Hockey World League: Indian eves finish seventh; Germany pip Netherlands for the crown
It may be unfair to suggest the Indian hockey eves as the ‘whipping girls’ of the first women’s Hockey World League in Rotterdam. But the way they performed so far would prompt many to put them in the same league as Chile, who were time and again handed heavy defeats in the tournament.
With three big defeats and a lone draw to show for in the tournament, Indian eves looked to continue their winless streak when Chile took the lead in the 44th minute through a Camilla Caram penalty corner goal after a goalless first half.
Madhya Pradesh girl Ritusha Kumari brought India back in the contest three minutes later.
Vice-captain Chanchan Devi then pulled India ahead in the 56th minute putting the onus on Chile to mount a fightback.
Indian eves soaked all the Chilean pressure in the dying moments for a much relieved 2-1 to finish seventh and avoid the wooden spoon in the event.
Meanwhile, German eves won the first women’s Hockey World League round three crown pipping hosts Netherlands 4-3 in a shootout after being locked 1-1 in regulation time.
South Korean eves took third spot after beating New Zealand 3-2 in a shootout after being tied 3-3 in normal time. Japan finished fifth beating Belgium 3-1.
Meanwhile, in the men’s competition, Australia put it across Netherlands 4-3, riding on goals from Christian Ciriello, Matt Ghodes, Russell Ford and Keiren Govers.
Jeroen Hertzberger, Billy Bakker and Rogier Hoffman scored for the Dutch.
The Kookaburras will now meet Belgium in the final on Sunday.
The Red Lions eased past New Zealand 3-1 with a brace from Tom Boon and a first half goal from Thomas Briels.
Blair Hilton and Andy Haward scored for the Black Sticks.