Wimbledon hockey quartet set for a semi-final Commonwealth Games date

Action man: Michael Hoare in action during the Commonwealth Games 2-1 defeat to New Zealand                Picture: Ady Kerry

Action man: Michael Hoare in action during the Commonwealth Games 2-1 defeat to New Zealand Picture: Ady Kerry

First published in Sport Streatham Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Wimbledon Hockey Club’s Commonwealth Games quartet look set for a semi-final date against either Australia or India.

Alastair Brogdon, Henry Weir, Phil Roper and Michael Hoare, in the red and white of England, face Canada tomorrow (Thursday).

The Canadians need a win and seven-goal swing to take second place off England.

Hoare said: “Hopefully we will win against Canada and go onto the semi-finals.

“People are saying that we will be playing Australia now but we would have had to play them at some stage.

“We’re confident about playing anyone and on our day we can beat anyone.

“But first up we have to focus on Canada.”

Roper has contributed two goals, and Brogdon one, as England beat Trinidad & Tobago (6-1) and Malaysia (8-1), but lost to pool leaders New Zealand (2-1).

Hoare said: "Itwas disappointing to lose to New Zealand, we completely had the momentum after we scored the equaliser and we had a few chances and then the goal was a real kick in the teeth.

"That happens sometimes, I’m sure we’ve done that to teams in the past, we just need to make sure we are ready for our next game against Canada.”

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Goal man: Alastair Brogdon, left, celebrates his goal in England colours against Malaysia                Picture: Ady Kerry

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