Indian Women’s Hockey team continued to dominate the FIH Series Finals with yet another win. In their second group stage game against Poland, Indian Eves destroyed the 22nd ranked team with a 5-0 victory.
After starting the FIH Series Finals with a 4-1 victory against Uruguay on Saturday, Indian women continued to dominate in the ‘Pool A’. With the 5-0 victory against Poland, Indian women now sit at the top of the table with six points and a semi-final spot all but fixed.
A Clinical Victory
After a goalless first quarter, Jyoti opened the scoring with a field goal in the 21st minute. It was her second goal of the tournament. Indian then converted two penalty corners in two minutes, with goals from Vandana Katariya and Gurjit Kaur, to end the first half 3-0.
Gurjit Kaur scored her second of the match and third of the tournament in the 35th minute when she sent the penalty stroke past Poland’s goalie. The Indian drag-flicker is now the joint top scorer of the tournament. Navneet Kaur rounded off the scoring with a goal in the 56th minute.
Indian Eves completely dominated the game in both attack and defence. Poland had absolutely no shots on target while India had 22. The Polish women were allowed only 4 entries in the circle by India’s mean defence. In the attack, Indian women had 10 penalty corners and converted two of them.
— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) June 16, 2019
Indian women will now face Fiji on Tuesday, here in Hiroshima. Fiji women have conceded 10 goals without scoring in two games so far. India will look to cruise past the Icelanders in order to get ready for the potential semi-final clash on Saturday.
The team needs to finish in the top two to secure a place in the 2019 FIH Olympic qualifiers, to be held in October-November. The men’s team has already booked their place in the FIH Olympic qualifiers by winning the FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar, beating South Africa 5-1 in the final on Saturday.
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