Haryana win Senior National Women’s Kabaddi Championship 2023

Haryana win Senior National Women's Kabaddi Championship 2023

Women’s Kabaddi Championship 2023: Hosts Haryana defeated last edition’s winners Himachal Pradesh 35-28 in the Senior National Women’s Kabaddi Championship 2023 final to win their first title in nine editions in Mahendragarh on Sunday. Haryana had finished runners-up five times in the last nine editions of the women’s kabaddi nationals.

The Haryana women’s kabaddi team was led by Priyanka, who also led India to a gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games in Nepal. While Himachal Pradesh settled for the silver medal in Mahendragarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan each claimed the bronze.

The final was a close affair between the two teams with Himachal Pradesh leading by a single point at the end of the first half. Haryana, however, inflicted the first all-out early in the second half and gathered momentum to eventually win the 69th edition of the Senior National Women’s Kabaddi Championship by seven points.

In the semi-finals, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh registered wins in contrasting fashions. Haryana pipped Rajasthan 34-33 while Himachal Pradesh proved too strong for Jharkhand and won the match 49-20. Haryana were in Group C along with Jharkhand and Odisha at the senior kabaddi nationals. They lost their match against Jharkhand but beat Odisha to advance to the round of 16.

In the round of 16, Haryana beat Tamil Nadu 46-17 and upstaged Indian Railways 38-23 in the quarter-finals. Himachal Pradesh started with a brilliant all-out within the first five minutes of the match, with the scores being 14-0. Jharkhand scored their first point after six minutes of the encounter.

Pushpa Rana and Dimple kept scoring points in the offence consistently, as Himachal Pradesh led the first half by 22-7. Jharkhand kept losing points in the defence in the second half as well, as Himachal Pradesh kept their lead intact and consolidated their spot in the Final with a notable 49-20 victory in Semi-final 1.

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In the second semi-final, Pooja (Haryana) and Nidhi (Rajasthan) started on a positive note and kept the scoreboard ticking with each successive raid, with the scores being equal within the first eight minutes of the match. Haryana’s massive super tackle over Sakshi Kumari and a stunning 2-point raid by Pooja helped Haryana lead the first half by 3 points against Rajasthan 17-14.

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