India Crowned FIH Women’s Nations Cup Champions

Team India have been crowned the first ever champions of the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup Spain 2022 after beating the hosts 1-0 in a nail biting final. The victory also secures them a place in the 2023/24 FIH Pro League, which is going to be huge in preparing for the Paris Olympics, assuming they qualify for the Games. 

Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the sixth minute from the penalty corner as the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists ended the eight-nation tournament with five wins on the trot.

In front of an electric crowd in the finals in Valencia, Spain, the quality of the game was extremely high as both teams gave it their all through the 60 minutes, with each enjoying excellent attacking opportunities, met by even better defensive efforts.

Indian defenders particularly played the game of their lives, repelling wave after wave of Spanish attacks towards the tail-end of the game, showcasing excellent defensive discipline and keeping a clean sheet, conceding just 2 penalty corners in all of the second half, while facing immense pressure.

The Spanish walk away with a silver medal while Japan take bronze after defeating Ireland in the 3rd place play off.

7th Place Match: South Africa vs Chile 1-4 

South Africa and Chile both came into the FIH Hockey Nations Cup 2022 hoping for a better finish than 7th, but the competition has been stiff throughout the tournament and both teams had their good moments despite having to settle for the final two spots. 

Chile were the better team for the majority of the game and the score could have been higher in their favour but South African keeper Anelle van Deventer continued to excel in goal, keeping South Africa in the game for a while, before a late surge by Chile in the final 7 minutes. 

Chile opened the scoring in the 27th minute as a Maldonado deflection that looked like it was heading out, took an inside edge of the keeper’s stick and went in. South Africa were quick to answer back as captain Quanita Bobbs’ penalty corner brought them level a minute before half. 

These are the players that earned individual awards from the FIH Women’s Nations Cup 2022:

Hero Top Scorer: Kathryn Mullan – Ireland

Best Player: Lucia Jimenez – Spain

Best Junior Player: Sarah Mcauley – Ireland

Best Goalkeeper: Savita – India

17 December 2022 Results

Result: Match 1

South Africa 1-4 Chile

Player of the Match: Francisca Tala (CHI) 

Result: Match 2

Italy 1-1 Korea (SO: 2-1)

Player of the Match: Lucia Caruso 

Result: Match 3

Japan 3-2 Ireland

Player of the Match: Yu Asai (JPN)

Result: Match 4

Spain 0-1 India 

Player of the Match: Neha

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