Canada ties England in field hockey

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

DELHI, India -- Canada's early goal surprised England, but the 1-1 draw was a shocker to both teams Thursday in men's field hockey at the Commonwealth Games.

Canada is rated 10th in the world, well behind 4th place England.

"We always have a good game against England. It's not a win, but we’re going to take this one,” Rob Short of Vancouver.

Gabbar Singh, of Surrey, B.C., found Vancouver's Iain Smythe in the goalmouth in the 13th minute where Smythe tipped the ball behind England goalkeeper James Fair.

England finally equalized in the 50th minute when Simon Mantell responded on a backhanded shot to beat goalkeeper Antoni Kindler.

Canada spent much of the second half in its own zone and foiled England six times on penalty corners. Kindler offered acrobatic saves and key blocks, but was augmented with a deflection by Vancouver's Philip Wright and a between-the-legs stop on the goal line by Jesse Watson of Vancouver.

"A lot of people back home don't know what it takes to be in there. That ball is going over 100 m/h, guys are stepping in front of it," Short said.

Canada was hoping for redemption in Chand National Stadium after a 4-1 Tuesday loss to South Africa. It faces Trinidad and Tobago Saturday in the third of four first round matches.

Canada finished 11th last March when the field hockey world cup was hosted at the same pitch.


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