The following chapter in one among world hockey’s rising rivalries will unfold over the approaching days because the Hockeyroos and India lock horns in a 3-match sequence at MATE Stadium in Adelaide beginning tomorrow evening.
Within the groups’ two earlier conferences, each matches have been drama-filled contests, with India knocking the Hockeyroos out of the Tokyo Olympics, earlier than the Australians prevailed in a shootout within the semi finals of final 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games.
Now they meet once more in Adelaide as either side proceed to construct as much as their respective qualifiers for the Paris Olympics.
Hockeyroos Head Coach Katrina Powell will give debuts to 5 gamers on this sequence, with Alice Arnott, Alanna Kavanagh, Olivia Downes, Aisling Utri and Pippa Morgan all getting their alternative.
With 5 debutantes and an extra eight gamers with 20 worldwide caps or much less, it highlights the nationwide hockey participant pathway is working and Powell is keen to see how the group performs collectively.
“It’s a comparatively new group so we’re making an attempt to merge them collectively and get them enjoying effectively come tomorrow evening after which hitting their stride by the third recreation on Sunday,” stated Powell.
“We expect a very robust sequence. There have been some large clashes in opposition to India of late so there’s some ascendancy that we’re each making an attempt to recover from the opposite…this week we’re hoping it’ll be us.”
“India is a skilful and decided staff. Technically, tactically and bodily they’re actually robust so it’s going to be a terrific problem.”
Veteran and native South Australian Jane Claxton will captain the staff, simply as she did the final time the Hockeyroos performed in Adelaide in 2017.
The 30-year-old says that 2017 sequence in opposition to Japan has been one among her fondest recollections in her ten 12 months Hockeyroos profession thus far.
“Hockey is a uncommon sport the place our household and buddies can’t usually observe us once we play world wide, so it’s particular to have a house sequence in Australia,” stated Claxton.
“India are a formidable drive. They’ve had an enormous coaching block main into this sequence and are busting to play video games, so we all know they’re going come out all weapons blazing.
“With expertise and plenty of inexperience in our staff, there might be plenty of gelling of how we match collectively, so hopefully by the third recreation we’ve got solidified our enjoying construction.”
“It’s nice to see the 5 debutantes getting their alternative and reward for the effort and time they’ve put into their hockey.”
Claxton performed in each the Olympic quarter closing and Commonwealth Video games semi closing in opposition to India and says there was no extra motivation wanted with the chance to play in her dwelling state.
“I’m a extremely aggressive individual and would say I’ve borderline white line fever, so any recreation I play for Australia is extremely necessary to me,” stated Claxton.
“Add to that being in my hometown in entrance of my household and buddies, I do know I’ll have plenty of fireplace in my stomach…and our current historical past in opposition to India does add plenty of curiosity to this sequence.”
For India, they enter this sequence in opposition to the Hockeyroos with a full power staff in what might be their first worldwide matches since January.
India Coach Janneke Schopman stated these matches can be invaluable as look forward to the Asian Video games in September which is able to decide whether or not they qualify for subsequent 12 months’s Olympics.
“For us to have the ability to play the Hockeyroos and see the place we’re at…we performed the primary ranked Netherlands in January so to return up in opposition to the Hockeyroos now’s going to be attention-grabbing to see if we will match them,” stated Schopman.
“This sequence is essential for us. I’m grateful that we’re right here as a result of it’s tougher to get video games in in opposition to prime groups, so that is necessary.”
Schopman additionally acknowledged the current historical past between the 2 groups added a stage of intrigue to this sequence however stated they weren’t reflecting on what occurred beforehand.
“For me after I was a participant but additionally a coach, it’s in regards to the subsequent factor and also you be taught from the previous,” stated Schopman.
“After we received (in opposition to the Hockeyroos) in Tokyo it was a very long time in the past after which on the Commonwealth Video games, that outcome was heartbreaking, however it’s what it’s…we’ve learnt from it, we’ve moved on. There’s no revenge…it is a new recreation.”
Hockeyroos v India Collection
MATE Stadium, Adelaide
Match 1 – Thursday 18 Might 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
Match 2 – Saturday 20 Might 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
Match 3 – Sunday 21 Might 2023 (6.00pm native, 6.30pm AEST)
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Australia A v India Collection
MATE Stadium, Adelaide
Match 1 – Thursday 25 Might 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
Match 2 – Saturday 27 Might 2023 (6.30pm native, 7.00pm AEST)
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Broadcast: Livestreamed on LIVEHockey