LAHORE Tanvir Dar Hockey Academy (HA) began the European Tour with an impressive win against Tilberg HC A1 U-18 side by 2-0 on Thursday. Hours before the opening match, the academy boys and the management were shocked to hear the news of the sad demise of their chief patron and Pakistans legendary hockey player Munir Dar, who was also father of the academys founding president Taqueer Dar. The team first thought about cancelling the match but Taqueer Dar on a telephone talk from Pakistan persuaded them to go ahead with the commitment. For the match against Tilberg HC A1 side (under-18), the Dar HA players wore black armbands and the two teams observed one-minute silence before the start of the match. The match began on a brisk note with the hosts first off the block earning two penalty corners and also misfire a field chance. In the 12th minute, a melee in the circle saw the ball cross the goal line off the stick of Awais Zahid. Bolstered by the goal, Dar HA attacks gained more momentum. The lead was doubled in the 20th minute via a wonderfully executed indirect drill off the third penalty corner by Bilal Mahmood. The score line stayed 2-0 at the half time. Dar HA relentlessly attacking and creating the chances but the final touch lacked accuracy. The score was 2-0 afar the second half. It was a good start for the Dar HA against boys older and bigger than them. The only concern should be the missing of a number of sitters.