AUS VS NED: The reigning champions Australia are two steps away from a successful title defence. They are up against old foes Netherlands in the semi-final of Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 on Saturday. The Kookaburras have been the prime contenders since the start and have lived up to that. The defending champions secured a comfortable 3-0 win against France 3-0 on Wednesday to enter the semis. The Australians look in great shape to collect their third successive title.
Netherlands shattered India’s hopes with a 2-1 win on Thursday in the quarterfinal to book the last four berth. The Dutch have had a good run in the tournament, barring a defeat to Germany (4-1) in the group stage. In four games, Netherlands have won three and only once they have been on the receiving end.
AUSTRALIA VS NETHERLANDS SQUADS
Australia Hockey squad: Blake Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Tyler Lovell, Trent Mitton, Daniel Beale, Timothy Brand, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Matthew Swann, Corey Weyer, Jake Whetton, Dylan Wotherspoon, Aran Zalewski, Andrew Charter, Tom Craig and Matthew Dawson.
Netherlands Hockey squad: Thierry Brinkman, Thijs van Dam, Jonas de Geus, Jeroen Hertzberger, Robbert Kemperman, Sander Baart, Mirco Pruyser, Glenn Schuurman, Sam van der Ven, Valentin Verga, Bob de Voogd, Mink van der Weerden, Joep de Mol, Floris Wortelboer, Billy Bakker, Lars Balk, Pirmin Blaak and Seve van Ass.
AUS VS NED PLAYING 11
AUS Playing 11 and substitutes: WEYER Corey, HARVIE Jake, DAWSON Matt, OCKENDEN Eddie, GOVERS Blake, HOWARD Tim, ZALEWSKI Aran, SWANN Matthew, OGILVIE Flynn, BEALE Daniel, WOTHERSPOON Dylan, CHARTER Andrew
NED Playing 11 and substitutes: HERTZBERGER Jeroen, BALK Lars, CROON Jorrit, BAKKER Billy, van ASS Seve, PRUIJSER Mirco, de VOOGD Bob, de MOL Joep, BRINKMAN Thierry, BLAAK Pirmin, van der WEERDEN Mink