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“Girls Are Really Upset”: India Women’s Hockey Coach Jeanneke Schopman On Clock Error In CWG Semi Vs Australia

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“Disappointed and furious” by the ‘clock sound’ during the Indian women’s hockey team’s controversial Commonwealth Games semi-final loss to Australia, coach Jeanneke Schopman said her side had fallen apart and lost momentum after the incident. Hockey Rouge set up a gold medal clash against England on Friday after a controversial 3-0 victory over India on penalties. During the shootout, Australia’s Rosie Malone missed her shot, but to the dismay of the Indian team and fans, the forward was given a second chance as a technical official, with England’s B Morgan failing to start the clock on time. Were.

Each player gets eight seconds to hit the ball in the net in the shootout. Sensing a second chance, Malone scored and it set the tone for the shootout as the Indians failed in their first three attempts, while Australia converted all their chances.

“After that, we lost our momentum a little bit. Then it went in, and everyone got frustrated,” said Schopman, a double Olympic medalist.

“I’m not going to use it as an excuse, but when you save, it’s a huge incentive for the team and you reverse the decision and the girls get really upset by it,” she said. Told.

Describing the incident, she said: “The official’s hand was up, but I really didn’t know and the umpires – A Church and England’s H Harrison – didn’t either. So, that’s why I’m disappointed because the umpire said that We have to take it again.” A frustrated Shopman said, “I tried to calm him down. Last time it was 50-50, but I’m sure he lost his focus a bit after that moment.”

The match progressed to penalties after both teams drew 1–1 at the end of regulation time.

“It’s all human and all emotion. Should we get better? That’s what I was trying to say, ‘Girls don’t matter, it doesn’t matter’. But of course it matters and of course I am also angry because I don’t think even the officers understood what had happened.

“They said it’s not our decision. I said ‘Aus isn’t complaining, they know they missed it, it was easily 10 seconds and they got a chance to score’.” “I think those people don’t understand the game and the emotions involved.” India captain Savita Punia, however, played down the incident and said: “Maybe it was our hard work in the shootout. We saved the first goal in the timeout but we were told that the timer had just not started.

“It definitely plays a part in the psychology of the players. But we’ve learned from our coach that all these things are part of the game. We tried to bounce back.” “Sure, I am saddened by that. But I am proud of the girls for coming back after going 0-1 against a team like Australia. We decided to go for that one goal and the team. Completely done.” Savita said her initial reaction was shock and disbelief.

“Of course we are human. Yes, the very next moment we realize that we cannot change it, give no excuse and fight for it. It happens sometimes.

“It was tough and we had to move on. But when we found out about this, we thought how could this happen? This has never happened in my career. It was a first for me.”

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India will now play New Zealand in the bronze medal playoff on Sunday.

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