Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bangladesh wins World League R1 in Singapore

The key meeting in the R1 event was between Bangladesh and Singpore, pictured here (Photo: TILT Pte Ltd)

With a perfect 3-0 record, Bangladesh won the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament hosted by Singapore. Bangladesh netted a pair of 6-1 wins against Hong Kong and Thailand, but it was yesterday’s 4-2 win against host Singapore that was ultimately the deciding match.
   In the key meeting, the two teams were deadlocked at two at the half, but a pair of second-half goals coming from Mohammad Moinul Islam and Rashel Mahmud Jimmy pulled Bangladesh through to the 4-2 victory. Jimmy was the key for Bangladesh throughout the tournament, he finished the event with five goals.
  The tournament victory means that Bangladesh will move onto the Hockey World League Round 2. Bangladesh is the only team from the quartet that will go onto the next round. Singapore ended the tournament in second place with six points and Hong Kong and Thailand rounded out the standings.
  The best player award for the tournament went to Singpore's Saifulnizam Md Seftu and the best goalkeeper was Thailand's Authachai Soh-Tree.
  Hockey World League Round 1 action continues next weekend with three tournaments. A men’s tournament will be hosted in Cardiff, Wales, while Accra, Ghana will host both a men’s and women’s tournament. All three events will run from September 7-9.