The Indian women’s hockey team on Sunday won the FIH Series Finals after defeating the tournament hosts Japan 3-1 at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium.
Skipper Rani Rampal, the best player of the tournament, netted a goal in the third minute but India conceded an equaliser in the 11th minute as Japan’s Kanon Mori scored.
However, a brace from Gurjit Kaur, the top scorer of the tournament, scored in the 45th and 60th minutes took India to an emphatic victory.
This was a remarkable win for India who have been brilliant and unbeaten throughout the tournament.
India head coach Sjoerd Marijne said we was extremely happy with the win.
“It was a tough match, we are happy with the 500 points, we came here with a mission for the 500 points, it gave us the opportunity to play home (…) I think we have defended very well and we can play fast combination hockey and we have a really good drag flick.”
Japan head coach Anthony Farry said he was disappointed with the result.
“The girls kept going until the end, created some good chances maybe couple of things didn’t fall out well and that’s the beauty of sport I guess. Disappointing but we’ll come back stronger from this performance”
The end of the tournament saw Gurjit Kaur winning the Hero Top Scorer Award while Rani Rampal bagged the Best player award. Japan’s Megumi Kageyama won the Best Goalkeeper award.