Acclimatising to the chilly Spanish circumstances and making last changes to their sport will probably be key to India’s success on the FIH Ladies’s Nations Cup, stated the group’s chief coach Janneke Schopman.
The FIH Nations Cup begins on December 11 right here. India is grouped in Pool B alongside aspect Canada, Japan and South Africa, whereas Pool A consists of Eire, Italy, Korea and hosts Spain.
The 2022 FIH Ladies’s Nations Cup is a crucial fixture within the worldwide calendar because it brings in a promotion-relegation system. The champions from this occasion will probably be promoted to the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Ladies’s Professional League.
After arriving right here almost two weeks earlier than to get acclimatised to the circumstances, the Indians performed three apply matches in opposition to Spain.
“It’s chilly right here however coaching has been going nicely, now we have been in a position to construct on our coaching throughout the nationwide camp in SAI, Bangalore. The apply matches have been very helpful, it confirmed us precisely the place we have to put some further give attention to come the event. Total, all video games have been aggressive and fairly even primarily based,” stated Schopman.
The Indian group, led by goalkeeper Savita, misplaced the primary apply match 0-1 earlier than drawing 1-1 and dropping 1-3.
India will play Eire in one other apply sport on Thursday earlier than beginning their marketing campaign in opposition to Canada on Sunday.
“We’ll use this week to take the lesson from the Spain sport and give attention to these areas in coaching. We play Eire on Thursday as nicely and we anticipate it to be an excellent sport,” Schopman stated.
After ending a formidable third of their maiden FIH Hockey Professional League look final season, India will probably be vying for a spot in subsequent 12 months’s occasion by successful the FIH Nations Cup.
“The gamers are conscious of what’s at stake on this event. They know enjoying in subsequent 12 months’s Professional League will probably be helpful for them as they put together for the Asian Video games and the Paris Olympics,” Schopman stated.