IT WAS an end of road for Jawahar Lal Nehru School, Bhopal, on Thursday after losing to Sir Chhotu Ram School in the CBSE National Hockey Tournament being organised by Maharishi Vidya Mandir (MVM) at Maj Dhyanchand Ground.
After registering brilliant 2-1 win against strong Amity School on the inaugural day in the Under-19 boys’ category, the JLN team failed to repeat the performance. The team of Sir Chhotu Ram School with its balanced game dominated the match. Sir Chhotu Ram won the match by 5-3.
In the other matches of the same category, Pooja Model School registered a thumping 10-02 win against Jaipur team. Maintaining their rhythm, the team registered second win of the day against IVY League. Pooja School won the match by 9-1.
The team of Ganga International School faced tough fight against Amity International School in the match played on Ground 1. But the luck favoured Ganga team. They won the match by 3-2. Amity lost their second match against Chinmay School by 0-3.
In the matches of the Under-19 girls’ category, famous Hisar team defeated Rampur by 6-0. Hisar team registered the second win of the day against Jaipur. This time with better score. Hisar won the match by 7-0.
In the under 14 boys’ section, team of Hanumangarh restrained the Raibarelli team from opening the account. Hanumangarh team won the match by 3-0. In the other matches of the same category, Mata Gujri team defeated Rampur team by 3-0 and strong Rohtak ousted Karnataka by 12-01.
‘Golden days can be revived’
The golden days of hockey can be revived only when the school level players get the opportunity to demonstrate their talent. Winner of first Dronacharya award, GS Bhangu, expressed it.
Lauding the efforts of MVM, he said that such tournaments give platform to the budding players. Bhangu who was the coach with the senior women hockey team said that still the country lacks the required hockey infrastructure. “We are still behind in the infrastructure facilities when compared with other countries. It should be improved”, said Bhangu.