Sashastra Seema Bal win 10th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2020 (B Division)

Sashastra Seema Bal beat Steel Plant Sports Board 3-1 in shootout to emerge victorious in the Final. UCO Bank Women's Hockey Academy beat Bengaluru Hockey Association 10-0 in 3rd/4th Place match.

Kollam (Kerala), 01 February 2020: Sashastra Seema Bal emerged victorious in the Final of 10th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2020 (B Division) beating Steel Plant Sports Board 3-1 in a shootout here on Saturday after the scores were level at 1-1 after regulation time.

The Final was a hard-fought affair with both teams scoring a goal each in regular time.  Kumari Shailja Gautam (18') was the first to find the back of net for Steel Plant Sports Board and give her team an important lead in the Final, but halfway through the third-quarter, it was Sashastra Seema Bal's Ranjita Minj (38') who scored the equalizer which took the match into the shootout.

In the shootout, Sashastra Seema Bal converted three of their four attempts, while Steel Plant Sports Board converted only one. Manisha who was the first to walk out for Sashastra Seema Bal scored past Goalkeeper Nisha Yadav. Meanwhile, Savita failed to convert the first penalty for Steel Plant Sports Board. Preeti and Kanika Raj also converted for SashastraSeema Bal to give them an advance, while the only one to convert for Steel Plant Sports Board was Manisha, and the rest were saved by Sashastra Seema Bal's Alpha Kerketta.

In the match for the 3rd/4th place, UCO Bank Women's Hockey Academy finished the tournament on a high, beating Bengaluru Hockey Association 10-0. Priya (16', 34', 37', 57') starred for the winning team scoring four goals, while Pooja (1', 4') and Chanchal (21', 43') scored two goals each. Monishka (13') and Kajal (54') were also part of the score sheet for UCO Bank Women's Hockey Academy.

Some of the players from national level matches, grow further and represent India as a team in future. It is equally important to celebrate every triumph and encourage Hockey – the national game of India in all its spirit. We congratulate Sahastra Seema Bal for its feat and look forward to more such victories in future. Most of all, we are keen to get a glimpse of exemplary hockey sports skills on the field in future.

About HOCKEY INDIA 

HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women's hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men's World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men's World Cup in 2016, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India is dedicated to getting our national team(both men and women) into the top three in the world.

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