Sub-jr men’s hockey nationals: Suraj Kumar scores 10 as Hockey Uttarakhand beat Gujarat 16-1

Suraj Kumar scored 10 goals as Hockey Uttarakhand thrashed Hockey Gujarat 16-1 in a Pool A match of the 12th Hockey India Sub Junior Men’s National Championship here on Monday.

Hockey Karnataka, Hockey Association of Odisha, Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu Hockey and Hockey Bihar won their respective pool matches on the sixth day.

In the opening match of the day, Hockey Uttarakhand registered a massive 16-1 win over Hockey Gujarat in Pool A. Suraj Kumar (4th, 14th, 23rd, 26th, 30th, 36th, 41st, 54th, 57th 58th) slammed as many as 10 goals, Rohit Shah (60th, 60th) bagged a brace, while Mahendra Singh Bisht (24th), Vishal Kumar (42nd), Captain Gaurav Mehra (45th) and Ankit Jr (51st) were the other goal-getters for the winning side. Siddharth Singh Kshatriya (39th) was the lone scorer for Hockey Gujarat.

In the second match of the day, Hockey Karnataka defeated Chhattisgarh Hockey 8-6 in Pool B. Dhruva Bs (8th, 18th, 24th, 44th) slammed four goals, while Kushal Bopaiah Cb (3rd), captain Akarsh Bidappa CG (17th), Harshith Kumar M (28th) and Akhil Aiyappa Bn (38th) scored a goal each for Hockey Karnataka. Chhattisgarh Hockey’s goals were scored by Mohit Nayak (7th, 54th, 60th), captain Devendra Kumar Yadav (24th), and Anand Kumar Suryavanshi (47th), and Mahavir Verma (57th).

In the third match, the Hockey Association of Odisha defeated Hockey Mizoram 6-0 in Pool E. Aryan Xess (6th), Yojin Minz (15th), Sanjit Tirkey (17th), Irengbam Rohit Singh (24th), Deonath Nanwar (43rd) and Shrishail Mahesh More (45th) scored a goal each for the winners.

In another Pool E match, Hockey Andhra Pradesh got the better of Kerala Hockey 3-2. Dodium Subramanyam Hemanth Kumar (8th), captain Metta Sai Kumar (43rd), and Yeturi Pavan Kumar (60th) scored for the winning team, while Kerala Hockey’s goals were scored by Pratap Lakra (46th) and Muhammad Kaif (59th).

In a Pool D match, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey outplayed Hockey Rajasthan 20-1. Tushar Sharma (45th, 45th, 46th, 47th), Pramod Pal (7th, 16th, 37th), captain Manjit Rajbhar (23rd, 25th, 51st), Shashi Rajbhar (32nd, 34th, 40th), Sameer Yadav (41st, 44th), Vijay Rai (14th), Srijan Yadav (22nd), Ritik Pal (58th), Piyush Singh (60th) and Mridul Yadav (60th) got on the scoresheet to help Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Hockey register a comprehensive win. Captain Vaibhav Verchsav (28th) scored the lone goal for Hockey Rajasthan.

In the penultimate match of the day, Hockey Bihar defeated Hockey Jammu & Kashmir 7-2 in Pool G. Atit Kumar (4th, 5th) struck a brace, while Amrendra Kumar Singh (15th), Abhishek Kumar (19th), Ankit Kumar (20th), Mohammad Sameer (38th) and Shanu Lama (41st) scored a goal each for Hockey Bihar. Gursharan Deep Singh (14th) and Dalip Dalip Anuragi (31st) scored the two goals for the losing side.

In the last match of the day, Hockey Arunachal defeated Telangana Hockey 14-0 in Pool G. Sahajpreet Singh starred with six goals (20th, 27th, 33rd, 36th, 53rd, 58th), while Sachin (3rd, 33rd, 53rd) and Mangra Dohdray (1st, 6th, 32nd) each bagged a hat-trick for Hockey Arunachal. Viskash Singh (10th) and Anil Balihar (37th) also scored a goal each for the winning team.

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