15th June 2016, Brussels: As the Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy takes a rest day, we have a look at the table and the possibility of a European team being in the Final!
Australia’s Kookaburras have secured a place in the competition final at the men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy, but their opponents in the showpiece gold medal match still remains a mystery. India, Great Britain and Belgium are all still in the running ahead of the final round of pool matches on Thursday.
The Aussies hard-fought 2-0 win over Belgium proved to be enough for a final berth, while India’s 2-1 victory over Korea means that they ended competition day four on seven points, two points clear of Great Britain, who tied with title holders Germany in the final match of the day to end their opponent’s chances of defending their crown.
To qualify for the gold medal match, home favourites Great Britain need Australia to beat India in Thursday’s first match before they in turn require victory against Belgium, a team that currently remains in the hunt for a final spot, in the evening game.
With Germany currently placed 6th in the table courtesy of 3 draws and a loss of 4-3 to Australia it shows the level of the competition and the very tight margins at this event.
The pool phase of the competition will conclude on Thursday (16 June) with Australia taking on India at 1600 (UTC/GMT +1), Korea versus Germany at 1800 and Great Britain playing Belgium at 2000.
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Source material: FIH.CH