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Hockey: Malaysia’s men to face Australia in World Cup opener

Kelly Fairweather (far left), CEO of the FIH (International Hockey Federation), announced the schedule of the joint men's and women's Rabobank World Cup starting on May 31.

Kelly Fairweather (far left), CEO of the FIH (International Hockey Federation), announced the schedule of the joint men’s and women’s Rabobank World Cup starting on May 31.

February 2, 2014: Malaysia’s men will face World Cup holders Australia in the opening match of the Rabobank World Cup, which will be held in the Netherlands from Saturday, May 31 to Sunday, June 15.

 

India’s men will play Belgium later on May 31 in another Group A match-up, while Korea – Asia’s third representative in the men’s event – will face New Zealand on June 1 as the Group B teams from the men’s and women’s events open their campaigns.

 

In the women’s competition, Korea play Australia and Japan take on the Netherlands – hosts and defending champions – in Group A matches on the opening day. China, Asia’s third representative in the women’s event, face Germany in Group B on the second day.

 

The tournament consists of 76 matches at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague and will be the second time that both the men’s and women’s World Cups have been held at the same time and location.

 

Six pool matches – three men’s and three women’s – will be held each day starting from May 31 until June 10. Teams will qualify directly for classification matches, except for the top two teams in each group, who will play cross over semi-finals.

 

The women’s semis and final will be held on June 12 and 14 respectively, with the men’s semis and final on June 13 and 15.

 

In the men’s event, Group A consists of Australia (World Ranking: 1), England (4), Belgium (5), India (8), Spain (10) and Malaysia (13).

 

In Group B, Olympic champions Germany (2) will face the Netherlands (3), New Zealand (6), Korea (7), Argentina (11) and South Africa (12).

 

In the women’s event, Korea and Japan are in Group A with the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Belgium. China are in Group B with Argentina, England, Germany, USA and South Africa.

 

The pools were announced last month and based on the FIH World Rankings, which were updated after the World League Finals.

 

Despite victory by the Netherlands in the men’s event in Delhi last month, it was Australia who took back the top spot from Germany, who had number one since their gold medal performance at London 2012.

 

Rabobank World Cup – Men’s Qualifiers 

Netherlands: Hosts
Germany: Continental Champions Europe
Argentina: Continental Champions Pan America
Korea: Continental Champions Asia
Australia: Continental Champions Oceania
South Africa: Continental Champions Africa
England: 3rd place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Belgium: 1st place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam, Netherlands

New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam Netherlands *
Spain: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED). **
Malaysia: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru, Malaysia ***
India: 6th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) ****

 

* Netherlands finished third in the World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam. As they were already pre-qualified as the host, this meant that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earned direct qualification to the Rabobank World Cup. This place was given to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and higher ranked than Korea at the time the event took place.
** Spain qualified as second reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the EuroHockey Championships. Spain (5th in Rotterdam) were named second reserve ahead of Malaysia (5th in Johor Bahru) courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings at the time that the event took place.
*** Malaysia qualified as third reserve courtesy of Korea’s victory in the Asia Cup 2013.
**** India qualified as fourth reserve courtesy of Australia’s victory in the Oceania Cup 2013.

 

For more information, visit: https://rabobankhockeyworldcup2014.com/

 

Source: FIH

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