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India to lock horns against Canada on the opening day of the Junior Hockey World Cup

Vidhi Shah
FEATURED WRITER
News
05 Dec 2016, 22:25 IST
The Indian colts at a practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium under the guidance of India’s senior team coach
 Roelant Oltmans.

The 11th edition of the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup is all set to be staged in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from the 8th of December until the 18th of the month. The 10-day event will feature the colts of the world’s top 16 teams square off against each other at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium. 

All the competing nations have been divided into 4 groups of 4 teams each. For the first four days, from 8-12 December, the pool or the group stage of the tournament will take place. After a rest day on December 13, the top 2 teams from each group will clash against each other in the quarter-finals on December 14. 

Subsequently, the semi-finals of the Junior Hockey World Cup will take place on the 16th of December and the all-important final encounter will be played on Sunday, 18th of December at 7 PM IST. Prior to that, the bronze medal match will take place at 4.45 PM IST. 

In the opening fixture on the inaugural day, New Zealand will take the battle to Japan, then defending champions Germany will lock horns against European compatriots Spain while hosts India will feature in the last encounter of the day against Canada. The hosts will later face England on December 10th and play South Africa on December 12th as part of their Pool D league matches.

Also read: Sticking to plans will be key for India at 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup, says Roelant Oltmans

The Malaysian team made the cut for the World Cup on account of the fact that the Pakistani team failed to confirm its visas before a stipulated deadline. Playing on their home ground, India, who won the trophy back in 2001, and 6-time winners Germany are being tipped as favourites to clinch the trophy. 

But unlike the new format of action-packed four quarters, the viewers will have to adjust themselves to watch the matches in the slower and older format of two halves in the Junior Hockey World Cup. The tournament will be played in the sports’ traditional format, with two sessions of 35 minutes each instead of the current international format of four quarters of 15 minutes each. 

POOLS

Pool A: Australia, South Korea, Argentina, Austria

Pool B: Netherlands, Malaysia, Belgium, Egypt

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Pool C: New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Japan

Pool D: England, Canada, South Africa, India

INDIAN SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Vikas Dahiya, Krishan B Pathak

Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Vikramjit Singh, Gurinder Singh.

Midfielders: Harjeet Singh, Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma Manpreet, Sumit

Forwards: Parvinder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Mandeep Singh, Ajit Kumar Pandey, Simranjeet Singh.

FULL SCHEDULE

Date

Pool

Time

Teams

December 8, 2016

Pool C

11:30 AM (IST)

New Zealand vs Japan

 

Pool C

13:30 AM (IST)

Germany vs Spain

 

Pool D

03:30 PM (IST)

England vs South Africa

 

Pool D

07:00 PM (IST)

India vs Canada

December 9, 2016

Pool A

10: 00 AM (IST)

Australia vs Korea

 

Pool A

12: 00 PM (IST)

Argentina vs Austria

 

Pool B

02: 00 PM (IST)

Belgium vs Egypt

 

Pool C

04: 00 PM (IST)

Spain vs Japan

 

Pool C

06: 00 PM (IST)

New Zealand vs Germany

 

Pool B

08: 00 PM (IST)

Netherlands vs Malaysia

December 10, 2016

Pool A

01: 00 PM (IST)

Korea vs Austria

 

Pool D

03: 00 PM (IST)

South Africa vs Canada

 

Pool A

05: 00 PM (IST)

Argentina – Australia

 

Pool D

07: 00 PM (IST)

India – England

December 11, 2016

Pool C

01: 00 PM (IST)

Germany vs Japan

 

Pool B

03: 00 PM (IST)

Belgium vs Netherlands

 

Pool C

05: 00 PM (IST)

Malaysia vs Egypt

 

Pool B

07: 00 PM (IST)

Spain vs New Zealand

December 12, 2016

Pool D

10: 00 AM (IST)

England vs Canada

 

Pool A

12: 00 PM (IST)

Australia vs Austria

 

Pool A

02: 00 PM (IST)

Korea vs Argentina

 

Pool B

04: 00 PM (IST)

Netherlands vs Egypt

 

Pool B

06: 00 PM (IST)

Malaysia vs Belgium

 

Pool D

08: 00 PM (IST)

South Africa vs India

December 14, 2016

Qtr Final

12: 15 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Qtr Final

02: 30 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Qtr Final

04:45 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Qtr Final

07: 00 PM (IST)

TBD

December 15, 2016

13 / 16 Place

12: 15 PM (IST)

TBD

 

13 / 16 Place

02: 30 PM (IST)

TBD

 

9 / 12 Place

04:45 PM (IST)

TBD

 

9 / 12 Place

07: 00 PM (IST)

TBD

December 16, 2016

5 / 8 Place

12: 15 PM (IST)

TBD

 

5 / 8 Place

02: 30 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Semi Final

04:45 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Semi Final

07: 00 PM (IST)

TBD

December 17, 2016

15th/16th Place

12: 15 PM (IST)

TBD

 

13th/14th Place

02: 30 PM (IST)

TBD

 

11th/12th Place

04:45 PM (IST)

TBD

 

9th/10th Place

07: 00 PM (IST)

TBD

December 18, 2016

7th/8th Place

12: 15 PM (IST)

TBD

 

5th/6th Place

02: 30 PM (IST)

TBD

 

3rd/4th Place

04:45 PM (IST)

TBD

 

Final

07: 00 PM (IST)

TBD


BROADCAST AND LIVE STREAMING

The matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports 4 HD. The live stream will be available on Hotstar.

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