[Australia], Oct. 9 (ANI): India's junior men's team went down 1-5 to the NSW Waratahs in the Australian Hockey League bronze medal match on Sunday here.
The game started off at a fast pace, and India, playing a bit defensively were caught out early by the NSW's quick movement and sharp passing, going to a Lachlan Sharp goal in the sixth minute.
As the game settled down, India were the ones who discovered their rhythm and started rotating the ball more fluidly within their ranks. Despite that, the Waratahs' defence held strong to take them into the first break with the lead.
In a fast and exciting second quarter, the Waratahs hit India with goals in the 16th minute (Tom Craig) and then in the 23rd minute (Landon Morley).
India also suffered with Varun Kumar getting a green card immediately after and conceding the numerical advantage. It wouldn't matter though as Gurjant Singh pegged back NSW's dominance with a PC conversion in the 25th minute to bring the deficit down to two as they went into halftime.
India had already scripted a miraculous turnaround yesterday in the semi final, and came out of halftime raring to go. Perhaps aware of this late surging ability, NSW played cautiously, defending deep and holding the ball for long periods when they did affect turnovers. India rushed hard and were constantly creating circle penetrations but were unable to find the final pass. Right at the end of the quarter NSW's Landon Morley converted from a PC to take them into the final break leading 4-1.
India came out in the final quarter looking for the comeback but, NSW's deep lying defensive structure denied them any width and opportunity to do so. The Waratahs capitalised on India's attacking intent to add another goal to their tally with a counter attack in the final minute of the game via Tom Craig. (ANI)