Hockey World League Round 1 Portugal 2012
Lousada, Portugal - September 25 - 30, 2012


Scotland looks strong in WL debut

September 27, 2012
Gibraltar still tops the standings with Scots nipping at their heels

The World League Round One men’s tournament in Lousada, Portugal completed its first full day of action on Wednesday and Scotland came out looking like the team to beat after a 9-0 thrashing against Morocco. Scotland is the highest-ranked team at the event, holding the #23 spot in the FIH World Ranking.

Gibraltar, ranked 43rd in the World Ranking, currently tops the standings with five points in two games after earning a nail-biting victory against Italy in a penalty shootout. The game was tied at three after regulation, and Gibraltar powered to the win in the shootout with a 3-1 advantage.

Gibraltar and Morocco are the only two teams with two games under their belt at the event. On the first day of action, the Italy vs. Portugal game had to be halted at halftime due to a torrential downpour. That game will be completed at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, meaning the standings picture will be more complete following Thursday’s action and the completion of that game on Friday.

On Thursday, Gibraltar has its first major test of the event, when it takes on Scotland in the early game. That will be followed by Morocco vs. Portugal.

Two of the five participating teams from the Round One tournament in Portugal will qualify to take part in the World League Round Two.

To follow the event via Facebook, the Lousada hosts have a page that includes photos and video content:

To follow games live via Twitter, please visit: #World_League1


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