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Indian eves lose gold to Australia

A spirited Indian effort went in vain as hosts snatched a narrow 1-0 win in final.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 10:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A spirited Indian effort went in vain as hosts Australia on Saturday snatched a narrow 1-0 win in the final to bag the gold in women's hockey event at the 18th Commonwealth Games.

A late goal by skipper Nicole Hudson enabled the Hocekeyroos to dethrone reigning champions India, who had to be satisfied with the silver.

England won the bronze prevailing over New Zealand 3-1 in penalty shootout. The game rolled into the tie-break after the teams finished goalless in regulation time and 15 minutes of extra time also failed to break the deadlock.

With contrasting styles, India and Australia fought neck and neck to exhibit some entertaining hockey at the State Netball Hockey Centre.

The Indians gave Australia a tough time before Hudson's 62nd minute strike helped the Australians maintain their winning run.

Despite conceding an early penalty corner, India maintained their stranglehold on the hosts in the first 15 minutes with better ball possesion, good interception and excellent coordination.

They made several raids on the Aussie post, iearning two penalty corners, but lack of finishing proved their undoing.

Saba Anjum mufffed up a golden opportunity when she failed to put the ball into the open goal after getting a nice and powerful cross from Surinder Kaur from the right.

This blunder proved costly as the flamboyant Hudson shot home a similar goal in the second half to seal India's fate.

Late into the second half, Sarah Taylor sent a blinding cross from left and Hudson latched on to the opportunity and drove home for the hosts.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 10:46 IST