Canada women & Chile men favourites to top rankings
In the women’s event, hot favourites Canada (FIH World Ranking 23) are joined in the round-robin event by hosts Trinidad & Tobago (27), Barbados (41), Uruguay (50), Guyana and Venezuela (jointly ranked 58th). The three highest finishers will secure a place in Round 2 of the Hockey World League. The tournament begins on Sunday 11th November, and draws to a close on Saturday 17th.
Canada’s strong placing in the FIH World Rankings has been hard earned but the retirement of five key international players in recent months ensures that there is no guarantee of an easy or safe passage through to Round 2. Host nation Trinidad & Tobago will be keen to make the most of the home advantage, while Barbados, Uruguay, Guyana and Venezuela have not made the journey simply to make up the numbers. Squad lists for all competing women’s can be found by clicking here. *
The tournament in Trinidad & Tobago will be the fifth Women’s World League Round 1 event to take place this year following competitions in Czech Republic (Prague), Ghana (Accra), Kuantan (Malaysia) and Vienna (Austria). So far, Belarus, Italy, Scotland, Czech Republic, Ghana, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Malaysia and Kazakhstan have already booked their places in the second round of the competition, with three more places up for grabs this coming week.
Following the completion of the event in Trinidad & Tobago, the final event of the women’s Hockey World League for 2012 takes place in Suva (Fiji) from 8-15 December, where Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu and host nation Fiji will take to the field.
The men’s competition will be contested between four teams, with top ranked Chile (25) facing challenges from Trinidad & Tobago (34), Barbados (47) and Venezuela (57). The two highest finishers in the round robin tournament will claim their place in Round 2 of the Hockey World League.
After two consecutive bronze medal winning performances at the Pan American Games (2007 & 2011), it is hardly a surprise that Chile are rightly considered favourites to take claim top spot in Port of Spain. In Jan Richter they have a player who is a proven scorer from penalty corners, having claimed a six goal haul at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Venezuela all have ambitions to reach the second phase, and will be determined to cause an upset over the coming week. To see the squad lists for the men's event, please click here *
The men’s competition in Port of Spain is the sixth HWL Round 1 event to take place so far, with Poland, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Ireland, Austria, Egypt, Scotland and Portugal winning through to Round 2 with strong performances at respective events in Prague (Czech Republic), Singapore, Cardiff (Wales), Accra (Ghana) and Lousada (Portugal). The next stop on the men’s Hockey World League circuit is San Diego, where host nation USA take on Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Mexico. The event begins on 16th of November and runs for three days.
The Hockey World League has been developed by the FIH to present hockey at its best whilst also providing rapidly improving hockey nations with a stage to show what they are capable of. The tournament has four rounds which take place between August 2012 and February 2013, with each round acting as a qualifier for the next. This process gives every team the potential reach the tournament final. The Hockey World League also acts as the qualification competition for the FIH World Cups which take place in 2014, with 12 qualification places up for grabs. To read more information about the aims and structure of the tournament, please click here.
Official match reports from the competition will be posted to the Port of Spain 2012 World League webpages at the end of each tournament day. To view these sites, please click the links below.
For real-time results, please follow the FIH World League Twitter page:@World_League1.
* The following team lists were unavailable at the time of writing: Barbados women & Trinidad & Tobago men.