India have been crowned as the Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2016 champions following a 2-1 triumph over Belgium in the competition final in Lucknow on Sunday. The home side took a 2-0 lead in the first half with Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh scoring two field goals.
It was standing room only at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium for the gold medal match, with 17,000 cheering fans creating an electric atmosphere for what was a sparkling showcase of junior international hockey.
Indian goalkeeper Vikas
India’s triumph in the title match brought the curtain down on what has been a wonderful festival of hockey in Lucknow. With the new champions having a 100 percent win record throughout the event, few could dispute that the home
In the individual awards, Spain’s exceptional captain Enrique Gonzalez de
In the bronze medal match, Timm Herzbruch inspired Germany to a 3-0 victory over Australia, with the 19-year-old attacker scoring twice for his side. The early stages of the match were closely contested, with the Burras having some good scoring opportunities in the first half but found themselves going into
Argentina were the winners of the 5/6 Place play-off, recording a 2-1 victory over Spain. Following an evenly contested first half, Spain came close to opening the scoring in the early stages of the second period, with Pol Gispert missing two glorious chances before Argentina established a 2-0 lead. Nicolas Keenan and Tomas
The Netherlands were comfortable winners of the 7/8 Place play-off contest, defeating England 6-2. Remarkably, seven of the eight goals came in the second half, with Thijs van Dam’s first half penalty corner being added to shortly after the break as Thierry Brinkman made it 2-0 to the Netherlands. Tom Sorsby pulled a goal back before Bram van Groesen and Morris de Vilder increased the Dutch advantage to 4-1. England’s Will Calnan scored from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit, but additional strikes from Brinkman and Van Groesen both claimed their second goals of the match to complete the scoring.
Results - 18th December 2016
7/8 Place: England 2, Netherlands 6.5/6 Place: Argentina 2, Spain 1.3/4 Place: Germany 3, Australia 0.1/2 Place: Belgium 1, India 2.
Final Classification (positions 9-16)
1: India2: Belgium3 Germany4: Australia5: Argentina6: Spain7: Netherlands8: England9 New Zealand10: South Africa11: Malaysia12: Austria13: Japan14: Korea15: Egypt16: Canada
Best Player of the Tournament: Enrique Gonzalez de Castejon (ESP)Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Loic van Doren (BEL)Up & Coming U19 Player of the Tournament: Timm Herzbruch (GER)Fair Play Award: New ZealandFans Choice Award: Harmanpreet Singh (IND)HERO Top Scorer of the Tournament: Edward Horler (ENG) – 8 goals.