WALES SET TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE GOLD COAST!
This Friday 23rd March, the country bids farewell and good luck to Wales’ senior men’s and women’s hockey teams as they embark on their exhilarating journey to the Gold Coast of Australia, to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
On the back of a demanding but rewarding training schedule, both teams are poised and ready to leave their mark on the Gold Coast. This will be the first time both teams will compete side by side in an away games since 1998.
During the opening match against India on Thursday 5th April, Leah Wilkinson will not only make her debut as captain, she’ll also take the title of ‘most capped Welsh female hockey player’; a record previously held by Leah and former captain, Abi Welsford.
Wales women will be looking forward to building on their World League and European exploits in 2017; going up against India, South Africa, Malaysia and England in Pool A.
On the back of a breath-taking 2017 Wales men’s team will be looking to build on their success of qualifying for the European A division and the accolade of highest climbers in world rankings. Lead by captains Luke Hawker and Lewis Prosser who boast Commonwealth experience, the team will no doubt feel the challenge on the Gold Coast, competing against India, Malaysia, Pakistan and England in pool B.
The Commonwealth Games will take place between April 5th – April 14th at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre; a full schedule can be seen here.
You can keep track of how Wales are doing in their respective sports via the BBC Sport Wales website.