The semi-finals of the 2nd Hockey India Junior Men Academy National Championship 2022 are upon us and the top four teams – Army Boys Sports Company, SAIL Hockey Academy, Naval Tata Hockey Academy – Jamshedpur and Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy will compete on Saturday for a place in the final of the second edition of the tournament. The first semi-final will see Army Boys Sports Company and SAIL Hockey Academy go head-to-head. Army Boys Sports Company, who are currently the tournament’s highest scoring team, are coming off a hard-fought 3-1 win in a shootout against Smart Hockey Academy, Raipur in their quarter-final match.
Speaking about the team’s semi-final game against SAIL Hockey Academy, Army Boys Sports Company coach Chandrashekhar Khalkho said, “We’ll be up against a tough team, they’re slightly more experienced than us, this will therefore be a challenge for us. We will have to play more offensive hockey and transform our chances tomorrow. If we reach the final, it will be a great achievement for the team, and I am convinced that we will do well. On the other hand, SAIL Hockey Academy won their quarter-final match by a full margin of 7-2 against Markandeshwar Hockey Academy.
“Reaching the semi-finals is an achievement in itself and I’m very proud of all of our players. I expect a tough fight from our opponents, the Army Boys Sports Company, in the upcoming game, but we are confident and hope to do well in the game,” said SAIL Hockey Academy team manager Raju Kant Saini.In the second semi-final, hosts Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Jamshedpur, will face Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy.The home side are coming off a thrilling 3-1 win over Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in the quarter-finals.
“We have performed well in the tournament so far thanks to our hard work and perseverance. We have to keep giving our best and the boys are only focused on the final,” the coach said. of the Himanshu team. Meanwhile, Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy, who recorded a clinical 5-2 win in their quarter-final match against SGPC Hockey Academy, will be looking to keep their momentum going in the semi-finals.
Ahead of their semi-final match, Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy coach Balwinder Singh said: “The boys put their heart and soul into the tournament and reaching the semi-finals is proof of that. team always participates in every game with zeal and proper structure, whether it’s the first game or the final.” “I am very grateful to Hockey India for such an amazing platform as it gives more players a chance to reach the national camp,” he added.
Semi-final line-up: SF 1 – Army Boys Sports Company vs SAIL Hockey Academy at 07:30 IST
SF 2 – Naval Tata Hockey Academy-Jamshedpur vs Roundglass Punjab Hockey Club Academy at 09:30 IST. (ANI)
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