Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tokyo Olympics Hockey: Can Japan produce Women’s Pool upset?

RUPERT BARKER, of Hockey 21, continues to assess the make up of the Olympic group stages and looks at Pool B in the women’s competition

Argentina

There was a fear that post-Aymar, Argentina would never reach the top of the game again. It is safe to say that those fears have been allayed. The raft of young Leonitas who grew up watching the great Lucha are now entering their prime. The 22-year-old forward Julieta Jankunas is one of those; she has excellent skills and a rocket reverse stick strike. 

She combines upfront with the experienced Delfina Merino, who will be looking to net her 100th international goal during the tournament. Maria Jose Granatto will occasionally drop behind the front two from the forward line and act as a catalyst for the Argentine’s attacking moves, as well as finishing a few herself. 

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