The Showdown: Pinner vs Peillat

Pinner vs Peillat

Goals win games. There’s no disputing that. Having someone with the ability to score them is the difference between success and failure. With that in mind, the people responsible for keeping them out take on great significance. The finest of margins decide top level hockey matches and a potent goal threat or a good goalkeeper can become your team's hero.

Looking ahead to the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, an intriguing duel has come to the forefront of our minds, Goalkeeper vs. Goalscorer: Pinner vs Peillat.

Gonzalo Peillat perhaps needs little introduction to hockey fans. The scourge of defences worldwide, the Argentina man netted 11 times in the Olympic Games this summer as Los Leones swept to a glorious gold medal and he himself took the honours as the competition’s top scorer. His efforts have seen him nominated for FIH World Player of the Year and he is unsurprisingly marked out as a danger to every team.

  

Standing in his way is England and Great Britain Super Keeper George Pinner. The No1 stands at 6 foot four and is capable of hair-raising agility and some truly incredible saves. He scooped the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award at the Hockey Champions Trophy last summer and is relishing the prospect of taking on Peillat:  

“It’s Interesting as a ‘keeper, you look forward to facing the best guys. It’s the relative unknowns who you aren’t quite as prepared for. Peillat expects to score every corner and in goal I set high standards. I expect to save everything and I work very hard to make sure that’s what I do. This calendar year I’ve improved that side of the game immensely. Hopefully I can keep it going. It’s great to face someone like him in big matches. They’re the moments you dream of and you hope you can help your team to win those big games and win the big medals.” 

So, who will come out on top? Pinner or Peillatt? You can find out live and in person by securing your seats here.

Fixtures have now been announced for the Hockey World League including mouth-watering ties such as Super Sunday's ENG v ARG and PAK v IND.