Uruguay and Chile sur­prise event top dogs

The Hockey Paper - - WORLD NEWS -

FAVOURITES In­dia and host na­tion Canada were given shocks in the open­ing skir­mishes of the women’s World League 2 event in Van­cou­ver.

While In­dia sur­vived a 2-2 score­line with Uruguay by tak­ing the penalty shuf­fles 4-2 to se­cure a win­ning draw, Canada were stunned by Chile 1-0 leav­ing the South Amer­i­cans in the box-seat in Pool B.

The In­di­ans, in their first tour­na­ment un­der Dutch coach Mar­i­jne Sjo­erd, went ahead through their cap­tain Ritu Rani, who de­flected home a penalty cor­ner in the fourth minute.

The half ended with In­dia in front but re­lent­less sec­ond-half pres­sure from Uruguay paid off as they lev­elled through Maria Viana Ache. In­dia struck again – an­other de­flec­tion find­ing the net, this time through Vandana Katariya – but they then con­ceded a penalty stroke which was dis­patched by Manuela Pi­lar.

Canada, had opened their cam­paign with a 60 thrash­ing of Mex­ico but came up against a Chile side who had also ram­paged through their first game, a 9-1 thrash­ing of Trinidad and Tobago.

With only one rank- ing place be­tween the two sides, higher-rated Canada might have ex­pected to make the most of home ad­van­tage.

Both sides had a chance from the penalty spot, but both were saved by their re­spec­tive goal­keep­ers and it was fi­nally Chile who went in front, through a penalty cor­ner which was swept home by their cap­tain, Camila Caram.

Canada piled on the pres­sure, forc­ing three cor­ners in a row and then sub­sti­tut­ing the goal­keeper for the ex­tra player on field, but could find no way through.

Alex Thicke, with two, Stephanie Nor­lan­der, Kate Wright, Sara McManus and Bri­enne Stairs were on tar­get for Canada against Mex­ico.

In­dia, who are ranked 12th in the world, then took con­trol of Pool A with a 1-0 vic­tory over Be­larus, Vandana get­ting her sec­ond goal of the tour­na­ment with a fine back­hand shot.

The event fea­tures seven teams af­ter the with­drawal of France.

Pool A: In­dia 2-2 Uruguay, Be­larus 2-1 In­dia.

Pool B: Chile 9-1 Trinidad & Tobago, Canada 6-0 Mex­ico, Chile 1-0 Canada.

Heart ache: Uruguay cel­e­brate Maria Viana Ache’s goal against In­dia

Take that! In­dia’s Vandana Katariya is de­lighted to score In­dia’s sec­ond goal

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