Jharkhand thrash Punjab, enters the semifinals of the national youth match for women

Jharkhand thrash Punjab, enters the semifinals of the national youth match for women

In top form at Simdega, the state team wins every match so far in the tournament; Haryana, Chandigarh also in the last four

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Published 26.10.21, 02:55 PM

Jharkhand hockey fans rejoiced Tuesday after the state team stormed the semifinals of the 11th women’s national youth tournament in Simdega by beating Punjab 6-2.

Haryana and Chandigarh also sealed their semi-final slots by winning their respective matches during Tuesday’s quarter-final matchups.

Elina Dungdung of Jharkhand led the charge by scoring three goals on days 31, 47 and 52 minutes. Rajni Kerketta scored two goals in the 49th and 57th minutes, while Deepika Soren scored in the 39th minute to bring the team’s tally to 6.

Kamapreet Kaur and Harpreet Kaur each scored a goal for Punjab.

An exalted president of Hockey Simdega, Manoj Konbegi, maintained that Jharkhand had entered the semifinals of the tournament for the 10th time in a row. “Jharkhand has won all his matches so far in a convincing way. We are confident of winning the championship trophy this time on our field, ”he said, adding that he hoped that some of the state’s players would be selected into the youth national team based on their performance in this match.

The tournament is being watched closely by a panel of Hockey India selectors and officials. “Three years ago, Salima Tete earned her place on the national team through this tournament itself. Later, he went on to consolidate his place in the senior team and finally represented the country at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, ”said Konbegi.

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Hockey Jharkhand President Bholanath Singh also congratulated the team. “Jharkhand has always been regarded for his talents in hockey and it is encouraging to all of us that all of our teams have been doing exceptionally well in all formats over the past few years,” he said.

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