ISLAMABAD - Defending champions Wapda retained the 29th National Women Hockey Championship 2016 title, as they outclassed Railways 3-1 in the final played here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Pakistan Hockey Federation President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Secretary Olympian Shahbaz Senior, Women Wing Secretary Tanzeela Amir, Rahat Khan, Col Ijaz, along with Ambassadors of Germany, Portugal and Australia and pack to capacity crowd was also present on the final.

While in the third place play-offs, Army outclassed Punjab Colours 3-0 to grab third position.

It was a wonderfully arranged final and credit must be given to the PHF and especially Women Wing Secretary Tanzeela Aamir Cheema, who worked so hard and make the event huge success, despite the fact Tanzeela’s father-in-law passed away a few days earlier.

Wapda started the final in style and was on score sheet in the 4th minute, when Afshan Noureen scored a field goal. Despite pressing hard and playing almost in Railways half, Wapda girls failed to goal again and they could have paid a very heavy price for their costly mistakes.

For the remainder of the first quarter and second quarter, Wapda failed to score more goals. Wapda’s causal approach gave Railways lifeline as Kalsoom Munir scored in the third quarter to square things. But it was an eye-opener for Wapda, who immediately bounced back in the very next minute as Ambreen Arshad scored from a penalty corner rebound and in the dying moments of the final Afshan Noureen completed her brace as she scored third and killing goal for Wapda.

Earlier, for third place match, Army were too hot to handle for Punjab Colours as Army won the encounter 3-0. Saira Khanum put Army in front in the 5th minute, Sana Allahdita scored second goal in the 13th minute and scoreline was completed 53rd minute, when Sahil Malik scored third goal.

Kalsoom Munir of Railways was declared best goal scorer of the tournament for scoring 24 goals, best goal keeper of the tournament award was begged by Wapda’s goalie Rizwana Yasmeen and the best player of the tournament award goes to Army’s skipper Shahida Raza.

Wapda played almost entire match without their star striker and centre forward Hina who was badly injured in the 7th minute of the first quarter, when a powerfully struck hit her face. She was screaming with pain and was crying as pain and it was highly unfortunate that PSB failed to provide ambulance service and the player was taken to hospital on a private car. Hina’s two teeth were broken and she underwent emergency operation. Wapda’s coach attributed victory to Hina and describing her standout player for the champions Wapda, which have won every women championship since 2004.