Odisha World Cup Schedule Announced

  • Feb 28,2018


The FIH have officially released the pools and schedule for the Odisha World Cup in Bhubaneswar (November 28th- December 16th). The Green Machine find themselves in Pool B alongside world number 1 side Australia, England and China.

Ireland’s World Cup campaign gets under way on November 30th against the world number 1 and defending world champions Australia. The Kookaburras will be without talisman and 4-time Olympian Mark Knowles who has announced he will retire after the upcoming Commonwealth Games. But they are a potent threat with the experienced Jake Wheton and the goal scoring prowess of Blake Govers who has 48 goals in his 57 caps. The two sides don’t meet all that frequently but they will face off in the upcoming Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia on March 3rd.

Ireland’s second match comes on December 4th against China, currently ranked 17th in the world, they beat higher ranked Korea at World League in London to finish in 8th position.

The Green Machine’s final pool match is on December 7th against England, a side they will also meet at the Azlan Shah on March 6th. The two teams are familiar foes and most recently met at the European Championships in Amsterdam last August where England narrowly edged the encounter 2-1. Prior to that Ireland put 4 past the English at Lee Valley to earn an historic European bronze medal in 2015.

Commenting on the announcement, head coach Craig Fulton said “We are happy with our World Cup draw, it’s a competitive pool and we have played all the teams recently which is a positive. There are 3-day breaks between our pool matches which will take some getting used to with lots of down time as there are only two games a day on the schedule”.

Fulton expressed his dismay at the new World Cup structure “I don’t agree with not playing any classification matches which is a real shame in this World Cup. Worst case scenario is you could potentially only play 3 pool games and then go home, when in the past you played 7 games to a final position and that’s real value for money”.


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Ireland’s Odisha World Cup Pool Fixtures:

Friday 30th November 5pm Ireland vs Australia

Tuesday 4th December 7pm Ireland vs China

Friday 7th December 7pm Ireland vs England

*All times listed are local


Pools:

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
Argentina
Australia
Belgium
Netherlands
New Zealand
England
India
Germany
Spain
Ireland
Canada
Malaysia
France
China
South Africa
Pakistan



Match Schedule:

Date
Match no
Pool
Time

Match

Wednesday

1

C
17:00
Belgium
v
Canada
28 November

2

C
19:00
India
v
South Africa
Thursday

3

A
17:00
Argentina
v
Spain
29 November

4

A
19:00
New Zealand
v
France
Friday

5

B
17:00
Australia
v
Ireland
30 November

6

B
19:00
England
v
China
Saturday

7

D
17:00
Netherlands
v
Malaysia
1 December

8

D
19:00
Germany
v
Pakistan
Sunday

9

C
17:00
Canada
v
South Africa
2 December

10

C
19:00
India
v
Belgium
Monday

11

A
17:00
Spain
v
France
3 December

12

A
19:00
New Zealand
v
Argentina
Tuesday

13

B
17:00
England
v
Australia
4 December

14

B
19:00
Ireland
v
China
Wednesday

15

D
17:00
Germany
v
Netherlands
5 December

16

D
19:00
Malaysia
v
Pakistan
Thursday

17

A
17:00
Spain
v
New Zealand
6 December

18

A
19:00
Argentina
v
France
Friday

19

B
17:00
Australia
v
China
7 December

20

B
19:00
Ireland
v
England
Saturday

21

C
17:00
Belgium
v
South Africa
8 December

22

C
19:00
Canada
v
India
Sunday

23

D
17:00
Malaysia

v    Germany
9 December

24

D
19:00
Netherlands

v    Pakistan
Monday

25

Cross-over1
16:45
2A
v
3B
10 December

26

Cross-over1
19:00
2B
v
3A
Tuesday

27

Cross-over1
16:45
2C
v
3D
11 December

28

Cross-over1
19:00
2D
v
3C
Wednesday

29

QF2
16:45
1A

v    Winner Match 26
12 December

30

QF2
19:00
1B

v    Winner Match 25
Thursday

31

QF2
16:45
1C

v    Winner Match 28
13 December

32

QF2
19:00
1D

v    Winner Match 27
Friday 14 December




Rest Day

Saturday

33

SF 13
16:00
Winner Match 29   v

Winner Match 32
15 December

34

SF 23
18:30
Winner Match 30   v

Winner Match 31
Sunday

35

3 / 4
16:30
Loser Match 33

v    Loser Match 34
16 December

36

1 / 2
19:00
Winner Match 33

v    Winner Match 34


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