The Indian girls created history on Sunday by winning the country's first-ever bronze medal in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany after pipping England 3-2 on penalties in the third-fourth place play-off match.
And the team's coach said the junior eves' success could not have come at a better time as it could inspire their senior male counterparts, who are busy preparing for the all-important Asia Cup scheduled to be held from August 24 to September 1.
"It (the junior team's success) might inspire them (senior men's team) but at the end of the day we did our job. Inspiration comes from different places and different people. If we can play a little part in inspiring them we will be more than happy," the Australian said.
After having failed to secure a direct berth in the FIH Men's World Cup in Hague, The Netherlands from the FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam, India will now have to win the Asia Cup in Malaysia to qualify for next year's mega-event.
But Hawgood sees no reason why the eight-time Olympic champions can't win the upcoming eight-nation tournament.
"But in the end they (men's team) know what they have to do. They are good enough to play and win the Asia Cup," Hawgood said.


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