Four days of competition culminated in two hugely entertaining finals at the Oi Hockey Stadium and saw the Indian Men’s hockey team beat New Zealand 5-0 whilst the women’s team beat host Japan 2-1.
In what was a fascinating few days of action, India showed their dominance in the event, making it into the top two of the men’s competitions from two wins and one loss.
The women’s robin round also ended with the Indian women’s hockey team a step above, coming top on the league respectively with three wins from three.
Indian Men’s team Captain Harmanpreet Singh in a post match interview said he was pleased with the teams performance.
“We played really well. We were expecting a tough match against New Zealand, since we lost to them in the league stage. But, we really sat together, worked on our mistakes and the results are in front of you, ” Harmanpreet said.
Indian women’s team player Monika in a post match interview said she was extremely happy to finish on the top.
“Our team did a great job. It was a hard match. Japan are a tough team and they play really well, so we are extremely happy with the results. The Japanese are very particular in defence and attack, but we stuck to our strategy,” Monika said.
Ofcourse, the results here do not matter as it has no impact on their qualification for Tokyo 2020. But, it’s undeniably a sweet victory for both the teams.
The Men & Women both teams will look forward to play their final qualification match in October/November.