Indian hockey women’s team beaten by New Zealand

Megan Hull scores with two set pieces to down India in a close encounter.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

The India women's hockey team were edged out 2-1 by New Zealand in a competitive encounter in Auckland.

Sjoerd Marijne's side fell behind after only three minutes when Megan Hull scored from a penalty corner.

Salima Tete equalised in the first quarter, before Hull converted a penalty stroke in the last 15 minutes of the match to secure victory for the hosts.

India defeated New Zealand’s developmental squad 4-0 last Saturday.

Coach Stresses on Effectiveness

"Today, we created enough scoring opportunities but we were not productive enough. New Zealand was very successful in the little changes they brought into the match compared to our first game and they executed them well," said India Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne after the match.

"It is not about how many opportunities you create but how effective you are. New Zealand were stronger than the first match today and in the beginning, we were struggling with that. But after the first quarter, we played much better.

"We created eight shots on goal and four penalty corners today, we are definitely working on being more effective in the coming matches," Marijne further added.

On this tour, the India hockey women’s team will play New Zealand twice - on January 29 and February 5 and they will clash with Great Britain on February 4.