Jharkhand girls clinched the East Zone sub-junior hockey title by defeating Mizoram 4-1 in a penalty shootout during the final held at Patna on October 21.
However, the sub-junior boys had to settle for runners up slot, losing the summit clash 2-3 to Odisha.
Credit for claiming the title went to Jharkhand goalkeeper Sonal Minz who saved four attempts. Penalty shootout was necessitated after both teams failed to break the deadlock in actual time as well as the tie-breaker.
The eves reached the final with a 4-0 win over Odisha in the last four clash. Nisha Rani was the star of the semis, pumping in three goals in the second half. Jharkhand led 1-0 at the breather after Sitarani Kerketta sounded the board in the opening half of the match.
Meanwhile, nine girls from the state have been selected to attend the India junior hockey camp to be held at SAI Centre in Bhopal from October 27 to November 25.
According to Hockey Jharkhand general secretary Peer Mohammad, Bigan Soy, Sushila Lakra, Dibya Kerketta, Rukmani Dodray, Nikki Pradhan, Etwari Mundu, Poonam Madhuri Tete, Anima Minza and Shabnam Lakra have left for Bhopal to report for the camp.
“The girls have been picked on the basis of their performance. It's a long camp which will benefit our players,” said Mohammad, an ex-hockey referee.
He added the campers from Jharkhand have duly carried their original birth certificates and valid passports.