Japan, Poland, Russia & India women‘s teams claimed opening day victories at the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan.
In Pool A, Chile clean swept Mexico (7-0) while host nation Japan satisfied their fans by winning against Russia in a close game (2-1).
Captain of the Chile team, Camila Caram said it was not an easy game due to the weather conditions.
“It was a tough game, really hard also because of the rain and Chile played really well.”
Japan‘s Yu Asaid, said she was pleased with the win but would have like to score.
“Happy to win, but not happy to not have scored the first goal. For the next match we want to score the first goal and win well.”
In the pool B, Poland emerged winners by scoring six goals in the second half against highly determined Fiji (6-0), with India defeating Uruguay with a strong performance in the final match of the day (4-1).
Poland Skipper Marlena Rybacha said they were determined to win.
“I think we believed that we stuck to the plan of what we needed to do, we knew that sooner or later we were going to score a goal. We just needed to be determined enough to just put it in the goal and not next to the goal”.
Rani Rampal, India‘s captain said Uruguay played very well too.
“We played as a team together today, and tomorrow we will have another important game so we have to step up our game. They [Uruguay] have also played so well.”
The action continues tomorrow in Hiroshima (16th June)
12:00 (JST) Russia – Mexico (Pool B)
14:00 (JST) Chile – Japan (Pool B)
16:00 (JST) Uruguay – Fiji (Pool A)
18:00 (JST) Poland – India (Pool A)