ISLAMABAD - Railways thrashed hapless KP 21-0 on the second day of the 29th National Women Hockey Championship 2016 played here at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

It was once again miserable day for the journalists, who were in quite a few numbers to cover the event, but there was no one from the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), who could provide them with details and other related stuff. The entire PHF top brass including women wing officials were missing from the venue. Despite several attempts to contact the PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior, who is presently in Balochistan, to draw his attention towards sorry state of affairs, he wasn’t contacted as his mobile was powered off. Later, he contacted this scribe and promised things would be streamlined from today (Sunday) and there would be no issue from onward.

After the first day, it was hoped that the things would improve and the PHF’s platoon would finally visit the venue and ensure smooth functioning of the event, but no heed was paid and the journalists were left on their own to find results, names of scores, umpires and other related stuff.

On another hot and humid day, five matches were played. Three matches were played in the morning session while two in the evening session. The PHF officials were enjoying liberty of sitting in air conditioned rooms or were busy in their private works, while the hockey players, who travelled long distances to feature in the tournament, were left on the mercy of hot and humid weather.

If any player gets fainted due to extraordinary heat, only the federation and the organisers will be held responsible, as the players are not physically and mentally prepared to survive hot weather. The organisers should change the timings and reschedule matches to avoid any untoward incident.

In the first match of the day, Railways thrashed hapless KP 21-0. It was not like a hockey match between the two teams, instead it seemed a club level team was playing against the hockey experts. The KP management should have conducted training camp before finalising the team, as their team doesn’t look like a playing unit instead it seemed it was just picked up just for the participation.

Nimra Abdul Khaliq was the heroine for Railways as she slammed seven goals including double hat-trick, while Kalsoom Munir smashed five, Hina Kanwal four, Saira Ashraf and Shikria Rasheed two goals each and Iqra Hanif hit one.

In the second match of the day, Punjab Colours hammered Balochistan 7-0. Although Balochistan conceded seven goals, yet they played like a unit and tried to put a brave face against much experienced opponents. Hamza Lateef scored three goals, Sidra Ayub two, while Rimsha Ilyas and Aqsa Javed scored one goal apiece for the winners.

In the third match of the day, Islamabad and Sindh Colours played out 1-1 draw. Sindh took lead in the seventh minute of the first quarter through Madeeha while Islamabad bounced back in the 17th minute through Hira who hit an equalizer. After that, no goal came from both the sides and the match ended in 1-1 draw.

In the fourth match of the day, Wapda outclassed HEC 6-0. Maira Sabir and Nazia Rehmat scored a brace each, while Hina Kanwal and Sidra pumped in one goal apiece for the winners.