Indian juniors trounce Germany to win Invitational tourney

India’s junior men’s hockey team on Sunday notched up an emphatic 5-2 win over Germany to win the 4 Nations Invitational Tournament here. Right from the start it was India which was on the front foot, and Parvinder Singh’s 10th minute goal only confirmed the dominance.

Harmanpreet Singh was named the best player of the tournament and was awarded Rs. 1 lakh for his brilliant performance throughout the tournament.   -  Getty Images

India’s junior men’s hockey team on Sunday notched up an emphatic 5-2 win over Germany to win the 4 Nations Invitational Tournament here.

Right from the start it was India which was on the front foot, and Parvinder Singh’s 10th minute goal only confirmed the dominance. The colts doubled the lead via Armaan Qureshi in the 22nd minute, to head into half time with a comfortable lead.

Despite the lead, India was not content to rest on its laurels and kept dictating the terms of play, forcing Germany to defend for large parts of the second half too. Gurjant Singh (40’) and Varun Kumar (44’) scored in quick succession to turn the game into a purely academic exercise as India racked up a four-goal lead.

Germany got a goal back in the 46th minute via Philip Schmid and then Schmid converted another penalty corner in the 65th minute to halve the deficit.

India didn’t fall prey to nerves though, as Simranjeet Singh scored a fifth in the 69th minute to give it the title.

Harmanpreet Singh was named the best player of the tournament. Varun Kumar was the highest scorer of the tournament.

Hockey India was pleased to announce Rs. 1 lakh prize money to each of the players and coach Harender Singh, and a further Rs. 50,000 to the support staff for their performance.

In addition, Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar were each awarded Rs. 1 lakh for their brilliant individual performances in the tournament.