26th, 31st, 57th).

Players of Telangana Hockey (Black) and Hockey Himachal (Blue)
Players of Telangana Hockey (Black) and Hockey Himachal (Blue)

Telangana Hockey took their time in breaking down Himachal Pradesh and did when Feroz Bin Farhajh (8th) scored to end Q1. The second quarter had Telangana Hockey change gears and score 5 to swell their tally to 6-0 at halftime.  

The Telangana win was creditable as all their goals were field goals and moreover five players got on to the scoresheet. Feroz ended with 3 goals and so did Sandeep Subedar.


Group- F: Odisha: 8 (Sushil Dhanwar 17th, 26th, 36th; Prakash Barla 12th, 57th; Patras Tirkey 39th, 52nd; Mangra Bhengra 48th) bt Hockey Gujarat: 0. FT: 2-0

Group- F: Hockey Bengal: 8 (Raushan Kumar 2nd, 4th, 53rd, 54th, 59th; Abhishek Pratap Singh 10th, 22nd; Santosh Baxla 19th) bt Goans Hockey: 0HT: 5-0

Group-G; Uttar Pradesh Hockey: 9 (Mohammad Amir Khan 6th, 24th; Mohd. Saif Khan 10th; Deepak Patel 22nd; Ajay Yadav 37th, 46th; Faraz Mohd. 48th, 52nd; Mohd. Sadiq 50th) bt Kerala Hockey: 0. HT: 4-0

Group-G: Hockey Jharkhand: 11 (Sandeep Minj 5th; Rajendra Oram 10th, 43rd; Noyel Topno 14th, 25th, 31st; Jen Soreng 24th, 40th, 49th; Amardeep Samrat Kujur 44th, 59th) bt Assam Hockey: 0. HT: 5-0

Group-A: Telangana Hockey: 13 (Feroz Bin Farhajh 8th, 23rd, 52nd; Sandeep Subedar 19th, 35th, 48th; Surya Prakash Potluri 24th, 26th, 31st, 57th; Ranjit Chand Bhavani 30th; Mahesh Reddy Rela 33rd; Rekham Vivek 59th) bt Hockey Himachal: 1 (Divyam Grover 43rd). HT: 6-0

Group-H: Hockey Bihar: 4 (Subash Sanga 4th, 25th; Samuel Topno 7th; Mukesh Lakra 12th) bt Chhattisgarh Hockey: 2 (Shukhdev Nirmalkar 11th; Arbaz Ali 60th). HT: 4-1

Group-H: Maharashtra: 18 (Darshan Gawkar 2nd; Ajit Shinde 14th; Taleb Shah 20th, 29th, 34th, 37th, 42nd, 47th, 51, 59th; Venkatesh Kenche 23rd, 23rd; Mohd. Nizzamuddin 28th, 36th; Pratap Shinde 53rd, 59th, 60th, 60th) b Mizoram: 0. HT: 7-0


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