Chandigarh: The smile on Chandigarh Comets’ head coach Harendra Singh said it all. Comets had launched their campaign in the inaugural edition of the Bridgestone World Series Hockey with a defeat to Bhopal Badshahs at the same venue almost a month back, but on Wednesday they became the second team in the league to be guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
In a humdinger here at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium on Wednesday, Comets beat Mumbai Marines 4-3. For the first time there is a team hot on the heels of Sher-E-Punjab as Comets are now behind them on only goal average but with equal points (25 from 13 Matchs). They will be cautious in their last league match, which could decide whom they meet in the semis.
Comets, known for striking early goals to put their rivals on the backfoot, deployed the same strategy against the Marines with success but the visitors came back strongly to neutralise their three-goal lead. Hwoever, Robert Green struck the winner from what appeared to be an abortive penalty corner a minute before the hooter, to give the Comets a famous victory and full points.