Canadian field hockey men stay in the hunt

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

DELHI, India -- Scott Tupper of Vancouver scored a pair of first half goals Saturday as Canada coasted to a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Commonwealth Games field hockey.

Tupper succeeded on a 10th minute penalty stroke and converted a 27th minute penalty corner at Chand National Stadium, helping keep Canadian medal hopes alive.

Goalkeeper Antoni Kindler of Vancouver had the shutout.

“It wasn’t a very good performance, but it was a win,” said captain Rob Short of Tsawwassen, B.C. “We disrespected them by playing at such a low level. We weren’t in the right mindset. They’re a lower team but still a good side.”

Canada improved to 1-1-1 but needs another win Sunday against 2-0-1 New Zealand, which fell 5-3 to England.

“They’re very consistent,” Tupper said. “Their guys are bigger than us. They play a very physical game and intimidate other teams with their size.”

New Zealand won its fourth consecutive match 3-1 over Canada, ending the 1-0-3 squad’s medal hopes.

Kiwi Krystal Forgesson scored in the 36th minute, but Victoria’s Robyn Pendleton responded five minutes later when she connected with Stephanie Nesbitt of North Vancouver. But Stacey Michelsen used a 47th minute backhand chop to register the Kiwis’ winner.

“We knew we had to come out flying and we did,” said Kate Gillis of Vancouver. “We put some pressure on them and were able to score a goal. A tough loss but we're happy how we played.”

Canada upset Wales 2-1 on Friday, but another miracle recovery was not to be. Canadian netminder Azelia Liu of Scarborough, Ont. kept the score low with a succession of acrobatic saves on penalty corners late in the second half. Clarissa Eshuis, however, knocked in a 69th minute penalty stroke for insurance.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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