Eves sent packing

The Indian women’s hockey team put up yet another disappointing show to crash out of the semifinal race with a 1-8 drubbing at the hands of top-ranked Netherlands in the FIH World League Round 3 here.

The Indian eves started the match on a bright note and dominated the early exchanges before fizzling out against the Dutch girls late on Tuesday night. It took the hosts 21 minutes to get off the blocks when the Dutch had numbers in their favour on a trip down field allowing Kim Lammers to convert a chance with a slap shot from close range.

Two minutes later, captain Maartje Paumen doubled the Netherlands’ lead by converting a penalty corner with a powerful flick to the upper right corner of the Indian goal.

Even though the Indian eves managed to sneak in a goal, the second half completely belonged to the Dutch girls who pumped in as many as six.

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