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The Hockey Paper - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 PREVIEW -

AUS­TRALIA have dom­i­nated the hockey medals’ ta­ble with their men having tri­umphed on all five oc­ca­sions the sport has been in­cluded.

It was brought into the fold in the Kuala Lumpur Games of 1998 and is now a core sport.

Eng­land’s best on the men’s front has been bronze, re­flect­ing the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the tour­na­ment’s top four teams.

And, with the Kook­abur­ras play­ing host, In­dia al­ways a threat and New Zealand never want­ing to be beaten on Aus­tralian soil, get­ting onto the podium will be tricky for Bobby Crutch­ley’s men.

Eng­land’s women, how­ever, will sud­denly be­come tour­na­ment favourites fol­low­ing Great Bri­tain’s Olympic suc­cess and the re­build­ing be­ing un­der­taken by the Aus­tralia’s Hock­ey­roos.

Don’t write off New Zealand ei­ther – they’ve been the side un­lucky enough to come fourth at the last two Olympics and are due a place on top of the pile.

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