United Women Hockey Academy defeated Punjab Whites 2-0 in the final played at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.
It was an stimulating duel and the UWHA avenged their only loss in the league phase against the Punjab Whites; interestingly by the similar score line.
UWHA were quick off the blocks and forced two penalty corners in the first 10 minutes. Aqeela Nasim converted the second with a carpet shot. The advantage was doubled in the 19th minute through Afsheen Naureen.
After the double jolt, the Punjab Whites who had won all the six matches in the league without conceding a goal, recovered well. They dominated for large periods earning as many as 10 penalty corners without availing any.
Some of the penalty corners were not executed very well and a few were well defended by the UWHA defence. UWHA, who were good on turn overs, also had a few chances in the open play but failed to add to the tally.
Earlier in the 3rd position match, Islamabad sprang a surprise as the capital side which had finished fourth in the league defeated the 3rd placed Punjab Colours 3-0. Saba, Saira Cheema and Sahil Malik were the scorers. In the league phase Punjab Colours had beaten Islamabad 1-0.
Individual Awards were won by :
Best Player – Maira Sabir (UWHA) and Hamra Latif (Punjab Whites) were named joint winners
Top Scorer – Ishrat Abbas (Punjab Whites)
Best Goal Keeper – Saba (UWHA)
Best Defender – Kalsoom Munir (UWHA)
Best Forward – Amna Ghaffar (Punjab Whites)
Best Emerging Player – Aqsa Idrees Mughal (Sindh)
Most Promising Young Player – Rukhsar (Balochistan)
Sports Minister Jahangir Khanzada distributed prizes and assured PHF of government’s full support in regaining Pakistan’s lost glory in hockey.
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