Eight district teams have qualified for the quarter-finals in the 3rd State-level junior hockey championship for Syed Ammal and Kanagamani Memorial Trophy being played here.
After the end of league matches on the third day on Friday, eight teams have entered the knockout stage. The quarter-finals will be played between Madurai and Krishnagiri; Thanjavur and Dharmapuri; Tiruchi and Salem; and Cuddalore and Chennai on Saturday.
In the last league rounds, Thanjavur trounced Karur 10-1 (K.Karthi-2, Vivek-2, Ramkumar-2 and Kirupasankar-2) and Chennai beat Sivaganga 6-3 via tie-breaker (Balaji-2).
In the other matches, Salem beat Tirupur 2-0 (P. Alwyn Jones-2), Tiruchi beat Erode 4-1 (Santhosh-1, Dinesh-1, Gukul Raja-1 and Sugumar-1); Madurai beat Kancheepuram 2-1 (Anandaraj-2), Dharmapuri beat Ramanathapuarm 1-0 (Chinnasami-1); and Krishnagiri beat Tiruvarur 4-0 (P. Amirtha Pandian-2, S.Jnigo Teniston-1 and R.Ram Prabu-1) to enter the quarter-finals.