Rohtak: Day 3 of Hockey India’s 7th Senior Women National Championship 2017 (B) Division saw games played out in the final rounds of the pool, with teams looking to confirm their places in the Quarter-finals.
The day’s proceedings kicked off with Hockey Bihar taking on Hockey Andhra Pradesh in Pool E. Pooja Kumari started the scoring for Hockey Bihar with a goal in the second minute of the game. Priti Singh (18’, 49’) and Mahima Kumari (24’, 56’) scored a brace each in Hockey Bihar’s 6-0 victory.
In Pool A’s early starter, Hockey Rajasthan beat Telangana Hockey 15-1. Raju Ranwa (13’, 33’, 39’, 59’) and Renu Kanwar (26’, 29’, 32’, 38’, 56’) both scored hat-tricks in Hockey Rajasthan’s win. Telangana Hockey’s only goal was scored by Priyanika Rathla in the 53rd minute.
Steel Plant Sports Board beat Hockey Puducherry 15-0 in their Pool B encounter at Senior Women National Championship 2017. Chanda Singh scored six goals (3’, 8’, 30’, 44’, 50’, 55’) in their resounding victory. Pooja Singh also scored a hat-trick (17’, 32’, 42’, 45’) in the encounter. Chanda Singh’s six goals also catapulted her to joint second place in the highest scorers list. She now has eight goals from two games.
Hockey Coorg beat Kerala Hockey 1-0 in their hard fought Pool F encounter. Both teams went at each other for a majority of the game, but were unable to create and convert chances. It took till the final minutes of the fourth quarter for a goal to come and it came from Hockey Coorg’s KR Teena. Her 57th minute strike gave Hockey Coorg the three points and a second win on the trot in the tournament.
In Pool G of Senior Women National Championship 2017, Hockey Uttarakhand beat Hockey Gujarat 16-0. Hockey Uttarakhand’s Pooja Bhatt (11’, 11’, 41’) and Manisha Chauhan (17’, 20’, 48’, 49’, 54’, 56’) both scored hat-tricks in the encounter. Amita Sharan (8’, 58’) scored a brace in the victory. Chauhan’s prowess in front of goal put her in second place in the goal scorers list.
Hockey Himachal and Hockey Jammu & Kashmir played out a high-scoring clash in Pool C. Shivani opened the scoring for Hockey Himachal in the 10th minute of the game. Despite conceding a goal via Hockey Jammu & Kashmir’s Anjali in the 20th minute, Hockey Himachal never looked in trouble, riding out 7-2 winners. Shivani bagged a hat-trick (10′, 42′, 54′, 55′) in the game for Hockey Himachal.
In matches played later in the day on April 16, 2017 Goans Hockey forfeited their game against Tripura Hockey while Sports Authority of Gujarat – Hockey Academy beat Hockey Bengaluru 5-0.