Gurjit Kaur and fellow defenders shine as India are topped inaugural champions on the FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2022
India are the champions of the inaugural FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2022, narrowly defeating hosts Spain in entrance of an electrical crowd within the finals at Valencia, Spain!
Enjoying in a heavyweight conflict in opposition to Spain, Gurjit Kaur who had rediscovered her scoring kind in India’s final pool stage recreation in opposition to South Africa, stepped up early and gave India the lead from a penalty nook within the sixth minute and that will be the one purpose to be scored within the match because the defenses for each groups took over.
The standard of the sport was extraordinarily excessive as each groups gave it their all by way of the 60 minutes and every had wonderful attacking alternatives, however had been met by even higher defensive efforts on each side. Indian defenders notably performed the sport of their lives, repelling wave after wave of Spanish assaults in the direction of the tip of the sport, showcasing wonderful defensive self-discipline, retaining a clear sheet and conceding simply 2 penalty corners in the entire second half, whereas dealing with immense stress.
With the win India have now certified for the FIH Hockey Professional League 2023-24 season!
Earlier within the day Chile relied on a late 4th quarter surge to blitz South Africa and finish their marketing campaign on a excessive, profitable the sport 4-1. With the win Chile completed within the seventh place, whereas South Africa, who had promising moments all through the event, taking part in with a really younger workforce, completed eighth.
The seventh place match was adopted by the Fifth place match between Italy and Korea. The 2 groups had performed out a 1-1 draw earlier within the event, and when the complete time whistle was blown the groups discovered themselves tied on the similar scoreline. The shoot-outs nonetheless went the way in which of the Italians, who had their keeper Lucia Caruso to thank, for stopping 4 out of the 5 Korean shoot-out makes an attempt, giving Italy a powerful Fifth-placed end within the Nations Cup.
The bronze medal match produced nice thrills within the second half with Eire and Japan buying and selling 4 targets within the fourth quarter, after a goalless first half. Japan pushed tougher for a winner within the remaining quarter and located it by way of captain Yuri Nagai who put within the ending touches to a brilliantly labored workforce transfer, with lower than 4 minutes left on the clock. Irish makes an attempt at discovering an equalizer had been blocked effectively by the Japanese protection, led by a unbelievable all-round show by Yu Asai.
seventh Place Match: South Africa vs Chile 1-4
South Africa and Chile each got here into the FIH Hockey Nations Cup 2022 hoping for a greater end than seventh, however the competitors has been stiff all through the event and each groups had their good moments regardless of having to accept the ultimate two spots.
Chile had been the higher workforce for almost all of the sport and the rating may have been larger of their favor however South African keeper Anelle van Deventer continued to excel within the purpose, retaining South Africa within the recreation for a very long time, earlier than a late surge by Chile within the remaining 7 minutes.
Chile opened the scoring within the twenty seventh minute as a Maldonado deflection that appeared prefer it was heading out, took an inside fringe of the keeper’s stick and went in. South Africa had been fast to reply again as captain Quanita Bobbs’ penalty nook introduced them degree a minute earlier than half.
Chile stored prodding within the second half, however needed to wait until the 53rd minute to breach the South African protection, as a flat penalty nook hit by Denise Losada deflected off the South African rushers stick and lifted over the keeper and gave Chile the lead. The purpose opened the floodgates for Chile as they added two extra targets, first by way of a surprising reverse shot by Francisca Tala and second by way of a superb drag flick by Fernanda Arrieta to complete the Nations Cup within the seventh place.
Francisca Tala was awarded the participant of the match and stated: “I believe the entire workforce deserves this award at the moment. We got here up in opposition to a resolute workforce and stored at it until the targets lastly began coming our manner.”
Fifth Place Match: Italy vs Korea 1-1 (SO: 2-1)
Italy and Korea met within the opening recreation of the event on day 1 and couldn’t be separated on that day, with the sport ending in a 1-1 draw. As the 2 groups met within the Fifth place match at the moment, the scoreline remained the identical, however there have been to be shoot-outs on the finish to separate the 2 sides on the finish, and the tie broke Italy’s manner due to Lucia Caruso, who was stellar within the recreation in addition to the shoot-out.
Italy had been the workforce to attain within the contest as soon as once more, as captain Federica Carta dispatched a superb drag flick from a penalty nook within the thirty third minute after a goalless first-half. Korea left it late to get on degree phrases, however as they stored the stress up, they lastly induced an error from the Italian protection and gained a penalty stroke, which was positioned completely into the left nook by Hyejin Cho.
As neither workforce may discover a purpose to win in common time, the match headed to a shoot-out. Korea switched their keeper as Jinmin Lee stepped in for Eunji Kim, whereas Italy caught with Lucia Caruso. Each keepers carried out remarkably within the shoot-out, but it surely was Lucia Caruso who stopped 4 out of the 5 makes an attempt to present Italy the win and the Fifth place. Caruosa was additionally named participant of the match and stated: “I’m actually happy with the workforce. We wished to point out everybody that we belong in competitions like this and we will maintain our personal in opposition to a number of the greatest groups on the planet and we have now achieved that, so I’m very very pleased.”
Bronze Medal Match: Japan vs Eire 3-2
Japan and Eire each got here very shut to creating the finals of the Nations Cup within the semi-finals final night, however needed to rapidly set the frustration behind them as they confronted one another within the bronze medal match. And each groups bounced again remarkably early within the recreation. Whereas there have been no targets within the first half, the groups nonetheless placed on a courageous show of attacking hockey. Japan particularly obtained near scoring a number of instances, however Elizabeth Murphy was as soon as once more enormous within the Irish purpose and stored the rating degree at half time.
Eire opened the scoring within the third quarter as a robust low hit into the Japanese circle was deflected in by Kathryn Mullan. Japan had an instantaneous response as simply a few minutes later they gained a penalty nook and whereas Murphy stopped the primary shot, the rebound fell to Mami Karino, who tapped the ball into an empty purpose. Eire and Japan traded penalty nook targets as soon as once more within the third quarter, establishing an thrilling remaining quarter end.
Japan went all out searching for a profitable purpose and located it with 4 minutes left on the clock as a unbelievable ball into the circle was first deflected by Mai Toriyama, after which by captain Yuri Nagai, to present Japan the lead that they’d maintain on to until the ultimate whistle to seal the win and the bronze medal. Yu Asai, who excelled everywhere in the area for Japan, was awarded the participant of the match and stated: “A great workforce efficiency at the moment. We will at all times depend on the protection to hold us ahead and that labored out for us at the moment.”
Gold Medal Match: Spain vs India 0-1
The 2 highest ranked groups, and the 2 kind groups of the event, Spain and India set-up a mouthwatering conflict within the finals to shut out the FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2022, with the title and qualification to the FIH Hockey Professional League 2023-24 up for grabs. Spain began the sport on the entrance foot, as India moved away from their excessive press, which they employed all through the event, to a midfield press. Spain acquired a penalty nook within the Fifth minute, however Savita used her boots brilliantly to stretch out and kick the try away. India counter-attacked instantly and gained a penalty nook themselves. Gurjit who discovered her kind within the remaining pool stage recreation stepped up and positioned a drag flick completely between the keeper and the submit defender handy India the lead. India got here near scoring as soon as once more only a minute later as one other flick by Gurjit was touched narrowly large by the Spanish keeper. Spain entered the Indian circle twice within the remaining minutes of the primary half, however India stored their self-discipline and cleared their strains to take the slender result in the second half.
A cagey third quarter adopted as Spain pressed larger and better. They lastly put the ball behind the purpose after Savita had saved an preliminary shot by Ycart, however India reviewed and the purpose was overturned as Ycart had not moved the ball 5 meters earlier than coming into the Indian circle. India survived all additional makes an attempt by Spain to breach their protection within the third quarter, leaving Spain quarter-hour to discover a purpose.
The fourth quarter was a lot of the identical, as Spain continued to surge ahead and overload the Indian circle, however India continued to play good disciplined protection, not letting Spain come near scoring all through. Gurjit Kaur and Deep Grace Ekka had been good in protection alongside Udita and Nikki Pradhan, because the clock ran out and India turned the champions of the inaugural FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2022 and certified for the FIH Hockey Professional League. Participant of the match was awarded to Neha, who was essential for India in releasing the stress permitting them to carry the lead for 54 minutes. As she acquired her award Neha spoke of her workforce’s good victory and stated: “We took an early lead and performed very well as a whole unit to guard it and are available out as winners.”
FIH Hockey Girls’s Nations Cup Spain 2022
Particular person Awards
Greatest Participant: Lucia Jimenez (ESP)
Greatest Junior Participant: Sarah Mcauley (IRL)
Greatest Goalkeeper: Savita (IND)
Hero Prime Scorer: Kathryn Mullan (IRL)
17 December 2022 Outcomes
Consequence: Match 1
South Africa 1-4 Chile
Participant of the Match: Francisca Tala (CHI)
Umpires: Ana Faias (POR), Durga Devi (IND), Magali Sergeant (BEL-video)
Consequence: Match 2
Italy 1-1 Korea (SO: 2-1)
Participant of the Match: Lucia Caruso (ITA)
Umpires: Natalia Lodeiro (URU), Ymkje van Slooten (NED), Vilma Bagdanskiene (LTU-video)
Consequence: Match 3
Japan 3-2 Eire
Participant of the Match: Yu Asai (JPN)
Umpires: Magali Sergeant (BEL), Kristy Robertson (AUS), Ana Faias (POR-video)
Consequence: Match 4
Spain 0-1 India
Participant of the Match: Neha (IND)
Umpires: Junko Wagatsuma (JPN), Mariana Reydo (ARG), Ymkje van Slooten (NED-video)