Commonwealth Games – Tough pools for Malaysia

Men

Pool A has current holders and world number two side, Australia, up against New Zealand (WR:8), Canada (WR:11), African champions South Africa (WR:15) and Scotland (WR:23).

Pool B will pitch Asian champions India (WR:6), England (WR:7), Malaysia (WR:12), Pakistan (WR:13) and Wales (WR:24) together.

Women In the women’s event, Pool A comprises the world number two ranked team England; India (FIH Hero World Ranking:10) who, like their men, were recently crowned Asian champions; African champions South Africa (WR:14); Malaysia (WR:22), who gained so much experience from the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final in Brussels; and Wales (WR:26), who will bring the passion and fire they showed to finish fourth at EuroHockey Champions Challenge II.

Equally compelling are some of the teams who will meet in Pool B.

Top of the tree are current title holders Australia – currently ranked fourth in the world and winners of the 2017 Oceania Cup. They are joined by rivals New Zealand (WR: 5) who will arrive in the Gold Coast exuberant from a performance at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final that saw them knock out Argentina and take the silver medals; Scotland (WR: 18) who are an improving nation who, like Malaysia gained valuable experience in the World League in Brussels earlier this year; Canada (WR:21) who fell short by their standards at the Pan American Cup and will have a point to prove, and Ghana (WR:30) who have grown in experience and knowledge over the past four years, particularly through their partnership with the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) West Africa Targetted Assistance Programme