Hockey World Cup 2018: Tim Drummond-led South Africa aiming for greatest ever end at event

South Africa are one of many lowest-ranked groups on the 2018 Hockey World Cup. At the moment sitting on the 15th spot, the African facet’s practical intention might be to enhance on the 11th place end from the final World Cup. Coached by Mark Hopkins, South Africa’s earlier greatest end at a World Cup is 10th place, which was achieved in each 2010 and 1994. The Bhubaneswar World Cup would be the sixth time they are going to be taking part in on the mega occasion.

File picture of Peabo Lembethe. Picture Courtesy: South Africa Hockey Affiliation

South Africa are in Pool C the place they are going to face Belgium, India and Canada. It is going to be extraordinarily robust for them in opposition to all three higher-ranked groups, however South Africa will look to keep away from ending fourth and at the very least progress to play the crossover matches. The workforce will attempt their greatest to beat the World No 11 facet Canada.

Rassie Pieterse and Gowan Jones are key for South Africa relating to scoring targets. Each gamers have been a part of the 2014 World Cup so that they have much-needed expertise going into such an necessary event. Rhett Halkett and Austin Smith have performed greater than 100 matches for South Africa and they’ll lead the defence. Aside from these, gamers like Mo Mea, Jethro Eustice and teenager Tyson Dlungwana can even look to play necessary function of their workforce’s marketing campaign.

In preparation for the World Cup, South Africa performed 4 matches in opposition to France and misplaced the collection 0-Three after the primary match was drawn 2-2. This got here as some form of a shock as a result of France are ranked 20th on the earth rankings, however they have been far superior when in comparison with South Africa. Coach Hopkins would hope that the workforce will enhance their type within the World Cup.

“It’s important that we proceed to concentrate on creating our offensive and defensive methods and execute our sport plan persistently. The squad might be led by Tim Drummond and I’m certain everybody will get behind him to make sure we ship our expectations,” Hopkins stated when the World Cup squad was introduced.

South Africa Squad for 2018 Hockey World Cup: Tim Drummond, Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne, Julian Hykes, Gowan Jones, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Rassie Pieterse, Austin Smith, Nic Spooner.

Head coach: Mark Hopkins

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