Indian Women Hockey took 40 years to reach in the quarterfinals of the Women's Hockey World Cup by defeating Italy 3-0 in their crossover clash and entered the final eight. Indian team with its 15 players proved their talent.
The team scored first against Italy and spread their magic. They defeated Italy with 3-0 on Tuesday in London. However, the coach Sjoerd Marijne wasn't happy in the break after the first quarter, "I am not happy. We are playing more reactive (hockey)."
From the start, India held the game very well and scored two more goals for a comfortable win. Neha Goyal and Vandana Katariya joined teenager Lalremsiami on the score-sheet. Even the TV commentator was talking more about Lalremsiami's hockey skills. Also, the 18-year-old who hails from Mizoram showed her off-field courage while facing a foreign journalist. When the skipper first played the World Cup in 2010, she won the 'Young Player of the Tournament' award.
All in all, India showed a spirited performance by taking an early lead and kept the pressure on the against the team. Three goals made the team reach the last four and even target a maiden title. Seeing the excellent performance of Women Hockey Team, the internet was buzzing and applauding ladies on a great achievement:
At the ground, there was a third team watching the match of India and Italy when they were indulged in the must-win battle, it was Ireland which qualified directly for the quarters as Pool B toppers. The team was in the stands to see who they face for a place in the semi-finals. Infact, Irish girls pays a levy of €550 a year to supplement their funding to play a World Cup quarter-final.
The Irish Times reports that the Ireland players pay to represent their country in the Hockey World Cup: "Over the last two or three years we've had to fund-raise as a team to cover the levy as it was getting too difficult to come up with that money ourselves. "It's an extra thing hanging over your head and it's difficult to compete with teams who have huge resources when we're actually paying to play for our country."