PUNE: Manipur Hockey scored at will and ended up recording a 21-0 victory over their north-eastern neighbours Tripura Hockey on a day when goals were aplenty at the 11th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium, Nehrunagar-Pimpri near here on Saturday.
While Manipur set a record of sorts, the day overall was all about counting goals with three matches in the morning session producing 39 goals while 35 goals were scored in two matches in the afternoon. At the end of the day, 74 goals were scored in five matches played.
Hockey Karnataka, Le Puducherry, Hockey Punjab, and Hockey Chandigarh were the other big-score winners on the opening day of the event.
In other matches, Hockey Andhra Pradesh earned full points after Hockey Andaman and Nicobar failed to show up for the championship.
In Group C, Hockey Karnataka began the day with a 14-0 win over Hockey Jammu and Kashmir.
Puducherry downed first-timers Hockey Arunachal Pradesh 14-0 while Hockey Punjab thrashed Hockey Uttrakhand 11-0 in a Group D match.
In Group E, Hockey Chandigarh scored a 14-0 victory over Hockey Rajasthan with Mohit (6th, 42nd, 55th) and Amandeep (23rd, 25th, 57th) scoring the most goals. IANS