Contributed by: Ash Nugent
As most teams were preparing for the International Cup Gala Dinner, tournament concluded, India and Indonesia prepared to face off in the final Division 2 grading match. Both teams were yet to win a match this tournament, and Indonesia was looking for their first victory at an international level.
It was a scrappy start to the match, and both sides had a lot of players around the ball. Indonesia was the first to score, kicking a goal early. India regrouped, and successfully worked the ball into their half; kicking one behind and then their first goal. Indonesia kicked a second straight, to lead by five points at the first break.
There was a scuffle early in the second quarter, with several Indonesian players more interested in their opponents than the ball. Whilst India held almost exclusive control of the ball for these few minutes they were unable to capitalise. It was a goaless quarter and at the main break, Indonesia led by nine points.
A cohesive, determined Indonesia returned for the second half and it proved the difference. A 32-to-1 point third quarter ensued, and Indonesia never looked back, running out 52 point winners by match’s end.
It was a fitting concusion for a very young but enthusiatic Indonesian side. The solitary victory resulted in a 16th place finish for the tournament. India finished 18th.
Indonesia: Abdillah 3, Saputro 2, Wood, Latupeirissa, Pasaribu, Halim
India: Kailashnathan, Fariduddin, Himat, Fernandes, Rishi, Parmar
Indonesia: Halim, Ibadurrohman, Suminarto, Saputro, Prasojo, Abdillah
Qtr Time: Indonesia 2.0 (12) led India: 1.1 (7)
Half Time: Indonesia 2.4 (16) led India 1.1 (7)
Three Qtr Time: Indonesia 7.6 (48) led India 1.2 (8)
Final: Indonesia 9.6 (60) defeated India 1.2 (8)
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