Perth: In their last pool match, India beat Western Australia Thundersticks 3-1 today. With this win, India not only keep their unbeaten record at the Australian Hockey League intact, but also take the top position in the pool standing in their pool.
Starting off the match, the two teams went on caution with aggression, trying to make a way through and stopping the opponents in the midfield, but without any inroad onto the scorecard in the first quarter.
Coming back from the first break, Western Australians hit the Indian goal post with a penalty corner conversion by Chris Bausor, they kept the aggression on the Indian defense only to be denied a scoreboard appearance. The teams went for mid time break with score 1-0 in favor of the Thundersticks.
Coming off the break, India started an inspired show as Sumit scored in the 32nd minute to draw the score level. This goal gave them the necessary fire as India started to penetrate into the defense of the Western Australian opponents; soon the aggression paid off as Varun scored in the 39th minute to take India to the driver’s seat.
With team leading by a goal against the opponents, India went ahead on their aggression as Varun Kumar scored his second to take the scorecard to 3-1 in favor of Indian team. With this score, the teams went for their final break.
Coming of the break, India played out the final quarter with caution, avoiding any further worries to win the match. India will play Victorian Vikings in the first semi final of the Australian Hockey League on Friday.