ISLAMABAD - Punjab Colours taught hockey lesson to Pakistan Board by thrashing them 7-0 to lift the 4th U-18 Girls National Junior Hockey Championship 2016 title here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
Punjab Whites bagged the third position by edging out Islamabad 1-0 in the play off match played earlier at the same venue. Inamuddin Shokeen was the chief guest on the occasion, while Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar along with his spouse, secretary Shahbaz Senior, women wing secretary Tanzeela Aamir Cheema and others were also present on the occasion.
After carving out sensational victory against Punjab Whites, Pakistan Board team was looking dangerous to record another upset victory. The first quarter started with both the teams displaying the quality stick work. The crowd was right behind Punjab Colors, who were looking simply off-colored due to an extraordinary defence of Pakistan Board, who stood rock solid and denied Punjab from taking early lead. Despite enjoying lime share of possession, Punjab girls’ even their top scorer Rimsha was finding it too tough to break the deadlock.
Just when first quarter was about to end and honors were even, Rimsha broke the deadlock and hit the first goal in the dying moments of the first quarter to end it at 1-0.
Rimsha then doubles Punjab’s lead through her second goal in the 17th minute. Saba Riaz then made it 3-0 through her impressive goal in the 28th minute. After conceding 2 goals in the second quarter, Pakistan Board defence suddenly woke up again and denied Punjab from scoring further goals in the third quarter. Their forwards too started playing attacking hockey and tried to convert some crucial goals to reduce the margin, but they failed to take advantage from golden opportunities.
Punjab then attacked Pak Board goal and thwarted fabulous four more in the fourth and last quarter to finish the match at 7-0. Saba scored the fourth goal in the 47th minute, Kinza scored fifth goal in the 48th minute, Aqsa Javed sixth in the 52nd minute and Kinza completed her brace in the 59th minute to cap a memorable victory for Punjab Colours.
In the third place match, it was once again the magician Hoor, who won the day for Punjab Whites, as she scored the only goal of the match in the 50th minute to break the hearts of Islamabad girls, who were enjoying overwhelming crowd support. Chief guest Inamuddin Shokeen gave away gold medals, Rs 50,000 cash and championship trophy to Punjab Colors players, Mrs Khalid Sajjad Khokhar handed over silver medals, Rs 30,000 cash and runners-up trophy to Pak Board players while PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior awarded bronze medals and Rs 20,000 cash to Punjab Whites players.
A special prize of Rs 10,000 cash was given to winners coach M Parviaz by Shahbaz Senior, while Rs 5,000 cash was handed over to top scorer of the event Rimsha Ilyas, while Aqsa Javed was awarded special fair play trophy.
Tournament organiser Tanzeela Aamir Cheema and her team fulfilled their promise of providing excellent facilities to the guests and journalists. She especially hired a focal person, who remained active and provided much-needed information to the sports journalists, who were in quite a few numbers to cover the event.