Wales looking for positive return to EuroHockey Championship

Wales looking for positive return to EuroHockey Championship
Wales’ men are back in the top division of the EuroHockey Championships for the first time since 1999 after back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2017 and will be looking to make their mark on their return.

Put in Pool A with Belgium, England and Spain, Wales will be hoping to start the competition strongly when they face Danny Kerry’s England side on Saturday 17 August at 10:15am BST.

Wales can take encouragement from the last time they took on England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where they stormed to a 2-0 half-time lead before falling just short in the second-half as Sam Ward struck a decisive hat-trick to take the victory.

Having faced Spain twice in January 2018 during a Test Series, picking up a 2-2 draw in one of those matches thanks to goals from James Carson and James Kyriakides, Wales will look forward to their second match of the competition against the Red Sticks on Sunday 18 August.

Currently ranked 25th in the FIH World Rankings, Wales are the lowest ranked side competing in the competition and will face another tough test in their final match of the group stages when they take on the number two world ranked side, Belgium on Tuesday 20 August.

Ahead of the commencement of the competition, the team took on the Paddling Pool Challenge with BBC Sport, take a look at how they got on...


Wales Pool A fixtures:
England v Wales: Saturday 17 August 2019 - 10.15am (BST)
Spain v Wales: Sunday 18 August 2019 - 12.30pm (BST)
Belgium v Wales: Tuesday 20 August 2019 - 7.30pm (BST)

Squad:
Rhys Bradshaw
James Carson
Owain Dolan-Gray
Jacob Draper
James Fortnam (GK)
Benjamin Francis
Gareth Furlong
Rhodri Furlong
Jonathan Gooch
Luke Hawker (C)
Dale Hutchinson
Hywel Jones
Stephen Kelly
Dan Kyriakides
Joseph Naughalty
Lewis Prosser (C)
Rupert Shipperley (C)
Ieuan Tranter (GK)