Hockey Madhya Pradesh win Senior Women's National Championship 2021, beating Haryana 1-0
Jhansi, October 30, 2021
Hockey Madhya Pradesh defeated Hockey Haryana 1-0 to win the 11th Hockey India Senior Women's National Championship 2021 here today while Hockey Punjab went past Hockey Maharashtra 2-1 to finish third in the competition.
Madhya Pradesh's Kanchan Nidhi Kerketta (9') found the back of the net early in the final against Haryana and thereafter kept their rivals at bay throughout the game and walked off as winners of the tournament.
Madhya Pradesh coach Vandana Uikey said, "It feels really good to win the tournament, especially because we have won the Hockey India Senior Women National Championship for the first time. It was a very close match. The players played very well. We had more ball possession than the other team."
Uikey further spoke about the aspects that impressed her the most about the Hockey Madhya Pradesh side in the final, "The players played an outstanding game. The fitness level shown by the team in the final was really good. That was an advantage for us. Our goalkeeper Deepa Sharma played outstandingly as well. She saved a lot of goals during the match. This tournament was a good experience for the team as well."
Earlier today, Punjab earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Maharashtra to finish third in the championship. Captain Reena Rani (44') and Sarabdeep Kaur (50') scored a goal each for the winning side, meanwhile Priya Dubey (18') scored the only goal for Hockey Maharashtra.