CWG 2014: Kokkaburra and Hockeyroos Favourites to Rule Glasgow Greens
Gone are the days when India used to rule the hockey world. At present, the Indian Hockey team is struggling to make it to the top five teams. The Dutch, Aussies, Germans started to stamp their authority over India who are slowly becoming the Liverpool FC of International Hockey. When the Australian contingent left to Glasgow to take part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, they would have been pretty sure that the Aussies are guaranteed atleast two Gold medals. Those two Gold medals will be from the Kokkuburra sticks which is their men’s hockey team and the women’s hockey team Hockeyroos.
History of Badminton in Commonwealth Games:
Hockey made its debut in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Commonwealth Games and is took place in all the four editions since then with Australia winning all the four times in men’s category and thrice in women’s category with India running with the women’s hockey gold in the 2002 Manchester Games.
Winners at 2010 Commonwealth Games:
Venue for 2014 Commonwealth Games: Glasgow Greens which had newly laid synthetic turfs will be the venue for hockey events in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Men’s and women’s category will have ten teams each divided into two groups of five teams. Once the league stage comes to an end, the top two team from each group will make it to the semi-finals. Australia start as favourites in both categories and India are the only side which has a chance of challenging the Aussies.
Favourites (Men): Australia, India, England.
Favourites (Women): Australia, India, New Zealand.