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Hockey: India’s men claim silver in Glasgow, while women finish fifth

India’s Sardar Singh covers Australia's Matthew Swann in the Commonwealth Games final at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Photo: AFP.

India’s Sardar Singh covers Australia’s Matthew Swann in the Commonwealth Games final in Glasgow. Photo: AFP.

August 4, 2014: India’s men were consoled by a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after losing 4-0 to Australia in Sunday’s final at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

 

Chris Ciriello converted a hat-trick of penalty corners for the world’s top-ranked side, while Eddie Ockenden also scored as Australia’s men secured their fifth straight gold since hockey was introduced to the event in 1998.

 

India reached the final for the second straight Games by coming back from two goals down to beat higher-ranked New Zealand 3-2 on Saturday. However, the world’s ninth-ranked team were unable to repeat their heroics in the final, although the four-goal defeat was an improvement on the 8-0 thrashing by Australia in the 2010 final in Delhi.

 

Ciriello, 28, struck twice in the first half as Australia led 2-0 at the break. Ciriello then completed his hat-trick from another penalty corner early in the second period and Ockenden rounded off the scoring for the world champions from close range 20 minutes from time.

 

England earlier claimed the bronze medal following a 4-2 penalty-shootout win over New Zealand after a 3-3 draw. Ashley Jackson was England’s star man as he scored twice in normal time before sealing victory in the shootout.

 

Malaysia’s men finished seventh in the 10-team tournament after beating hosts Scotland in the classification match.

 

In the 10-team women’s event, India finished fifth by beating Scotland 2-1, while Malaysia finished seventh after beating Canada 3-0 in a shootout following a 2-2 draw in regulation time.

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