islamabad - Hammad Rizwan hammered hat-trick to steer Sindh Colours to thrashing 7-0 triumph over Balochistan Whites in the 1st National U-18 Hockey Championship match played here at Naseer Bunda International Hockey Stadium on Thursday.

Hammad scored the first goal of the match in the 6th minute of the first quarter while M Hamza doubled his team’s lead in the 12th minute. Hammad once again hammered his second and the team’s third goal in the 15th minute to finish the first quarter at 3-0.

Sindh failed to add more goals in their total tally in the second quarter but they started the third quarter in great style as Hammad struck a fabulous goal in the 34th minute to complete his hat-trick. Shahdab Ahmed then came from behind to score a brilliant brace in the 35th and 52nd minutes to make it 6-0. Saleem Nazeer converted the last goal for Sindh to finish the match at 7-0.

In the second match of the day, Sindh Whites registered 5-2 win against KP Greens. KP Greens took the lead in the 4th minute through Ismail, but Sindh then staged a remarkable comeback as they managed to score superb goals to take healthy lead and finished the match as triumphant. Arsalan leveled the score at 1-1 in 12th minute and after that no goal was scored in first and second quarter.

In the third quarter, Sindh started well and took 2-1 lead through Aoun Agha in the 32nd minute. Arsalan completed his brace in the 33rd minute to make it 3-1. He then produce a goal to enhance his team’s lead to 4-1. Amir reduced the deficit in the 45th minute but all KP hopes were dashed when Faheem converted fifth goal for Sindh in the 58th minute to finish the match at 5-2.

In the third and last match of the day, lucky Punjab beat KP Whites 1-0. KP completely dominated the entire four quarters, but poor finishing cost them dearly. KP went on the charge right from the start and piled up a huge pressure on Punjab defence, who were finding it really difficult to stop KP forwards from launching barrage of attacks. Punjab goalie was the hero for the winners, as he denied KP from scoring and stopped some outstanding efforts. Even the great Shahbaz Senior gave standing ovation to Punjab goalie for such a brilliant keeping. The first quarter remained goalless while in the second quarter, Punjab scored a sensational goal against all the odds in the 23rd minute through Rao M Ali’s brilliant solo effort. The goal stunned not only KP team but also the spectators, as it was KP team, which was dictating terms and it seemed they would be ultimate winners.

A total of three matches were played on the 5th day of the championship, as KP and Sindh match was postponed due to scrutiny issue of the players. The matches were rescheduled and would be played today (Friday). Tournament Director Col (R) Ahmed Nawaz Malik was the notable absentee as death in his family forced him to travel to Sargodha.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Senior along with selection committee including chief selector Rasheed Junior, Kamran Ashraf as well as DDG Facilities Agha Amjedullah and sizeable crowd were also present at the venue.

Talking to The Nation, PHF secretary Shahbaz Senior assured his all-out help for Olympian Mansoor Ahmed, World Cup 1994 winning player. He said the PHF president had issued clear directives that the federation would immediately release around Rs 500,000 to one million, while Sindh Governor had also shown keen interest in helping him.

“The PHF also have government money, and if the government helps Mansoor, it will be wonderful, as we can’t wait and will do whatever we can to save his life, as presently, his heart is functioning at only 30 percent. We are with Mansoor and family at this time of need,” Shahbaz concluded.