Indian women go down fighting against Great Britain to miss bronze narrowly in Olympics hockey
Tokyo/IBNS: Indian eves put up a plucky fight before going down against Great Britain 3 – 4 in the women’s hockey play-off match for the bronze medal at the Olympics Friday.
Indian women fought bravely not only to draw level after being two goals down, they also took the lead for a brief period before the Britishers won the match narrowly to bag the bronze.
Though India had to remain content finishing 4th in this Olympics, they displayed fine grit and courage at this game by reaching the last four stage to be known as a force to reckon with in the international arena.
After a barren first quarter when both the teams made alternate attacks without success, the second quarter produced lots of action resulting in as many as five goals three of which were scored by India.
It was Great Britain who forged ahead first in the 16th minute through Elena Rayer. Though Deep Grace Ekka tried to thwart the bid, Elena’s powerful attempt went in hitting Ekka’s stick (O - 1). Eight minutes later Sarah Robertson buttressed their lead, capitalising a pass from Shona McCCallin (0 – 2).
In spite of being two goals down, India made a tremendous fight back as noted drag-flickers converted two penalty corners in the 25th and 26th minute to restore parity for India.( 2 -2).
Inspired after leveling the score India pressed up their attack further and went ahead a minute before the end of second quarter when Vandana Kataria off a Sushila Chanu pass beat the rival keeper nicely (3 -2).
Stung by the reverse, Britishers went all out in the third quarter and managed to draw level through their skipper Hollie Pearne Webb following a melee inside Indian “D” in the 35th minute.
The fourth quarter saw both Great Britain and India making all out attempts and Great Britain had the last laugh when Grace Balsdon scored the winning goal converting a penalty corner in the 48th minute to earn the bronze for their country (3-4).