Hockey Haryana emerged winners of the 12th Hockey India sub-junior women's national championship 2022 after defeating Hockey Jharkhand 2-0 in the final here on Sunday.
Riya (13') and Sejal (39') scored a goal each to help Hockey Haryana successfully defend the Title in what was a thrilling 2-0 win for the team.
Expressing his delight after the title win Hockey Haryana Coach Azad Singh Malik said, "Hockey Jharkhand are a very strong side, we knew it was going to be a challenging game. We went with a defensive strategy today and just tried to keep the ball as much as we can. I am really happy that the players showed great character, maintained the structure and just stuck to their plans throughout the game."
"It's a great achievement for any team to defend the Title at any stage, and it shows that Hockey Haryana has its own legacy in this tournament. It's a special win for these young girls as well. You know it's a huge stepping stone for these players which will motivate them to do well in future," he added.
Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Hockey defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey 3-0 to secure third place in the tournament. Pushpanjali Sonkar (4'), Manisha Patel (5') and Purnima Yadav (58') scored a goal each to help Uttar Pradesh Hockey seal the third place in the competition for the second consecutive time.
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