Sunday, June 8, 2008

R. Nadesh in extra-time

TOP PIC: Pahang women with their gold medals. They beat hosts Terengganu 2-0 in the final.
BOTTOM PIC: Federal Territories' R. Nadesh (in Blue) in action with Johor's Shaheeb Shah in the Malaysia Games final. FT won 2-1 in extra-time, courtesy of Nadesh.

A NAIL-BITING repeat final from 2006 in men's hockey at the State Sports Complex, resulted in the same victors, but this time Federal Territories (FT) were taken to extra-time by Johor, before an 84th minute penalty corner converted by R. Nadesh sealed the Malaysia Games gold medal for coach K. Dharmaraj's team in Terengganu, after the score was tied 1-1 at full-time.
RESULTS: Men’s Final: Federal Territories 2 Johor 1 (after extra-time) ; Bronze:Penang 4 Kelantan 3.
Women’s Final: Pahang 2 Terengganu 0; Bronze: Penang 2 Johor 0.

Spain draw Britain

SPAIN 1 (0) Santi Freixa 42 (PC)
GREAT BRITAIN 1 (0) James Tindall 6 (F)

GREAT Britain Men drew the first of two Test tatches against Spain in Terrassa.
With both teams in the full swing of preparations for the Olympic Games, this was an even encounter which saw only five penalty corners – two for Britain and three for Spain.
James Tindall struck early for Britain with a sixth minute goal scored with a reverse stick deflection from a Richard Mantell free hit and the score remained 1-0 until the break.
The hosts hit back in the second half when Santi Freixa converted a penalty corner low to James Fair’s right to make it 1-1 and neither side could find a winning goal in the remainder of the game.
Spain and Great Britain are in opposite pools in the Olympic Games so will not meet in the early stages of the tournament. The two teams last met in the Champions Trophy in Malaysia in December where Spain recorded 5-0 and 4-2 victories over the Brits.
Manager Pete Nicholson said “We’re very pleased with the training camp this week. The guys have been faced with some very tough training sessions and we’ve come through without any injuries which is good. We are looking forward to the second encounter on Sunday.”
Scotland’s Graham Moodie earned his 50th cap for Great Britain in this evening’s game.
Source: Great Britain Hockey