By K. Arumugam, Media Officer, Indira Gandhi Gold Cup
In an equally fought encounter,
After an intense, eventful but goalless first half, Sanggai Chanu broke the deadlock in a set piece exercise (50th minute). Ten minutes Saba Anjum enlarged the lead.
If not for both goalkeepers,
Honor Dillon scored her tournament’s second goal in the 64th minute but that’s all the Kiwis could do.
“Tough conditions, good opposition. This was how the Kiwi’s coach Ian Rutledge summed up the day.
Australian coach Frank Murray admitted it tacitly.
“It’s ok with the win, but I feel my team has to play more disciplined hockey. That factor is lacking right now in my team,” he said.
Italian coach Argentinean Franco talked about the improvement his team made in the tournament in terms of developing into a good force. He has reasons to be happy because no team could outplay them contrary to pre-tournament projections.
“We have not produced winning results. Each member of the Australian team has 50, 60 caps, but we don’t get to play that much. We are making steady progress,” he said.
“Our first aim is to reach Pool A status in Europe, that is, being able to compete against teams like
“Presently, we play about 10 to 15 matches in a year. I wish to play about 25-30 matches a year to make genuine improvement.
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