Punjab teams register huge wins
National Under-18 Hockey Championship
ISLAMABAD—First National U-18 Hockey Championship 2016 commenced here on Sunday at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium with Punjab Blues and Punjab Colours registering huge victories over Balochistan Colours and KPK Greens, respectively.
In the inaugural match, Punjab Blues thrashed Balochistan Colours 9-0. Zeeshan Khan and Asfandyar scored two goals apiece, while one goal each was scored by Lal Muhammad, Meraj Ali, Sulman Khan, Younas and Ghulam Hussain.
In the second match, Punjab Colours defeated KPK Greens 10-0. Hammad Anjam was the main contributor as he scored four goals, while Faizan Ali scored two goals. One goal each was scored by Anwar-ul-Haq, Ali Aziz, Waqar Younas, and Waqar Ali.
Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Minister Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada inaugurated the championship. He said that the U-18 tournaments could help prepare a strong senior outfit for the future.
The minister expressed the optimism that international sports activities would soon return to the country as Pakistan was safe for all kind of sports activities. “Be it cricket or hockey we should try to arrange tournaments in our own country as this was the only way to make progress in sports,” he added.
He announced to provide free meal to players during their stay at Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) hostels during the Championship. He asked media to play its role in promotion of sports and a healthy society. As many 15 teams from across the country are featuring in the event that would conclude on June 2. The championship is being played on league basis, while the teams have been divided into four groups.—APP
ISLAMABAD: Players of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hockey teams in action during Under-18 Boys National Hockey Championship at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, Sports Complex.