Four Olympic teams to take part in Dublin tournament
LAUSANNE – The FIH today announced the match schedule for the Electric Ireland Women’s Champions Challenge 1, which will be held in Dublin, Ireland from September 29-October 7, 2012.
The Electric Ireland Champions Challenge 1 is the first major FIH event after the 2012 Olympics and features four teams that participated in London with South Africa, USA, Belgium and Australia. The tournament features a wide array of teams with seventh-ranked Australia coming in as the top-seeded team and 27th-ranked Wales at the other end of the seeding.
Also included in the eight-team field are host Ireland, Scotland and India. The event will kick off with the match between India and Wales at 10:00 on September 29th. The eight teams will be split into two preliminary round groups with Australia, Belgium India and Wales in Group A. Ireland, South Africa , Scotland and the United States are in Group B.
All eight teams will move onto a quarterfinal game with the first place finishers taking on the last place finishers from the other groups and the second and third place teams playing in a similar cross-over. From there, the winners will move onto the semi-finals and medal games, while the losers will play for placement.
“It is great to be going back to Dublin for the third time in two years," said FIH President Leandro Negre. "It is always a fantastic atmosphere at the UCD campus and I am sure a first-rate tournament awaits the eight Electric Ireland Champions Challenge 1 teams. It is sure to be a great event for both the fans and participants.”
The Electric Ireland Champion’s Challenge 1 will give the teams World Ranking points, while the winner of the tournament will be automatically qualified for the next Women’s Champions Trophy.
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