Australia, the world number one side showed their dominance in the final of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and defeated India 4-0 to retain the title. In the Bronze medal match, England edged past New Zealand in dramatic penalty shoot-out 4-2 after having scores locked 3-3 in regulation time.
In the women’s hockey competition at Glasgow 2014, Australia won Gold, while England and New Zealand took Silver and Bronze respectively.
Australia have won every gold medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced in 1998 making it 5 consecutive Gold at the quadrennial event. India was silver medalists in last edition CWG 2010 in Delhi. In the Glasgow, Ashley Jackson of England was joint top scorer at the tournament alongside Chris Ciriello of Australia.
Australia found it hard to get a goal scoring opportunity as Indian defence was shocking up the pressure from the world champions. It was only in the 13th minute when Australia’s Chris Ciriello converted their first penalty corner and open the account for his team, marking 1-0. Again in the 21st minute Australia earned their 2nd penalty corner opportunity but India manage to save it.
India proved that they were not ready to settle down easily as they secured their first penalty corner in the 24th minute and V R Raghunath’s flick was well saved by post man Govers taking it on his stick. It was Australia’s Chris Ciriello converted his 2nd penalty corner in the 29th minute to take the lead ahead and closed the first half of the match at 2-0.
In the 48th minute, Australia’s Chris Ciriello completed his hat-trick as converted yet another penalty corner and taking the lead to 3-0. Australia’s Eddie Ockenden supported his team by marking 4-0 on board when he managed to sneak in a field goal in the 50th minute and sealing the final in Australia’s favour.
Speaking on India’s 2nd place finish in the tournament, Hockey India’s Secretary General, Dr. Narinder Batra said, “I am happy to see that the efforts to groom these men are showing excellent results. The team has showcased some exceptional talent on the field during the entire tournament and has yet again made us all proud. On behalf of the entire Hockey India family, I would like to congratulate the Indian Men’s hockey team on their silver medal finish in the tournament and making India proud.”