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All honours for Oceania on final day (10/14/2010)
--K. Arumugam
Oceania teams in the medal hunt won the honours on the final day at the CWG.

Hours after New Zealand won the bronze, their neighbour Australia went miles ahead to clinch the title in style. As their rivals caved in under pressure, Australia struck four goals in each half and thus handed out an all time low for Indian hockey.

As it happened 28 years ago in the Asian Games final on the same ground, India could not live up even mildest to the expectations of the sell-out crowd.

Earlier in the morning, New Zealand led England 3-1 midway through second half, but conceded two more goals to level, and then the two halves of extra time did not yield any goals. In the tie-break, NZ emerged successful for a wonderful enactment of Kaka.

India's was a sorry story, as the same team that played wonderfully in the ten days broke. All round failure undid Indian energy on the turf and the enthusiasm on the stands.

India have never lost a final on this score, and it is highest for margin of defeat for India in any International match.

India have never conceded 8 goals in any international match.

After 15 minutes we gave away a stupid ball, after that we could not keep up morale and energy and fight. We lost the fight", said dejected coach Jose Brasa.

"Am very angry, and very sad. We have made our own silver medal dirty. It is clear they are the best team now and are two stops ahead of everyone", he added.


Australia had a good day, they scored from all their chances. We also did the same against Korea in the Asia Cup. Sometimes it happens. It was so bad today, " said captain Rajpal Singh.

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