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Calypso Stickmen get first ever World Cup win
Australia-based forward Akim Toussaint scored a hat-trick as T&T senior men’s indoor hockey squad defeated Kazakhstan 6-4 for their first ever win at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup yesterday.
Beaten in all six matches when making their debut at the 2007 edition in Vienna, Austria, the ‘Calypso Stickmen’ were also defeated in their first two matches in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday by Czech Republic (7-2) and Poland (11-5) followed by a close loss to Australia (7-6) in yesterday’s first Pool A match at the 7,000 seater Max-Schmeling-Halle.
Despite the three defeats the Solomon Eccles-led T&T started brightly with Toussaint scoring in the fifth and seventh minutes for a 2-0 lead before Yerkebulan Dyussebekov pulled a goal back for the Europeans in the 17th minute for 2-1 half-time lead.
Three minutes into the second-half Mickell Pierre extended T&T’s lead followed by a strike from Kristien Emmanuel a inite later for a well deserved 4-1 cushion only for Daulet Urmanov netted two quick items in the 28th and 29th minutes to reduce the deficit to 4-3.
But, instead of droppings their heads, the T&T men dug deep and found another gear with Jordan Reynos (31st) and Toussaint finding the back of the net within seconds for a 6-3 advantage before Nurbol Kozhym pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute.
Despite eight minutes remaining on the clock both teams failed to add to their tally and in the end T&T held on for a deserved victory, its first ever.
Aussies edge T&T 7-7
In the team opening match of the day, the ‘Calypso Stickmen’ just came up short in securing a first point ever after an entertaining 7-6 loss to 11th ranked Australia.
For the second time in three matches to date, T&T went ahead when Mickell Pierre scored as early as the second minute before Adam Seccull drew Australia level three minutes later.
The 18th ranked T&T regained the lead in the tenth minute, but Australia then scored three times via Jake Hayes (11th), Troy Sutherland (15th) and Seccull (17th) to take command of the contest at 4-2.
Solomon Eccles then replied for T&T in the 18th minute, but a minute before the half-time interval of the 40th-minutes contest Heath Ogilvie netted a fifth item for the Aussies to go in with a three-goal advantage.
Six minutes after the restart Hayes put his tea further ahead, but a minute later Jordan Reynos then converted a penalty-stroke to keep T&T in the match at 6-4.
With ten minutes left Luke Noblett pushed Australia further ahead and despite two last minute efforts from Eccles, the T&T came up short by a goal.
Today, T&T will close out the round-robin series versus host and group leaders Germany from 11.50 am.
The Australians had a mixed day yesterday and were beaten in their second match by champions Germany 7-1, while Kazakhstan stay winless after losing to the Germans 15-0 and Czech Republic, 7-3.
Pool A comprises Austria, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and Russia.
At the end of the round-robin phase, the top four teams in each pool will advance to the quarter-finals followed by the semifinals on February 10, and the third place play-off and final a day later.
Germany 6 bt Czech Republic 5
Poland 11 bt Kazakhstan 3
Australia 7 bt T&T 6
Germany 6 bt Poland 3
Australia 2 draw Czech Republic 2
T&T 6 bt Kazakhstan 4
Russia 5 bt Belgium 4
Switzerland 3 bt vs South Africa 1
Ireland 3 draw Austria 3
Ireland 6 bt South Africa 3
Belgium 2 bt Switzerland 0
Austria 7 bt Russia 4
Australia vs Kazakhstan, 5.40am
Germany vs T&T, 6.50am
Czech Republic, 7.05am
Ireland vs Russia, 4.30am
South Africa vs Belgium, 5.45am
Austria vs Switzerland, 5.55am
Quarter-final 1, 12 noon
Quarter-final 2, 1.30pm
Quarter-final 3, 3pm
Quarter-final 4, 4.30pm
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