Saturday, April 20, 2024

Hockey World Cup: Simon Child aims for New Zealand to become unloved in India

Bhubaneswar — Let’s cast your minds back to Raipur and 2014. At the World League finals, Simon Child played his part in a semi-final shoot-out win over England which lives in the memory. Child, now 34, first lobbed George Pinner before a double spin and reverse into the net as the Black Sticks reached the final.

Nearly nine years on, Child is back in India – this is his first World Cup here – as he attempts to break the host nation’s hearts after taking a break from the game and starting a property business in Auckland.

After a three-year hiatus from international hockey and missing the Tokyo Olympics, Child, New Zealand’s fifth most-capped player, has also returned to the fray. “It’s pretty cool [to be in India],” he tells The Hockey Paper.

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