Day 8 at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2010, Asian Champions hold Word Champions

Thursday, May 13 
1605 – Pakistan v Egypt (Final Score: 6 – 2, at HT : 3 – 0)
1805 – Australia v South Korea (Final Score: 2 – 2, at HT: 1 -1)

The match is draw, which makes the tournament more interesting.
Now Malaysia, Australia and South Korea have 8 points from their 5 games. Who will reach to the finals, will depend on results their remaining matches. Malaysia will be playing against China today, which might be a tough match for hosts, but they will have to win it to keep the chances alive to make it to finals. Australia also need to beat China tomorrow in order to reach the finals and Korea’s chances depends on the result of their match against Pakistan. If China record win over the hosts and the world champions, and Pakistan hold Korea then, China also have possibility of reaching to the finals. Thus the tournament still wide open. Even the table topper Indians also need a win to ensure their place in finals.
2005 – China v Malaysia (Final Score:  1 – 2, at HT: 0 –  0)
Malaysia are top on the top of the table after this win but their chances of reaching to final depends on remaining 3 matches of the tournament.

Standings table after 7th day of Azlan Shah Cup 2010

Final Standings of the teams are as following.

No Team Played Won Lost Draw Goals For Goals Against Points
1 India 5 3     1   1     14    13 10
2 Malaysia 5 2     1    15  7    8
3 Korea 4 2     1    1    14     7
4 Australia 4 2    1    1    14 10 7
5 Pakistan 4 1     1    2    16 14 5
6 China 4 1   2    1     11    13 4
7 Egypt 4 0     4   0     1    20   0

Day 7 at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2010

Updates of the results

Wednesday, May 12 
1605 – Australia v Pakistan (Score : 5 – 5
A high scoring draw, both Korea and Aussies have same points but Korea are above Aussies in table since they have better goal difference. Australia Vs Korea (on 13th May) will be a crucial match for World and Asian Champions to keep their chances alive to reach the finals. 
With this draw, tournament has become more interesting, there will be lots of permutation-combination for finals.
1805 – China v Egypt (Score: 5 – 1)
2005 – India v Malaysia 
(Score: 2 (43″ – Danish on rebound of a PC, 68″ – Ravipal-FG) – 5 (27″ & 46″ – Amin Rahim – PC, 38″ – FG, 40″ – Rahim Md Razie-FG, 60″ – Nasir Azreen-FG)

Ahmad Rahim (Malaysia) is the Man of the Match

Bad outing for India today. This is for the first time when India lose to Malaysia with 3 goals margin.
Good luck India for next match against Egypt on 15th May.

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Remaining matches of the tournament:
Thursday, May 13 
1605 – Pakistan v Egypt 
1805 – Australia v South Korea 
2005 – China v Malaysia 
Friday, May 14 – Rest Day 
Saturday, May 15 
1605 – Australia v China 
1805 – South Korea v Pakistan 
2005 – India v Egypt 
Sunday, May 16 
1605 – 5/6th Placing 
1805 – 3/4th Placing 
2035 – Final
Timings are Malaysian Standard Time (+8 GMT).

Why Indian victory over Australia is a creditable — K. Arumugam

undefinedWhen in the early 90s when Ric Charlesworth was Women’s Chief Coach of Australia, it was the under-rated Indian women team that broke their continuous victory they made in the previous three years. At Delhi’s Shivaji Stadium, Kaushik’s girls, led by Rajbir Kaur, stuck a goal in the last of three tests to make the great win (1-0). 
Same Charlesworth is here, still basking the glory of giving his country the first World Cup in two decades. 
If the team captain is Grant Schubert, who made senior grade along with Tushar Khandkar in the 2003 Australia four nation, this team cannot be young or second stream, and it has in it few others whom we saw in Delhi in action.  
Today, like the previous days, all the four debutants Rupinder Pal, Amit Prabhakar, Vikas Pillay and Mandeep Antil were adequately used.
If you closely look at the Indian team, Danish Mujtaba and PR Sreejesh, who was the goalie today, are no veterans despite having a great chance to be in the last World Cup.
Therefore, when you almost have six players who are as young as any Australians side here, one cannot say the match was not between nationals teams.

These are the few statement written by Mr Arumugam, who is a well known sports journalist and has been following Indian Hockey closely for decades.
I am sure you will come to know about few more facts about Kookaburras if you read full article at :

About the great sports journalist and Hockey Citizen K. Arumugam:
He is a sports journalist and the editor of He has authored the Hockey Year Book Series which is published every year. He is the one of the leading volunteers of One Thousand Hockey Legs program started by Hockey Citizen Group.
His profile can be seen at

Gill Congratulates team India…

I hope more people will come in support of Indian Hockey team and other  Indian sportsmen. Business houses should show interest in neglected  sports like Hockey, Volleyball, etc and traditional sports like Kho-Kho, Kabbaddi (India is current world champion in Kabbaddi), etc which are not given the deserved attention. 
MS Gill’s congratulatory message for the team India:
“I’m delighted that our boys have beaten world champion Australia. I congratulate the boys and I am confident that they will do well in the future matches as well,”

India upset the World Champion Australia to top the table

India are on the top of table in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2010 after beating world champions Australia. India needs just 3 points to enter in the final of the tournament from the remaining 2 games which are against Malaysia (12th May) and Egypt (15th May).

Final Standings of the teams are as following.

No Team Played Won Lost Draw Goals For Goals Against Points
1 India 4 3     0    1     12     10
2 Korea 4 2     1    1   14   7    7
3 Australia 3 2     1    0     9      5   6
4 Malaysia 4 1     1    2     10 6   5
5 Pakistan 3 1     1    1     11 9 4
6 China 3 0     2    1     6     12 1
7 Egypt 3 0     3    0     0     15    0