Scotland, 27 July 2014: The Indian Women’s Hockey team defeated 0-3 by 4th ranked New Zealand in their second match of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. In the other matches of the day, England women defeated Malaysia by 5-0, Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 4-1 and Australia put 9 past the hosts Scotland.
The Black Sticks women easily came over the Indian defence line-up in the 3rd minute, when Indian defence gifted them an easy penalty corner and G. Flynn converted it to take 1-0 lead for her team. The Indian defence quickly regrouped and absorbed most of the Kiwi attacks until half time without letting in any further goals.
Though some promising passing movements were put up by the Indian team but poor basic skills like trapping especially near kiwi D and mis-judged moves kept haunting them.
The second half saw the Indian women’s attacking play and were better on the ball for the first ten minutes. It was only in the 46th minute of the game when New Zealand earned a penalty corner opportunity which Anita Punt successfully converted it to take the lead ahead by 2-0. In the 53rd minute Anita Punt from New Zealand again managed to add another goal when she converted a penalty stroke and marked 3-0 on board.
It could be noticed that, India survived many dangerous moments, thanks to video referral as they got the decisions reversed on those occasion until the penalty stroke decision was upheld and India lost the referral.
In the match between Australia and hosts of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Scotland: Jodie Kenny’s second hat-trick in as many matches was the highlight in the big victory for the Aussies, with a comprehensive display of their penalty corner prowess as their first seven goals came from set-plays.
Ashleigh Nelson, Georgia Nanscawen, Brooke Peris and Jayde Taylor also found the target while Anna Flanagan netted a double and was unfortunate not to get her own hat-trick after seeing a late penalty stroke hit the post. Edwina Bone made her 50th appearance for Australia in the match.
When asked afterwards what pleased him more, the defensive strength or the number goals his side is scoring, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I think it’s both pleasing. I would like to think that we could go through this tournament without conceding a goal. I think we have the capacity to do that. We were very good in the lead-up, not only in the World Cup but also in the practice games. We have continued to improve; we’re trialling players in different positions and I was pleased with how they’ve done that. I think that we can continue to improve for the next matches.”
England’s women over came Malaysia‘s initial stubborn resistance, as Ellie Watton broke their resolve, steering home a penalty corner in the 18th minute. But for all England’s domination of possession, they didn’t double their advantage until Giselle Ansley swept home a penalty corner on the stroke of half-time. Malaysian keeper Farah Ayuni Yahya did her best to keep the score line respectable until second half strikes from Sophie Bray, Alex Danson and Hollie Webb completed the win with England keeper Maddie Hinch only called into action a couple of times across the 70 minutes.
Danny Kerry, England Head Coach, on the win and the next match against Australia in preliminary stage of Glasgow 2014 CWG, “I thought we were very solid. Malaysia kept a lot of players behind the ball and we had to work hard on creating the openings in play. Across the 70 minutes we managed to create a reasonable amount and it’s good to get five goals, but we will have to be much slicker if we are going to score past Australia.”
Looking ahead to their Glasgow 2014’s final preliminary match against England, Commens said of Australia’s next opponents, “They’re going to be tough regardless. I’m impressed with how they’ve been playing, particularly in the Investec Cup. They had a difficult first match against Wales but I think you’ll find they’re a team that will grow through the tournament. They were ranked number three in the world before the World Cup and I think they’re one of the gold medal favourites for this tournament and we’ll be treating them as an opponent that can really hurt us if we’re off our game.”