KARACHI: Strong departmental teams thrashed their weak regional rivals on the second day of the 28th national women hockey championship here on Thursday.
Railways destroyed minnows Sindh Whites 25-0 and Army smashed Punjab 9-0.
Since the day one a visible difference has been noted between the standards of departmental and regional teams.
The regional teams, especially Balochistan, KP and Sindh, lag far behind the professionally sound teams of WAPDA, Railways and Army.
As many as four hat-tricks were scored in the match between Railways and Sindh Whites. Railways’ forwards destroyed Sindh Whites, and the entire game was played in Sindh Whites’ half.
Railways kept ball control and the inexperienced Sindh girls failed to respond to the moves made by the Railways players.
Forwards Hina Kanwal and Nirma scored six goals each; Madiha Manzoor struck five and Aqsa Manzoor hit four.
WAPDA defeated HEC 3-0. Ambreen Ansari, Ishrat Abbas and Kulsoom scored one goal each.
Punjab Colours outshined KP, beating them 6-0. Punjab Colours kept ball possession and played according to their will. They scored three goals in the first half and three in the second. Shahneel Baber and Mariam Mansha netted two goals each. Ramsha Ilyas and Sidra Ayoub scored one goal each.
Army thrashed Punjab Whites 8-0. Iqra Javed, Afshan Naureen and Sahirah Kanwal scored two goals each for Army.
During the match, Punjab Whites’ Nadia got injured when a powerful hit of a rival player hit her abdomen.
She fell on the ground and was shifted to hospital through an ambulance, which had to be called to HCP on emergency basis by the organisers.
It must be mentioned here that PHF’s Women Wing twice wrote to Jinnah Hospital’s administration on the letterhead of the PHF to deploy an ambulance on permanent basis during the championship, but till the end of the second day and the injury of Nida, the hospital had not sent the ambulance. Jinnah Hospital is located just behind the HCP.
The condition of the injured girl was stated to be better but she was kept in the hospital for observation.