Germany defeated New Zealand 3-2 on golden goal in an intense final to win the Lal Bahadur Shastri Four Nation U – 21 Hockey Tournament (Women’s) at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. While India overcame stiff Australians (Jillaroos) to finish third in the tournament, striker Anupa Barla scored a two goals for India, as they came back twice from a goal down to beat Australia 3-2. Captain Poonam Rani had found the target in the 37th minute to level the scores, which read 0-1 in fever of visitors at half time (scored through Brooke Peris in 32nd minute). Though Australians took the lead again in 41st minute through Kate Gilmore, Barla leveled the scoreline in next minute and found the net again in 65th minute to win it for India.
In finals, following a leveled score of 2-2 after 70 minutes, Sophie Mayen of Germany scored the golden goal in the 75th minute to win it for Germany. Earlier, Viola Scharf (11th, 45th) scored twice for Germany, while Pippa Hayward (35th) and Julia King (43th) found the board for New Zealand.
In the league stage: India had beaten New Zealand (3-2) in the opening match of the tournament, drew with Australia (1-1) but lost to Germany (1-2) to miss the finals. The finalist New Zealand won their other two league matches against Australia (3-2) and Germany (6-2), while Germany beat Australia 3-1 to reach finals.
Sumati on Indian Girls’ victory over Australia, “They played well, unlike yesterday 🙂 the defense is something to look forward to. lovely field goals today. The mood at the stadium was great. and the sweetest part — they have a great UNDER 21 MALE AUDIENCE (wink wink wink) :))”
About Lal Bhadhur Shastri Hockey Committee:
Lal Bhadhur Shastri Hockey Committee was founded in 1991 and has established itself as one of the premier hockey Committee in the North of India with a tradition of competitive hockey at the highest levels. The Committee is committed to fostering, developing and promoting the sport of Hockey in India in an open, democratic, transparent and accountable mannerThe Committee currently runs all National and International Tournament. For more information we welcome you to get in contact with our Committee Executive Members .
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- To develop the interest of public in sports in every possible way and to promote amateurism among players and to take following steps for promoting, spreading and popularizing the various sports including hockey, football, cricket, athletics, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, chess, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, wrestling, martial arts and all/ any other sports recognized by the Government of India by,
- Helping and assisting promising players of any sports, discipline for their improvement in their game,
- Taking steps for raising the standard of sports in the country,
- Working for the welfare of Sports Players of this country,
- Arranging Sports Tournaments,
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