Asia: Clinical China claim another scalp as Hockeyroos frustrate India

Australia triumphed 3-0 in a close match against hosts India. The first quarter was evenly contested, but the Australians started to control matters in the second period. The Hockyroos drew first blood off an 80m counterattack in the 19th minute, Grace Stewart getting ahead of her marker for a tap-in at the left post after a series of beautiful passes through the centre channel. Indian goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam then denied the Australians briefly with an excellent acrobatic save, but Tatum Stewart ripped a drag flick home off a penalty corner in the 23rd minute and the Aussies went to half-time leading 2-0.


India looked good going forward in the second half, testing the excellent Jocelyn Bartram in the Australian goal repeatedly but failing to find the score that might have swung the momentum in their favour. The Hockeyroos survived a series of player suspensions and penalty corners and, with a player in the sin bin, Kaitlin Nobbs closed out the scoring from a well-executed one-on-one against Savita in the Indian goal.


Player of the match Tatum Stewart for Australia reflected on a good win against the hosts: “It’s always hard when you’re playing away from home and the home team has such an amazing crowd, but if there’s one thing our team is good at it’s working hard and sticking together so I think we really showed that tonight.”



Top Scorer Armband

To celebrate the talented goal-scorers throughout the season the FIH has introduced the Top Scorer Armband, which is being worn by the leading goal-scorers in the men’s and women’s competitions in the current season, as a visual mark for the fans, and for the players to wear proudly, match after match.

Current Top Scorers:

Women – Yibbi Jansen (NED) (9 goals)

Men – Thierry Brinkman (NED), Tomas Domene (ARG), Sam Ward (GBR), Struan Walker (GBR), Terrance Pieters (2 goals)


To see the current standings in the FIH Hockey Pro League, click here.

FIH Hockey Pro League – 7 February 2024

Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar, India (IND)


Result: Match 13 (W)

China 3 – 1 United States

Player of the match: Dan Wen (CHN)

Umpires: Raghu Prasad (IND), Kelly Hudson (NZL), Zeke Newman (AUS-video)


Result: Match 14 (W)

India 0 – 3 Australia

Player of the match: Tatum Stewart (AUS)

Umpires: Xiaoying Liu (CHN), Rawi Anbananthan (MAS), Kelly Hudson (NZL-video)

by Asia Hockey


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