India placed in tough Pool B for HWL Final

European rivals Germany and England will get the event off to a flier at the Kalinga Stadium on Dec 1 and will be followed by the India-Australia duel.

Host India has been placed in Pool B for the Hockey World League Finals that gets underway in Bhubaneswar on Dec 10.   -  PTI

India will take on World Cup and World League champion Australia on the opening day of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10.

Seven teams which have qualified for next year’s World Cup (in Bhubaneswar) and the host, India, will feature in the HWL Final. In addition to battle for the title, the participating teams will stand to gain world ranking points.

Netherlands, Argentina, England, Belgium, Germany and Australia qualified for the HWL Final after finishing within top three of the HWL Semifinals in London and Johannesburg. Spain, which bagged the fourth place in London, made it to the HWF Final as the next best finisher highest ranked team in the Semifinals.

Apart from India and Australia, Pool B consists of Germany and England. India will meet England on December 2 and Germany on December 4.

Pool A

Pool B

Argentina

India

Netherlands

Australia

Belgium

Germany

Spain

England

Olympic champion Argentina, European champion Netherlands, Olympic silver medallist Belgium and Spain have been clubbed in Pool A, said an International Hockey Federation (FIH) statement on Thursday.

The pool matches will be played up to December 5. The knockout and classification matches will be played from December 6 onwards.

Ticket sales for the event are expected to commence over the next few days.

SCHEDULE
  • Dec 1: Pool B: 16:45 (IST) GER v ENG; 19:30 (IST) AUS v IND
  • Dec 2: Pool A: 12:00 ARG v BEL; 14:00 NED v ESP; Pool B: 17:30 GER v AUS; 19:30 IND v ENG
  • Dec 3: Pool A: 17:30 BEL v ESP; 19:30 NED v ARG
  • Dec 4: Pool B: 17:30 AUS v ENG; 19:30 IND v GER
  • Dec 5: Pool A: 17:30 ARG v ESP; 19:30 BEL v NED
  • Dec 6: QF 17:15; QF 19:30
  • Dec 7: QF 17:15; QF 19:30
  • Dec 8: Losing Quarterfinalists match 17:15; Semifinal 19:30
  • Dec 9 Losing Quarterfinalists match 17:15; Semifinal: 19:30
  • Dec 10: Bronze Medal Match 17:15; Final 19:30