Twelve Australian teams will be compete for glory when the fourth edition of the Masters World Cup commences in Terrassa, Spain, on Friday.
The 2018 World Cup takes place from Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August with 135 teams from 25 nations represented across 11 divisions.
Australia are one of two nations to have teams in every division from Women’s 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, Men’s 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+ and 55+, with an Australian Wattles team in the Women’s 60+ too.
Club Egara will host the matches in Terrassa which was the first Spanish city where Field Hockey was practiced and remains deeply rooted into local society.
Terrassa was chosen as the subsite for Field Hockey matches during the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
There will be 443 matches played across seven pitches at Club Egara, with approximately 80 umpires, 20 officials, 100 volunteers and thousands of players.
The Masters World Cup takes place every two years and is promoted by the International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) and worldwide recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
The 2016 Masters World Cup was hosted by Canberra, with Australia winning the Women’s 40+, 45+, 50+, Men’s 40+ and 45+ titles.
Video streaming playing LIVE matches at PITCH 1 will be available throughout the Tournament; LIVE matches can be watched at the YouTube platform of La Liga4sports
The Masters World Cup comes a month after the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup which was played in Barcelona in June.
Australia retained their Men’s 75+ title after a strong campaign which included four wins, one draw and one defeat.
The Australians, led by top scorer Ian Wright (three goals), defeated England 2-0 in their final game to secure top spot and the title.
Elsewhere, Australia were runners-up in both the Men’s 70+ and Men’s 65+ divisions.
Australia went down 2-0 in a shootout after a 2-2 draw with England in the Men’s 70+ final.
In the Men’s 65+ final, England were too strong also, triumphing 4-1 over the Aussies.
Australia also finished fifth in the Men’s 60+ division