Bhopal, April 9: Last edition silver medalist Uttar Pradesh Hockey and semi-finalists Hockey Karnataka and Maharashtra scored big victories in Day 4 of the group stage of the 12th Senior Men’s Hockey India National Championship 2022 here on Saturday.
Uttar Pradesh defeated Chattisgarh 7-0, Karnataka edged out Uttarakhand 9-1 while thrashing Hockey Kerala 7-1 in group stage matches here.
In the first game of the day in Group B, Uttar Pradesh Hockey recorded a 7-0 win over Chhattisgarh Hockey thanks to goals from Dharmendra Yadav (28′, 38′), Manish Sahani (39′, 60′), the captain Arjun Yadav (58′), Suraj Singh (10′) and Mohd Sadiq (38′).
In Group C, Hockey Karnataka began their campaign with a solid 9-1 victory over Hockey Uttarakhand. The goals were split between Somanna BP (11′, 49′), Pranam Gowda YM (35′, 46′), Harish Mutagar (3′), Chelsea Medappa BN (27′), Likhith BM (33′), Deekshith SP (36′) and Nachappa IR (41′) for Hockey Karnataka. Shahanawaz Hasan (37′) scored for Hockey Uttarakhand.
In Pool D, Hockey Maharashtra won 7-1 over Kerala Hockey. Captain Taleb Shah (20′, 34′) and Romesh Pillay (12′, 14′) each scored a brace, while Aditya Rasala (19′), Harish Shindgi (27′) and Suraj Shahi (31′) added one goal each. . Premkumar P (49′) scored a goal for Kerala Hockey in the fourth quarter.
The match of the day was played in Pool H as Hockey Haryana drew 4-4 with the Odisha Hockey Association. Pankaj (1′, 33′) and Deepak (19′, 56′) each contributed a brace for Hockey Haryana. Amandeep Lakra (8′, 15′, 28′, 55′) was the star of the Odisha Hockey Association, as he scored all four of his team’s goals.
The Pool G match between Manipur Hockey and Hockey Himachal ended in a forfeit, with Hockey Himachal taking three points along with a default 5-0 win.