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GC2018 Hockey competition pools and match schedule announced

December 1, 2017

GC2018 Hockey competition pools and match schedule announced

The match schedule for the preliminary rounds of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Hockey competition has been announced following the unveiling of the competition pools today at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

Sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), today’s announcement saw the 10 competing nations for both men’s and women’s Hockey competitions divided into two pools of five based on their FIH World Rankings.

Teams have been divided into pools in a snaking pattern from the top-seeded nation down to the 10th-sedded nation in order to evenly spread competing nations across both pools.

Each team will play every other team within their pool during the preliminary round matches from 5-11 April 2018 before the top two teams in each pool advance to the semi-final and medal matches from 12-14 April 2018.

The pools for both men’s and women’s competitions today are listed below:

GC2018 Men’s Hockey Competition Pools 

Pool A Pool B
Australia India
New Zealand England
Canada Malaysia
South Africa Pakistan
Scotland Wales

GC2018 Women’s Hockey Competition Pools 

Pool A Pool B
England Australia
India New Zealand
South Africa Scotland
Malaysia Canada
Wales Ghana

The full draw is available here or see attached PDF: https://www.gc2018.com/sites/default/files/2017-11/Hockey_Schedule.pdf

Each team will comprise a maximum of 18 athletes, with a total of 360 athletes participating in the GC2018 Hockey Competition.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE:

“Today’s release of the official pools and match schedule for both men’s and women’s Hockey competitions at GC2018 is an exciting milestone for fans of hockey from around the world.

“It’s so wonderful to see such diversity of representation from across the Commonwealth involving the best hockey nations from Asia, Oceania, Europe, Africa and the Americas.”

GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters:

“With the match schedule and pools now confirmed, excitement is certainly building ahead of the GC2018 Hockey competition which will be held here at the world-class Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

“Both men’s and women’s competitions feature some of the highest ranked nations in world hockey so the level of competition at GC2018 is going to be outstanding.

“And with 54 matches in total across the GC2018 Hockey Competition, there are plenty of opportunities for spectators to purchase tickets via gc2018.com/tickets and experience all the action at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.”

International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Jason McCracken:

“We would like to congratulate all of the teams on their qualification for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Today’s announcement will undoubtedly boost excitement for both teams and fans who now know who they will battle to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.

“The Commonwealth Games is a key event in the Hockey calendar for many of these nations. With so many world-class teams involved, plus an exceptional venue for our sport, hockey will be showcased at its best in the Gold Coast next April.

“The sport and its fans are certainly looking forward to what is set to be an outstanding event.”

Australian Men’s Captain Mark Knowles:

“It’s really exciting to know the nations we will be facing during the preliminary matches as we look to keep our Commonwealth Games gold medal run going.

“Naturally we are looking forward to rekindling our rivalry with neighbours New Zealand and we know the competition is going to be fierce right throughout the preliminary rounds.

“I know everyone involved in Australian hockey is looking forward to the prospect of defending our gold medal in our own backyard.”

Spectators can purchase tickets to the Hockey preliminary matches on a first-come, first-served basis via gc2018.com/tickets.

Ticket prices start from as little as $10 for children and $20 for adults.

About Hockey at the Commonwealth Games:

Hockey was first included in the Commonwealth Games sports program at the 1998 edition of the Games in Kuala Lumpur and is classified as a core sport that must be included on the program of each Games.

Across both the men’s and women’s Commonwealth Games hockey competition, Australia is the most successful nation having won all but one of the gold medals on offer (women’s 2002).

The Game:

• Two teams of 11 players with seven substitutes, making for a total squad of 18 players
• A match consists of four 15-minute quarters
• The field of play is rectangular, 91.40 metres long and 55.00 metres wide
• Men’s hockey has the fastest swing speed on any sport, reaching around 166km per hour
• Hockey is played by over 3 million people across over 100 different countries
• International hockey pitches must align north to south
• There are no left-handed sticks in field hockey and players may use only one side of the stick
• A match is controlled by 2 umpires

Hockey at GC2018:

• Hockey schedule: 5-14 April 2018
• 54 matches in total across the 10 days of competition
• Ten teams will be divided into two pools based on world rankings
• Will host two gold medals (men’s and women’s competition)
• Tickets from $20 (adults), $10 (Children) – gc2018.com/tickets

Gold Coast Hockey Centre:

• Gold Coast Hockey Centre – 125 Musgrave Ave, Southport
• 500 permanent seating capacity will expand to 5,000 with temporary seating
• Opened in July 2017
• Two new synthetic pitches
• Upgrade to amenities to include meeting rooms, kitchen, bar facilities, function room, toilets, change rooms and permanent seating overlooking the two new synthetic pitches

Medallists:

Medal Tally – Men

Australia: Gold – 5 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
India: Silver – 2 (2010, 2014)
Malaysia: Silver – 1 (1998), Bronze – 1 (2006)
Pakistan: Silver – 1 (2006), Bronze – 1 (2002)
New Zealand: Silver – 1 (2002), Bronze – 1 (2010)
England: Bronze – 2 (1998, 2014)

Medal Tally – Women

Australia: Gold – 4 (1998, 2006, 2010, 2014), Bronze – 1 (2002)
India: Gold – 1 (2002)
England: Silver – 3 (1998, 2002, 2014), Bronze – 2 (2006, 2010)
New Zealand: Bronze – 2 (1998, 2014)

Australia at the Commonwealth Games:

Australian men’s team have maintained a perfect winning record – five gold medals from five consecutive Games – conceding only two goals in 350 minutes of gold medal matches since the sports debut at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Hockey results from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:

Great Britain’s women team defeated The Netherlands in a penalty shootout at Rio 2016 to claim gold, with the majority of their team expected to line up for England at GC2018, Team England head to the Gold Coast as gold medal favourites.

New Zealand’s women team defeated Australia 4-2 in the quarter-finals in Rio before losing to Team GB in the semi-finals and Germany 2-1 in the bronze medal match.

Men’s teams India, Australia and New Zealand all made the quarter finals stage in Rio but failed to progress to the semi-finals.