Facing Thailand in their opening match of the 17th Asian Games today, the Indian Women Hockey Team starts their outing with a 3-0 win to earn full 3 points from the opener at Soenhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon. Yesterday, their men counter part defeated Sri Lanka 8-0 to start campaign on winning note.
Converting one penalty corner each successfully, it was Poonam Rani and Vice-Captain Deepika and a field goal from Vandana Katariya, ensured a 3-0 victory against Thailand and registering the team’s first win in the tournament.
Opening the first quarter, India had to wait until the 14th minute when Poonam Rani scored on set-piece in a penalty corner opportunity and opening the account for India. In the second quarter, the Thai defence stood strong and did not let India score any goal.
After the change of ends, Vandana Katariya scored with an accurate powerful shot on cross pass to double the lead. In the final quarter the Vice-Captain Deepika, who sneaked in the last penalty corner in the 53rd minute of the match to seal the game with a 3-0 win.
India will be playing their second match against China on 24th September 2014 at 1330hrs IST. While Indian Men will be playing Oman on 23rd September 2014 at 1330hrs IST.
Speaking before the match against Oman, the Indian defender Rupinder Pal Singh said, “It was a pleasure to see how the team effort proved to be really successful for us. I am also glad that the modules practiced during the training sessions are being efficiently implemented and has helped in the overall game play. After converting a total of three goals against Sri Lanka, I am looking forward to continue my game with the same spirit and enthusiasm against Oman as well and deliver even better results.”
Adding further to Rupinder Pal Singh’s comment, the Indian Goal-Keeper and Vice-Captain PR Sreejesh said, “Having defeated Sri Lanka in the first match itself has helped in boosting the confidence of the players. The team looks well in shape and ready to take on Oman with an aim to continue the winning form and make the most out of the preliminary matches. I enjoyed watching the goals scored from the other end and i am hoping to see the same play yet again tomorrow against Oman”