Auckland: Striker Navneet Kaur scored a brace to guide the Indian women’s hockey team to a convincing 3-0 win over New Zealand in the last game of its five-match tour on Wednesday.
Navneet found the net in the 45th and 58th minutes, while Sharmila scored a field goal in the 54th min as India drew curtains on NZ tour on a bright note.
After a goalless opening two quarters, Navneet finally broke the deadlock for India in the 45th minute
Sharmila then doubled the lead when she struck a powerful shot past the NZ goalkeeper in the 54th minute. Navneet found the net again just two minutes from the final hooter with a beautiful field strike. India began the tour by thrashing NZ Development squad 4-0 before suffering close 1-2 and 0-1 defeats to the home senior team.
In penultimate game of the tour, skipper Rani’s lone strike handed India a 1-0 win over Great Britain.
“…I am happy we produced three goals against New Zealand in the last match. This tour gave us a good insight about where we need to improve and one of the things is to create faster play than we do now,” said India’s Coach Sjoerd Marijne.
Commenting on his side’s performance during the tour, Marijne said, “Sometimes we tend to keep the ball too long on the stick and then we create pressure. We need to avoid that by passing faster.”