Hockey sides out to improve world rankings

(Article by Arin Kumar, Fiji Times Online Saturday, December 29, 2012;  "The Fiji mens hockey side sweats it out during a team run at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala, Suva". Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU)

THE national men's and women's hockey sides are targeting to improve their international ranking when they compete in the Round 2 of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World League that will be held in India next year.

Both sides won the Round 1 competition that was held at the National Hockey Centre in Suva two weeks ago by beating Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Samoa.

In round 2, the men's side, ranked 71 in the world, will face China, Ireland, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan and hosts India who are ranked 18th, 15th, 40th, 38th and 11th respectively.

The women's side, who are ranked 59th, will be up against Japan (9), India (12), Russia (20), Malaysia (22) and Kazakhstan (33).

Fiji has never faced any of their opponents before and Fiji Hockey Federation president Dr Robin Mitchell believes the tournament will be a good exposure for the national sides.

He said with the Commonwealth Games and the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics coming up, the World League was a good avenue to improve Fiji's international ranking.

"We need to take a realistic approach for Round 2 of the World League because we are playing nations that are ranked very highly," Dr Mitchell said.

"We can use the World League to improve our ranking and increase our chances of qualifying for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games," he said.

Both sides resumed their training on Tuesday after the Christmas holidays and will continue for the next six weeks.




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RESULTS OF COMPETITION IN THE 2017 HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE ROUND 2
DAY 1 4th March
China 7 defeated Ghana 3
Egypt 6 defeated Sri Lanka 2
Oman 7 defeated Fiji 0
Malaysia  3 defeated Bangladesh 0
 
RESULTS FOR DAY 2 5th MARCH
Ghana 5 Sri Lanka 4
Egypt 2 China 2  (Shootout Egypt 3 China 2)
Malaysia 6  Oman 1
Bangladesh 5  Fiji 1
 
6th March - REST DAY
 
RESULTS FOR Day 3 7th March
Malaysia 11 Fiji  1
China 5  Sri Lanka  1 
Ghana 1  Egypt  1  (2 - 4)
Oman  3  Bangladesh  2
 
RESULTS OF QUARTERFINALS 9th March
 Malaysia 5  Sri Lanka 2
 China 17 Fiji  0
 Oman 4 Ghana 3
 Egypt 5  Bangladesh 1
 
PLAYOFFS & SEMI FINALS  11th March
Bangladesh 9 defeated Sri Lanka 0
Ghana 11 defeated Fiji 2
Malaysia 5 Egypt  0  (Semi final)
China 5 defeated Oman 1  (Semi final)
 
FINAL DAY 12th March
7 & 8th playoff     Sri Lanka 5 defeated Fiji 
5th & 6th playoff  Bangladesh defeated Ghana  3 - 3 (4 - 3)
3rd & 4th playoff  Egypt 5 defeated Oman 1
FINALS                Malaysia defeated CHINA  2 - 2 (5 - 3)
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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