19 March 2014: Assam clinched the title of 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division B) as they managed to beat Himachal Pradesh 3-2 in a hard-fought final played at the Aish Bagh Stadium in Bhopal.
Himachal Pradesh gave a challenging start to the game when Ravita Chauhan scored the very first goal for the team in the 4th minute of the game itself. Assam took no time in returning the favour and found the target twice in 6th and 8th minute with the help of Dolly Yadav and Maully Yadav, respectively and took away lead from Himachal by the end of the first half at 2-1.
Assam’s third goal came through Captain Minni in the 44th minute and took the lead further ahead by 3-1. Himachal Pradesh’s Baljinder Rana found the target in 59th minute to get back her team in the game but they failed find the equalizer and lost the final to Assam by 3-2 on score board.
In bronze medal match, Delhi defeated Tamil Nadu 2-0 and secured the 3rd position in championship. A rather tough fight between the two teams, Delhi’s Priya managed to sneak in a field goal in the 20th minute and gave a much needed 1-0 lead by the end of the first half of the match.
Delhi again managed to surpass Tamil Nadu and found another goal in the 47th minute coming through Ruby Khod. A powerful and effective defense by Delhi restricted Tamil Nadu from scoring even a single goal and hence registered a deserving win and locked on to the 3rd spot in the race.
Results of the Finals day
FINAL – Assam 3 Dolly Yadav (6 min), Maully Yadav (8 min) and Minni (44 min) Vs. Himachal Pradesh 2 Ravita Chauhan (4 min) and Baljinder Rana (59 min).
Bronze Medal Match – Delhi 2 Priya (20 min) and Ruby Khod (47 min) Vs. Hockey Unit Of Tamil Nadu 0.