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India beat Aus in Champions Trophy practice game

India beat Aus in Champions Trophy practice game
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Continuing their build-up for the Champions Trophy, the Indian hockey team defeated Australia 2-0 in a practice match here. Placed in Pool B for the tournament strating December 6, the Indian team looked more focused and gritty and dished out a wonderful performance against Australia.

Both the teams struggled hard between their hockey sticks but lost all the opportunities of scoring even a single goal in the first and the second quarters of the game. The third quarter proved to be rewarding for the Indian men and Gurjinder Singh and SV Sunil (in pic) scored the winning goals for India. Speaking on the win, India’s High Performance Director and coach Roelant Oltmans said, “For us the most important thing is to look at our own games and we have been consistently trying to improve on a few of our weak areas learning from each match we play. We would like to improve
game by game and the team did a much better job playing against the no. 1 ranked team, Australia.

The game gave us a lot of scoring opportunities which in turn helped us to win the match over Australia.” India vice-captain, PR Sreejesh, was equally happy with the performance. “This was our last practice match against Australia and now we are all prepared to give a much better performance in the upcoming tournament. After winning the match against Australia, we have gained a lot of confidence and hope that we end the tournament on a positive note,” he said.

Belgium stun Ger 4-0


Belgium notched up a stunning 4-0 win over Germany in their first practice match, while Australia blanked Argentina 2-0 in another warm-up game ahead of FIH Men’s Champions Trophy on Thursday. The opening goal for Belgium came through the stick of Sebastien Dockier, followed by Tanguy Cosyns who scored the second goal. Tom Boon produced another beautifully crafted goal at the Kalinga Stadium. Belgium is grouped in Pool A, whereas Germany will be playing in Pool B.

Placed in Pool A, Australia notched up their first goal through Russell Ford, while the second goal of the match was scored by Matt Gohdes. While Argentina missed all the probabilities of scoring goals in the entire match without any opening, Australia advanced the lead to 2-0 and ended the game on a winning note. Commenting after the match played, Australian player, Russell Ford said: “Our main aim is to keep improving each day and implementing our strategies on field as we will face tough challenges from the top eight teams of the world.

“The Hero men’s Champions Trophy hockey tournament is one of the major tournaments in hockey and we certainly can’t afford to lose a single game. We are here to play our best in the tournament.”
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