5th SNBP Hockey: Fighting SNBP Academy Surprise Naval Tata Academy, Join HHA Sonepat in Semis

Hosts SNBP Academy rose to the occasion and put it across formidable Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Jamshedpur to storm into the semifinals of the 5th SNBP All-India Under-16 Boys Hockey Tournament being played in Pune. The SNBP Academy lads exuded exemplary fightback qualities as they clawed their way back from being 0-2 down to score twice in the later stages of the match, to push the match into a shootout where they had the last laugh winning 3-0.

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The defeat marks the second consecutive time that Naval Tata Hockey Academy Jamshedpur has bowed out of the SNBP All-India Under-16 Boys Hockey Tournament in the quarterfinal stage – at the 2019 edition they had lost to Jai Bharat Hockey Bhiwani Haryana 1-3 in the last-eight stage.

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SNBP Academy now face Haryana Hockey Academy Sonepat in the semifinals – the boys from Sonepat eased past Raja Karan Academy Karnal 5-0 in the quarterfinals. The other semifinal will pit 2019 semifinalist SAIL Hockey Academy, Odisha against Regional Developmental Centre, Jharkhand.The SAIL outfit crushed RK Roy Academy, Patna 8-1 while Regional Developmental Centre, Jharkhand scraped past Nagpur Hockey Academy 2-1.