It’s time for the Chile women’s hockey team to fight for the Olympic quota in a do-or-die match against the Great Britain women’s hockey team, who are the last Olympic champions.
Chief Coach of the Chile women’s hockey team, Sergio “Cachito” Vigil, said that they have been preparing for this event since the last three and a half years and had to face different obstacles in different tournaments to get the necessary points and reach here.
Speaking about Chile’s opponent for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, Coach Cachito said that Great Britain women’s team are a tough opponent.
“The Great Britain women are powerful and aggressive. They are a team that goes like a steamroller, constantly forward. They are a team where everyone adds physical, technical and mental intensity to the game,” Cachito said.
“In order to win, we have to be physically, technically and strategically excellent against them, for which we are well prepared,” he added.
For preparing for the Qualifiers, the Chile women’s team also played practice matches against the Chile men’s team. Speaking about Chile’s preparations, Coach Cachito said;
“We have trained at very high intensities because we are going to play against a more intense team than usual. We practised against the men’s team, in order to simulate the game of Great Britain. I am happy to say we have achieved an unprecedented physical consistency so far,” Sergio said.
“I have no doubt that when we enter the field, the girls will be up to par in all areas of the game. I have no doubt that we are going to leave our mark.” he said.
Before arriving in London to play the two Olympic Qualifier matches, the Chile women played a two-day test match against the Canadian women’s hockey team.
The Chile women’s hockey team will face Great Britain on November 2 and 3 at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium in London.