FIH Pro League: Indian women’s hockey team ready to take on the Netherlands

February 13, 2024
Struggling to find their feet in the top competition, the Indian women’s hockey team will play their sixth game of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24

Rourkela, Feb 13 (IANS) Struggling to find their feet in the top competition, the Indian women’s hockey team will play their sixth game of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 when they take on the Netherlands at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, Rourkela, on Wednesday. The Indian women’s hockey team has had a tough time at the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 having lost four of their five matches.

After suffering a 1-2 defeat in their first match against China, the Indian Women’s Hockey team went on to lose 1-3 to the Netherlands and 0-3 to Australia before beating the United States 3-1 in their final match of the Bhubaneswar leg. In their first match of the Rourkela leg, India took the lead early in the game but China came back strongly to win the game 2-1.

“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. I think we are playing well in patches so if we can get more consistent with that, we can definitely go on to win more games,” said Indian women’s hockey captain Savita.

While the World’s No.1 team the Netherlands has had the edge over the Indian women’s hockey team, the latter has shown glimpses of what they’re capable of throughout the tournament. The results haven’t been in India’s favour but they will look to turn it around and go up the table when they play the Dutch on Wednesday.

The Indian women’s hockey team chief coach Janneke Schopman said, “The Netherlands is a quality side but we are not short on talent or ability. We will be patient while keeping the intensity of our hockey high and try to convert any scoring opportunities we have.”

–IANS

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