Wednesday, June 23, 2021

EuroHockey 2021: Wales’ Jacob Draper ready for Holland battle

Welshman says squad happy to play 'underdog card' as they set sights on Dutch battle and a top five European Hockey Championship placing

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

When Wales run out for their final Pool game, they will do so against a tide of Oranje colour and, more importantly, the chance to qualify for a remarkable EuroHockey semi-final slot. “We will go out all guns blazing,” said Jacob Draper on the eve of one of Wales’ biggest matches in their history.

Great Britain’s Draper, who stood out at the last European Hockey Championships, again came to the fore against France and was a key cog in Wales’ transitional play in their second Pool game. 

It was their first victory in the Pool stages since their 1999 campaign and now sets up the chance of achieving a seismic slice of history with a result against the Dutch. 

Draper, 23 next month, said: “If we play our hockey the way we want to, there is no doubt why we can’t get something out of the game. It’s all about if we mentally believe we can do it.

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