FIH Hockey Pro League: Indian women’s team looks to end debut season on a high

India will take on the United States on June 21 and 22 and will hope to widen the gap with fourth-placed Belgium, who have two matches left in the league.

The Savita-led Indian team registered a 2-2 (2-1 SO) shootout win and a narrow 2-3 defeat in their previous Pro League matches against defending champions Argentina over the weekend. India are currently third in the league table with 24 points from 12 matches.

Argentina are on top with 42 points from 16 matches, Netherlands are second with 34 points from 14 matches while Belgium are fourth with 22 points from 14 matches.

The matches between India and England (Women) initially scheduled for April 2-3 in Bhubaneswar were cancelled. As a result, it has been agreed between the FIH and the two countries that the six points available for these two matches will be given to India.

Speaking before the two-legged match against the United States, Savita said, “For us, the most important thing is that we can execute our plans and do well over the weekend against Argentina. However, We could have done better, but I think these matches before the World Cup are a confidence booster for us.”

“There is still room for us to improve and we look forward to plugging gaps in the matches against USA. We have gained good momentum and hope to finish our first Pro League campaign with good results,” he added. will do.”

Meanwhile, vice-captain Depp Grace Ekka said, “The matches against Argentina were really tough, but we are glad that we stuck to the plans and did really well against a strong team. We went to our last set of matches. Looking forward to. Memorable Pro League campaign. We are confident of getting a positive result against USA.”

With the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup 2022 looming, Savita said that the team is preparing really well for the marquee event.

“We are glad that we have got a good chance to play in Europe a few days before the World Cup, so the preparation for the big event has been really great. The team is preparing really well for the World Cup. The captain concluded.

The double-header with the United States will also be the first time head coach Geneke Schopman will meet the team he coached before taking the job to India. India had beaten the Schopman-coached USA in the Olympic qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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