Indian Hockey Team loses to Australia in a friendly match: 2-1

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Indian Hockey Team loses to Australia in a friendly match: 2-1

The Indian men’s hockey team failed to display an impressive show, losing a friendly match to Australia by 2-1 and concluding the Australian-Tour on a disappointing note. The friendly match that was substitute for the third-place playoff, was contested at the Perth Hockey Stadium, in Australia, on November 3.

Earlier on, it was decided that India will take on a new entrant, Australia-A, for the bronze medal, as apart from India, the other contestants of the Three-Nation Tournament were Australia and Pakistan only.

Conversely, the organisers of the tournament took a decision to hold a test-game between Australia and India.  

Indian Hockey Coach, Michael Nobbs, was not satisfied with the performance the Indian team displayed throughout the tournament.

Commenting about the future, he observed, “Our next target is the Champions Challenge in South Africa late November. The area is about 300 Meters above sea level. We have high altitude training facilities in Pune; we are therefore going to have our camp there”.

The Australians with an unbeaten record handled India, the 10th placed team according to the world rankings, with tremendous ease.

Although the Indian hockey team denied many short corners attempted by the other side in the first thirty-five minutes of play, it did not uphold its game-level in the second part of the game.

Both the squads landed onto the field, aiming only to annihilate the opponents. However, it was Australia that succeeded in its mission.

In the defensive game, Daniel Hotchkiss received a pass from Tim Bates and managed to take the ball at the right flank. He slammed a powerful shot in the corner of the cage.

However, the lead did not continue for long time. Sandeep Singh, after missing three short corners, converted a chance with a classic shot, marking a tie at one-all.

At that time, it seemed that the game would conclude in a draw. However, the Indian defence-line collapsed in the waning minutes of the match.

Tim Bates, after many failed attempts, scored another goal, putting Australia ahead of India by 2-1.

In the later minutes, the Indian team earned many goal scoring chances but they were to no avail.  Sardara Singh, Ignace Tirkey and Arjun Halappa missed many opportunities and lost the match by 2-1.

The Indian team failed to bring any fruitful results throughout the Australian Tournament which is not a positive omen for its future assignments.

 

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