Australia kept up their impressive recent record of winning a big-ticket FIH every year by beating Argentina 2-1 in the summit clash of the World League Final on Sunday.
It was a fitting end to the eight-nation tournament which witnessed a keen battle between world’s best two teams.
India reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League Final after eking out a close 2-1 win over Germany.
Australia beat Germany 3-0 as their five players fell sick which severely handicapped their preparation for the semifinal.
The Kookaburras beat a lowly Spain 4-1 by converting three penalty corners in a span of three minutes at the Kalinga Stadium.
After a near-perfect display against the world champions Australia yesterday, the Indians dished out a below-par effort against England.
It was a dull first quarter as both the teams failed to create any real scoring opportunities despite playing fast, aggressive hockey.
Marijne said some mistakes were bound to happen in the beginning of a tournament which will die down as the event progresses.
India by far were the better side on display and outplayed Australia in terms of ball possession at the floodlit Kalinga Stadium.
Germany will play world champions and no.2 side in the world Australia in their second Pool B match tomorrow, while England will be up against hosts India.
Marijne, who took over the team just two months back after the sacking of legendary Roelant Oltmans, though knows it easier said than done.