FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s): India finished at 7th

Both Indian men’s and women’s team have been inconsistent in recent years, on their day they can any team in the world and can lose to any on their off-day, the same story repeated at Dublin (Ireland) in ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s), where Indian eves finished lowly 7th after finishing 2nd their pool B.

India, 11th in ranking, started their campaign with a lost (1-2) against hosts Ireland (15th in ranking), but came back against Spain (10th in ranking) for a draw (1-1) and thrashed Azerbaijan (14th in ranking) by 6-1 in their last league stage game and finished 2nd in the pool B after hosts Ireland. But lost narrowly (0-1) in quarters to tough Asian rivals Japan and bowed out of the race for Champions Trophy 2012. Losing to South Africa (0-2) in the first match of 5-8 classification forced India to play for 7-8 against Azerbaijan, which India won (3-1) by coming back strongly from 0-1 at halftime.

Final Standings (Current World Ranking):
1st: Japan (9)
2nd: United States (13)

3rd: Scotland (21)
4th: Spain (10)

5th: South Africa (12)
6th: Ireland (15)

7th: India (11)
8th: Azerbaijan (14)

Detailed results of ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s) are given below:

Date #
Time

Sat, 18 June 2011 1 10:00 A Japan 2:1 United States
2 12:30 A South Africa 2:2 Scotland
3 15:00 B India 1:2 Ireland
4 17:30 B Spain 1:2 Azerb.
Sun, 19 June 2011 5 10:30 A United States 1:3 Scotland
6 13:00 A South Africa 5:1 Japan
7 15:30 B Azerb. 1:2 Ireland
8 18:00 B India 1:1 Spain
Monday, 20 June 2011: Rest
Tue, 21 June 2011 9 11.00 A Japan 1:1 Scotland
10 13:30 A United States 5:5 South Africa
11 16.00 B Azerb. 1:6 India
12 18:30 B Spain 1:1 Ireland
Wednesday, 22 June 2011: Rest
Thu, 23 June 2011 13 10:00 QF South Africa 2:3 Spain
14 12:30 QF India 0:1 Japan
15 15:00 QF Scotland 3:2 Azerb.
16 17:30 QF Ireland 1:3 United States
Fri, 24 June 2011 17 15:30 5/8 South Africa 2:0 India
18 18:00 5/8 Azerb. 0:1 Ireland
Sat, 25 June 2011 19 13:00 SF Spain 2:3 Japan
20 15:30 SF Scotland 0:3 United States
Sun, 26 June 2011 21 09:00 7/8 India 3:1 Azerb.
22 11:30 5/6 South Africa 2:1 Ireland
23 14:00 3/4 Spain 2:2(3:4,PS) Scotland
24 16:30 Final Japan 3:2 United States

Source: FIH Website.

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