Pune: SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha lift title 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament 

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Pune, November: SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha lifted 5th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament (Boys’ Under-16) at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mhalunge-Balewadi, on Monday.

In the final, the Odisha team’s dominating performance put aside HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat 2-0.

The winners netted their first goal through a brilliant finish by Ritik Kujur (19th) who beat the HAR Hockey Academy goalkeeper Ankit to lead at the half-way stage.

Later, on the changeover Mukesh Tete (54th) did well to convert a penalty-corner to make it 2-0. The match thereon was played on level terms with Karan Lakra missing by a whisker twice for Odisha.

Earlier, hosts SNBP Academy bagged the third place with a brilliant sign-off performance beating Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand 6-1. The architect of the victory was Fahad Khan’s three goal effort. Fahad (4th) opened the scoring and helped SNBP Academy lead at the half-way stage.

Changing ends, Zaid Mohammed Khan (32nd) made it 2-0, Arun Pal (36th) swelled the lead to 3-0, then Avanish Singh (40th) converted a penalty-stroke to help SNBP Academy take an unassailable 4-0 lead. Fahad (41st and 47th) completed the tally to complete a comprehensive win.

The prizes were given away at the hands of Dr. Dhanraj Pillay Padmashree, in the presence of Dr. Vrishali Bhosale, President SNBP Group of Institutes; Adv. Rutuja Bhosale, Director SNBP Group; Firoz Shaikh, Tournament Convener and Vibhakar Telore, Organising Secretary.    


Final: HAR Hockey Academy, Sonepat v SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha:

III-Place: SNBP Academy, Pune: 6 (Fahad Khan 4th, 41st, 47th; Zaid Mohammed Khan 32nd; Arun Pal 36th; Avanish Singh 40th) bt Regional Development Centre, Jharkhand: 1 (Philip Guriya 50th). HT: 


Best Goalkeeper: Rahul Pal (SNBP Academy, Pune)

Best Defender: Rohan Singh (SNBP, Pune)

Best Half: Mukesh Tete (SAIL Hockey Academy)

Best Forward: Sahil Ruhal (HAR Hockey Academy)

Player of the Tournament: Ekka Anmol Jr (SAIL Hockey Academy)