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Jharkhand win Jr Nat. women's hockey

June 12, 2004 20:41 IST

Despite missing a couple of scoring chances, Jharkhand managed to dethrone defending champions Orissa by a solitary goal and win the 35th Junior Women's National Hockey Championship in Bangalore on Saturday.

The winning goal was scored by Jharkhand skipper Asuntal Lakhra, who successfully converted a penalty-corner in the 78th minute.

Jharkhand thus avenged the defeat they suffered last year in the final.

Jharkhand started on a confident note, guarding their citadel well. They also displayed a higher degree of coordination among the midfielders and forwards and kept Orissa on tenterhooks as the teams played out a barren first half.

Jharkhand finally managed to convert a penalty-corner in the second half. They forced four penalty-corners.

Orissa earned eight penalty-corners, but could not cash in on them. They also messed up some good scoring opportunites.

Orissa custodian Poonam Toppar bagged the best goalkeeper award.

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