The Telegraph
Friday , January 31 , 2014

Waveriders thrash Lancers

New Delhi: The appointment of national coach Terry Walsh as the coach of Kalinga Lancers had kicked off a controversy. But so far, he has not brought any improvement to the performance of the debutant side.

On Thursday night, the Kalinga side suffered their second successive defeat in the Hockey India League (HIL), when they went down to Cedric D’Souza’s Delhi Waveriders 5-0 at the Dhyan Chand Stadium. In the previous tie, Lancers had succumbed to a 7-3 defeat against Punjab Warriors.

Walsh is in charge of the Indian team for the coming World Cup, but Hockey India (HI) had allowed him to take up the job for Kalinga Lancers saying as per the contract, the Australian could not be stopped from working during his free time. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) initially objected to this arrangement but later accepted the HI argument.

Led by Sardar Singh, Delhi, who lost to Ranchi Rhinos in their previous encounter, dished out a solid display and struck three goals before the end of the second quarter.

They completed the rout with one goal each in the next two quarters. Lancers, on the other hand, played reasonably well towards the closing period, but could not take advantage of the four penalty corners that came their way.

The man who stole the limelight was Delhi’s Gurbaj Singh in the midfield. He was adjudged Man of the Match.