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.
Detailed results of ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I – 2011 (Women’s) are given below:
|Sat, 18 June 2011||1||10:00||A||Japan||2:1||United States|
|Sun, 19 June 2011||5||10:30||A||United States||1:3||Scotland|
|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|
|Wednesday, 22 June 2011: Rest|
|Thu, 23 June 2011||13||10:00||QF||South Africa||2:3||Spain|
|Fri, 24 June 2011||17||15:30||5/8||South Africa||2:0||India|
|Sat, 25 June 2011||19||13:00||SF||Spain||2:3||Japan|
|Sun, 26 June 2011||21||09:00||7/8||India||3:1||Azerb.|
Source: FIH Website.