Great Britain’s men make their first home appearance in the inaugural FIH Pro League looking to continue their winning ways against Spain. Match starts at 12 noon and tickets are available.
A 1-0 victory over Germany in the Pro League (see below for an introduction to the FIH Pro League) in their last match was the perfect preparation for the GB men who went to the top of the league standings ahead of today’s showdown with Spain. Danny Kerr’s team have now won four of their five matches in the Pro League to set them up perfectly for a first home match in the competition at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Great Britain and Belgium have both taken 12 points but GB are top having won an extra game with Australia in third place. Spain are currently in seventh spot. This is the table in full.
Today’s match is the first of three on the spin in the Olympic Park for the GB men. A high-scoring match is on the cards after Great Britain and Spain’s men shared 11 goals between them last time they played. Coming up next for GB is a match against Argentina on 18 May and then Belgium on 19 May.
Previous meeting: 25 January at Estadio Betero in Valencia. GB winning a thriller by 6 goals to 5.
Gates open at 10.30am, match starts at 12 noon.
Tickets in advance for the FIH Pro League are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day at the gate subject to availability. Checking the Great Britain Hockey Twitter feed before travelling is strongly recommended.
Travel: There is no parking onsite for spectators. Taking public transport to Stratford Station and walking to the venue is recommended.
About the FIH Pro League: The FIH Pro League is the ground-breaking, new, global hockey competition that started this year. Two leagues, one men’s and one women’s, each comprising the greatest hockey nations, battle it out for glory. 128 matches are taking place around the world this season culminating in a Grand Final in June in the Netherlands. It’s action-packed, international rivalries at their fiercest and hockey of the highest calibre.
There are nine teams in each league with the top four teams at the end of the season in each gender going forward to their respective Grand Finals. The finals each consist of two semi-finals and then a final to crown the overall winner. The same top four sides are also guaranteed a place in the two-legged Olympic qualifiers which take place in Autumn 2019.
The Men’s teams are – Great Britain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain.
The Women’s teams are – Great Britain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, and USA .
Great Britain Men’s and Women’s home matches will be played at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre between April and June 2019, with the final double header being played at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium on 23 June against New Zealand.
Teams earn the traditional three points for winning a match in normal time. However, if a match is drawn at full time, each team earns one point, and there’s then a shootout with a point to the winning side.
(FIH Pro League info courtesy of the Great Britain Hockey website).