Originally Posted by Salamuddin
Anyone interested in field hockey here ?
Who's your tip to win the wc in Germany in Sepetember ?
Here is how I see the final standings:
9. New Zealand
12. South Africa
I'd be pretty disappointed if NZ only finish 9th. We should be able to beat Korea, and IIRC we have beaten India quite regularly in recent times. Our biggest problem is that Simon Towns and Dion Gosling have recently retired, which leaves a massive gap at centre half and fullback. Ryan Archibald has fallen back into the centre half position, but IMO isn't as effective there as he was when he played up front.
I'd imagine Australia will win, with Spain, Holland and Germany fighting it out for 2nd, 3rd and 4th with Pakistan probably 5th. 6th to 10th could probably go in any order, the teams are fairly even and it could just come down to who has the best game on the day. Japan and SA will most likely take 11th and 12th.
And yeah. Hockey's awesome. People who haven't played it - you don't know what you're missing.