The Indian women’s hockey team had to face disappointment once again at the ongoing tour of New Zealand after they suffered a0-1 defeat in the third match against the hosts. New Zealand’s Hope Ralph was the lone goal scorer for the home team in the match.
India started the match aggressively and won the penalty corner in the second minute. However, the women in the blue corner failed to put pressure on New Zealand as they could not convert this penalty corner into a goal. In the next few minutes, New Zealand also won two penalty corners, but India’s strong defense prevented New Zealand from taking lead.
The Indian eves once again had a chance to take the lead as they created a penalty corner but the hosts did not allow the visitors to race ahead. Both the teams failed to score at were at par at the end of the second quarter. Both the teams went into break as the scoreline read 0-0.
After the first half, New Zealand started well in the third quarter and the hosts took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Hope Rolf in the 37th minute.
In the last quarter, India won one and New Zealand got two penalty corners, but both teams could not convert them into goals. In the end, the kiwis won the match with a scoreline of 1-0.
After the match, Indian coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “In today’s match, we tried some new things in defense, due to which New Zealand created many opportunities. We want to practice these changes on this tour. This tour of the Olympic Games. More about preparation.”
He further said, “Our game is improving with every match. Today we have played better than the previous match. Right now the process is more important than the result. We are working on some new strategies, which will help us further. “
Earlier, India started with a 4–0 win against the New Zealand Development Squad on the New Zealand tour but suffered a 2–1 defeat in the second match.
India will now play against England on 4 February.