New Delhi:The Indian women's hockey team, sans coach, finished last at the four-nations tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands after they were thrashed 1-5 by South Africa in the third and fourth place play-off match.
Hosts Netherlands won the tournament after crushing Great Britain 5-0 in the final on Saturday.
South Africa, who were earlier beaten by the Indian eves 0-1 in the league stages, took sweet revenge, finding the Indian net twice in the first half (Marsh Marescia 11, Kathleen Taylor 12) and thrice after the breather (Vida Ryan 50, 69 and Jenny Wilson 68).
For India, skipper Surinder Kaur was the lone goal scorer in the 16th minute of the match on Saturday.
The Indian team, who is on a 22-day Europe tour, is missing the services of their chief coach M K Kaushik as his employer Harayan Sports Department has not cleared his leave.
To add to the woes, the Indian Women's Hockey Federation also did not send a manager with the team on the Europe sojourn which is seen as a preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Indian eves will now travel to Bremen, Germany where they will feature in another four-nation tournament involving Korea, South Africa and the hosts starting from July 3 to 6.