Women's hockey nationals: ruthless MP puts an end to Kerala's problems; Haryana, Maharashtra in rooms
The sufferings of the Kerala hosts ended when Madhya Pradesh, ruthless, delivered a 9-0 defeat in a group 'A' league match of 10 Indian hockey Senior National Championships (women) in the New Hockey Stadium, Asramam in Kollam on Sunday. Contestants Haryana of Group 'B' and Maharashtra of Group 'C' became the first teams to reserve places in the quarterfinals with three wins and one game in hand.
In the absence of Railways, the defending champions, the favorite MPs had suffered a setback against Odisha when they had a draw on Friday. Both MP and Odisha have seven points in three games and have one game in hand and both face Himachal.
Knowing very well that only a great victory will help MP in the average goals if the points are tied, since only the first groups can advance to the elimination stage, they were in the goal from the beginning. Narender Kaur sounded the warning in the first minute and then it was Karishma Singh's turn, who hit four, including a hat-trick in the third, eight, 37 and 42 minutes. Neelu Daduya (tenth), Raju Ranwa (41) and Akansha Singh (54) Everyone entered the score sheet at will with Kerala players making the moves. Even when MP relaxed in the last 10 minutes, there were almost no notable attempts by Kerala.
However, Kerala will get three points without entering the field as his rivals in the last league game on Tuesday Bhopal have retired.
Olympian Haryana led by PoonamRani, strong contenders, achieved an 8-0 victory against Karnataka while Maharashtra left Punjab blank 3-0.
In pool D, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and CRPF have four points while Jharkhand have three from two matches.
Results of the 'A' division: Pool 'A': MP 9 (Narender Kaur 1 ', 50', Karishma Singh 3 ', 8', 42 ', 37', Neelu Dadiya 10 ', Raju Ranwa 41', Akansha Singh 54 ',) bt Kerala 0; Odisha bt Bhopal (forfeit); Pool 'B': Haryana 8 ( Mahima Choudhary 14 ', Annu 15', 25 ', Devika Sen 57', Deepika 42 ', 49', Poonam Rani 40 ') bt Karnataka 0; Group C UP 3 (Vinamrata Yadav 14 ', 20', Archana Bhardwaj 47 ') bt TN 1 (K Kavya 41'), Maharashtra 3 (Pooja Bhavu 11 ', Rutuja Dadaso Pisal 24', Bhavna Khade 58 ') bt Punjab 0 ; Group 'D' Jharkhand 0 lost to MPHA 2 (Karishma Yadav 36 ', Ishika Chaudhary 56'); CRPF 5 (Pinki Ekka 24 ', Sushma Kumari 35', Puja Yadav 49 ', 55', Priya Rai 52 '), Chhattisgarh 1 (Anjali Mahrto 30')