It was the first day of the Super Round at the 64th National Hockey Championships in Sukkur.
From the 16 departmental teams and eight provincial sides, in the ‘Premier Round’ 10 teams have made it to the ‘Super Round’.
Two Super Round Pools:
Fauji Fertilizer Company
National Bank of Pakistan
Sui Southern Gas Company Limited
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
The newly raised FFC, making their debut at the nationals, have impressed everyone and deservedly made it to the Super Round.
ZTBL, another new team, did not qualify for the Super Round but their overall performance was good.
– The two inexperienced provincial sides Punjab and KPK suffered big defeats on the opening day of the Super Round against star studded WAPDA and National Bank respectively.
- WAPDA overwhelmed Punjab 10-0 Ajaz Ahmed had a hat trick while Muhammad Imran scored a brace. Aleem Bilal, Irfan jr, Khizer Akhtar, Tasawwar Abbas and Bilal scored a goal apiece.
- National Bank had an even bigger 14-0 win over KPK Both Bilal Qadir and Aamir Ali made hat tricks while Atique Arshad, Dilber and Arslan Qadir scored two goals each. Shan Irshad amd Atif Mushtaq netted once.
Third match between the two sister organisations Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and
Sui Southern Gas Company was a thriller.
SNGPL, comprising mostly of young upcoming players, fought bravely till the final whistleend against SSGC who have services of a number of senior and junior internationals, but lost 2-3.
SSGC: Mubashar 2, Rizwan Ali
SNGPL: Rana Waheed & Zahidullah
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