MP Hockey Academy reach title match with win over SGPC

13-10-2021

  • Title clash with Odisha Tata Naval Hockey High Performance Centre today

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
In the first Sub Junior Boys Academy National Hockey Championship-2021 being played in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy continued its winning streak and entered the title match. In the second semifinal, Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Center defeated Roundglass Punjab Hockey Academy to make it to the final. The championship matches are being played on the turf ground at Sai Center Village Gora. Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Hon. Yashodhara Raje Scindia has congratulated the team of MP Hockey Academy for reaching the finals. He said that the performance of the team has been excellent. Best wishes to coach Sameer Dad and the entire team for the final match.
MP Hockey Academy defeated SGPC Hockey Academy 3-1 in the semifinal. This is also the fourth consecutive win in the championship of MP Hockey Academy. The players of MP Hockey Academy maintained an aggressive approach from the first quarter itself. In the 12th minute of the match, MP Hockey Academy got a penalty corner. Saddam Ahmed converted it into a goal to give the team a 1-0 lead. The answer of the SGPC team was also looking for the spot. However, their attacks were foiled by MP Hockey Academy's defense and goalkeeper Aman Khan. The second quarter of the match was very exciting. Both teams scored goals against each other. SGPC got an equal opportunity in the 21st minute of the match. 

Joban Singh scored equalizer: Joban Singh scored a field goal to level the match at 1-1. However, after 4 minutes, MP Hockey Academy got a penalty corner. Jamir Mohammad made no mistake and scored a goal to take the team to a 2-1 lead. The SGPC team once again came under pressure.

Third quarter was goalless: The third quarter of the match was goalless. Both teams played aggressive games with short passes. The final quarter of the match was very exciting. Both the teams made quick attacks on each other's goalposts. In the 49th minute of the match, the captain of MP Hockey Academy, Ali Ahmed, while scoring the field goal, created a wave of happiness in the team's camp. With this, MP Hockey Academy won the match 3-1 and entered the final.

Odisha team win 2nd semi final: Earlier in the first semi-final of the championship played, Odisha Tata Naval Hockey High Performance Center defeated Roundglass Punjab Hockey Academy 5-2 to enter the final. Odisha Naval Tata's team did not give Roundglass Punjab a chance from the first quarter itself. Odisha Naval Tata scored in the first, second quarter to take the lead 2-0. In the third quarter, Odisha Naval Tata scored another goal to take the lead 3-0. Shortly after, the team of Roundglass Punjab made the score 1-3 while scoring. At the start of the fourth quarter, Odisha Naval Tata scored two more goals to consolidate the team to a 5-1 lead. Roundglass Punjab Hockey Academy made the difference 2-5 in the last minute of the match. With this, Odisha Naval Tata secured his place in the title match by winning the match 5-2.

Final battle will be exciting: The final high voltage match will be held between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Center. Both the teams have reached here with their aggressive style. Under the guidance of Olympian Sameer Dad, MP Hockey Academy has been performing at its best. On the other hand, the performance of Odisha Naval Tata's team has been excellent. Odisha Naval Tata's team is trained by foreign coaches. The aggressive style has been a major part of his game.
It is noteworthy that MP Hockey Academy has reached the finals of the championship held for the first time.

Final today from 10:30 am
Hard Line Match: SGPC Hockey Academy Vs Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy, from 8:00 am
Final: MP Hockey Academy Vs Odisha Tata Naval Hockey High Performance Center from 10:30 am