Perth (Australia), 07 November 2014: In a tournament that is proving to be of cut-throat competition, being played between the Indian Men National Hockey Team and Australia at the Perth Hockey Stadium, is all set to witness another fiery clash between the two on 8 November 2014 (tomorrow).
Where in the opening match of this four-match test series against Australia, the Indian Men National Hockey Team lost to Australia with a margin of 0-4, the Indian men fought back in the second match and avenged the loss by defeating Australia with 2-1 on the board. Getting tougher with every match, the Indian men will now be seen battling it out against Australia in the third match, tomorrow.
Speaking on the preparations, the Indian Men National Hockey Team Captain and midfielder Sardar Singh said, “It is a good learning process that we all are going through by playing against the world’s top ranked team. As witnessed in the first two matches itself, where we lost the first match, the improvement was evident in the second match as we took Australia down. The team is more prepared now and is learning to be more challenging with each day that passes. Working on the possession of the ball and the long passes has really helped the team put up a good show in the last game and we are hoping to deliver better results in the upcoming matches.”
Speaking before the third match against Australia, Chief Coach Terry Walsh said, “We knew that this tournament will not be easy, but with the way these boys fought back in the second match is really commendable. We are studying the faulty areas and are working hard to overcome them. The team is preparing hard and is looking in good shape to give a similar fight as the last match and delivering favourable results.”
The Indian Men National Hockey Team is scheduled to take on Australia in the third match of the Australian tour at 1630 HRS (IST) at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia tomorrow.