Karnataka women to face tough Railways in quarters: Senior National Women’s Hockey

By | February 6, 2018
Ranchi (Jharkhand), 6 Feb 2018: Hockey Karnataka made a good start taking a 2-0 lead but failed to stop a resilient Odisha, who scored two late goals to drew the match. But that was not enough to stop Karnataka from entering the quarterfinals on better goal average as the second team from their pool. Karnataka women will now face multiple-time champions and favourites Railways in the knockout quarterfinals on Thursday after a rest day on Wednesday.
Earlier, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Hockey Punjab, Hockey Haryana, Hockey Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy registered big wins to stay in contention at the 8th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2018 (A Division) here at the Astro Turf Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
Railway Sports Promotion Board remained unbeaten in the Round Robin stage as they registered yet another massive win. This time it was a big 13-0 win against The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd, taking their total goals scored tally to a stunning 47 goals from four matches. Forward Anupa Barla (6’, 7’, 19’ 20’, 36’) was impressive again with five goals, Lilima Minz (4’, 11’, 53’) scored thrice while Navneet Kaur (18’), Lalruatfeli Hnialum (25’), Vandana Katariya (35’), Neha Goyal (42’) and Priyanka Wankhede (54’) scored a goal each and helped Railway Sports Promotion Board top Pool A and advance to the quarterfinals.

A Hockey Karnataka girl moves with the ball in their match against Odisha on Tuesday in Ranchi. A Hockey India image

Hockey Punjab also advanced to the quarterfinals as they beat Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 7-0. It was Navpreet Kaur (19’, 20’, 59’) who struck thrice while Gurjit Kaur (6’, 55’) and Rajwinder Kaur (28’, 29’) scored two goals each. Hockey Punjab in the Pool stage suffered just one loss against Railway Sports Promotion Board and are placed second in Pool A which ensured them a place in the quarterfinals.
Hockey Haryana topped Pool B as they registered a 10-1 win against Hockey Him, their fourth straight win in Round Robin stage. Experienced player Poonam Rani (6’, 13’, 17’, 25’, 45’) struck five times for Hockey Haryana while other scorers are Ritu (12’), Deepika (28’, 40’), Rani (35’) and Sonika (56’). Priya (3’) was the lone goal scorer for Hockey Him.
In another Pool B match, Hockey Odisha held Hockey Karnataka to a 2-2 draw. Though it was Hockey Karnataka who started on a positive note with Ramya N (12’) Nisha PC (48’) goals putting them 2-0 ahead, Namita Toppo (57’) and Khushbu Kujjur (58’) late goals ensured they split the points. Hockey Karnataka qualified for quarterfinals by virtue of goal difference to finish second in their Pool above Hockey Odisha.
Hockey Madhya Pradesh scored a superb 8-0 win against Hockey Rajasthan to top Pool C. Soundarya Yendala (2’, 13’, 40’), Rakhi Prajapati (3’), Jaspreet Kaur (5’), Lily Chanu Mayengbam (10’, 48’) and Shivani Singh (52’) scored in Hockey Madhya Pradesh’s feat.
In another Pool C match, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy beat Assam Hockey 13-0. Young Preeti Dubey (20’, 25’, 40’, 48’) starred in this match with four goals while Karishma Singh (1’, 36’) and Neelu Dadiya (22’, 29’) scored twice, Upasana Singh (16’), Poonam (32’), Sarita Devi (42’), Pratibha Arya (53’) and Jyoti Pal (57’) scored a goal each to ensure their team match it to the Quarter Finals.
In a Pool D match, Association of Indian Universities beat Hockey Coorg 8-2. It was a match that turned around in the third quarter after both teams were locked in a 2-2 stalemate at the 35th minute. Association of Indian Universities scored back-to-back six goals to end their campaign with a win. Goals were scored by Saroj (3′, 48′, 54′), Shailja Kumari Gautam (7′, 42′, 59′), Kajal (47′, 60′) for  Association of Indian Universities. Anajli HR scored twice for Hockey Coorg in 9th and 35th minute.
February 7 is the rest day. Teams will play Quarter Finals on February 8.
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