The Hockeyroos’ dream of an Olympic medal has been shattered by an unheralded but tenacious India in the biggest upset of the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Hockey Tournament.
Undefeated in the preliminary matches, and having conceded just one goal from five outings, the world number two side was knocked out of the Games in a 1-0 result.
The victory was like no other for the world number nine team who claimed the biggest scalp of their three Olympic campaigns and secured only their fifth win from 42 international match-ups against the highly-fancied Australians.
India won just two of their pool matches in Tokyo to secure a place in the Knockout Stage, finishing fourth in their group, in a stark improvement from the 2016 Games where they finished last.
Despite dominating possession and boasting 14 shots on goal including five penalty corners, compared to India’s five attempts and one corner, the Australians failed to put themselves on the scoreboard in what was a match full of missed opportunities.
The result was a painful reminder of the Rio Olympics where they were knocked-out by New Zealand in the quarter finals to finish sixth overall.
India 1 (Gurjit Kaur 22’)
@ Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo
Hockeyroos: 2.Rosie Malone, 3.Brooke Peris, 4.Amy Lawton, 10.Maddy Fitzpatrick, 13.Edwina Bone (c), 14.Steph Kershaw, 15.Kaitlin Nobbs, 18.Jane Claxton, 20.Karri Somerville, 21.Renee Taylor, 22.Kate Jenner, 24.Mariah Williams, 26.Emily Chalker, 27.Rachael Lynch (gk), 30.Grace Stewart, 32.Savannah Fitzpatrick