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Canadian Men Lose At Commonwealth

October 5, 2010 | Field Hockey Canada | fieldhockey.ca

Canadian Men Lose To South Africa At Commonwealth 

October 5, 2010

The Canadian men’s field hockey team suffered a loss (1-4) against South Africa in their first match at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, under the interested eyes of Minister of Sport Gary Lunn.

The games between the two countries have been spirited affairs in the last few years, and this one was no exception, despite the intense heat of the early afternoon. The match began as a fierce battle in midfield, with neither team giving up an inch and few opportunities to approach the goals. The first chance was for Phil WRIGHT receiving in the circle a cross from the right, but his deflection was just wide.

Canada conceded a penalty-stroke in the 14th minute, allowing South Africa to take the lead. The fight for control in midfield continued, with no real chances at either end. Ken PEREIRA had the Canadian fans on their feet with a swift run down the right side that split the South African defense, but he was taken down before reaching the circle. The equalizer came from Gabbar SINGH, who outran the defense and unleashed a spectacular shot that beat the goal-keeper despite the tight angle.

Canada was back in the game, but could not prevent a last minute penalty-corner that gave back the one-goal lead to South Africa going into the half-time break. Canada finally took control of play at the beginning of second period but were kept at bay by the excellent South African goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Hudson STEWART received a yellow card in the 45th minute. His teammates held the fort well in his absence, strongly backed by goalkeeper David CARTER who was called multiple times into action.

It nevertheless seemed that this additional effort in the Delhi heat took its toll on the players and South Africa scored two late goals to finish with a 4-1 victory.

“We held them well for the most part,” said coach Robin D’Abreo, “but we committed errors in key moments of the match, giving away the penalty-stroke and the penalty-corners on which they scored. Our team has potential, but with the turnover after the World Cup, we still need to perfect our internal communication on the pitch”.

The Canadian men’s team plays their next game on Thursday against England, the second highest ranked team of the competition.

For more information on the Canadian field hockey teams at the 2010 Commonwealth in Delhi, please contact Yan Huckendubler, Press Attaché, at +91 78-3850-3722.

Canada vs. South Africa: 1-4 (1-2)
RSA  14mn  (PS)  0:1 
CAN  28mn  Gabbar SINGH (FG)  1:1
RSA  35mn  (PC)  1:2
RSA  57mn  (PC)  1:3
RSA  69mn  (FG)  1:4 

Canada: Philip WRIGHT, Scott TUPPER, Jesse WATSON, Richard HILDRETH,  Hudson STEWART, Ken PEREIRA [C], David JAMESON,
Rob SHORT, Mark PEARSON, Keegan PEREIRA, Iain SMYTHE, Gabbar SINGH, Matthew GUEST, Adam FROESE, David CARTER (GK) –

DNP: Antoni KINDLER(GK)

 

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