India eye China scalp in women's Hockey World Cup WC
Amstelveen (Netherlands), Jul 4 (Hockey News) Their defensive prowess on display in the 1-1 draw against Olympic bronze medallist England, India would look to plug holes in the attacking department and register their first win of the women's hockey World Cup in their second game against China here on Tuesday.
The Indians produced a superlative defensive performance, spearheaded by skipper and goalkeeper Savita Punia, in the drawn game against England in their opening Pool B match on Sunday.
The likes of vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur and Udita dished out an excellent performance, denying England a single penalty corner in the entire 60 minutes.
Their only blemish was the ninth minute goal they conceded when Isabella Petter neatly deflected in a pass from outside the 'D'.
Barring that, it was a near perfect effort from the Indian backline against England, who fielded almost the same set of players from the Great Britain side that featured in Tokyo Olympics.
Savita, as usual, was brilliant at the goal, making a couple of fine saves with her quick reflexes.
However, India were found wanting in the penalty corner conversion as they could score just once from the seven PCs they got, with Vandana Katariya getting the equaliser from a rebound in the 28th minute.
India also created a lot of chances against England but the forwardline failed to utilise most of them, barring the equaliser.
In the 56th minute, Sharmila Devi wasted a golden opportunity as he failed to get her stick on to a fine pass from a team-mate.
The Indians would look to address their attacking woes and beat world number 13 China, who held New Zealand to a 2-2 draw in the other Pool B match on Sunday. Chief coach Janneke Schopman would be eyeing a more clinical performance from the forwardline, consisting of the likes of Vandana, Lalremsiami and Shamila.
Going by form and rankings, world number eight India will definitely start as favourites against China but complacency is something the Savita-led side would look to avoid.
It was India who came out on top in the last two meetings between the two sides.
India had thrashed China 7-1 in their first outing in the FIH Pro League tie before winning the second match of the double-header 2-1 in Muscat, Oman.
In the other Pool B match on Tuesday, England will face New Zealand.
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Women's Hockey WC: Fighting India hold England to 1-1 draw
Amstelveen (Netherlands), Jul 3 (Hockey News) The Indian women's hockey team played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against England in its opening match of the FIH World Cup here on Sunday.
England took the lead through Isabella Petter in the ninth minute before Vandana Katariya equalised for India in the 28th minute.
There was hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides in the first two quarters as they matched each other stick for stick.
The Indians had the first shy at the goal as early as in the first minute in the form of a penalty corner, but they wasted the opportunity.
Minutes later, skipper Savita made a fine save in front of the goal to deny the English women.
After a neck and neck fight it was England who took the lead through Petter who neatly deflecting in a ball from outside the 'D'.
India responded brilliantly and secured back-to-back penalty corners seconds later, but Gurjit Kaur was first denied by the post and then by English goalkeeper Hinch.
The Indians kept up their tempo and continued to press hard on the English defence and secured their third penalty corner in the 17th minute, but once again Gurjit faltered.
Three minutes later, Savita once again came to India's rescue to keep her side in the match. In the 28th minute, India secured their fourth penalty corner when Vandana sounded the board from a rebound.
India secured another penalty corner just at the stroke of half time, but once again, England goalkeeper Hinch made a brilliant save.
England started brightly after the change of ends but it was India who managed a shot at the goal, only to see Neha Goyal's shot being saved by Hinch.
Thereafter, England dominated the rest of the third quarter but failed to translate their efforts into goals.
The neck-and-neck fight between the two teams continued in the fourth and final quarter but yielded no result.
In the 56th minute, India had a great chance to surge ahead but Sharmila Devi failed to connect from close range as the ball hit her foot.
Two minutes later, India secured another penalty corner but once again wasted the opportunity to share points.
India will play China in their next Pool B match on Tuesday.
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We are expecting Indian community to turn up for our matches: Savita
Amstelveen (Netherlands), Jul 2 (Hockey News) National women's hockey team captain Savita Punia is expecting the sizeable Indian community in the Netherlands to come to the venue and cheer the side in its World Cup matches.
India will open their campaign against England in pool B match here on Sunday, a year after losing to the same opponents in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.
"There is a big Indian community in Netherlands and we are expecting many of them will turn up for the matches. We saw many of them come support us in Rotterdam during the Pro League matches and definitely fans support will motivate us even more," she said.
At the previous edition of the World Cup in London in 2018, India matched the performance of England with a 1-1 draw in the round robin league game.
Earlier that year, the Indian team had beaten England 2-1 in the group stage of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast but had lost to them in the bronze medal match.
Talking about their opponents, Savita said, "Even though as a team, we would be focused on our own performance, England and India have faced off in some very close encounters and undoubtedly a rivalry has developed over the past three-four years in particular.
"Some of our players want to challenge their goalkeeper Maddie Hinge, who has been quite exceptional at the goalpost. And they also have some very experienced players like Laura Unsworth, Giselle Ansley, their Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb and Lily Owsley who will bring their 'A' game against us," she added.
India and England were scheduled to play a double-header in FIH Hockey Pro League earlier this year, which would have given insights into their game, but the match was cancelled.
"Yes, a match against them would have been ideal in the lead up to the World Cup but we can't be too bothered about what has happened in the past. The only aim for us right now is to get on to a good start in the tournament and the team is 100 per cent ready," added the goalkeeper.
After England, India will play China on July 5, followed by a match against New Zealand on July 7.
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Women's Hockey WC: India eye revenge against England in opener
Amstelveen (Netherlands), Jul 2 (Hockey News) No more considered as pushovers, a rejuvenated India would seek revenge against England when the two sides open their Pool B campaign in the Women's Hockey World Cup here on Sunday.
The Indian women's hockey team would be eager to settle scores against a side which shattered their bronze medal hopes in last year's Tokyo Olympics.
India came tantalisingly close to claiming their maiden Olympic medal in Tokyo, only to lose 3-4 against England, who are playing as Great Britain in the showpiece here.
But going into the tournament, the Indians would be high on confidence, especially after finishing a creditable third in their maiden outing in the FIH Pro League.
India's best performance in the World Cup was a fourth place finish at the inaugural edition in 1974, but since achieving a historic fourth place in Tokyo Games, the team has been on a phenomenal rise.
The Indian women's team achieved its best-ever world ranking, a sixth position in May and then gave some top teams of the world a run for their money in the FIH Pro League. The Indian team finished on the podium ahead of strong sides like Belgium, Australia and England.
Experienced goalkeeper Savita Punia performed captaincy responsibilities brilliantly since taking over from talismanic Rani Rampal, who has been sidelined since the Tokyo Games due to a hamstring injury.
Savita has been in stellar form, while she will have young and energetic back-up in Bichu Devi Kharibam.
The backline will be under the watchful eyes of vice-captain Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Udita and Nikki Pradhan, while the responsibility of building the attacks will be on the shoulders of Sushila Chanu, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Jyoti, Nisha and Monika.
Salima Tete, who has been in terrific form and is known for electrifying runs down the flanks, will need to play the linking role.
The responsibility of scoring goals will be on experienced Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Sharmila Devi.
Even though it is well-oiled squad, India will definitely miss the experience and services of Rani.
India finished eight in the last edition in 2018, but they are hoping for their first podium finish in this edition of the tournament and going by their form and recent results, it is definitely not impossible.
And, India's chief coach Janekke Schopman knows the potential of her players.
"If we truly play to our potential, we play the way we know we can consistently, anything is possible. Women hockey at this moment is very tight, anyone can beat anyone," Schopman had said.
"(But) consistency is a big point of attention. If we can play consistently well, top-4, and who knows a podium in the World Cup is a possibility.
"I think we have great potential and if we actually play to our potential we are a tough team to beat," the 45-year-old said.
England's best result in the World Cup is a a bronze medal in the 2010 edition in Rosario, Argentina. Besides, they also finished fourth in 1990 in Sydney.
There is hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides. England are placed fourth in world rankings while India are at sixth.
After England, India will face China on June 5, followed by their last pool match against New Zealand on July 7.
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Need to be consistent in every quarter, says India striker Vandana
Amstelveen (Netherlands), Jul 1 (Hockey News) Experienced Indian women's hockey team forward Vandana Katariya said being consistent in each quarter of every match will be key to the team's success in the World Cup, which starts on Friday.
The tournament begins with the match between co-hosts Spain and Canada in Terrassa, Spain.
India will open their campaign against England in pool B here on Sunday.
"Each match in the group stage will be crucial and we cannot take any team easy. The most important aspect for us is to be consistent in every single quarter and be the best we can without worrying too much about the opponent.
"This is something we have learnt over the years and it has really worked for us," Vandana said.
After England, India will play China on July 5, followed by a match against New Zealand on July 7.
"We have played practice matches against Chile and Ireland. Both were very good as we were able to practice some tactical moves for the upcoming games and were able to get used to the field which is always easier when you train on it," explained Vandana.
"We have one more training session and we are ready to go.
"It will be a very interesting and intense World Cup and I anticipate matches to be quite close as almost five to six teams are at par with each other," added the experienced striker who has over 250 international caps to her name.
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Women's Hockey WC: Netherlands start as firm favourites, India aim for a first
Terrassa (Spain), Jun 30 (Hockey News) The crème de la crème of women's hockey will be in action when top 16 sides of the world will fight for the coveted FIH World Cup crown with record eight-time winners Netherlands eyeing a hat-trick of titles and India aiming for a first.
Defending champions Netherlands, who would be co-hosting the tournament along with Spain from July 1 to 17, are the most dominant outfit in women's hockey, having won the world title eight times while finishing runner-up on four occasions. The Dutch women also have four Olympic gold, two silver and three bronze in their kitty, making them favourites to defend the title.
Argentina, Australia and Germany are a distant second, having won the tournament twice each.
The tournament, however, will kick start with a Pool C game between hosts Spain and Canada in Pool C, whose best finish was a second spot in the 1983 edition in Kuala Lumpur.
The 16 teams in the tournament are divided in four pools of four teams each.The top four sides from each pool will directly qualify for the quarterfinals, while the second and third placed teams will feature in the crossovers.
In the crossovers, the second placed team of Pool A will play against third of Pool D and vice versa, while second of Pool B will face third of Pool C and vice versa for the remaining four quarterfinal spots.
Pool A consists of Germany, Chile, last edition's runners-up Ireland and Netherlands, Pool B has India, China, England and New Zealand. Pool C comprises Argentina, Canada, Korea and Spain and Pool D is made up of Australia, Belgium, Japan and South Africa.
Going into the tournament, Netherlands would be brimming with confidence after winning the FIH Pro League, where Belgium finished second and India ended a creditable third in their debut season.
Even though India's best performance in the tournament was a fourth place finish at the inaugural edition in 1974, they will be no pushovers in this edition of the event as they have been on a rise after achieving a historic fourth in last year's Tokyo Olympics.
Indian women's team achieved its best-ever sixth position in the world rankings in May this year and gave some top teams of the world a run for their money in the FIH Pro League to finish on the podium ahead of sides like Argentina, Australia and England.
And the Janneke Schopman-coached Indian side would be dreaming of registering its name in the record books by finishing on the top four in this tournament, which is definitely not impossible. India will start their campaign against England on Sunday.
While the Netherlands leg of the tournament will be hosted by Amstelveen, the semifinal and final of the tournament are scheduled to be played here.
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COVID-19 hits men's hockey team, striker Gurjant, coach Graham Reid test positive
Bengaluru, Jun 30 (Hockey News) The Indian men's hockey team's preparation camp for the Commonwealth Games was on Thursday been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak as five people, including striker Gurjant Singh and head coach Graham Reid, have tested positive for the virus and placed under isolation, here.
The RT-PCR tests were conducted on Wednesday morning. The infected are suffering from mild symptoms.
"Two players and three members of the Support Staff of the Indian Men's Hockey team, currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games 2022 have tested positive for Covid-19," Hockey India said in the media release without naming anyone.
However, a team source told PTI," Gurjant and Graham Reid have contracted the infection. The video analyst of side has also tested positive." The RT-PCR tests were conducted on Wednesday morning.
PR Sreejesh, Manpreet Singh, Pawan, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumara and Amit Rohidas are among the 31 players training in the camp being held at the SAI campus here.
The players had assembled for the camp after competing at the FIH Hockey Pro League double-headers against Belgium and the Netherlands.
The camp is set to conclude on July 23 ahead of the team's departure for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
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Options in drag-flick hands India advantage over others in world hockey: Sandeep
New Delhi, Jun 27 (Hockey News) The emergence of a number of penalty corner specialists in the national team gives India an edge over the other sides, according to former hockey captain Sandeep Singh, who knows the "difficult art" of drag-flicking like the back of his hands.
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games-bound Indian team has as many as three specialist drag-flickers in Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas.
And with junior players like Sanjay, Araijeet Singh Hundal and Sudeep Chirmako waiting in the wings, India are well placed as far as the penalty corner department is concerned.
“Drag-flick is a difficult art which takes years of practice to master. It is a very technical thing, where besides brute power, you need fast hands and quick bodyweight transfer,” said Sandeep.
“Having options in drag-flick gives any team an advantage and we are lucky that we have many penalty corner specialists in the team now. It adds variety. Harmanpreet is a world-class flicker,” added Sandeep, who is nicknamed ‘Flicker Singh’ for his exploits with the goal-scoring technique during his playing days.
Sandeep, a fiery drag-flicker in his heydays, said the current national team under Manpreet Singh has the wherewithal to break its gold medal jinx at the Birmingham Games, starting next month.
Since hockey’s introduction in the CWG schedule in 1998 Kuala Lumpur edition, Australia has swept all the six gold medals. India’s best results are two silver medals in the 2010 edition at home and 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Indian hockey has made tremendous progress. The bronze medal in Tokyo was just the fillip the game needed to revive its past glory,” Sandeep told PTI in an exclusive interaction from the Indian Sports Fan Award 2022, where newly-elected Rajya Sabha member and veteran sports promoter Kartikeya Sharma was honoured with the recognition.
“If you ask me I firmly believe we can win a gold in this Commonwealth Games.
“In today’s hockey there is hardly any gap between the top 5 world teams. If we play to our potential and plan, we can stop Australia’s dominance in the CWG this time,” added the player-turned-politician, who was part of the 2010 CWG silver medal-winning squad.
Sandeep said the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics after four decades and continuous upward movement in world hockey after that under chief coach Graham Reid has instilled self-belief and confidence among the Indian players.
He said the foundation of the game is strong in the country now.
“The medal at Tokyo is just what Indian hockey needed. Look at our bench strength now, we have a main team, an A team and junior side. So, there is no dearth of quality players,” said Sandeep, who is the Haryana Sports Minister.
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Indian junior women's hockey team loses 1-4 to Netherlands in U-23 5 Nations tournament final
Dublin, Jun 26 (Hockey News) Beauty Dungdung's goal was the lone bright spot as the Indian junior women's hockey team lost 1-4 to the Netherlands in the final of the U-23 5 Nations Tournament here on Sunday.
India's lone goal came from Dungdung (29th), while Belen Van Der Broek (26th), Amber Brouwer (31st), Emma Santbrink (53rd), and Sanne Hak (55th) were on the target for the Netherlands.
The Netherlands side placed India under early pressure by earning its first Penalty Corner just minutes after the game began. The Indian team, on the other hand, stood tall and prevented the opposition from scoring. India steadily grabbed control of the game as the first quarter progressed, earning them their first PC of the match. However, they missed out on gaining the lead since it did not materialise. Following that, both sides increased their attacking efforts in pursuit of their first goal, but were unsuccessful as the first quarter came to a close.
Unlike the previous quarter, India went on the offensive in the second and was rewarded for it, winning their second PC in 10 minutes. The Netherlands squad earned a PC minutes later but was unable to convert it. They did not have to wait long for their first goal, as Belen Van Der Broek scored on a PC in the 26th minute.
After India won a PC, Dungdung levelled the contest in the 29th minute. A minute later, the Dutch gained another PC, which Amber Brouwer converted, putting them ahead at the half-time break.
As the third quarter began, India attempted to boost their assault in search of an equaliser, while the Netherlands looked to double their lead.
After a few tough minutes, the Dutch won the dominance battle, earning another PC. However, the Indian team held their nerve and stopped them from scoring.
Despite their inability to convert the PC, the Dutch finished the third quarter ahead of India.
The Netherlands team started the game's last quarter on the offensive, and it paid off as they earned their first PC of the fourth quarter in five minutes.
India launched a counterattack in return, and as a result, they were able to win a PC.
India, however, were unable to tie the game because the PC did not result in a goal.
Emma Santbrink scored the third goal for the Netherlands in the 53rd minute, and Sanne Hak added another two minutes later to take the game away from India.
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Savita says India can finish on podium in hockey World Cup
New Delhi, Jun 24 (Hockey News) India captain Savita feels there is no dearth of motivation and confidence in the national women's hockey team as it eyes a historic podium finish at the upcoming World Cup.
The top FIH tournament will be jointly hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.
India finished a historic fourth at the Olympics last year and Savita said the Tokyo Games had instilled a belief that they can match the best in the business on the biggest stage.
"Our performance in Tokyo gave us the belief that we can finish on the podium in global events," Savita said.
"Post Olympics, we realigned our focus on taking our performance to the next level. We channelled our energy into doing well in the FIH Pro League and finishing third in this prestigious league has given us a boost ahead of the World Cup." Indian women's best-ever result at the World Cup is a fourth place finish in the inaugural edition in 1974. In the 2018 tournament, India secured the eighth spot.
India's splendid show in Tokyo has changed the face of women's hockey in the country. Featuring in its debut FIH Pro League, the Indian women gave big shots like the Netherlands and Argentina tough fights to finish a creditable third.
"The Indian women's hockey team has never won a medal at the World Cup and it is our mission to make this dream come alive this time," Savita said.
The ace goalkeeper said playing and fighting together as a unit will be key to success in the World Cup.
"We are very excited to play in the World Cup. We just want to play as a team. For us, the Olympics was a great experience. We learnt a lot from there and we believe we have to play together and fight hard," she said. "After the Olympics, everyone in our team is so motivated, so focused. We really want to play against good teams," she added.
In the upcoming quadrennial event, India are placed in Pool B alongside England, China and New Zealand, and will open their campaign against England on July 3 at Amstelveen.
"Of course, England, China and New Zealand are good teams. We've already played against them. But we have to focus on ourselves first. We will go match by match," Savita said.
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Indian women's hockey team outclasses USA 4-0 to finish 3rd in debut season of FIH Pro League
Rotterdam, Jun 22 (Hockey News) The Indian women's hockey team produced a dominating performance to outclass USA 4-0 in the second-leg match to finish a creditable third in its debut season at the FIH Pro League here on Wednesday.
The Indians had earlier defeated USA 4-2 in the first match of the double header on Tuesday.
Vandana Katariya (39th, 54th) scored a brace, while Sonika (54th) and Sangita Kumari (58th) sounded the board once for India.
Argentina have already won the title with Netherlands finishing second.
USA started the match on a bright note and secured the first chance of the match a as early as in the second minute, but Elizabeth Yeager's high shot was easily saved by India skipper and goalkeeper Savita. The Indians too had their chances soon after but Sharmila Devi wasted a golden opportunity as she failed to beat USA goalkeeper from close range.
As usual, Salima Tete was a live wire from the right flank, creating chances for her side with her defence-splitting runs.
The Americans secured their second penalty corner in the 11th minute but wasted the chance.
USA once again started positively after the quarter break but the Indians drew in confidence as the match progressed.
India secured their first penalty corner in the 23rd minute but failed to execute the set piece.
The Indians kept on attacking thereafter and earned two more penalty corners but the end result was the same as both the teams failed to break the deadlock at half time.
Three minutes into the third quarter, India secured a penalty corner but Navneet Kaur's trap shot after initial fumble from the stopper was saved easily by USA goalkeeper Kelsey Bing. But it was Janneke Schopman's girls who broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when Vandana got a faint touch to deflect in Gurjit Kaur's flick from India's fifth penalty corner.
The Indians had numerous chances in the last two quarters. Navneet missed a sitter as her slap shot in front of an open goal went over the post.
The Americans secured a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but India defended well.
India then scored three goals in a span of four minutes to seal the match.
First, Vandana scored an open goal from a build up from the right flank and then seconds later, Sonika found the USA net from a goalmouth melee from another attack from the right.
India skipper Savita soon made a double save to deny the Americans from a penalty corner.
Young Sangita too registered her name in the scoresheet with a fabulous field goal in the 57th minute.
The last chance of the match fell before USA in the form of another penalty corner but they wasted it.
The win will boost India's confidence ahead of the Women's World Cup to be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.
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International hockey federation Pro League: Indian women beat USA 4-2
Rotterdam, Jun 21 (Hockey News) The Indian women's hockey team came from a goal down to beat USA 4-2 in its first match of the FIH Pro League double-header here on Tuesday.
Danielle Grega gave USA the lead in the 28th minute through a field effort before the Indians forced their way back into the match by scoring through Deep Grace Ekka (31st), Navneet Kaur (32nd) and Sonika (40th) to take a 3-1 lead.
The Americans reduced the margin in the 45th minute through Natalie Konerth's penalty corner conversion before Vandana Katariya sealed the game in India's favour with a field goal in the 50th minute.
India started on a positive note but it was USA who got the first chance in the form of a penalty corner in the 10th minute but squandered it.
Soon the Indians had the first shot at the goal but Gurjit Kaur's effort from a penalty corner missed the target.
In the 22nd minute, USA secured back-to-back penalty corners but wasted both. Vandana's twin efforts from field play in the 27th minute was defended well by USA but in the process India secured a penalty corner but to no avail.
A minute later, USA broke the deadlock through Grega who steered the ball into the goal from an Erin Matson's lofted pass from midfield, past Indian goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam.
Just 45 seconds into third quarter, India drew parity through Deep Grace's penalty corner conversion before Navneet stunned the Americans with a brilliant field goal from Vandana's pass after a fine build up from the right flank.
The Indians had their chances in the form of penalty corners but wasted them.
In the 39th minute, Bichu Devi made a brilliant save to deny the Americans.
A minute later, Sonika extended India's lead with a field goal, courtesy a defensive lapse from the Americans.
USA did not give up and reduced the margin just at the stroke of the third quarter through a penalty corner conversion by Konerth.
Five minutes into the fourth and final quarter, India reclaimed their two-goal advantage when Vandana scored with a fierce shot from the right.
Thereafter, both the teams tried hard for goals, especially USA but they failed to breach the resolute Indian defence.
India and USA will again face each other in the second match of the tie on Wednesday.
Argentina has already claimed the title, finishing with 42 points from 16 matches, while India, making their debut in the tournament, are placed third with 27 points from 13 games.
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Indian junior women's hockey team holds Netherlands 2-2 in U-23 tournament
Dublin, Jun 21 (Hockey News) The Indian junior women's hockey team came from behind to hold the Netherlands to a 2-2 draw at the U-23 five-nation tournament here.
Annu (19th minute) and Beauty Dungdung (37th) scored one goal apiece for India while Brouwer Amber (13th) and Van Der Broek Belen (17th) were on target for the gritty Dutch side Monday night.
The Indians were under immense pressure from the very onset as the Netherlands earned back-to-back penalty corners in the opening five minutes.
However, the Dutch women's side drew first blood in the 13th minute, courtesy Amber's goal.
The Indian women's side found themselves in more trouble when Van Der Broek Belen doubled the lead for the Netherlands in the 17th minute.
But all hopes were not lost as India, thanks to their counter-attacks, scored one goal through Annu's penalty corner in the 19th minute.
Still trailing by a goal in the third quarter, the Indians upped their ante and it was vice-captain Beauty Dungdung who scored the equaliser in the 37th minute to make it 2-2.
The fourth and final quarter saw both the teams trying to edge out each other and score the all-important goal.
Both the teams had ample opportunities to take the lead, but as they missed out on the opportunities, the game ended in a draw.
The Indian women's side will lock horns against Ukraine in their third match of the tournament on Wednesday.
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India name full-strength men's squad for CWG, Manpreet returns as captain
New Delhi, Jun 20 (Hockey News) India on Monday named a full-strength 18-member senior men's hockey squad for the Commonwealth Games with Manpreet Singh returning as captain and dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh as his deputy.
Hockey India (HI) had initially decided to send a second-string team to the CWG due to the short turnaround time between the Birmingham event and the Hangzhou Asian Games, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
However, with the Asian Games now postponed to next year owing to the COVID-19 situation in China, HI decided to pick a strong team for the prestigious event, scheduled to begin from July 28.
The Indian team has been grouped in pool B along with England, Canada, Wales and Ghana.
The two-time former silver medallists will begin their campaign on July 31 against Ghana.
Manpreet had led the Indian team to a historic bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year and he will take over the reins from Amit Rohidas, who was the captain for the FIH Pro League tour of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Harmanpreet, who has been named the deputy, emerged as the highest goal scorer of the FIH Hockey Pro League.
"We have gone with a tried-and-tested team for the Commonwealth Games. These players have the experience of playing top teams in high pressure games in the FIH Pro League which was a good exposure for us ahead of the prestigious quadrennial event," chief coach Graham Reid said in a release.
"After a brief break when we return home from Netherlands, we will resume camp in SAI, Bengaluru where we will analyze our performance against Belgium and Netherlands.
"While there are many takeaways from this outing in FIH Pro League, there surely are a few areas that we can improve upon ahead of the Commonwealth Games." The squad includes experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and Krishan B Pathak, who returns to the team after a brief injury break. Defenders Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Jugraj Singh and Jarmanpreet Singh have been named in the team.
The midfield comprises Manpreet, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Nilakanta Sharma.
Seasoned strikers Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh and Abhishek will lead the charge in attack.
Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera and forwards Shilanand Lakra and Sukhjeet Singh, who were part of the FIH Pro League, are missing from the squad.
India had finished fourth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Team: GOALKEPERS: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak DEFENDERS: Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (VC), Amit Rohidas, Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh.
MIDFIELDERS: Manpreet Singh (C), Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Nilakanta Sharma FORWARDS: Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek.
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The Indian junior women's hockey team beat Ireland 4-1
Dublin, Jun 19 (Hockey News) The Indian junior women's hockey team started its Uniphar U-23 5 Nations Tournament with a comprehensive 4-1 win over hosts Ireland here on Sunday.
Annu (12th), Deepika Soreng (25th), Monika Dipi Toppo (45th) and Beauty Dungdung (47) netted one goal each for India while Mikayla Power (19’) scored the solitary goal for Ireland.
The match started with Ireland putting pressure on India and earning themselves a penalty corner in the fifth minute. However, the Indian defence stood tall and denied the hosts from scoring.
Three minutes later, the home side won back-to-back PCs, but India's solid defence once again prevented them from breaking the deadlock.
India, on the other hand, took the lead in the 12th minute through Annu's strike. In the 15th minute, they even earned their first PC of the match but missed out on converting it.
Trailing by a goal, Ireland started the second quarter on the front foot and their efforts paid off when Mikayla Power scored the equaliser in the 19th minute.
However, India restored their lead through Deepika Soreng in the 25th minute. After that, India did well to hold on to their lead as the second quarter came to an end.
A dominating start to the third quarter saw India creating scoring opportunities. They won two back-to-back PCs in the 36th and 39th minutes but missed out on converting their chances.
However, the visitors did not have to wait long for their third goal as Monika Dipi Toppo's 45th minute strike put India two goals ahead of Ireland at the end of the third quarter.
VC Beauty went on to add a fourth goal to India's tally in the 47th minute. Ireland had a chance to pull one back through a PC, but they failed to convert it.
The Indian team will square off against Netherlands in their second match of the tournament on Monday.
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