New Delhi: The might of Australian hockey was in full display at the Dhyan Chand Stadium on Wednesday night, when they thrashed India 7-2 in a quarter final match of the Hockey World League (WHL) Final.
Trailing 0-2 by the 11th minute, the world champions gave a wonderful display of speed and combination to shatter the Indian defence completely. Once Nicolas Budgeon pulled one back off a penalty corner in the 24th minute, the Indians could hardly do anything to stop the Aussie onslaught.
Starting in the 24th minute, Australia struck three goals in a span of 11 minute in the first half through Budgeon, Jason Wilson and Glenn Turner. They kept up the pressure in the second half too and added three more in 12 minutes through Russell Ford (2) and Simon Orchard. Jacob Whetton added another in the 65th minute.
The result came as a huge disappointment for the five thousand home fans, who braved the chill and cheered the Indians all through the tie.
“The physiological aspects of the Australians were far better. We could not match it,” said Indian coach Terry Walsh. “We would take years to reach that level of physical fitness,” he added.
In other quarter finals, England beat Belgium 1-0, the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 and New Zealand defeated Argentina 2-1 in sudden death, after a 1-1 draw.
In the semi-finals on Friday, England play New Zealand and Australia take on the Netherlands. India will play Germany in the classification match.