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Guide to the Investec London Cup

Simian Hockey provides a guide to everything that you need to know about this week’s Investec London Cup tournament.

The Investec London Cup is a Women’s 6 Nation International Hockey tournament, which provides an opportunity to see some top hockey action in the lead up to this summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Teams

The Netherlands
(Olympic Champions, European Champions, World #1)

The defending Olympic Gold medallists and World Number 1 team will be looking to cement their position as favourites to win Gold at the London 2012 Games this summer.

Players to watch:
Maartje Paumen – lethal with her penalty corner flicking

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Germany
(World #3)

A regular finalist at all top international tournaments over the past decade, the Germans will be looking to both demonstrate their ability to win top tournaments, and gain invaluable match practice against the likes of the Hockeyroos.

Players to watch:
Natascha Keller – has an ability to break through any top defence with game changing skills

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Great Britain
(Champions Trophy silver medallists, World #4)

Following on from their recent Olympic Test Event success, the home team will be looking to continue their excellent form, whilst gaining further insight into those who stand in the way of a potential medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Players to watch:
Kate Walsh – exceptionally skilful and experienced captain

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Australia
(Commonwealth Champions, World #7)

The Hockeyroos have undergone a recent period of rebuilding, following their Olympic Gold medals at 1996 and 2000 Games, but with former Kookaburra’s striker Adam Commens at the helm, the Aussies cannot be discounted as a threat.

Players to watch:
Casey Eastham (below) – Former World Junior player of the year in 2009, Eastham is a dynamic midefielder

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South Africa
(African Champions, World #12)

Despite their World ranking of 12, the South African’s have an experienced squad, many of whom ply their trade in the Dutch and English leagues.

Players to watch:
Pietie Coetzee – all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey

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Ireland
(World #14)

The only team competing at the London Cup who have not qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Irish can come into this tournament with no “Olympic pressure”, allowing them to experiment with players and formations.

Players to watch:
Nikki Symmons – excellent midfielder with a strong presence at the core of the squad

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The Fixtures

Tuesday 5 June

1400 Netherlands v Australia
1630 Great Britain v South Africa

Wednesday 6 June

1730 Australia v Ireland
2000 South Africa v Germany

Thursday 7 June

1730 Ireland v Netherlands
2000 Germany v Great Britain

Saturday 9 June

1430 Semi Final 1
1700 Semi Final 2

Sunday 10 June

1030 Fifth/Sixth Playoff
1330 Bronze Medal Playoff
1600 Final

The Venue

The Investec London Cup will be held at University of Westminster Sports Ground, Chiswick, W4 3UH.

By Train: The venue is an easy 10 minute walk away from Chiswick Railway Station.

By Tube: The nearest tube stations are Gunnersbury Park or Kew Gardens which are both on the District Line. They are about 25 minutes walk away each.

By Taxi: Grove Park Cars is a reputable local taxi firm operating near both train and tube station – the numbers are 020 8995 8000 or 020 8995 1000.

By Car: From the M4 / A4 Junction 1 – Head south at the roundabout onto the A205 towards Richmond / Kew / Brentford. Turn left onto Spring Grove and continue onto Strand-on-the-Green. Continue onto Thames Road for just over one mile. Turn right onto Grove Park Road and bear right onto Hartington Road

Parking: There is ample parking available at the ground. Car parking is available to purchase when booking your tickets – £8 in advance – or £10 on the day.

Tickets

Great Britain Hockey has indicated that Investec London Cup tickets are still available for all days.

Tuesday – standing only, buy on the gate
Wednesday – seats, buy on the gate
Thursday – seats, buy online
Saturday – seats, buy online
Sunday – standing, buy online.

Online tickets can be purchased through Ticketzone.

*All tickets bought online to be collected on matchday.

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