Indian women’s hockey team seeks inspiration from Tokyo Games win against Australia in semifinal

PTI, Aug 5, 2022, 8:07 AM IST

India women's hockey team (Credit: AFP)

Birmingham: The Indian women’s hockey team would look to draw inspiration from its Tokyo Olympics success when it takes on mighty Australia in the second semifinal of the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

India had stunned Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics last year. And come Friday, the Savita Punia-led side would look to do an encore here.

But it would be easier said than done as Australia are by far the dominant force in the CWG with four gold medals in six editions since hockey’s introduction at the Games in 1998.

The Hockeyroos are in sublime form here having topped their pool with four wins from as many games and that too without conceding a single goal.

India, on the other hand, finished second in Pool A behind hosts England with nine points. India’s only loss (1-3) came against the home team.

The Indians will have to play out of their skin and chief coach Janneke Schopman would be hoping that her side can produce a clinical performance in all aspects of the game.

The Indian defence, led by skipper Savita and which has the likes of Gurjit Kaur, Udita and Deep Grace Ekka, will have to be on its toes against the fast attacking Australians.

The defence crumbled when put under pressure which was evident in India’s 1-3 loss against England in their last pool match.

Neha Goyal has been a livewire in the link-up between midfield and the forward line but she needs more support.

The strike force too will have to be in its best and the likes of Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur and Lalremsiani can’t afford to waste scoring opportunities, especially against a strong Australia, who are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.

Having finished second to New Zealand in the last CWG at home, the Australians would be desperate to return to the top of podium.

In the first semifinal, hosts England will be up against reigning CWG champions New Zealand.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

India reports 14,917 Covid cases

Kerala HC directs trial to be expedited in 2021 murder of RSS worker in Palakkad

I-Day: Karnataka CM announces new schemes on sanitation, nutrition, farm labour and soldiers’ welfare

Amid tight security, tricolour hoisted at Chamarajpet Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru

We students became the pillar of support of Satyagrahis: Vittal Kini

Independence day observed with patriotic fervor in DK; In-charge minister hoists flag

‘You are the Bomber’ message delays Mumbai flight by 6 hours; airline files complaint

Related Articles More

Royal London Cup One Day: Cheteshwar Pujara smashes career-best 174 for Sussex vs Surrey

Don’t pay too much attention: Chhetri tells players on FIFA ban threat

Sindhu pulls out of World Championships due to stress fracture

There are better fast bowlers in Indian T20 cricket than Shami: Ponting

Lionel Messi misses cut for Ballon d’Or list of nominees


Do you know how Aurobindo Ghose’s dream India was?

NEWS BULLETIN 14-08-2022

Relief sculpture at Ammai School Compaound

| KABBINALE | Mysterious Waterfall Of Hebri

Shri Araga Gyanendra addressed the gathering. |udayavaninews

Latest Additions

Priyanka Gandhi urges people to unitedly work for taking country forward

Maha govt committed to extend reservation benefits to OBCs, Marathas: CM Shinde

India reports 14,917 Covid cases

Kerala HC directs trial to be expedited in 2021 murder of RSS worker in Palakkad

Greaves Cotton exploring export opportunities for electric 2-wheelers

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.