New Zealand and Spain clinch FIH Hockey Nations Cup titles and secure Pro League promotion

New Zealand and Spain emerged victorious in the FIH Hockey Nations Cup, earning the opportunity to compete in the prestigious FIH Hockey Pro League in the upcoming season. The thrilling finals saw New Zealand defeat France in a shootout, while Spain secured a regulation time victory over Ireland.

In the Men’s Nations Cup, Malaysia claimed a seventh-place finish by defeating Austria 4-5 in a high-scoring encounter. Canada displayed a top defensive performance to secure a 2-1 victory over Korea and finish in fifth place. South Africa clinched the bronze medal with a 4-3 win over Pakistan in an entertaining match.

The Women’s Nations Cup witnessed Italy securing a seventh-place finish by edging past Korea 2-1, while Japan clinched fifth place with a narrow 1-0 victory against Canada. Chile claimed the bronze medal by defeating New Zealand 2-1, while Spain emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over Ireland in the final.

The tournaments also recognized outstanding individual performances, with players such as Faizal Saari, Sean Davis, Mustaphaa Cassiem, Nic Woods, Antonella Bruni, and Kanon Mori earning player of the match awards. Awards were also presented for Best Goalkeeper, Best Junior Player, Top Scorers, and Best Player in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions.

Overall, the FIH Hockey Nations Cup showcased thrilling matches, exceptional teamwork, and individual brilliance, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead in the FIH Hockey Pro League.