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Indian eves lose hockey gold to Australia

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 in Melbourne.
None | By Press Trust of India, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2006 10:57 AM IST

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 in Melbourne.

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.

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