The Indian Women’s Hockey Team is on a roll. Led by Haryana’s Rani Rampal, the team on Monday (Sept 18) beat the Belgium Junior Men’s Team 4-3 in a thrilling knockout. The Indian team is currently on their Europe tour.

Notable goals from Gurjit Kaur (7th and 11th minutes) and Captain Rani (13th and 33rd minutes) helped the women secure their first win of the tour.

The Indian team was in attack mode from the beginning. A penalty corner in the 7th minute and a drag-flicker by Gurjit Kaur gave the team an early lead. The defenders challenged India’s lead in the 11th minute, which was converted to a penalty corner to make it 2-0. Rani, besides captaining the team to a sure win, scored a field goal in the 13th minute to make it 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. This gave Indians the upper hand.

In the second quarter India bettered with grit and aim, fighting their way onto 3-0 lead at the end of 30 minutes. The third quarter saw some high intensity play as in the 33rd minute Rani scored her second of the match to make it 4-0.

Meanwhile, the Belgium team finally started scoring. Though India’s sturdy defence was commendable, the host scored some great field goals and managed to make it 3-4. But it was already too late for them and India won the match 4-3.

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Sjoerd Marijne, coach of men’s team coach, took to Twitter saying, “Enjoyed coaching the last match with The Indian Women’s Team. Proud of them.”

The Indian women’s team had earlier scored a 2-2 draw against the junior Belgium men’s team besides losing both their matches against Ladies Den Bosch on the tour of Europe.

Also Read: Ex-captain of Hockey women’s team, Mamta Kharab becomes Gurgaon ACP

Feature Image Credit: SjoerdMarijne/Twitter

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