Bhopal, Oct 6 (UNI) Defending champions Uttar Pradesh today defeated Namdhari 11 by 2-1 to retain the 13th National Sub-Junior Boys Hockey Championship title played at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) premises here.
Punjab and Sindh Bank got the better of host Madhya Pradesh State Men's Hockey Academy 2-1 in the battle for the third spot.
Earlier, Namdhari 11 beat Madhya Pradesh State Men's Hockey Academy by 4-2 in the semi-final, while Uttar Pradesh defeated Punjab and Sindh Bank 3-2 in another semi-final.
Thirty-six teams from various states took part in the ten-day event, which was held under the aegis of the Indian Hockey Federation and state Sports and Youth Welfare Department.
Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Raghavji gave away the prizes.
Bhopal Mayor Sunil Sood was present during the programme. Besides, Olympic sportspersons Ashok Dhyanchand, Aslam Sher Khan and Altaf Khan were also present.