Odisha Men’s World Cup Schedule Announced

The FIH have officially released the pools and schedule for the Odisha World Cup in Bhubaneswar (November 28th– December 16th). The Green Machine find themselves in Pool B alongside world number 1 side Australia, England and China.

Ireland’s World Cup campaign gets under way on November 30th against the world number 1 and defending world champions Australia. The Kookaburras will be without talisman and 4-time Olympian Mark Knowles who has announced he will retire after the upcoming Commonwealth Games. But they are a potent threat with the experienced Jake Wheton and the goal scoring prowess of Blake Govers who has 48 goals in his 57 caps. The two sides don’t meet all that frequently but they will face off in the upcoming Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia on March 3rd.

Ireland’s second match comes on December 4th against China, currently ranked 17th in the world, they beat higher ranked Korea at World League in London to finish in 8th position.

The Green Machine’s final pool match is on December 7th against England, a side they will also meet at the Azlan Shah on March 6th. The two teams are familiar foes and most recently met at the European Championships in Amsterdam last August where England narrowly edged the encounter 2-1. Prior to that Ireland put 4 past the English at Lee Valley to earn an historic European bronze medal in 2015.

Commenting on the announcement, head coach Craig Fulton said “We are happy with our World Cup draw, it’s a competitive pool and we have played all the teams recently which is a positive. There are 3-day breaks between our pool matches which will take some getting used to with lots of down time as there are only two games a day on the schedule”.

Fulton expressed his dismay at the new World Cup structure “I don’t agree with not playing any classification matches which is a real shame in this World Cup. Worst case scenario is you could potentially only play 3 pool games and then go home, when in the past you played 7 games to a final position and that’s real value for money”.

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Ireland’s Odisha World Cup Pool Fixtures:

Friday 30th November 5pm Ireland vs Australia

Tuesday 4th December 7pm Ireland vs China

Friday 7th December 7pm Ireland vs England

*All times listed are local

Pools:

 

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
Argentina Australia Belgium Netherlands
New Zealand England India Germany
Spain Ireland Canada Malaysia
France China South Africa Pakistan

 

 Schedule:

 

Date Match no Pool Time Match
Wednesday 1 C 17:00 Belgium v Canada
28 November 2 C 19:00 India v South Africa
Thursday 3 A 17:00 Argentina v Spain
29 November 4 A 19:00 New Zealand v France
Friday 5 B 17:00 Australia v Ireland
30 November 6 B 19:00 England v China
Saturday 7 D 17:00 Netherlands v Malaysia
1 December 8 D 19:00 Germany v Pakistan
Sunday 9 C 17:00 Canada v South Africa
2 December 10 C 19:00 India v Belgium
Monday 11 A 17:00 Spain v France
3 December 12 A 19:00 New Zealand v Argentina
Tuesday 13 B 17:00 England v Australia
4 December 14 B 19:00 Ireland v China
Wednesday 15 D 17:00 Germany v Netherlands
5 December 16 D 19:00 Malaysia v Pakistan
Thursday 17 A 17:00 Spain v New Zealand
6 December 18 A 19:00 Argentina v France
Friday 19 B 17:00 Australia v China
7 December 20 B 19:00 Ireland v England
Saturday 21 C 17:00 Belgium v South Africa
8 December 22 C 19:00 Canada v India
Sunday 23 D 17:00 Malaysia v    Germany
9 December 24 D 19:00 Netherlands v    Pakistan
Monday 25 Cross-over1 16:45 2A v 3B
10 December 26 Cross-over1 19:00 2B v 3A
Tuesday 27 Cross-over1 16:45 2C v 3D
11 December 28 Cross-over1 19:00 2D v 3C
Wednesday 29 QF2 16:45 1A v    Winner Match 26
12 December 30 QF2 19:00 1B v    Winner Match 25
Thursday 31 QF2 16:45 1C v    Winner Match 28
13 December 32 QF2 19:00 1D v    Winner Match 27
Friday 14 December Rest Day
Saturday 33 SF 13 16:00 Winner Match 29   v Winner Match 32
15 December 34 SF 23 18:30 Winner Match 30   v Winner Match 31
Sunday 35 3 / 4 16:30 Loser Match 33 v    Loser Match 34
16 December 36 1 / 2 19:00 Winner Match 33 v    Winner Match 34

 

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