In a spectacular display of skill, precision, and teamwork, India mercilessly defeated Hong Kong China with a staggering 13-0 scoreline in the Pool A match of the Women’s Hockey Competition at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team, ranked at the zenith of Pool A, demonstrated why they’re considered one of the most formidable teams in the tournament. With an impeccable attack right from the whistle, Katariya Vandana (#16) set the scoreboard ticking with a field goal within the first 2 minutes. Shortly after, Deepika (#55) and Monika (#4) netted impressive field goals, while Ekka Deep Grace (#3) capitalized on a penalty corner, ending the first quarter with India comfortably ahead at 4-0.
The second quarter witnessed an unabated Indian attack, with goals from Katariya Vandana, and Kumari Sangita (#14), further augmenting the score to 6-0 as they headed into the half-time break.
The team returned from the break with undiminished energy, scoring additional goals through Phalke Vaishnavi Vitthal (#69) and Ekka Deep Grace, advancing their lead to 8-0 by the close of the third quarter.
The final quarter was no different. India, with an offensive strategy, saw multiple players getting onto the scoresheet. A hat-trick by Katariya Vandana and additional goals by Deepika, Kumari Sangita, and Kaur Navneet (#25), concluded the match at a formidable 13-0, ensuring a victorious and dominant display by the Indian team.
The staggering 16 penalty corners awarded to India as opposed to Hong Kong China’s 1, indicated a relentless offensive approach from India, keeping the Hong Kong China defense under incessant pressure throughout the match. The strategic deployment of players by Coach SCHOPMAN Janneke certainly paid off, ensuring India remained a threat in all quarters of the game.
This spectacular win secures India’s position at the top of Pool A, having remained undefeated with 3 wins and 1 draw, boasting a goal difference of +32, and accumulating a total of 10 points. This triumphant victory not only amplifies their confidence but also propels them into the semi-finals, where they will be eyeing a spot in the finals and, subsequently, a gold medal.
India’s incredible performance throughout the pool stages, particularly this 13-0 drubbing of Hong Kong China, sends a clear message to their upcoming opponents in the semi-finals – they are here to win and are backed by a team performing at its peak.
In the upcoming semi-final match, it is anticipated that India will continue to harness the same energy, strategy, and execution that have brought them this far in the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. All eyes will be on them to maintain this momentum and bring home the gold.