Monday, December 4, 2023

GB aim to regain Sultan of Johor Cup title

Great Britain men will aim to regain the Sultan of Johor Hockey Cup with five players who came away with bronze last year at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

Lewis Wilcher, Rory Penrose, Tom Moorhouse, Max Anderson and Elis Robson will line up for GB men in Malaysia with Jon Bleby again taking the helm as coach.

GB made their debut in the SOJC a decade ago and have won the title three times in 2015, 2018, and 2019.

Both GB and India have three titles each and will be eyeing a fourth in the 11th edition. Bleby’s side is placed in Group A with Germany, Australia, and South Africa. They will start their campaign against Australia on Oct 27.

Malaysia as host will battle with defending champions India, New Zealand and Pakistan.

As an England side, they failed to qualify for December’s Junior World Cup after a low placing in the European Junior Championship.

India with the 2022 Sultan of Johor Cup trophy PICS: Hockey India

At the European championships, six of the players represented England while two played for Scotland. The England players are Nick Nurse, Penrose, Moorhouse, Wilcher, Jacob Payton and Robson. Mathew Hughson and Ali Douglas were in the Scotland side.

Max Anderson, from Cookstown in Northern Ireland, has been selected as captain and features alongside Scottish brothers Ali and Callum Douglas.

Johor Hockey Association (JHA) president Datuk Manjit Majd Abdullah said that this year’s tournament will be mini–Junior World Cup, with seven teams finalising their preparation for the main event in December.

He said: “This is a milestone for the tournament. We believe that having eight teams will provide a greater challenge for the teams and fans will get to see the best of junior hockey. It must be noted that all the seven invited teams are no strangers to this tournament as they have all participated in the past.

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Great Britain squad

Calum Douglas, James Carleton, Tom Spreckley, Lewis Wilcher, Rory Penrose, Tom Moorhouse, Max Anderson, Elis Robson, Monty Neave, Nick Nurse, Ted Graves, Jacob Payton, Johny Sturch-Hibbitt, Henry Markham, Harrison Stone, Felix Tully, Mathew Hughson, Ali Douglas.

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