CHANDIGARH, OCT 16 :Hosts Chandigarh Hockey Academy of Chandigarh Administration began their campaign with a bang as they drubbed Hyderabad Hockey Academy by 16-0 in the inaugural Group B fixture of the inaugural Administrator’s Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today. The winners led 8-0 at half time.
In a group C match Punjab and Sind Bank Academy of Delhi defeated Sports Coaching Centre of Sector 42 by 9-4. The bankmen scored through Rocky Lonchab (35th pc, 62nd, 70th), Siddharth Shanker (8th, 47th), Deepak (7th), Praveen Toppo (30th, 23rd), Manish Bishnoi (33rd).
Yatin Kumar (20th, 50th), Diljot (22nd), Manpreet Singh (65th, penalty stroke) reduced the margin for Government Sports Coaching Centre, Sector 42.
Chandigarh Hockey Academy, a residential venture of the Chandigarh Administration, handed out a 16-0 drubbing to xEarlier, the fleet-footed CHA boys played an attacking game.They opened their account in the second minute. Gurjinder Singh sent a through forward pass inside the striking circle and Gagandeep just connected it in a flash. The star CHA forward went on to score in the 8th, 21st, 24th minutes to increase his tally to four..
The other scorers for CHA were Gurjinder (4th, penalty corner, 40th penalty stroke, 54th PC), Bikramjeet (26th, 27th, 43rd), Danandeep (41st, 50th, 53rd), Baljit (14th), Abhijit (42nd) and Gurjant (49th).
The second match between Surjit Hockey Academy of Jalandhar and Hockey Academy of Gurgaon could not be played as the latter played truant. Kurukshetra SAI Hockey Academy have also withdrawn on the plea that they would be competing in the Haryana State Championship.
Earlier, Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator Pradip Mehra inaugurated the tournament which carries cash prizes of Rs 50,000 to the winners and Rs 25,000 to the runners-up team. The Adviser was also introduced to the teams. Among those present on the occasion were Finance-cum-Sports Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner RK Rao, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Sports Director Inderjit Singh Sandhu, Additional Director General of Police and president of Chandigarh Hockey Association Chander Sekhar, Joint Director Sports JPS Sidhu and Shivalik Public School Principal DS Bedi.
Tomorrow’s fixtures: Punjab and Sind Bank Academy vs Mehta Gurukul Hockey Academy Doraha ( Gr C 9.30 a.m.), Lucknow Hockey Academy vs Amritsar XI (Gr D, 11 a.m.), Cheema Hockey Academy vs Hyderabad Hockey Academy (Gr A 3 p.m.), Sukhchain Hockey Acdemey Faridkot vs Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Amritsar (Gr B 4.30 p.m).