Women’s hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is optimistic ahead of next month’s FIH World Cup in London. He said the team performed brilliantly in the recently-concluded Spain tour which was a major boost for their performance enhancement in the long run. The tour has proven to be an ideal preparation for India for the next big game in London.

Hockey India on June 23 shortlisted a 48-player team for the senior women’s national camp for the upcoming World Cup to be held in London, starting 21 July

“Our team’s performance during the Spain Tour showed that we are raising our levels at the right time and that the players are adjusting well to the way we intend to play. In the upcoming three weeks, we will be focusing on fine-tuning our fitness levels and maintaining speed in our play throughout 60 minutes,” said Marijne, Firstpost reported.

“I believe that the players showed a good mentality throughout the five matches in Spain and experienced what we need to do to play at a high level against a tactically strong opposition.”

“We will now take the last step in working on our fitness and speed which will prepare us perfectly for the first match against England at the Women’s World Cup in London,” the Dutchman said ahead of the national camp.

Marijne believes the team had on the ground while playing in the Spain tour. They also raised the level of defending the ball and will now have the chance to raise fitness levels and speed. They will soon regroup for the national camp in Bengaluru.

World No 10 Indian women’s hockey team recently returned from their successful Spain Tour. They defeated the World No 11 Spanish team 3-2 in the third match and 4-1 in the fifth match while drawing the second match 1-1.

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