It has been a dreamy few hours for Indian hockey lovers and those who have been following the game from long. While the men's team reached their first semifinal since 1972 on Sunday, the women's team scripted history by securing their first-ever semifinal berth at the Olympic Games. Rani Rampal & Co played the best hockey of their life to stun a mighty Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinal. Soon after the final whistle, the Indian players' joy knew no bounds and even the team's chief coach Sjoerd Marijne seemed on top of the world.
It was truly an emotional moment for the team as the players made a huddle to celebrate the historic win. As wishes came in from all corners for the team, coach Marijne also posted an image with the team from the bus. However, it was the caption that has won the hearts over of the fans. "Sorry family, I coming again later," he wrote.
Seconds after the conclusion of the match, the Indian coach was also spotted holding his phone, probable speaking to his family about the unprecedented feat that his team had achieved. In fact, several images of him celebrating their win over the Hockeyroos have emerged.
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It should be noted that Marijne was appointed as the head coach of the women's team on a four-year contract. A former Netherland player, he boasts of an impressive record as he guided the U-21 womens' team to a World Cup win win while also aiding the Dutch senior women's side to a gold medal at the Hockey World League. His team's win over Australia, who got many penalty corners in contrast to India's one and only, through which they scored, is set to go down in history as one of the most remarkable matches in Indian women's hockey history.
Moreover, Gurjit Kaur 's goal on Monday was the first for this team through a penalty corner at this Olympics. It was also the first Australia conceded through a penalty corner at the Games which suggests how crucial that is for India who seems to be peaking at the right stage after a poor start to their campaign losing their first three matches.