LAHORE: Pakistan junior hockey team on Tuesday have arrived in Lahore after participating in Sultan of Johor Hockey Cup held in Malaysia.
The players were warmly welcomed by the locals at Allama Iqbal International Airport.
It is pertinent to mention here that the team secured second position in the tournament as Australia‘s victory by 3-1 in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup Under 21 Hockey played in Johor Bahru.
There were predictions that it would be one side affairs but Pakistanis gave an excellent fight to the top ranked side. The first half was very well contested and both Australia and Pakistan forwards raided on each other territory with some fine moves.
Green shirts surprised everyone when they went ahead in the seventh minute through the first penalty corner. Instead of Abu Bakr, Pakistan’s regular striker, also their top scorer in the event with four goals, it was long stature Hassan Anwar who took it.
His fast high flick on goal keeper’s left side was unstoppable.
Australia replied in the similar manner within six minutes. Gerrard Frazer’s penalty corner conversion was almost a replica of Hassan Anwar’s effort. Game’s tempo went up with each of the sides shattered rival defence. Pakistani showed good composure in defence and were fast on turn overs.