THE Malaysian women’s hockey team upset Canada 3-2 in New Delhi last night, placing the pressure on the men to deliver against hosts India tonight.
Malaysia, ranked 22nd in the world, took a 3-0 lead before losing their grip to the world No 19 team late in the second half.
The toast of the day was Norbaini Hashim who scored a brace in the 18th and 56th minutes, while Norfaraha Hashim delivered the third in the 49th minute.
Diana Roemer 56th and Anna Kozniuk 59th scored Canada. Today, the women will meet world No 7 New Zealand.
As for the men, Jiwa Mohan is optimistic of a good opening match: “The players know the score, and are looking to win every match because the Commonwealth Games is part of our journey towards the Asian Games. The feeling in camp is that India can be beaten, and we will strive towards that.”
Jiwa, based in Australia now, also praised the security measures adopted by the hosts.
“The difference from previous Games is that in New Delhi, security is tops on the Indian Government’s list and I personally feel very safe.
“The team feeling is good as players are focusing and zooming into their task as the first game gets closer.
“All the players are aware, that a few players like Kelvinder Singh and Jivan (Mohan) have been rested in Kuala Lumpur so, consistency and improvement are the qualities they need to maintain as this point of time.”
WOMEN’S Hockey: RESULTS --Group A: South Africa 12 Trinidad & Tobago 0; India x Scotland x.
Group B: New Zealand 5 Wales 1; Canada 2 Malaysia 3.
TODAY -- Women’s Hockey: Group A: Australia v Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa v Scotland.
Group B: England v Wales, New Zealand v Malaysia.
TODAY -- Men’s Hockey: Group A: Pakistan v Scotland, India v Malaysia.
Group B: New Zealand v Trinidad & Tobago, Canada v South Africa.