Mumbai girls win Dubai title for third successive year

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Mumbai, Feb 8 (PTI) Friends United girls hockey teamcreated waves in Dubai by winning the Lusitanians'' LadiesInvitation Hockey Tournament for the third time in a row.

The Mumbai team outplayed Dubai Hockey Club 3-0 in thefinal on Sunday at the Dubai Scholars Ground to win theeight-team league-cum-knockout competition, according to arelease today.

In the run-up to the final, Friends United beatLusitanians 6-0 in the opening match, before routing CambridgeHigh School 9-0 and Sharjah Tigers 5-0 in the following leagueencounters.

In the semi-finals, the Mumbai club, promoted by formerplayer Hillary Gomes and trained by former India captainDhanraj Pillay, beat Dubai Scholars 4-0.

In the final, Vishakha Dodke scored a brace while14-year-old Jemima Monteiro scored once to emerge as theteam''s highest scorer, while Nimmy Nair of "Chak De India"fame was adjudged the ''Best Player'' of the tournament.

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