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.