Coming to you direct from New Delhi are not just the greatest teams in Hockey at the moment, but also are the armada of Gryphon players. The pitch has been laid and trained on, but it’s very new. Will that be a factor to some teams?
The opening game of the World Cup 2010 in India showed South Africa play Spain, a game you’d think would be one way traffic. No one told the South Africans. In the 16th minute, Gryphon striker Julian Hykes broke through the D carrying the ball and beat the Spanish keeper opening the goals for the World Cup and the game.
The game worked back and forth till half time the score was 2 each. Justin Reid-Ross from South Africa was the target in the Penalty Corners but wasn’t able to convert directly but played a strong part in the score that brought the teams to level terms from a PC variation.
Half number two played out differently to the four goal first with Spain starting to settle their defence in, stopping the South African threat, at the same time scoring two goals themselves.
Final score: Spain 4, South Africa 2.
First goal of the 2010 World Cup in India – Gryphon and South African Striker, Julian Hykes.
PHOTOS: DANIEL CARSON | DC IMAGES