A League of Its Own.

January 21, 2014 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

The very first Hero Hockey World League came to a close on Sunday with the Netherlands recording a resounding victory over New Zealand in the final and lifted the inaugural trophy.

Strewn in the debris of the tournament behind them were World Number one and reigning Olympic gold medallists Germany who finished in seventh place, Belgium who came fifth and World number two Australia who finished fourth, following a controversial disallowed goal in the last minute against vastly improved England.

There was some great hockey played. There was also some poor hockey played a result of the timing of the tournament, with some countries out of season.

The tournament was in its first year and as one would expect it was bound to suffer a few teething problems. One issue that was raised during the finals series was the fact that it is called a “League” competition, yet it was decided in a knock-out format. Obviously the FIH wanted the competition to be different from the already established Champions Trophy, but somehow in the Finals series it seemed to misfire.

Four teams slugged it out in two pools and then all eight teams made the quarter finals. One suggestion by a former international player was that the FIH should expand the pools to five teams with the bottom two being eliminated, therefore making every team have something to play for. Also it was suggested that the difference in World rankings points between those eliminated and those remaining should be an incentive to remain in the tournament.

One thing is for sure the tournament needs to re-think the finals series as despite the performances of the Netherlands, England and New Zealand it all proved a bit of an anti-climax.

It would also be wise to have a rest day between the semi finals and the final as it was clear that some players struggled to play back-to-back games, and therefore the spectacle was not what it should have been. Sadly the same error is about to occur in the soon to get underway Hero Hockey India League.

Overall though the concept behind the Hero Hockey World League has been a resounding success and if these small issue can be tweaked the second year should be bigger and better than the first!

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Hockey. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

More Trouble in Rio Boxing Clever?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


No Apologies – Football Doco

"No Apologies" is a documentary about two of Australia's Aboriginal Matilda's players and their journey to the Women's Football World Cup.

Buy your copy online here: www.noapologiesrequired.com

NTFS Podcast

Subscribe to the Not the Footy Show podcastListen to Not the Footy Show by Podcast

No Apologies – A football documentary

Categories

Subscribe by email



Powered by FeedBurner

Flickr Photos

More Photos

Please Sir Can I have my Ball Back?

"Please Sir Can I Have My Ball Back" is a book every man should read. Buy your copy online: eBay

%d bloggers like this: