Canada’s junior men’s field hockey team finish 16th at Junior World Cup in New Delhi

Canada’s junior men’s field hockey team at an exhibition game November 27 in West Vancouver, B.C. The team travelled to India for the Junior World Cup and finished in 16th place. Steve Bosch / PNG


New Delhi — After an intense 10-day tournament in New Delhi, Canada’s junior men’s field hockey team finished in last place at the Junior World Cup.

The international championship came to a close on Sunday, with Germany defending its Hockey Junior World Cup title against France, beating them 5-2 in the final at New Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on the tournament’s closing day.

Canada played its first match against South Korea and lost 7-4, followed by a 3-2 loss against the Indian team. In Canada’s final match, the team faced off against Egypt and lost 3-0.

While Canada’s Vancouver-based team finished in 16th place, it was still an accomplishment getting to the World Cup – something many team members have been working towards for the better part of four years. This year marked the first time the Canadian team returned to the championship since 2001.

While most of the trip was spent hard at work on the field, the team still managed to find time to donate to a local charity. All 18 players spent the months leading up to the trip collecting sports equipment from Lower Mainland communities - goalie gear, sticks, pads, balls, uniforms and bags – which they donated to Bua Sa Hockey Village Indien, a German charity that uses the sport to teach English to Indian children.

The team set off for India Dec. 1 and are scheduled to return to Vancouver on Monday.

The following is the order in which the teams finished in the tournament:

1. Germany

2. France

3. Netherlands

4. Malaysia

5. Australia

6. Belgium

7. New Zealand

8. South Korea

9. Pakistan

10. India

11. Argentina

12. South Africa

13. Spain

14. England

15. Egypt

16. Canada


IANS 2013-12-15 23:00:05


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