After going down 3-6 to Malaysia in their opening match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019, the Canadian men’s field hockey team clean swept world number 21. Poland on day two of the tournament to secure their first win.
The contest between Canada and Poland remained goalless for the first half of the match, before Bisset Brendan opened the scoreboard for Canada in the 35th minute.
Twelve minutes later, Devohn Noranha Teixeira’s goal extended Canada’s lead to 2-0, while Gordon Johnston also scored in the 55th minute to make it 3-0.
The back to back goals further inspired the 2015 Pan American Games silver medallist, Devohn Noranha Teixeira to score a brace, making the scoreline read 4-0.
With this win, the Red Caribous sit 4th on the standing table, ahead of Japan and Poland with 3 points.
Chief Coach Paul Bundy, who has been an integral part of Field Hockey Canada’s progress since 2010, spoke to The Dragflick and expressed content for his team’s performance.
”It’s always good to get a win. Poland are a tough team to break down, as they defend small spaces well and have players with long reaches, thanks to their exceptional indoor hockey skills. But, credit to my players for maintaining their focus on the plan versus the result.”
The 10th-ranked teams Coach further stated that they still need to improvise, regardless of the win.
“We have lots to improve on. Had Poland been awarded the Penalty Stroke and scored, the scoreline could have read dramatically different.” he stated.
Canada will next play the Asian games gold medallist Japan on 26th March 2019 at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia.