Change of for­mat

Weekend Herald - - RUGBY -

The na­tional hockey league for­mat has changed this year, switch­ing from a full round robin of seven games, to two pools of four teams each for both the men’s and women’s com­pe­ti­tions.

The idea is to mimic In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion tour­na­ments and hope­fully pro­duce higher qual­ity hockey, while re­duc­ing the vol­ume of matches in the week- long tour­na­ment. Pools are based on last year’s fi­nal plac­ings.

Welling­ton are host­ing the Chal­lenge Shield ( men) and K Cup ( women) with games start­ing today and the finals on next Satur­day. Mid­lands ( men) and Can­ter­bury ( women) are de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

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