The Indian women’s hockey team lost 0-1 to New Zealand in the third match of the tour being held in Chennai on Wednesday.
New Zealand from Hope Hope Ralph (37th) was the only scorer of the match. India previously registered a 4-0 win in their first match against the New Zealand development team but lost 1-2 in the following game.
India quickly escaped the block in attack mode, winning the PC in the second minute of playing but they missed the opportunity to convert it and put New Zealand in the back foot. In the following minutes, New Zealand created two PCs but India’s defense was solid rock to deny them a goal.
Today we tried a few things on the defensive side and that allowed New Zealand to enter our round and create opportunities but it is better to practice these variations right now in matches because this tour added more about our preparations for the Olympic Games and whether we could be better, head coach Sjoerd Marijne explained after the game.
In the second quarter, the Indian hockey strikers did a good job creating a PC but the home team denied India a goal through good defense.
Both teams were equal in the second quarter with tactical play that prevented each other from creating potential shots on goal.
Our game is improving every game and today is once again better than the previous game. At the moment, the results are not important but the process is and we are working on some new tactics that will help us in the long run, Marijne added.
After finishing the first half with a 0-0 deadlock, New Zealand started the third quarter with a positive note with Hope Ralph converting a goal in the 37th minute.
In the last quarter, although both teams traded PCs with New Zealand, they earned two PCs and India created one, but found no success at the end of the match with a score of 0-1 in favor of New Zealand.
India will host the United Kingdom on February 4.