FIH Hockey Nations Cup: New Zealand and Spain Secure Promotion to Pro League

New Zealand and Spain emerged victorious in the FIH Hockey Nations Cup, securing their promotion to the FIH Hockey Pro League for the 2024-25 season. New Zealand’s Black Sticks triumphed over France in a shootout to claim the men’s title, while Spain clinched the women’s title by defeating Ireland.

In the men’s competition, Malaysia finished seventh after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Austria. Canada secured fifth place with a 2-1 win against Korea, while South Africa claimed the bronze medal with a 4-3 victory over Pakistan. New Zealand ultimately emerged as champions after a 4-3 shootout win against France in the final.

On the women’s side, Italy secured a seventh-place finish with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Korea. Japan finished fifth after a hard-fought 1-0 win against Canada. Chile claimed the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over New Zealand, while Spain lifted the title with a 2-0 win over Ireland.

Individual awards were also handed out, with players such as Faizal Saari from Malaysia, Sean Davis from Canada, and Mustaphaa Cassiem from South Africa standing out in the men’s competition. In the women’s competition, players like Antonella Bruni from Italy, Kanon Mori from Japan, and Fernanda Flores from Chile were recognized for their performances.

The FIH Hockey Nations Cup showcased top-tier hockey talent and provided an exciting preview of what’s to come in the FIH Hockey Pro League. Congratulations to New Zealand and Spain for their well-deserved promotion to the prestigious league.