The Indian Women’s Hockey Team is gearing up for their sixth match in the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24, scheduled against the Netherlands on February 14th at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
The team has faced challenges in the ongoing league, losing four out of five matches. The journey began with a close 1-2 defeat against China, followed by losses to the Netherlands (1-3) and Australia (0-3). However, they bounced back with a 3-1 victory against the United States in the Bhubaneswar leg. The Rourkela leg started with a 1-2 loss to China.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Indian Women’s Hockey Captain Savita expressed optimism, stating, “We haven’t got the results we have wanted, but I believe we have what it takes to put on a good show and get a few points on our side. If we can get more consistent, we can definitely go on to win more games.”
Facing the top-ranked team, the Netherlands, the Indian team acknowledges the challenge but remains determined. Despite the recent struggles, glimpses of the team’s potential have been evident. Captain Savita emphasized the need for consistency to secure positive results and climb up the league table.
Indian Women’s Team Chief Coach Janneke Schopman acknowledged the quality of the Netherlands but highlighted India’s talent and ability. She expressed the team’s strategy, saying, “We will be patient while keeping the intensity of our hockey high and try to convert any scoring opportunities we have.”
The match against the Netherlands is crucial for India to turn their fortunes around and secure valuable points in the FIH Hockey Pro League. The team aims to showcase its capabilities and competitiveness against a strong opponent.
Scheduled for 1930hrs IST on February 14th, the clash promises to be an intense battle as the Indian Women’s Team seeks to make a mark in the ongoing FIH Hockey Pro League.
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