Saturday, December 2, 2023

Hockey Tokyo Olympics: Guide to men’s Pool B

The top four sides in European hockey will battle it out for the best quarter-final draw at the Tokyo Games

Rupert Barker, of Hockey 21, continues to assess the men’s group stages of the Tokyo Olympics hockey competition.


The Belgians recently lost their world No 1 spot to the Australians, but they are still a major contender for gold. They have experience and quality running through every single layer of their side. The change of rules allowing the reserves to participate means that former skipper Thomas Briels may still play. Arthur Van Doren shows true class at the back, not only providing a solid defensive barrier, but also launching attacks with outstanding distribution and elimination skills.

Victor Wegnez is the engine in the midfield and acts as the perfect foil for the omnipresent John-John Dohmen. In the forward line, they have a plethora of talent and the focus often falls on the goal-scoring prowess of Tom Boon.

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