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Hockey India Junior South Zone Championship: Karnataka, TN, AP seal victory on Day 1

Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) (India), July 11: Karnataka Hockey, Tamil Nadu Hockey Unit and Andhra Pradesh Hockey won their respective matches in the women’s matches while Tamil Nadu Hockey Unit and Karnataka Hockey emerged victorious in the men’s event on Day 1 of the 2nd Hockey India Junior Women and Men’s South Zonal Championship 2024 held in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh.

Karnataka Hockey beats Telangana Hockey in women’s hockey opener

In the opening match of the tournament, Hockey Karnataka thrashed Telangana Hockey 6-0 in the women’s fixture. Disha M (8′, 36′) and Rakshita J (11′, 55′) scored twice each while Thanisha R (27′) and Meher Kaur Mehta (58′) also scored to complete the first victory of the competition for Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu Hockey Team beat Kerala Hockey

In another women’s fixture, Tamil Nadu Hockey Unit beat Kerala Hockey 11-0. Anusuya (10′, 20′, 21′) and Roobini M (38′, 42′, 50′) were the top scorers with three goals. Nithya Rubini (15′), Captain, Mumanja R (19′), Kaviya V (37′), Jayashalini (43′) and Dharshini P (56′) also scored one goal each.

Andhra Pradesh Hockey prevails over Puducherry Hockey

In the final women’s match of the day, Hockey Andhra Pradesh registered a 23-0 win over Le Puducherry Hockey. Lalita Kothari (25′, 29′, 32′, 35′, 38′, 45′, 60′) was prolific in front of goal, scoring seven goals; Jhansi Bobbili (7′, 16′, 49′, 56′, 58′) was also in good form with five goals. Yuvarani Thokala (13′, 15′, 58′), Kuppa Thulasi (27′, 27′), Ankitha Bommu (1′, 41′), Captain Harathi Lomada (20′, 34′) Sreevidya Thirumalasetty (18′, 51′) also scored for Andhra Pradesh.

Tamil Nadu Hockey Team beat Telangana Hockey

In the afternoon match that marked the start of the men’s competition, the Tamil Nadu Hockey Unit beat Telangana Hockey 5-2. Telangana Hockey took the lead. Sujeet Rajbhar (15′) scored late in the first quarter. Nandha Kumar (31′) equalised for Tamil Nadu, followed by goals from Gowtham K (37′), Sundarajith M (41′), P Kuberan (51′) and Vishal S (52′). Telangana Hockey scored a consolation goal with Megavath Bhaskar (58′) just minutes before full-time.

Puducherry Hockey loses to Hockey Karnataka

In the second men’s match of the day, Hockey Karnataka defeated Le Puducherry Hockey 10-0. Pilla Akash Nageshwara Rao (15′, 44′), Prem Kumar (18′, 33′) and Dhruva BS (35′, 37′) scored two goals each while Hrithik Aiyappa (7′), Annam Shanmukha (8′), Akhil Aiyappa (29′) and Raju Manoj Gayakwad (30′) scored one goal each for Karnataka.

Kerala Hockey and Andhra Pradesh Hockey share points

The last men’s match of the day was a hard fought one as Kerala Hockey drew 4-4 with Andhra Pradesh Hockey. Goal scorers for Kerala Hockey were Anish Minz (17′), Kolnati Sai Ram (29′), T Yadav Ram (47′) and Akshay BS (51′) while goal scorers for Andhra Pradesh Hockey were Nadiminti Akhil Venkat (14′, 23′), Charan Kumar Kotte (24′) and Devatha Yaswant (32′).

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