Australia win four-nation hockey tournament

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Australia thrashed Malaysia 7-1 to win the four-nation Men's Hockey Challenge Cup today.

Sydney:

Australia thrashed Malaysia 7-1 to win the four-nation Men's Hockey Challenge Cup today, while defending champion India finished last after losing 0-1 to South Africa in the play-off for the third place. The injury-plagued Indians, who had lost to Australia in the final of the first leg in Canberra last week, looked in complete control for most part of the play-off. However, a goal from South African captain and penalty corner specialist Greg Nicol in the 49th minute sealed the fate of Indians. Champs at work Later in the day, Australia quickly made the final against Malaysia a no contest, pumping in four goals before half time. There was not let down in the Australian fury even after the break as the scoreboard showed 7-1 when the final hooter went off. Warning bells The tidings in the twin tournaments in Australia do not portend well for India who are grouped with South Africa and Australia in the Athens Olympics hockey in August. The Asian Champions never recovered after going down to an under-rated Malaysia 0-3 in their first match of the tournament. They conceded a 2-2 draw to favourites Australia before beating South Africa 4-3 in their last round-robin league match yesterday. (PTI)

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