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Double crown for MPHA

In the boys’ final, MPHA didn’t have to struggle much to register an 8-3 win over depleted Hockey Maharashtra (HM), while in girls’ final, MPHA beat HM 7-0 for the title.


Champions: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy boys

The finalists in both boys’ and girls’ — MPHA and HM will now compete in the Hockey India inter-zonal sub-junior tournament scheduled to be played at Bhopal from May 21 to 27.

HM boys had to rely on their injured players — Sumit Prasad (groin injury), goalkeeper Kenneth Anthony (foot injury), Aquib Sayyed (ankle sprain) and Saurabh Suthar (muscle pull) — to fire, but they failed to do so against a much fitter MPHA side.


Girls pose after winning the West Zone titles yesterday. Pics/Atul Kamble

MPHA led 4-0 in the first half. For MPHA, skipper Mohd Nizamuddin, Mohd Umar and Arjun Sharma scored a brace each while Amin Khan and Manish Gurung scored a goal apiece. HM striker Sumit Prasad scored two goals in the second half, but didn’t get any support.

Altamash Sayyed scored the third goal for HM.¬†Despite the loss, HM coach Ranvir Singh Bhatti was proud of his boys. “Four of our key players were injured. What mattered to me is that they put up a brave fight against the defending champions. I am proud of their achievement,” Bhatti said.¬†

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