India edges Chile in shootout for HWL Round 2 Title

Indian Women, Champions of HWL 2017 Round 2
Credit:Hockey Canada|10-Apr-2017 10:59

India edged Chile 3-1 in a shootout to take the title at the 2017 Gryphon Hockey World League 2 in West Vancouver, Canada. Belarus converted on corners to finish third over Uruguay, while Canada dropped Mexico to finish fifth. 

Being seven world ranking spots behind didn’t stop World No. 19 Chile from getting on the board first against India. Denise Krimerman’s solo efforts into the circle were rewarded when her team mate Maria Maldonado flicked in the resulting loose ball for Las Diablas to go up 1-0 in the 5th minute. Chile followed up with several chances in front of the Indian goal mouth but keeper Savita gave little room. India’s first chance at goal came in the 22nd minute when Kaur Gurjit’s penalty corner flick was saved by Chilean goalie Claudia Schuler. Moments later Katariya Vandana’s speed allowed her into the circle with an open shot but Schuler was again there to make the save. 

India finally found their equalizer in a penalty corner in the 41st minute. A textbook option from Rani to the far post allowed Anupa to deflect in and tie the game 1-1. In the 49th, Deepika, playing in her 200th game for India, rifled a back-hand shot from in tight but it was saved well by Schuler. The game could not be settled in regular time leaving it all down to a shootout. Rani scored on her one-on-one attempt and on a stroke, while Savita made a key save to crown India the World League Round 2 champions in West Vancouver, Canada.

Following the tournament, individual awards were celebrated to the best player, Ryta Batura of Belarus, best junior player, Denise Krimerman of Chile, best goalkeeper, Savita of India, and top goal scorer, Brienne Stairs of Canada. India and Chile were also honoured for their qualification through to the Hockey World League Semifinals later this year.