Sarita Devi helps Manipur to big win

Hockey

Sarita Devi scored a staggering nine goals as Manipur thrashed Tripura 24-0 in their Pool A match of the Hockey India Women’s Junior National championship (Division B) here on Wednesday.

Gitarani Devi slammed five, Rojita Devi nailed four, Bidyarani scored three, Chaoba Chanu a brace and Sonia Devi too entered the goalfest with a solo strike as Manipur tore apart a listless Tripura at the Chamundi Vihar grounds.

As the scoreline suggests, Manipur completely dominated the game from start to end. Despite leading 13-0 at halftime, they showed their ruthlessness, hardly taking the foot off the pedal to hand Tripura a solid pasting.

Gitarani kick-started the goalfest, slotting home as early as in the second. Within two minutes, it was 2-0 as Sarita converted from a penalty corner. The script was pretty much the same as Manipur kept scoring at will to start their campaign on a high.

Results: Pool A: Manipur: 24 (Sarita Devi 4th, 12th, 17th, 30th, 31st, 36th, 51st, 58th, 66th, Gitarani Devi 2nd, 7th, 22nd, 27th, 32nd, Bidyarani 57th, 20th, 22nd, Rojita Devi 35th, 41st, 45th, 47th, Sonia Devi 9th, Chaoba Chanu 49th, 65th) bt Tripura: 0.
Pool C: Chhattisgarh w/o Himachal Pradesh; Goa w/o Mizoram.

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