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Poor Fabrice Von Bockrijcke. The Belgian had the last touch of the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup. His drag flick was perhaps the most inconsequential of the tournament too. 2-0 the scorecard read on the two electronic screens on either end of the pitch at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.The 20,000 spectators who had crammed standing into the arena built to hold far less were already shieking. The members of the Indian team who didnt have to put on the plastic face guards were already linking arms. A large tricolour had already been procured. The team had probably brought their own, though they could have had their pick from the hundred being waved furiously in the stands.The tall Belgian shot high into the net. 2-1 the giant screen now read. Near the halfway line, Armaan Qureshi sank to his knees and pressed his sweaty forehead on to the plastic grass. Fifteen years after an Indian team had won the junior hockey World Cup, another set of youngsters had replicated the feat.Here are a few takeaways from Sunday nights performance:Moving upThe 2001 team included Arjun Halappa, Viren Rasquinha, Gagan Ajit Singh and Jugraj Singh, who would graduate to become fixtures in the senior team. Who is to say Armaan, Parvinder Singh, captain Harjeet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh wont go on to do the same as they held the big gold trophy - now a bit jaded with age -- and jumped ecstatically to exploding fireworks. Harjeet surely believes it. This isnt the end for this team. We are going to be winning a lot more in the future too, he said afterwards.Improved fitness, steady growthIn hindsight, it might be said that anything less than gold would have been an underperformance by this team. Roughly this same group had been together for the past two and a half years. I told them back then that they would win the world cup gold, coach Harendra Singh said. Progress was constant. They had returned with a silver at the 2015 Sultan of Johor tournament and won gold earlier this year at the Four Nations tournament by beating Germany (who would be bronze medalists at the Junior World Cup).They had ironed out the kinks that had bedeviled teams of the past. Under trainer, and now high performance director David John, the team was scarcely recognizable from the lot who would struggle to last the duration of the contest. You got a clue of the strictness of their regime from goalkeeper Krishan Pathaks answer to how they would celebrate the win.We are going to eat a lot. We havent eaten for two years! That improved fitness saw them running nine kilometers or more in Lucknow. Not sedate jogs mind you. These kilometers were hard sprints that saw them pressing hard in both the semifinals against Australia and the finals against Belgium, ready to counter. Opponents were worn down by the sheer relentlessness of it.Belgium crowded out Belgium, who had been so methodical in their structure throughout the tournament, were undone in a manner the scoreline does very little to represent. Perhaps a word for the crowd here too. If the Belgians seemingly hit a wall, it was one of sound. The chaos didnt help up but we pride ourselves on our ability to handle chaos. Our boys didnt handle the crowd too well at the start, said the Belgian coach Jeroen Baart.It was very difficult to communicate. We were indicating with our arms which press we were going to play, our strikers were whistling to be heard, exclaimed captain Victor Wegnez. The noise evoked a feeling of dread - think the theme music of Jaws. Everytime we heard the crowd cheering, we knew India were on the attack, Wegnez remarked.Perfect hockeyThe crowd was cheering almost throughout the first half. The usually grim-faced chief coach, Roelant Oltmans, would grin and say it was the closest he had seen to perfect hockey. The high press early on earned two penalty corners both unconverted - if there is one quibble from this tournament, that has to be it. The Belgians tried to flood the Indians in their half and the latter found paths through it. They found ways over it too.Varun Kumar, simply lofted the ball over the heads of a suddenly wobbly defence. Gurjant Singh collected, turned and reverse flicked off a near zero angle. Even Belgiums Loic van Doren - the goalkeeper of the tournament - was helpless. Two other near chances were obtained but Nilkanta Sharma shot wide from point blank and both Mandeep Singh and Parvinder failed to get a deflection into an open goalmouth.Even as Belgium tried to recover, Simranjeet Singh stole a ball, then received it back and reverse hit it low to van Dorens right. The attack was flowing-the ball being smoothly passed around from one stick to another at a high tempo with minimal dribbling. There was a period of play nearly two minutes long beginning at around the 27th minute of the match when the ball didnt make contact with a single stick in the hands of a red shirted player.Road for the futureIndia took their foot off the pedal in the second half, but it almost never seemed Belgium had a chance to get back in the game. The referee too seemed to get caught up in how one sided it was - twice failing in quick succession to see a rare Belgian run catch the foot of two Indian defenders. It probably wouldnt have made much difference.And as coach Harendra Singh said - the last time we won it was with six goals. This time it was with two. But the trophy we won is the same. Its hard to say what the victory will mean for Indian hockey. A junior World Cup doesnt necessarily carry over to senior success.While the junior team of 2001 transferred almost en masse to the seniors, they never enjoyed anywhere near the same success. The road ahead for the batch of 2016 is a long one. Harjeet says this team will be looking to make squads for the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games and perhaps even the 2020 Olympics. And at least the Junior World Cup is a good starting point. Thats certainly what his teammate Simranjeet believes. The whole world knows that Indian hockey is on the right track, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys 2018 . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Cheap Jerseys 2018 . LUCIE, Fla. http://www.authenticwholesalejerseysnfl.com/ . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. Wholesale Jerseys 2018 . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. Cheap NFL Jerseys From China . The 26-year-old Ireland striker, who has four goals this season, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with his new club.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Vogt can really fly. Especially for a catcher, as he cheerfully points out. With the game tied in the seventh, Vogt took off from first on Eric Sogards two-out double and beat the throw home to score the go-ahead run in Oaklands 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. "I can run," Vogt said, smiling. "I played a lot of outfield in the minor leagues and Ive been able to run a little bit, for a stereotypical catcher." Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first, and Sogard came through yet again with a timely hit. The As gained ground on first-place Texas in the AL West race for the second straight day, pulling within a half-game after the Rangers lost at home to Seattle. "Every ones huge now," Sogard said. "Were not in the middle of the game looking at the scoreboard, though." Former As fan favourite Nick Swisher tied the game at 2 in the seventh with an RBI single, and winner Sean Doolittle (4-4) walked the bases loaded before getting out of it with only the one run. Swisher, booed at every chance, grounded out with runners on first and second to end the eighth. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 32 chances, allowing a one-out walk to Carlos Santana and Michael Brantleys single before Asdrubal Cabrera lined into a game-ending double play as the As held on to win for the first time in five tries this year against the Indians. Cleveland All-Star Justin Masterson (13-9) lost consecutive decisions for just the second time this season. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 7 2-3 innings after coming off his shortest outing of the year, 4 1-3 innings in which he allowed five runs and seven hits against the Angels. The lefty is still looking for his first victory in the Oakland Coliseum. He dropped to 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in six appearances and five starts. "We couldnt catch a break," Masterson said. "We were getting some good at-bats. We got guys on, we werent able to get that extra one." As starter A.J. Griffin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth but his pitch count climbed in a hurry and he was done after five innings and 104 pitches. The right-handers winless stretch reached three starts since getting victories in four of his previous five outings. "That many pitches in five innings and youre feeling good about yourself," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But when you get to the bullpen, this is one of the few teams who can run some pretty good guys out there.ddddddddddddquot; The As held on in their home ballpark after being swept in a four-game series in Cleveland from May 6-9, being outscored 21-8. In the third game of the series, Adam Rosales was denied a ninth-inning home run and given a double by the umpires in a 4-3 As loss -- even after going to replay. Major League Baseball the next day said the umpires made an "improper call," but executive vice-president Joe Torre said the "judgment" decision is final. Griffin and Masterson matched up in that one, too. On Friday, the Indians got on the board in the third on Carlos Santanas single to right. Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick wildly overthrew third baseman Josh Donaldson trying to get Swisher. The ball hit the facing of the Oakland dugout and bounced back onto the field, where Donaldson grabbed it and threw home not knowing the play was dead and Swisher would score. Meanwhile, Griffin went sliding into the dirt on his knees apparently thinking he could stop the ball from reaching the dugout. Reddick made a nice reaching catch at the warning track on a hard hit ball by Michael Bourn in the fifth to rob him of an extra-base hit, then Cespedes chased down a drive by Brantley for the third out of the inning as the Indians left the bases loaded. NOTES: The Indians matched a season high by stranding 13 baserunners. ... As CF Coco Crisp is still dealing with stiffness in his troublesome left wrist and sat out three days after receiving a cortisone injection. ... 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