Indian Women's Hockey

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Our women lost 2-3 against Argentina in the last match of pro league. Argentina did not lose a single match in this pro legue. So, this was an encouraging performance by our players over this weekend.


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Ok, those were not the last matches for women in pro league. There were 2 matches left on this European tour against USA which were played in last 2 days and we won those 4-2 and 4-0 respectively. USA was a pretty decent team I think. So, these dominating wins against them are impressive.

Out womens team does look quite promising even without Rani Rampal. Some of the younger players are quite speedy.

Next real test for them would be world cup which starts in few days time in Spain and Netherlands ( July 1 to 17).


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3rd in the Pro league is excellent.

However, we have to be realistic as we got outplayed by Belgium and were flattered by getting points off an U21 German and 3rd string Dutch team. England couldn't travel due to covid and that gave us 6 'free' points.

That said, we played very well in some matches (7-1 win v China, 3-3 draw with Argentina and these 2 wins v USA). Our women tackle better than our men (low body position, flat sticks) but there are still way too many basic errors- failing to trap the ball on the open side, poor first touch and dribbling in risky areas and the usual Indian habit of gifting away soft PCs.

Neha, Navneet and Salima Tete are brilliant players. Savita is great, but that is expected of Indian keepers as they get plenty of practice ;)

We struggled to score for 50 mins v USA today, despite creating 3-4 clear chances (just had to push the ball into an open goal) :damn:

Looking forward to the WC, we have a tough group and I expect us to struggle v England and NZ, because they are more physical and press higher up the pitch than Argentina. We simply have to take our chances better than we did in the Pro League