India drub Australian state team 8-1

February 14th, 2009 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Brisbane, Feb 14 (IANS) Rajpal Singh scored four goals including a hat trick as India whipped the Queensland and New South Wales State 8-1 at the State Hockey Centre here Saturday.

The other goal scorers for India, who led 5-0 at the break, were Shivendra Singh (8th and 12th min), V.R. Raghunath (50th min) and Hari Prasad (57th min).

The Australian team, captained by Dean Butler and which included renowned internationals Brent Livermore and Stephen Lambert, had no answer to the repeated Indian onslaughts.

Indian Coach in-charge Harendra Singh expressed happiness with the result.

“The team was adapting well to the climatic change from the winter at Chandigarh where they had lost to European champions Holland in the summit clash of the Punjab Gold Cup on Monday,” he said.

India will clash with Queensland and New South Wales State team again Sunday.

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