At the end of the second women’s Hockey World League Round One competition, Belarus won all three of their games to emerge as the overall winners of the competition, thus booking their place in Round Two, which will take place in the autumn. The final standings in the round robin saw Ukraine finish in second place with Lithuania third and Poland bringing up the rear.
The event took place in Lithuania and over the course of three days, the crowds were treated to some close matches and exciting hockey. Belarus forward Yuliya Mikheichyx had a great tournament as she emerged as top goal-scorer with six goals. She got her tournament off to a flying start with a hat trick against Poland, and then followed up with two more against Ukraine and a further one against the host nation in the last match of the final day.
The winners get automatic passage to Round Two, and the second-placed team may also have the chance to compete in the next round – depending upon qualification from other Round One competitions. The format of the Hockey World League means that it is feasible for a team with a low FIH World Ranking to win through all the rounds and qualify for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
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