Kiwis want top 3 finish

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:27

New Zealand want at least a top three finish in the 10th edition of the Junior World Cup hockey tournament, which begins at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.

And the Kiwis, who finished fourth in the last edition of the tournament in 2009, intend to get their Group D campaign against Malaysia off with a win. The other teams in the group are England and South Africa.

“We have avoided some of the higher ranked teams in the group stage, so I think we have a good chance to progress to the last eight – that is definitely our aim,” said New Zealand coach Grant Edwards.

“We haven’t played against England or South Africa, but we have a strong track record against Malaysia. We beat them twice during the Sultan of Johor Cup last year.”

Edwards said that they had been training hard as a team at the training camp in North Harbour.

“The players are in good shape and we are extremely fortunate to have played Australia in our preparations for the Finals,” he said.

The Kiwis have also named three players who have featured for the senior team in their squad of 18.

The three are Kane Russell, George Muir and Jared Panchia.

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