THE WOMEN’S Hockey Academy, Gwalior, won the State-level Nehru Hockey Tournament. The tournament concluded at Balaghat on Wednesday.
After the inauguration of the Academy, this was the first time when the team took part in any tournament. Gwalior girls scored 73 goals without conceding a single goal. In the final match, Gwalior defeated Jabalpur 8-0.
Before this match, Gwalior defeated Jabalpur 23-0 in the league round. Registering biggest victory in the tournament, Gwalior ousted Bhopal by 30-0. In the last league match Gwalior thumped Sagar by 12-0. For the Gwalior team, Jamila, Shashi, Pinki, Archana and Chanu scored maximum goals. Sports and Youth Welfare Department runs the academy. Pubalan was the coach of the team.
The Sports Department hopes that most girls of the academy manage to make it to soon-to-be-announced team. The team is to participate in the national championship, to be organised in New Delhi, later this year.
Director, Sports Sanjay Chaudhary said the objective of the Gwalior hockey academy is to prepare players so that they qualify for the national team. “I am happy over the victory. The important thing is the performance. The performance of girl players has proved our training right,” said Chaudhary.
Tourney from Nov 10
BHOPAL HOCKEY Association (BHA) will organise a hockey tournament in the City from November 10. Talking to journalists, BHA Secretary I Rehman said a tournament for local teams will be organised at Lal Parade Ground or any other ground of the City.
“It was a long awaited demand of the local teams and will help them to get exposure,” he said. On being asked about the tournament, Rehman said that 12 teams including CPMG, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Amir Sports Club and Shiny Star XI are expected to participate in it.
He said the junior team of Bhopal Hockey Association would take part in the national-level tournament to be played in Amritsar. When asked about the new turf at the stadium, he said efforts in this direction would be continued.