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Prashanth

Field Hockey FIH World League 2016 - 2017

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20 hours ago, LDOG said:

:MEX & :USA men and :MEX & :TTO women should compete for the place. I think Mexico will take both.

 

I actually think the contrary, Mexican teams even when in home soil can't handle pressure well, but I don't loose hope.

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Today will start the last stage of World League round 1 in Peru. It seems that PAHF also decided that it will double as the South American Championship.... so it will also be the first time Argentina will not win it  :mumble:

Curiously, :BRA men will not participate, guess they had enough hockey for this year?... the women's team will be present though. We will also have absolute debut in Hockey for  :ECU if i'm not mistaken.

 

BTW i'm surprised by how developed the peruvian federation is in terms of social media: they have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube channel and in all of them they post content regularly :yikes:there will be even livestream available for this tournament (!). It's much better than what I have seen from chilean, uruguayan or brazilian federations who in theory should be more interested in Hockey than Peru...

 

One quota available in Men's and two in Women's. Not much mystery here, :CHI should win both tournaments and :URU should take 2nd quota in W. 

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As I expected, the Mexican men's team blew their chances by losing to Barbados and now the ticket for next round is almost granted for USA.

 

On the women's side, only a true catastrophe could prevent the women from advancing to Round 2.

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World League Semifinals draw (5-6 quota for World Cup 2018 available in each tournament):

 

MEN

 

London - :ARG:NED:IND:ENG:KOR:PAK + 4 teams from Round 2

Johannesburg - :AUS:GER:BEL:NZL:ESP:RSA + 4 teams from Round 2

 

WOMEN

 

Brussels - :NED:AUS:NZL:CHN:KOR:BEL + 4 teams from Round 2

Johannesburg - :ENG:ARG:USA:GER:JPN:RSA + 4 teams from Round 2

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Today started in Malaysia the first tournament of World League round 2, which gives two places (and maybe a best 3rd eventually) in semifinal round.

 

:IRL & :ITA should have no big trouble taking the 2 available places, :MAS should take 3rd, but has to watch out for :WAL 

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:IRL & :MAS advance to semifinal round of women's world league. The latter made an slight upset beating :ITA, who will have now to wait to get a best third place in next round (it is highly likely). Ireland strong team, was close to the olympics and should now qualify for world cup.

 

 

 

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I can't imagine other scenario like Spain and India winning or at least getting to the final of their tournaments, which means Italy would be the best third placed team. Along with Spain I'd like to see Poland in the final of Valencia tournament - now the only chance for us to get to the next round and fight for the World Cup quota.

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So, the world league and champions trophy will be replaced by some sort of home and away league that will serve as qualification for the next olympics. FIH asked nations to send bids to participate in both or either men's and women's competition and these were the nations that made the first cut:

 

Both men's and women's: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain.

 

Only Women: China, Italy, USA

 

Only Men: Malaysia, Pakistan

 

Canada was the only top 16 men's nation that didn't bid, Malaysia also wanted to bid for women's but were rejected due to low ranking. The final cut will be down to 8 or 9 per gender and those nations will participate in the new league.

I would say that Argentina, Australia, Germany, Netherlands and England are 99% sure going to get both teams in. Also I think India and Belgium men and USA/NZ women are 99% in too. So, that would leave 1 or 2 spots for men and women available..

 

 

Edited by LDOG

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:ESP and :POL qualified for semifinal round of women's world league. With :SCO taking 3rd, it means :ITA has also qualified due to higher ranking. However, Scotland has a high ranking (17th), so they will qualify too as long as India doesn't finish 3rd in the last tournament of this second round.

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Davey Harte named goalkeeper of the year for the second year in a row. That's a big achievement for an Irish hockey player :)

 

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