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Hockey – no, not that one

The World Cup 2010 Men’s FIELD hockey is currently taking place in New Delhi, India. This is a welcome change after the hype of the Winter Olympics, which doesn’t usually interest me too much because I never played winter (read: snow or ice based) sports. I know that the South Korea women’s field hockey team is usually pretty good but I don’t much about the men’s team. Turns out they are ranked 5th in the world. However, they are not doing so well right now. They beat Argentina (world ranking 14) but have been defeated by New Zealand (world ranking 8). Looks like they will struggle to make it to the Semis. Apparently South Korea are the Asian Champions.

The Australian team is faring better. They were beaten, unexpectedly, by England but have come back strong and should make it to the semis. Currently ranked second in the world, we stand a good chance of winning I should think. They trounced South Africa 12-0 in a World Cup record drubbing. The final will be Saturday 13 March.

The women’s World Cup field hockey is due to take place in Argentina later this year. I would expect the Australian women’s team to also be among the favourites; they usually do very well. Next big hockey event for Australia, outside of World Cups, is the Commonwealth Games.

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