Canada will be facing off Netherlands in their do or die final crossover match today at the Odisha Mens Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India. The winner will get to play hosts India in the quarterfinals.
Canada finished 3rd in Pool C after losing 2 and drawing 1 out of their 3 matches.
Canada enters into the crossover match off a 1-5 loss while the Netherlands come into it off a 5-1 win.
The match is a do or die battle for both the teams as they both will look to win in order to stay in contention for the quarter final round.
Former Olympian and Canadian National Field Hockey player – Jagdish Singh Gill, says Canada cannot solely rely on their defence.
“Canada undoubtedly needs more effort from their forward line,” says Jagdish. “They cannot solely depend on their defence to win.”
Gill, is an Indian origin hockey player, who played for the Canada National field hockey team at the 2011 Pan American Games and won a silver medal.
He also represented Canada at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Gill retired from playing international hockey in Dec 2016.
Going by records and form, Netherlands are hands down favourites to come out victorious against Canada. But as witnessed on Thursday with France ( World Rank 20 ) upsetting Olympic champions Argentina, anything can happen.
“Holland is a team that we’ve always struggled with. However, Canada must use crowd support to their advantage, since the team has few Indian-origin players in the squad.” said Gill.
Canada’s team Player Stats :
- World Rank : 11
- Last Appearance: 2010 (11th)
- Head Coach : Paul Bundy
- Goalkeepers : David Carter/ Antoni Kindler
- Most Capped Player : Scott Tupper (283)
- Youngest Player : James Wallace (19)
- Oldest Player : David Carter (37)
Full Squad: David Carter, Antoni Kindler,Balraj Panesar, Brandon Perreira, Gordon Johnston, Scott Tupper, Keegan Perriera, Matthew Sarmento, Iain Smythe, James Kirkpatrick, Oliver Scholfield, Mark Pearson, Sukhi Panesar, Gabe Ho-Garcia, John Smythe, Richard Hildreth, Brenden Bissett, Jamie Wallace