The curtain raises at the Riverbank arena to open the Hockey competition of the 2012 London Olympics at 8:30 (BST) on 29th July with New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team taking on Australia in the opening game (Pool B). The 3 times Olympics Gold medalists Hockeyroos (Australian Women’s Hockey Team) will play Trans-Tasmanian arch-rivals Black Sticks as hockey fans from around the world support their country and the game, the Men’s competition will kick-start on Monday 30th July, as the Korean Men lock horns with the Black Sticks (New Zealand).
In the other matches of the day current World #1 in the FIH World Rankings and Beijing Gold Medalists – Netherlands will play Belgium (Pool A) who are at 16th place in the World Rankings and are playing their first Olympics, this match will be followed by Gold Medalists of Asian Games 2010 China’s battle against Korea (Silver Medalists of Asian Games 2010) in Pool A.
The 4th Match of the day (2nd match of Pool B) will see World #2, Bronze Medalists of China and 2012 Champions Trophy winners, Las Leonas (Argentina) playing against World #12 South African Women’s also known as Springbocks.
The next match (3rd match of Pool A) will be played between the hosts Great Britain, who are Runners up of the Champions Trophy 2012, and Japan, who are 9th in FIH World Rankings. The first day of women’s hockey competitions will be concluded as World #3 Germany takes on 2011 Pan American Games Gold Medalists – USA (Pool B).
London Olympic Hockey Competitions WOMEN – Day 1 Schedule:
|29/07 08:30||NZL||— x —||AUS|
|29/07 10:45||NED||— x —||BEL|
|29/07 13:45||CHN||— x —||KOR|
|29/07 16:00||ARG||— x —||RSA|
|29/07 19:00||GBR||— x —||JPN|
|29/07 21:15||GER||— x —||USA|