With 50 days to go until the Odisha Men's Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar begins, we look back at the history of this prestigious trophy and those who have won the right to raise it as champions...
The Finals competitions in Auckland (women) and Bhubaneswar (men) will bring the curtain down on the third season of the Hockey World League, with all eight nations that will compete in each event being single-mindedly determined to make their mark and raise the respective trophies aloft.
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In 2013, the Netherlands achieved a remarkable double in the inaugural edition of the Hockey World League, with both the men’s and women’s international teams storming to glory. Oranje women claimed the title with a superb display at the Final in San Miguel de Tucaman in Argentina, while the Dazzling Dutch men’s team overcame all challengers to triumph in New Delhi, India.
"Just which teams earn the privilege to lift these trophies above their heads - only time will reveal. When it happens, those nations will create their own magical moment of hockey history."
The silverware attained by the Dutch national teams in the first edition of the competition was redesigned ahead of the 2014-15 season. With new look trophies came new winners, as Argentina women took the title on home soil in Rosario and Australia’s Kookaburras emerged victorious in Raipur, India in 2016.
Reigning champions Australia will be looking for back to back titles on Indian soil Photo: FIH/Getty
The prizes used in the second edition of the competition were designed and constructed in London, England. Both the men’s and women’s trophies feature a single stack column of 12 walnut and vinyl plectrums surrounded by gold effect ‘wings', placed on a hardwood walnut base. The trophies weigh approximately 1.2 kilograms each, and the top plectrum of each trophy features a map of the world which has been inlaid by 23 carat gold leaf.
The now iconic second generation trophies will again be on offer in the third edition of the competition. Just which teams earn the privilege to lift these trophies above their heads only time will reveal. When it happens, those nations will create their own magical moment of hockey history.