China gets hold of the Gold!!!

China men claim the helm along with Kazakhstan women!

16 April 2016
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The final day of Round 1 of the Hockey World League started off with the Men’s Brunei-Myanmar match. Myanmar defeated Brunei and secured the 7th place in the League. Soon after the Women’s Hockey teams entered the Sengkang Stadium for the last time for Round 1. The first match for the Women’s hockey teams was held between Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Sri Lanka scored 13 goals against Cambodia, claiming a strong win for itself.

The second Women’s match was held between Thailand and Hong Kong. Hong Kong was unable to secure a goal for itself and ultimately lost to Thailand with seven goals. The last Women’s match of Round 1 of HWL 16 was contested between Kazakhstan and Singapore. By half time Kazakhstan had already managed to secure two goals while Singapore had a score of zero. The second half proved to be an easy feat for Kazakhstan as it scored one more goal and won the match with three goals against its competition, Singapore.

The Men’s Hockey teams of Singapore and Thailand met each other on the field to compete for the bronze medal. Both teams started off well and it proved to be a very interesting match with both teams tied at one by half time. In the second half, Singapore failed to give the performance that was expected of it in its home ground. Even though it tried its best to score a goal, it was unable to do so. Thailand on the other hand scored two goals and went on to claim a win and the Bronze Medal.

The best is always kept for the last. The final and the most anticipated match of Round 1 of the Hockey World League 2016 was the last match of the day. China and Sri Lanka faced each other in this match. In the first half, China scored a goal while Sri Lanka’s score remained at zero. The second half took a very interesting twist as Sri Lanka jumped back in the game and gave China a tough time. It was a cat and mouse chase as both teams tried to catch up to the other team’s score. By the end of the second half, both teams successfully managed to do that. However, this resulted in a draw at a score of 3-3. This was resolved by a penalty shootout. The Men’s Hockey team of China outshone Sri Lanka and maintained its position of not losing any match from the start of Round 1 of HWL 16. It scored four goals against Sri Lanka’s two and won the final, grabbing hold of the much coveted Gold! Sri Lanka followed close behind with Silver!

Male

Teams   Score  
Brunei vs. Myanmar 2-5
Singapore vs. Thailand   1-3
China vs. Sri Lanka   3-3 (4-2)

Female

Teams   Score  
Sri Lanka vs. Cambodia   13-0
Thailand vs. Hong Kong 7-0
Kazakhstan vs.Singapore   3-0

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Olga Khonina (L) of Kazakhstan celebrates with teammate Natalya Sazontova after scoring a goal against Singapore during round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
Olga Khonina (L) of Kazakhstan celebrates with teammate Natalya Sazontova after scoring a goal against Singapore during round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
Su Kaijun (C) of China takes a shot against Sri Lanka during the final of round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
Su Kaijun (C) of China takes a shot against Sri Lanka during the final of round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
Meng Dihao of China celebrates after scoring a penalty against Sri Lanka during the final of round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
Meng Dihao of China celebrates after scoring a penalty against Sri Lanka during the final of round 1 of the 2016 Hockey World League
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