Saturday, December 9, 2023

No surprises in Belgium’s EuroHockey men’s team

Shane McLeod, the Kiwi coach of world No 1 outfit Belgium, has unveiled his Red Lions men’s squad which unsurprisingly exudes an air of familiarity.

Since winning the 2018 men’s World Cup, Belgium have played 27 and lost four in the FIH Pro League in amidst winning the EuroHockey title on home soil two year’s ago.

Sebastien Dockier is included, Victor Wegnez has recovered from an ankle injury, while Emmanuel Stockbroekx is still recovering from a head injury sustained in the Belgian leagues.

The 18-strong squad will begin the defence of their title against Spain on June 5 before games against England and Russia.

Belgium EuroHockey squad:

Vincent Vanasch, Loic Van Doren, Arthur Van Doren, Gauthier Boccard, Arthur De Sloover, Loick Luypaert, Alexander Hendrickx, Felix Denayer, John John Dohmen, Simon Gougnard, Antoine Kina, Victor Wegnez, Florent van Aubel, Nicolas De Kerpel , Cédric Charlier, Sébastien Dockier, Thomas Briels, Tom Boon.

Meanwhile, Marc Coudron, the outgoing Belgium hockey president, hinted that he wouldn’t run in the next FIH election, despite losing out 63-61 to Narinder Batra at the weekend.

Coudron said that he hoped for 70 votes at the election which would have been enough to oust Batra, who now sits for a second term.

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