Gwalior: Hockey Odisha defeated Namdhari XI 3-2 in the Pool D match on the opening day of the 9th Senior Men National Hockey Championship here on Thursday.
Goals for Hockey Odisha were scored by Krishna Tirkey (5′), Suraj Minz (19′) and Shilanand Lakra (35′), while Malak Singh (30′) and Lovepreet Singh (36′) scored the two goals for Namdhari XI.
Other teams who have registered victories in the opening matches are Hockey Punjab, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Association of Indian Universities, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Petroleum Sports Promotion Board and Air India Sports Promotion Board.
In the first Pool A match, it was Hockey Punjab who triumphed over The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd. by a margin of 4-0. It was Rupinderpal Singh who opened the scoring for Hockey Punjab in the 17th minute, while Sukhdev Singh scored in the 53rd minute to extend the lead to two goals. A brace from Akashdeep Singh in the 58th and 60th minutes saw Hockey Punjab wrap up a comfortable 4-0 win.
In the other Pool A match, it was Association of Indian Universities who registered a hard-fought 2-1 win over Hockey Chandigarh. Raushan Kumar (23′) and Manjinder Singh (49′) scored the two goals for Association of Indian Universities while it was Sanjay who scored Hockey Chandigarh’s only goal in the 58th minute.
In Pool B’s first match, it was Petroleum Sports Promotion Board who secured a convincing 10-2 victory over Hockey Bhopal. Petroleum Sports Promotion Board started the match brightly and rushed to a comfortable 8-0 lead after 37 minutes and scored two more goals in the remaining stages to secure a 10-2 win as Captain Mohd Khan (43′, 57′) scored the two goals for Hockey Bhopal. Goals for Petroleum Sports Promotion Board were scored by Gurjinder Singh (28′, 54′), Mandeep Singh (31′, 35′), Lalit Upadhyay (10′), Harmanpreet Singh (16′), Varun Kumar (21′), Gurjant Singh (22′), Sumit Kumar (37′) and Devindar Walmiki (60′).
In the other Pool B encounter, Hockey Haryana and Comptroller & Auditor General of India played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw to start their tournament. It was Comptroller & Auditor General of India who scored first in the 33rd minute through Mithlesh Kumar, but Hockey Haryana struck back six minutes later through their Captain Bharat (39′) to equalise and split the points on the opening day.
In the first Pool C match, it was Railway Sports Promotion Board who beat Hockey Gangpur-Odisha 5-3 in an entertaining encounter. Goals for Railway Sports Promotion Board were scored by Dilpreet Singh (13′), Yuvraj Walmiki (19′), Sayyad Niyaz Rahim (39′), Nilakanta Sharma (51′) and Sheshe Gowda (60′), while Suman Kujur (31′), Stanly Minz (35′) and Rajen Kandulna (38′) scored for Hockey Gangpur-Odisha.
In the other Pool C match, Uttar Pradesh Hockey registered a victory in their opening match as they defeated Punjab & Sind Bank by a slim margin of 1-0. The only goal of the match came in the 36th minute as Sunil Yadav scored for Uttar Pradesh Hockey.
In the opening Pool D match, Air India Sports Promotion Board produced an emphatic victory over Hockey Karnataka 6-1. Goals for Air India Sports Promotion Board Abharan Sudev (19′, 56′), Mohd. Faraz (9′), Mohammed Raheel Mouseen (31′), Arujun Sharma (40′) and Joga Singh (43′), while VR Raghunath (50′) scored the only goal for Hockey Karnataka.