“Girls Are Really Upset,” says India Women’s Hockey Coach Janneke Schopman Regarding Clock Error Against Australia in the CWG Semifinals
Rosie Malone of Australia missed her shot in the shootout, much to the chagrin of the Indian team and crowd, but the forward was given another chance.
Coach Janneke Schopman said she was “frustrated and angry” about the “clock howler” during the contentious Commonwealth Games semifinal loss of the Indian women’s hockey team to Australia. She added that her team was left downhearted and lost momentum as a result.
After a contentious 3-0 victory over India on penalties on Friday, the Hockeyroos advanced to the gold medal matchup against England.
Australia’s Rosie Malone missed her shot during the shootout, but to the surprise of the Indian team and crowd, the forward was given another chance because an English technical official, B Morgan, had delayed starting the clock.
In the shootout, each player has eight seconds to score a goal.
Malone converted his second opportunity, which set the tone for the shootout as the Indians missed their first three shots while Australia made all of theirs.
We slightly lost our momentum after that.
Then it did go in, leaving everyone feeling defeated, according to Schopman, a two-time Olympian.
I’m not using it as an excuse, but when you make the save, that’s a huge boost for the team and you reverse the decision, the girls are really upset about it, she continued.
She described the incident, saying: “The official’s hand was up, but I didn’t really know and the umpires — A Church and H Harrison of England — also didn’t know.
I tried to calm them down, but the umpires said we had to take it again, which is why I’m frustrated.
In retrospect, it’s probably 50/50, but I’m certain their attention was briefly diverted after that, said a irate Schopman.
Following a 1-1 tie between the two teams at the end of regulation, the game had reached the penalty round.
“Everything is emotional and human.
I was trying to convey to the girls, “It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter,” that we should be better.
But of course it matters, and of course I’m also upset because I don’t believe even the authorities comprehended what had taken place.
“They stated that it is not our decision.
“I think those people just don’t,” I remarked. “Australia are not complaining; they know they missed it; it was easily 10 seconds and they got the opportunity to score.”
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