Zim U21 ladies hockey vie for World Cup glory against USA

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Un­der-21 ladies hockey team will be­gin its quest for World Cup glory with a match against the United States of Amer­ica on Novem­ber 24 when the fi­nals roar into life in San­ti­ago, Chile.

Zim­babwe were drawn in Pool A to­gether with Korea Repub­lic and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nether­lands for the fi­nals that will fea­ture 16 teams.

The Trish Davies coached young girls will play their sec­ond game the next day against Korea Repub­lic be­fore wrap­ping up their group matches against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nether­lands on Novem­ber 27.

“We can­not ex­pect any­thing less be­cause it’s the best of the world. The ladies will give it their best,” said Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Humphrey Chig­wedere.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH), Club Man­que­hue will play host to 10 days of high-speed, ac­tion packed hockey as the world’s ris­ing stars bat­tle to be crowned ju­nior women’s world cham­pi­ons.

The clas­si­fi­ca­tion matches be­gin on Novem­ber 30, while the medal matches will be held on De­cem­ber 4, with the bronze medal match and the final tak­ing place.

Hockey fans will be treated to six fix­tures on each of the first two days of ac­tion, fol­lowed by four matches per day for the re­main­der of the event.

The open­ing day of play sees Asian ju­nior cham­pi­ons China tak­ing on Spain in the first match of the event in what should be a close en­counter. Hosts Chile will be hop­ing to get their cam­paign off to a good start in front of their home fans against Euro­pean ju­nior bronze medal­lists Eng­land in the last match of the day.

Day two fea­tures two ex­cit­ing all-Euro­pean matches; Euro­pean ju­nior sil­ver medal­lists Ger­many tak­ing on France and ris­ing stars Bel­gium and Spain go­ing head to head later in the day.

Su­per Satur­day then fol­lows with the high­lights in­clud­ing a show­down be­tween com­mon­wealth ri­vals Eng­land and Aus­tralia, while Ger­many and Ar­gentina are bound to play out a fiery en­counter.

Some tough chal­lenges await Ja­pan, who play Ger­many, and France, who take on women’s Hockey Ju­nior World Cup 2013 run­ners up Ar­gentina.

Zim U21 women Hockey team (fi­file photo)

Hockey Un­der-21 World Cup Pools Pool A: Pool B: Pool C: Pool D:

Zim­babwe Un­der-21 hockey squad

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