The game saw both the teams giving a hard time to each other every time one of the teams tried penetrating the opponent’s D, as the game witnessed the defence of both the teams at an all time high. With a great defensive show by the teams, the first half of the match saw a dry as both the teams failed to open the goal account.
Continuing their defensive game in the second half of the match as well, both the teams could not manage to score even a single goal till the 53rd minute of the match. It was only in the 54th minute of the game when New Zealand’s Rachel McCann managed to sneak in a penalty corner and open the account her team by 1-0. Danielle Sutherland managed to support her teammate and taking the lead ahead at 2-0 by scoring a field goal in the 63rd minute of the game.
The Indian Junior Women Hockey Team showed signs of life immediately after conceding the second goal from New Zealand, as India’s Namita Toppo took no time in replying with a field goal in the 64th minute and helped India to open the goal account and reducing the margin by 2-1. Putting on an attacking fight in the dying minutes of the game, the Indian Junior Women Hockey Team failed to penetrate more goals and lost the match to New Zealand with the final score of 2-1 on board.
The visitors, India have five players who played at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and four who are in the National Squad.
“I thought it was very impressive the way the girls played, the team have only just come together and there seemed to be a good understanding of the structure that we want to play. There’s still work to be done, but with the limited time we have had together, we played well,” said Future Black Sticks Women’s head coach Jude Menezes.
“We had far more chances than India, we probably hit the post around 2-3 times throughout the game, we were forcing a lot of turnover ball, we were well structured in defence.”
Menezes said that although the team is happy with the result, it is game one and there is still a lot of work to do.
“This is a development opportunity for players and so the aim is to progress and get better with every game.”
Stand out players today were Goad, Sutherland, McCann and the captain Cass Reid. The two teams face each other again tomorrow at the TET Multisports Centre at 3pm.
Schedule Future Black Sticks vs India Series:
Free entry for all games at TET Multisports Centre, Stratford
3pm (730am IST), Wed 5 November, Black Sticks won 2-1
6pm (1030am IST), Thursday 6 November
3pm (730am IST), Saturday 8 November
3pm (730am IST), Sunday 9 November
3pm (730am IST), Wednesday 12 November
11am (330am IST), Thursday 13 November
Indian Squad for the series:
Goalkeepers: Sonal Miz, Inderpreet Kaur
Defenders: Priya, Pooja Rani, Karishma Yadav, Deep Grace Ekka (Captain), Jaspreet Kaur, Manjit Kaur,
Midfielders: Sonika, Preeti Dubey, Lilima Minz, Navneet Kaur, Namita Toppo,
Forwards: Priyanka, Navpreet Kaur, Navjot Kaur (Vice-Captain), Poonam Barla, Anupa Barla
Future Black Sticks Squad for the series:
Stephanie Dickins, Kayla Bradey, Su Arn Kwek, Alex Conway, Alia Jacques, Tessa Jopp, Rachel McCann, Victoria Methven, Erin Goad, Kelsey Smith, Danielle Sutherland, Maddi McLean, Kate McCaw, Siobhan Nuzum, Felicity Reidy, Deanna Ritchie, Brooke Roberts (GK), Lydia Velzian, Sarah Matthews (GK), Melissa Harris (GK), Cassandra Reid (C)