Kiwis and India battle through to semi-finals
31 July 2002
New Zealand beat Canada 3-2 in the men’s hockey with Hayden Shaw scoring his third hat-trick in three games taking his tally to 11 goals – the highest in the competition.
Hayden Shaw said of his winning penalty corner technique: “I’ve spent a lot of time on it - started working on it about four years ago, but it’s starting to pay off now. I seem to get a lot more power on them now.”
KevinTowns the New Zealand Coach said: “That was a tough one, wasn’t it? The last two times we’ve played Canada we’ve beaten them 5-2 and 4-0, so I wasn’t expecting this. It seemed to me that the players thought that the game had been won before they stepped out on to the pitch. We played right into Canada’s hands in the first half, so I was pleased to come out with the result.”
The Kiwis will play Pakistan in the semi-final on 2 August.
The performance of the day undoubtedly belonged to India, golden-goal winners (4-3) despite being outgunned by South Africa in the first half of the women’s qualification final 1.
The Indian girls seemed to be down and out against a physically stronger opposition and the scoring prowess of Pietie Coetzee (RSA).
Coetzee scored twice in the first 15 minutes and with a goal from Jennifer Wilson the South Africans had a three-goal lead at half-time.
But the Indians refused to accept what looked to be an inevitable defeat, and they fought back to pull off a remarkable golden goal victory in extra time.
It was a stirring effort as first Pritam Siwach scored and then Jyoti Kullu soon followed by an equaliser from Mamta Kharab for 3-3 at the end of normal time.
The honour of scoring the first golden goal of the tournament fell appropriately to the hard-working and skilful Indian captain, Suman Bala Saini who slotted in a short corner strike at the end of the first period of extra time.
India will now play New Zealand in semi-final 1 on Thursday, 01 August (16:00), while semi-final 2 (18:30) sees England meet Australia following the host nation’s handsome 6-1 crushing of Scotland.
The English girls were in charge throughout the match. Leisa King scored first and went on to complete a cracking hat-trick with the other goals coming at regular intervals from Helen Grant, Sarah Blanks and Kate Walsh.
It was different for the England men in Qualification Final 4, which they lost 0-1 to South Africa. England squandered several chances and allowed Emile Smith (RSA) to score in the 28th minute to give South Africa a semi against Australia on Friday.
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