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Prime Minister Modi congratulates Women’s Hockey team

indian womens hockey teamPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated the Indian women’s hockey team on winning the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 championship.

“Congratulations to the women’s hockey team. The entire nation is proud of them,” Modi tweeted.

The women’s hockey team defeated Poland 3-1 in the final to emerge champions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday.
Vandana Kataria in the 15th minute had put India ahead by scoring a field goal in the dying minute of the opening quarter. The Polish girls struck back immediately at the start of the second period as Oriana Walasek struck level in the 17th minute by converting a penalty corner. The third period remained goalless for long before Rani put the hosts ahead again with her field goal in the 44th minute. India skipper Ritu Rani then found the net in the 59th minute to seal the title for her side.

The win even marked India making a clean sweep in the tournament by winning each of the six matches played over the last week. Both teams have already qualified for the World League Round Three of the competition. If they finish within the top six in Round 3, they would qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

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