PUNE: St. Ursula School and PCMC School registered their second wins on the trot in their respective pools to advance into the semi-finals of the inaugural Father Schoch Memorial (Under-14) Inter-School Hockey tournament at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri on Wednesday.
In Pool-A action, St. Ursula School had Jaskaran Singh to thank for his three-goal effort to blank BK Birla Centre for Education 4-0.
Jaskaran (11th) opened St Ursula’s account which remained until half time.
In the second half, Jaskaran (26th) added another, before Aman Tambe (32nd) made it 3-0. Jaskaran completed the tally converting a penalty-corner a minute ahead of the final hooter.
The win meant that St. Ursula School (6 points) lead Pool-A. Jyoti English Medium School, Nehrunagar and BK Birla School, who are yet to open their account, follow. Meanwhile, Shree Anantrao Kulkarni English Medium School (SAKEMS), Narayangaon has been scratched from the tournament with a no show for their fixtures after playing their inaugural encounter.
The second semi-final slot will be decided between Jyoti English Medium School and BK Birla. The match is scheduled for Thursday.
Later, PCMC School continued their fine form with a 3-0 win over Modern H.S. Gaurav Kadam (3rd) scored early. Thereafter, Ganesh Athawale (10th) converted a penalty-corner to give PCMC a 2-0 cushion at the breather.
Ritesh Tarkase (35th) completed the tally in the second half and help PCMC School (6 points) finish on top.
Modern H.S finished runners up and made it to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the result between Loyola HS and Modern HS was erroneously reported in the former’s favour. The result of the match instead was in favour of Modern who won 1-0 with Aniket Angre (9th) scoring the winner.
Pool-A: St. Ursula School, Akurdi: 4 (Jaskaran Singh 11th, 26th, 39th; Aman Tambe 32nd) b BK Birla Centre for Education, Shirgaon: 0. HT: 1-0
Pool-B: PCMC: 3 (Gaurav Kadam 3rd; Ganesh Athawle 10th, Ritesh Tarkase 35th) b Modern H.S: 0. HT: 2-0.
Pool-A: BK Birla Centre, Shirgaon for Education v Jyoti English Medium School, Nehrunagar 11.30am.