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.
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.
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.