Coach of Indian Women’s hockey team, Sjoerd Marijne made a blunder while managing his debut game. In the first of the five-match Test series against Belarus, the Dutch coach of Team India, sent an incomplete 10-member side, instead of full-strength 11.
Absurdly the error went undetected for 15 minutes or an entire quarter. Marijne was not aware of his reduced team until a local coach and officials of Hockey India pointed out that his team was playing with one player short.
The coach was shocked and immediately pulled out a player from the dugout and directed her to take to the field to complete the 11-member side. The goof-up on part of Marijne raised eyebrows among the people present there.
Reacting to this bizarre goof-up, MP Hockey Academy coach Dr. Habib Hasan said: “It’s strange that 10 players are playing in such an important match.” He was the one to raise the flag with Hockey India officials who in turn alerted the Dutch coach.
The series is significant as it is a preparation for World Hockey League scheduled from April 1, 2017 in Canada. World Hockey League is the qualifying tournament for the World Cup, which is to be held next year in London.
Talking about the match then, Indian women’s hockey team was dominant on the field as they defeated Belarus 5-1. Navjot Kaur opened the score sheet by scoring in 11th and 15th minute. Her first goal came through a penalty corner, while her second one was a sensational field goal. Also Read: India thrash Belarus in women’s hockey
Punam Barla, Deep Grace Ekka and Gurjit Kaur all added to the tally by scoring in 29th, 57th, 60th minutes respectively. For Belarus, Sviatlana Bahushevich scored a consolation goal in the 37th minute.