Men's Hockey World League- Ones to watch

Barry Middleton waits to lead his team out

Following the announcement of some of the teams to come to London for the Hockey World League in 2017 we’re already excited to see the world class players set to light up London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Summer 2017. We thought we’d take some time to look over some of the players who could be the stars of the show in what promises to be a magnificent tournament. Here we go:

Barry Middleton (England):
You wonder sometimes if Barry Middleton has made some sort of Dorian Gray style deal with someone. He seems to have been around forever but never seems to age a day or show any signs of his considerable talents waning. The host nation's leader and talisman will be raring to go in front of a home crowd. Great on the ball, one of the best defensive post man there is and a true inspiration, the fans love to see Barry play and he rarely disappoints them.

Gonzalo Peillat (Argentina):
Los Leones are on cloud nine right now after their 4-2 win against Belgium secured them the Olympic Gold medal in Rio. Quite simply it is the most coveted prize in hockey and Peillat more than played his part in Carlos Retegui’s team bringing it home. The penalty corner cannon helped himself to 11 goals in the Olympics, making him the competition’s highest scorer. His hat-trick in the semi final blitzed defending champions Germany and then he chipped in with the third of Argentina’s four goals in the final. If teams give away set pieces, Peillat will punish them. Notice served.

Peillat

Robert van der Horst (Netherlands):
In 2005 a fresh faced and outrageously talented Dutch player named Robert van der Horst scooped the FIH Young Player of the Year award. Ten years on and the same player collected the FIH World Player of the Year award. Van der Horst has enjoyed a stratospheric international career, including captaining his country and collecting plenty of medals on the way. A resounding victory over reigning champions Germany in the 2015 EuroHockey Championships in London he described as “the highlight of my career so far.” The leader of the Oranje will be looking to wow the crowds in London once again.


Robert van der Horst

PR Sreejesh (India):
What can you say about Sreejesh? One of the most athletic goalkeepers in the game, 28-year-old Sreejesh is a sensational shot-stopper and a hugely respected figure within the Indian team. Always sporting his trademark big grin, the India keeper is a hero in his home country after a series of sparkling displays between the posts for his team over the years. He has over 150 caps to his name and will surely shine for his team in London.

Jihun Yang (Korea):
Small, quick and skilful, Yang is an exciting player to watch within the Korean ranks. Typical of their technically gifted team, Yang has plenty of caps under his belt and despite his relatively young age he is an integral part of the team. He enjoyed his visit to London for last year’s Champions Trophy, bagging three goals, all from penalty corners.

Mohammad Rizwan Senior (Pakistan):
Pakistan, one of the traditional powers in world hockey are working their way back to the top after a low period by their own lofty standards. Mohammad Rizwan Senior is a player who really catches the eye. Rizwan is skilful, deceptively quick and has an eye for goal. He has been the scourge of defences in the Hoodfklaase for years, terrorising defenders for Oranje Rood (formerly Oranje Zwart.) He looks laid back, almost too laid back, but rest assured he will be one of the dangers from a talented Pakistan team. Oh and don’t be fooled by the name, he’s only 26!

These are just a handful of the stars you can see in London at the Hockey World League but rest assured the teams competing are bursting with stars. You don’t want to miss out so why not book your tickets today?