Aus, Argentina in title clash, India face Germany for bronze

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Dec 2017 10:41:23


BHUBANESWAR,

Dec 9,

(PTI),

OUT of the title race after a heart-breaking loss to Argentina, a demoralised India will have to regroup quickly if they hope to do an encore in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final when they take on a depleted Germany in the bronze medal match, here on Sunday.Germany lost their semi-final 0-3 against world champions and title holders Australia at the Kalinga Stadium here.

Dylan Wootherspoon (42nd), Jeremy Hayward (48th) and Tom Wickham scored for Australia against a German side, which had only 13 players at its disposal today after four of them were ruled out of the match due to fever. The Germany were already down to 17 men before Saturday’s match as one player had returned home after suffering injury during the course of the tournament.

Germany did not get the services of some of the key players like Martin Haner, Julius Meyer, Christopher Ruhr and Marco Miltkau on Saturday as they were down with fever since last night. Such was Germany’s plight that they had to play reserve goalkeeper Mark Appel as a field player. Australia will now play Argentina in the summit clash of the tournament, scheduled to be held on Sunday evening. After having lost 0-2 to Germany in the pool stages of the tournament, the Indians would be hoping to avenge the defeat.

‘All-play-quarters format is here to stay’THE International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) all-play-quarter-final format in eight-nation tournaments, including the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Final, might not have been liked by all the teams but the world body is no mood to tweak it. In fact FIH has hinted that the upcoming Hockey Series, a new two-level event starting next year, may be played in the same format.