Indian Eves Secure Gold in Style at 12th South Asian Games

11th February, 2016, Guwahati: The home fans sitting at the Moullana MD. Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Bhetapara in Guwahati was treated to an attacking master class by the Indian Eves with a 10-0 win over Sri Lanka to win Gold at the 12th South Asian Games.

India started the first half with a flurry of attacks and the first goal came from the stick of Rani in the second minute of the half. Rani didn’t waste time in capitalizing on the momentum and scored another goal within 2 minutes of the first goal taking the score to 2-0 with 4 minutes on the clock. India looked in immense attacking form as Preeti Dubey scored another field goal in the 8th minute taking the score to 3-0. The Indian forwards pressed hard in order to extend the lead with Soundarya Yendala adding the fourth goal to the score tally. In the 29th minute Punam Barla converted a penalty corner to add the fifth goal. The next two minutes saw Deepika also getting on the score sheet. The first half ended with the score at 6-0 in favour of the Indians.

The second half only increased the problems for the Sri Lankan team when the Captain Ritu Rani got on the score sheet with a penalty corner conversion in the 47th minute. Rani was unstoppable on the night and she scored her hat –trick with a 56th minute field goal. The score stood at 8-0 post Rani’s goal. India kept up the pressure and in the 64th minute another opportunity was created and Soundarya Yendala took full advantage by converting the penalty corner to score her brace and take the score to 9-0. India kept on knocking the door and another penalty corner opportunity was created and converted successfully by Jaspreet Kaur this time to make it 10-0. The match finally ended with the score at 10-0.


Fast and high scoring hockey on day 3 at the 6th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2016 (A Division)
Ø  Hockey Punjab beats Hockey Chandigarh 10-2
Ø  Hockey Maharashtra wins 6-2 against Delhi Hockey
Ø   Hockey Jharkhand beat Hockey Patiala 21-0
Ø  Sports Authority of India beat Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 10-0
Ø  Hockey Odisha won 10-1 against Chhattisgarh Hockey 10-1
Ø  Hockey Haryana won Hockey Karnataka 10-0
Ø  Hockey Gangpur – Odisha beat Hockey Andhra Pradesh 14-1
Ø  Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Uttar Pradesh Hockey 2-0

11th February, 2016, Rohtak: Day 3 6th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2016 (A Division) saw fast, attacking and high scoring hockey being played by all the teams. In Pool A Hockey Punjab beat Hockey Chandigarh 10-2 and Hockey Maharashtra beat Delhi Hockey 6-2. In Pool B Hockey Jharkhand went passed Hockey Patiala 21-0 and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy defeated Uttar Pradesh Hockey 2-0. Pool C saw Sports Authority of India beat Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 10-0 and Hockey Odisha dominated Chhattisgarh Hockey 10-1. First match in Pool D for the day saw Hockey Haryana beating Hockey Karnataka 10-0 and the second match was won by Hockey Gangpur-Odisha by 14-1 against Hockey Andhra Pradesh.
In Pool A the first match of the day was played between Hockey Punjab and Hockey Chandigarh and the match was won by the former by a score line of 10-2. Hockey Punjab looked at its attacking best dominating from the first half. The first goalm came in the 14th minute from the stick of Kashish who went onto score 5 goals in the win.
In another match in Pool A Hockey Maharashtra started the match on an attacking note scoring within five minutes of the start of the first half. Maharashtra scored 3 goals by 30thminute and Delhi faught back in the last five minutes of the half to come close 3-2. The second half was completely about Maharastra who scored 3 more goals to take the score to 6-2 by the end of the match. Rutuja Pisal scored 4 goals in the match.
Pool B Hockey Jharkhand showed attacking domination at its best who went past Hockey Patiala without any problems 21-0. The match started with a goal in the 3rd minute with a goal Deepika Soreng and there was no looking back for them.  Deepika Soreng scored a hat-trick of goals and Captain of the team Sangita Kumari stunning nine goals to win the match for Hockey Jharkhand. The second match was hard fought battle between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Uttar Pradesh Hockey. One goal each was scored in both the halves. The first goal came in the 11thminute through Anamika Devi Thangjam in the 11thminute and second goal was scored in the second half in the 49th minute from Meena Chakra. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy held a strong defensive line to keep a clean sheet. The match ended at 2-0 in favour of Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.
In Pool C a similar story continued where Hockey Odisha beat Chhattisgarh Hockey 10-1 to win the eastern derby. The first goal came in the 12th minute of the match for Odisha. The whole team pitched in with goals to make the win possible. Abinasi Mukti Surin and Bimla Barwa both completed their hat-tricks in win for Hockey Odisha.
In another Pool C encounter Sports Authority of India in yet another attacking master class beat Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 10-0. F. Lalawmpuii scored the first goal in the 7th minute of the match and scored two more field goals in the 33rd and 68th minute to complete her hat-trick. Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu’s defense looked clueless in front of such attacking finesse.
In Pool D Hockey Haryana continued their attacking flair by beating Hockey Karnataka 10-0 in their last group stage match. Hockey Haryana gave an outstanding performance by scoring 10 field goals in the match with Manju Chorsiya scoring a hat-trick and Dimple scoring a brace in the win for Haryana. Another Pool D clash saw Hockey Gangpur – Odisha at their attacking best with a 14-1 win over Hockey Andhra Pradesh. Hockey Gangpur – Odisha dominated the whole match with Jiwan Kishori Toppo scoring four goals in the win.
Schedule for Semi – Finals on 13th February, 2016:


M Dharma, Feroz Ali Mollah surge three shots ahead in round two

Kochi, February 11, 2016: M Dharma of Bengaluru and Kolkata’s Feroz Ali Mollah surged ahead on day two of the CIAL Cochin Masters presented by PGTI being played at the CIAL Golf Club in Kochi. Dharma and Feroz shot scores of six-under-66 and four-under-68 respectively to hold the joint lead at six-under-138 at the Rs. 60 lakh event. The trio of Jaipur’s Vishal Singh, Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh were tied third at three-under-141.

The cut was declared at five-over-149 on a day that saw early morning rain and the subsequent one-hour delay in start of play. A total of fifty-six professionals made the cut.

M Dharma (72-66), who was overnight tied 13th as a result of his first round 72, powered his way to the top of the leaderboard after a brilliant 66 on day two. Dharma had a solid start on Thursday as he produced a terrific approach on the 11th to tap-in for birdie. However, a poor second shot on the 13th led to a bogey and pushed him back to level-par.

Dharma, a winner on the PGTI in 2013, then stitched together four successive birdies from the 14th to 17th to get on a roll. He chipped-in after missing the green on the par-3 14th and thereafter made chip-putts from the edge on the next two holes. The 29-year-old made it four birdies in a row on the 17th when he drained a 20-footer. Dharma gained two more strokes on the first and sixth where he landed his wedges within three feet.

Dharma, who finished 12th in the Rolex Ranking last year, said, “I played the par-5s well today and also came up with a few good wedge shots. The four consecutive birdies on the back-nine set me up today. I also made my longest putt in two days, the 20-footer on the 17th.

“The conditions weren’t easy as the course was playing longer due to the early morning rain. I’ve brought the confidence from my top-3 finish at the Sri Lankan Open last week into this event. I did well on the PGTI towards to the end of last year and now want to take my game a notch higher.”

Former Indian Open champion Feroz Ali Mollah (70-68) mixed six birdies and two bogeys in his second round of 68 to move up from overnight tied fifth to joint first. Mollah, placed 28th in the Rolex Ranking 2015, landed his wedges within five feet on four occasions for birdies. He also sank a 20-feet birdie putt on the eighth.

Feroz, who last won an event in 2011, said, “I recently changed my irons and I feel that has had a positive effect on my hitting. My impact during hitting is better. I believe I can win a tournament this year. I’ll be looking to improve on my putting from here on.”

Vishal Singh shot the tournament’s best score so far, a seven-under-65, to move into joint third at three-under-141. Vishal landed it within five to seven feet on all seven occasions where he picked up birdies.

Round one joint leader Om Prakash Chouhan slipped to tied third after his second round of 73. Gaurav Pratap Singh fired a 68 to also grab a share of third place.

The Delhi trio of overnight joint leader Shivendra Singh Sisodia, Shamim Khan and Gunvir Rana were tied sixth at two-under-142.

Defending champion Mukesh Kumar (73-78) missed the cut as he totaled seven-over-151 for two days to be tied 59th.


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