Defending champions Mumbai thrashed Goa 18-1, while Maharashtra beat Gujarat 11-0 in Pool-B round-robin league matches. Mumbai coach Ramesh Pillay said: “Most of the Mumbai team boys — Tyron Pereira (captain), Amit Gowda, Sudhir Dixit, Devinder Walmiki, Sashi Topno, Victo Singh have played for various teams in the World Series Hockey so the 18-1 result is expected. 

Mumbai’s Jayesh Jadhav (centre) scores past Goa goalkeeper Naveen Mendes (right) at MHA stadium yesterday. Pic/ Suresh KK

Our team is more mature compared to others and they should qualify for the All India nationals,” said Pillay. The last time MHA hosted the west zone nationals was in 2006-07.  

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