“Frustrated and upset” by the ‘whistleblower’ during the Indian women’s hockey team’s controversial Commonwealth Games loss to Australia, coach Janneke Schopman said her match had deflated and lost momentum after the incident. The Hockeyroos secured the gold medal clash against England after a controversial 3-0 victory over India on penalties on Friday. During the shootout, Australian Rosie Malone missed her shot, but much to the dismay of the Indian team and the fans, the attacker was given a second chance after England’s technical official, B Morgan, failed to start the clock in time.
Each player has eight seconds to throw the ball into the net during the shootout. Malone got a second chance and scored, setting the tone for the shootout as the Indians failed their first three attempts, while Australia took all their chances.
“After that, we lost a bit of our momentum. Then it went in and everyone deflated,” said Schopman, a double Olympic medalist.
“I’m not using it as an excuse but when you save it’s a huge boost for the team and you flip the decision and the girls are really mad about it,” she added.
She related the incident, saying: “The official’s hand was up, but I didn’t really know and neither did the umpires — A Church and H Harrison from England. So that’s why I’m frustrated because the umpires said we had to do it again.” “I tried to calm them down. In hindsight it’s 50-50, but I’m sure their focus was a bit lost after that,” said a frustrated Schopman.
The game ended in penalties after both teams tied 1-1 at the end of regular time.
“It’s all human and all emotion. Do we have to be better? That’s what I was trying to say, ‘girls, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter’. But of course it does matter and of course I’m angry because I think even the officials didn’t understand what happened.
“They said it’s not our decision. I said, ‘Australia isn’t complaining, they know they missed it, it was easy 10 seconds and they got a chance to score’.” “I think those people just don’t understand the game and the emotions that come with it.” However, India captain Savita Punia downplayed the incident, saying: “Maybe it was our bad luck in the shootout. We saved the first goal in time-out, but we were told the timer didn’t start on its own.
“This definitely played a part in the psychology of the players. But we learned from our coach that all these things are part of the game. We tried to come back.” “Absolutely, I am sad about this. But I am proud of the girls because they have made a comeback from a 0-1 deficit against a team like Australia. We decided at half time to go for that one goal and the team executed it perfectly.” Savita said their first reaction was shock and disbelief.
“Of course we are humans. Yes, the next moment we realize that we can’t change it, can’t excuse it and can’t 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 have happened? It’s never happened in my career. It was a first for me,” she added.
India now plays in the play-off for the bronze medal against New Zealand on Sunday.
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