Debutant teams Hockey Gangpur- Odisha and Vidarbha Hockey Association started their campaign on a winning note in Division B of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship commenced at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow on today.
As many as 42 teams, including four debutants namely Hockey Gangpur- Odisha, Vidarbha Hockey Association, Central Reserve Police Force and Food Corporation of India, are participating in the 2014 edition of the championship which is being played on a league cum knockout basis at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow.
The Senior Men National Championship 2014 is being played in two phases Division A (20 teams) and B (22 teams). Division B of the championship got underway today and will conclude on 13 March 2014 while Division A will be played from 11- 23 March 2014 at the same venue.
In the opening match of the championship, Hockey Gangpur- Odisha defeated Chhattisgarh 9-2 in their Pool C match. For Hockey Gangpur-Odisha Bruno Hedrino Lugun and Banamali Xess scored twice each while Amarjeet Ekka, Kishor Lakra, Bikash Toppo, Roshan Minz and Ashish Anmol Minz contributed a goal each in their teams victory. Puducherry scored through N Sellamuthu and N Kamalakannan a goal each.
Bengal defeated Tripura 4-0 in another match of Pool-C.
In Pool-D match, Chhattisgarh played a 1-1 draw against debutants Central Reserve Police Force. Chhattisgarh took a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute with a field goal scored by Sachin Rathaur but two minutes later Rohen Singh Thangjam scored a field goal for Central Reserve Police Force to level the game.
In the second match of Pool D, Dalbir Singh scored two goals helping Vidarbha Hockey Association to register a 2-1 win over Delhi.
In the third match of Pool D, Maharashtra overcame Kerala 8-0. Kunal Jagdale scored maximum three goals followed by Rajendra Ekka (2), Navneet Swarnkar (1), Manpreet Singh (1) and Vinod Nimbore (1).
There are 22 teams participating in the Division B of the 4th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2014.
Pool-C Hockey Gangpur- Odisha 9 Bruno Hedrino Lugun (5, 26 min), Amarjeet Ekka (16 min), Kishor Lakra (31 min), Bikash Toppo (39 min), Roshan Minz (40 min), Ashish Anmol Minz (43 min) and Banamali Xess (49, 56 min) vs Puducherry 2 (N Sellamuthu (18 min), N Kamalakannan (65 min)
Bengal 4 Joga Singh(16 min), Sunil Shah (24, 53 min) and Sunil Kujur (66 min) vs Tripura 0
Pool D Chhattisgarh 1 Sachin Rathaur (53 min) vs Central Reserve Police Force 1 Rohen Singh Thangjam (55 min)
Vidarbha Hockey Association 2 Dalbir Singh (6, 44 min) vs Delhi 1 Naveen Kumar (4 min)
Maharashtra 8 Navneet Swarnkar (5 min), Rajendra Ekka (23, 27 min), Kunal Jagdale (36, 52, 58 min), Manpreet Singh (41 min) and Vinod Nimbore (64 min) vs Kerala 0.
Tomorrow (28th Feb)’s Fixture:
Pool C- Puducherry vs Mizoram (0700hrs), Assam vs Tripura (1000hrs) and Hockey Gangpur- Odisha vs Bengal (1500hrs)
Pool D– Chhattisgarh vs Vidarbha Hockey Association (0830 hrs), Delhi vs Kerala (1330hrs) and Central Reserve Police Force vs Maharashtra (1630hrs)