Girls Are Furious: India Women's Hockey Coach Janneke Schopman Blames Australia in the CWG Semifinal on a Clock Error

Australia beat India 3-0 on penalties in Commonwealth Games semifinal . India lost 3-0 to Australia in penalty shootout after penalty shootout .

During the tense Commonwealth Games semifinal loss to Australia by India's Indian womens hockey teams, coach Janneke Schopman said her team was left deflated and losing momentum as a result of the incident.After a humiliating 3-0 victory over India on penalties on Friday, the Hockeyroos set up their gold medal contest against England.Australias Rosie Malone missed her shot during the shootout, but to the dismay of the Indian team and supporters, the forward was given a second chance because a technical official, B Morgan of England, had failed to start the clock on time.Malone scored and set the tone for the shootout, where the Indians failed their first three attempts, while Australia converted all their chances.

Schopman, a double Olympic medalist, said that the save gave the team a huge boost and that the girls were really upset about it.She said: The officials hand was up, but I didn't know it and that the umpires-A Church and H Harrison of England-did not.I'm sorely disappointed because the umpires said we must retake it.I tried to calm them down.

Should we be better girls?Exactly what I was saying, girls, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter.It does matter, but I'm also outraged because I don't think even the authorities understood what happened.They said it was not our decision.Australia isn't complaining, they aren't complaining, they just know they've missed it, it was just ten seconds, and they had the opportunity to score.

However, India captain Savita Punia dismissed the incident and said, We may have had a bad time in the shootout.We saved the first goal in the timeout, but were told that the timer didn't start until it was finished.This was certainly an effect on the players' mood.We've all learnt from our mentor that all of these things are a part of the game.We needed to resurrect ourselves.

However, I'm proud of the girls for coming back from being 0-1 down against a team like Australia.At halftime, we had decided to go for this one goal, and the team did it superbly.They were initially shocked and disbelief, according to Savita.We are humans.

It happens to us all the time.We had to work hard.We wondered if this had happened before we became aware of it.Probably not.

For me, it was a first.(India will now play New Zealand in the bronze medal playoff on Sunday.)