Multiple-champions Railway women trounce Hockey Karnataka; Soundarya pumps in 5 for MP

By | February 8, 2018

Madhya Pradesh women bt Maharashtra to enter semis.. Soundarya of MP takes a shot in the D on Thursday. 8feb2018. A Hockey India image

Ranchi (Jharkhand), 8 Feb 2018: Multiple champions both before the Hockey India reign and in the current regime, Railway Sports Promotion Board, who usually is packed with Indian players, dominated the show once again to trounce a lowly Hockey Karnataka to romp into the semifinals of the 8th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2018 (A Division) here on Thursday.

In the semifinals, Indian Railways will take on Jharkhand while Madhya Pradesh meets Hockey Haryana in the other last-four match on Saturday. The final will be played on Sunday after the bronze-medal match under lights.

Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Haryana and, Hockey Madhya Pradesh too scripted stunning victories to make it to the last four stage but it was Yendala Soundarya who won the hearts with a brilliant display scoring five more goals today. The Andhra girl, who is currently with MP was unstoppable on Thursday.
The Indian Railway team, registered as Railway Sports Promotion Board continued to dominate and are well on their way for another National title. Neha Goyal (4’, 48’), Lilima Minz (8’, 14’), Navjot Kaur (13’, 58’), Anupa Barla (16’, 20’), Navneet Kaur (19’, 23’), Priyanka Wankhede (26’, 42’) scored two goals each while Vandana Katariya (37’), Deepika (39’), Neha Goyal (48’) and Navjot Kaur (58’) scored a goal each. With today’s two goals, Anupa Barla became the highest goal scorer of the tournament with 13 goals while compatriot Priyanka Wankhede also from Railways is second with 11 goals.
After a 0-0 stalemate in the regulation time, Hockey Jharkhand beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 3-2 in a penalty shootout. It was Biranjini Ekka who scored twice in the shootout that helped Hockey Jharkhand clinch a thriller of a victory. Anima Minz was the other attacker who beat Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy goalkeeper Nandani Kushwah to score the first goal for Hockey Jharkhand in the penalty shootout. For the losing team, Suman Devi and Upasana Singh scored in the shootout.
In the third Quarter Final, Hockey Haryana beat old foe Hockey Punjab 6-0 to advance to the semifinal on Saturday. While Hockey Haryana’s first two goals came off a penalty corner converted by Rani (12’) and Ritu (29’), Rani scored two more field goals in the 38th and 57th minute to become the highest goal scorer of the match while Jyoti (50’) and Priya (54’) scored a goal each.
Hockey Madhya Pradesh scored a sensational 8-1 win against Hockey Maharashtra to qualify for the semifinal. It was Soundarya Yendala (7’, 8’, 12’, 17’, 35’) who starred in the match with five goals. Reena Khokhar (23’), Shivani Singh (36’) and Lalhlunmawii (60’) were the other goal scorers for the winning team while Bhavana Khade (21’) was the lone goal scorer for Hockey Maharashtra.
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