Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Hockey World Cup opening ceremony today, real action begins on Saturday

The stage is set for the 2014 Rabobank Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cup, which will be held in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15. The opening ceremony of the high-profile event will be held on Friday, which will mark the official commencement with as many as twelve teams in both men’s and women’s categories vying for top honours.

The real action begins on Saturday with defending champions Australian men facing world number 13 Malaysia in a Pool A tie, which will be the first match of the tournament, while the women’s section kicks off with world number 5 New Zealand taking on 12th ranked Belgium in a Pool A tie.

In other men’s matches on day one, 8th ranked India meet 5th ranked Belgium, while 4th ranked England face 10th ranked Spain. Among the other women’s games on day one, 4th ranked Australia clash with 8th ranked Korea while top-ranked and hosts the Netherlands lock horns with 9th ranked Japan.

All Pool B games in both men’s and women’s categories will start on Sunday

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