Bengal, Chandigarh enter Super league

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

West Bengal and Chandigarh have advanced to the next stage of the 61st Senior National Hockey Championship in Hyderabad.

Bengal, Chandigarh enter Super league

Hyderabad:

West Bengal and Chandigarh have advanced to the next stage of the 61st Senior National Hockey Championship here today. J Bagra scored the golden goal for Bengal to get past Tamil Nadu while Chandigarh also won their match against Andhra in the similar fashion with Gurtej Singh's efforts. Indian Airlines and Railways also had an easy journey into the Super league by defeating their respective rivals with convincing margins. Nail biting finish Parkash put Tamil Nadu ahead in 23rd minute and Bengal's efforts to draw parity came in the 66th minute with R Xalxo slamming home a cross from the flank. With both the teams locked 1-1 the match slipped into extra-time where the players passed through tense moments before Bagra netted the winner in the 83rd minute to knock Tamil Nadu out of the tournament. In the other pre-quarterfinal match, Andhra dominated the first half of the match with Sairaj Singh (17th) and Bharat Kumar Rao (40) sounding to go up 2-0 at the breather. Chandigarh came strongly from behind with Gurtej Singh converting a penalty corner (64th) and breathing life into the game. One more foul at the strike zone was well utilised by Chandigarh as Chandra Paul drew parity in the 67th minute and the match slipped into extra time. Gurtej Singh netted the winner in the 79th to enter the Super League. In the other matches, L Barla and Brojen Singh scored a brace while Arjun Halappa converted a penalty corner for Indian Airlines after Xavier Soreng netted the lone goal for Jharkhand which went down 1-5. Railways pre-quarter match was on the right track as they blanked Kerala 7-0. Vinay Alfanso netted three of the total seven goals. Eight winners of the knock-out phase will be joined by four institutional teams in the Super League beginning March 25. (PTI)

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