Today is the day that the latest round of the Hockey World League starts and boy are there some action packed games lined up. The tournament is taking place in London at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre which is where the 2012 London Olympics hockey matches were held. To find out everything you need to know about the tournament, you can head over to the FIH website to view all the World League action.
Who is taking part?
There are an array of teams taking part in this leg of the tournament. We have Argentina who are the current #1 after their Olympic triumph over Belgium, followed by serial winners The Netherlands currently ranked #4 in the world after a disappointing display at Rio 2016. The other teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 is India (#6) and the hosts England (#7), while the rest of the field is made up of Korea (#12), Pakistan (#13), China (#18) & Scotland (#23).
My money would be Argentina with England probably taking second place. The Netherlands still have plenty of quality, but I just don’t see them adding the consistency required once again. India should have another good tournament and continue their form to carry on building a formidable squad, but I think it is still too early for any real major success; watch out for them at Tokyo 2020. Pakistan can throw up a few surprises, but for all the talent that they have, they just don’t seem to convert that potential into tournament performances.
There are loads of games being covered by SuperSport which is incredible to see. To view the full schedule, you can click here. Thanks SuperSport for backing one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and in our country.
Enough talking, time to watch some top hockey!