Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Australia Masters to send trimmed squads to 2022 Hockey World Cups

Hockey Australia Masters will send five men’s teams to the 2022 Masters Hockey World Cup but no women’s teams will be represented following insufficient nominations.

The over-40s will play at this summer’s Masters WC in Nottingham, while the over-60, 65, 70 and 75 teams will play in the Tokyo tournament later this year.

It means that the over-35 and over-50s Australia men’s sides won’t be defending their gold medals.

The tournament for the over-40 men will take place from August 12-21 in Nottingham. The Japan World Cup takes place from Oct 19-29.

“It is an honour to represent Australia, and HAMC wanted to provide this opportunity to as many participants as possible,” said HAMC Chair, Sue Briggs.

“HAMC reviewed the number of nominations received in each age group to confirm which teams may be selected.”

“Unfortunately insufficient nominations were received to support team selection in any of the Women’s age groups and in Men’s 35s, 45s, 50s, and 55s.”

It is expected the teams for the five competing men’s age groups will be announced by the end of next month.

World Masters Hockey, England Hockey and Nottingham Hockey Centre recently announced that 15 countries would participate at the 2022 event, with close to 50 teams competing.

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