Pakistan’s junior hockey team won the Australian U18 Hockey Championship by beating the New South Wales state team 3-2 in the final.
Pakistan junior hockey team created history by winning the title of Australian junior hockey championship with a hard fought 3-2 win over New South Wales State in the final on Saturday at Hobart, Tasmania.
Pak juniors put up a sterling show of skills and technique to end their first ever appearance in the Australian hockey championship on a memorable note. With this success the green shirts wrote a new chapter in the national hockey by winning a domestic title on a foreign soil.
According to the PHF statement, Pakistanis played according to a plan right from the start.
Pakistan went ahead in the 13th minute through a field goal by Naveed Alam who ended up the tournament as Pakistan’s top scorer with five goals. Pakistani colts extend the lead 2-0 in the 24th minute when Ahmed Nadeem converted penalty corner into a goal for Pakistan.
At half time Pakistan was leading by 2-0
Later Pakistani youngsters continued searching for the target and were rewarded in the 44th minute as Ahmed Nadeem had his second of the evening this time via open play.
Down by three goals, New South Wales didn’t give up. Within four minutes, they were awarded a penalty stroke and their most prolific scorer Ehren Hazell cashed in on it. In the 65th minute, Daine Richards caused a stir when he converted a penalty corner to reduce Pakistan’s lead.
However, New South Wales couldn’t score the equaliser before the final whistle.
New South Wales were the only undefeated side in the 10-team competition and were also the side which had inflicted Pakistan their only loss of the tour; by the same score in the pool match.