The women hockey team of India was defeated by USA in 5th-8th classification match at the Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015. In the other 5th-8th classification match Argentina edged past Japan by 3-2 to set-up Pan-American contest for 5th place (report in later half of this article).
The classification match between India and USA witnessed yet another round of an exciting clash as each team looked at creating pressure through their attacks and cashing on the opportunities. It was USA which managed to capitalize and going on to beat India 3-0.
Immediately into the match both teams started with an intention of score the initial goal and taking one up in the match. In the 10th minute USA got a penalty corner in their name which they converted through the stick of Kathleen Sharkey. Not wasting further time they doubled their accounts in the 14th minute Katie O’Donnell scored through a smart field goal. Wit 2-0 on board, USA was leading the first quarter.
The second quarter was a session where both teams increased their tempo of attack and looked at scoring on the chances. India was looking at opening their account and decreasing the goal margin but were unable to open accounts at the end of first half leaving the scores at 2-0 in favour if USA.
Full Match Video of India vs USA match at Hawke’s Bay Cup
The third quarter was almost the same story as the second quarter where both the teams were seen on their business sides of the field. Just two minutes left into the quarter India had a go at the penalty corner. But they missed as the variation did not go in their favour. India continued their attack in the opponents D and just seconds left into the session USA counter attacked and a long pass to Katie O’Donnell resulted in her entering the D, beating one Indian defender and goalies to score the third goal for her team.
Realizing that it being the last session for them to score, India maintained good ball possession and attack on the opponent’s semi-circle. But unable to score, India lost the match 0-3 to USA. Tomorrow India will play for the 7th / 8th position.
India will play their next match on 19th April 2015 against Japan at 0530 IST. The matches will be LIVE Streamed on here on our website.
Argentina score three to beat Japan at Hawke’s Bay Cup hockey:
Argentina was first on the board but had to score twice more before finally downing a gallant Japanese side at the Hawke’s Bay Cup women’s hockey tournament in New Zealand.
The South American side went into this afternoons semifinal match on the back of a one nil defeat to Australia in the quarterfinal, while Japan had been ousted from the top half of the semifinal draw, by a 3 -1 penalty shootout loss to China.
Argentina striker Delfina Merino says “We are pleased with the progress we have made at this tournament. There are a number of vital competitions coming up for us including the World League, and it is important that we come away from the Hawke’s Bay Cup knowing that we have made some improvements in our play.”
Argentina was dominant in the first quarter and was rewarded in the 9th minute when Carla Rebecchi found the back of the net. It was Japan’s turn to dominate in the second quarter and Shihori Oikawa tied up with match when she forced the ball into the net from a penalty corner right on the stroke of halftime. A goal from Noel Barrionuevo after 34 minutes restored Argentina’s lead but Japan struck back 4 minutes later when Akiko Kato scored from an extremely acute angle.
Argentina continued to create chances and forced 4 penalty corners in quick succession but was unable to convert them into goals.Carla Rebecchi finally broke the deadlock in the 49th minute when she slammed the ball home for a 3 -2 lead.
Full match video of Japan vs Argentina at Hawke’s Bay Cup