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Sports: Australia, England, Canada record wins in Commonwealth Games Hockey

Hockey continues to provide some thrilling, exciting and surprising results in the Commonwealth Games.

Hockey continues to provide some thrilling, exciting and surprising results in the Commonwealth Games.

The hosts England beat India 3-1 in women’s hockey while Australia edged out New Zealand by a solitary goal. In yet another game, Canada recorded a convincing win over Ghana. In an all-African encounter, South Africa defeated Kenya by a huge margin.

In a crucial game, the hosts England took an early lead against India. It was Giselle Ansley who fired in from a penalty corner in the third minute.

Though India tried to match its opponents in each and every department of the game, luck was not on its side. Indian forwards worked out good moves. Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Neha were behind some of these moves but lack of finish denied India an equaliser in the first half.

After a change of ends, England, determined to extend its superiority for the rest of the game, succeeded in its efforts in doubling the lead as Tess Howard deflected a Sophie Hamilton cross home.

Even after scoring its second goal, England continued to face onslaughts from Indian forwards.

In the fourth and final quarter, India stepped up its efforts to reduce the margin but poor finish stood in its way. And England also owe to its goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch who stood like a rock between India and her fort.

Indian hopes of a fight back got a severe blow when England added yet another goal following a well-worked penalty corner, Hannah Martin with the final touch.

India drew some consolation through Vandana Katariya  who found the target in the last minute.

Australia  had a tough fight against New Zealand before recording its third consecutive win from as many matches.

The Australian girls  made a good start to the game, and were awarded a penalty flick in the 8th minute following an infringement in the circle from a penalty corner. Kaitlin Nobbs stepped up to take and duly converted for her 5th goal of the tournament.

The second period saw New Zealand turn up the pressure on the Hockeyroos goal, Olivia Shannon and Claire Colwill both being forced to get involved to deny the Black Sticks an equaliser.

The third quarter saw momentum swing back in the Hockeyroos favour, Renee Taylor sending two efforts wide following a couple of penalty corners.

Canada was in complete dominance in its game against Ghana.

It was Walton who got the breakthrough for Canada. Her attempt  in the seventh minute got past Boye to give Canada the lead. Canada’s pressure was rewarded in the 13th minute when Grace Delmotte followed up on a rebound from her own shot to double the lead.

Madison Thompson made it 3-0 with one minute of the first quarter left.

Fourth and fifth goals came from the stick of Sara McManus as she made the next two penalty corner awards count.

Ghana finally managed to get into its attacking groove to relieve its defence of growing pressure. Nafisatu Umaru was disappointed to see her penalty corner strike well saved by Marcia La Plante in the Canada goal.

It all changed in the fourth quarter as Canada ramped up the pace and ferocity of their play. Brienne Stairs continued to plague the defence but it was Delmotte who struck next, tipping the ball past Azumah. One minute later, Stairs was finally rewarded for her efforts with a well-taken goal to make it 7-0.

Mavis Berko finally got her team on the score sheet with a well-taken penalty corner. This was Ghana women’s first goal of Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 and was rightly celebrated.

Canada added one more to the score line to make it 8-1 when Madeline Secco scored from a penalty corner after a good team referral had turned a decision Canada’s way.

South Africa picked up its first win in style as it put 15 past Kenya in an all-African affair.

Jean-Leigh Du Toit got the procession of goals underway, opening the scoring from a penalty corner. A series of chances followed before Tarryn Lombard doubled the lead from another penalty corner. With 4 minutes left of the opening quarter Lilian Du Plessis and Erin Christie both struck, putting South Africa up 4-0 after a clinical first period.

Du Toit found her second of the game with 4 minutes left of the quarter from a penalty corner. Lombard got back in on the action a minute later, extending the South African lead to 6-0 at half-time.

The scoreboard soon ticked over to 7 for South Africa, as 4 minutes into the third quarter Kristen Paton found the back of the goal. Du Plessis added an 8th and it soon became 9 as Du Toit completed her hat-trick.

Not satisfied with just 3 goals Du Toit was at it again, grabbing her 4th, and South Africa’s 10th of the match inside a minute of the final period. Du Plessis completed her hat-trick with 9 minutes left on the clock, scoring her 4th a few minutes later. With 3 minutes left in the game Lombard became the 3rd South African to complete a hat-trick, while Du Toit and Bernadette Coston scored the last 2 goals of the afternoon to complete a huge 15-0 win.

 

 

Prabhjot Singh

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