Your guide to the GC2018 Hockey draw
The GC2018 Hockey match schedule has been announced, setting the stage for fast-paced competition from the first day of the tournament.
Included on the Commonwealth Games program since the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998, hockey is renowned for its fierce rivalries and tenacious team spirit.
Fans can expect no less at GC2018 with a total of 360 athletes fighting it out in 54 matches across 10 exciting days of competition.
Get a preview of the action and secure your seats by clicking on the session codes below.
Thursday 5 April
(HO0501) India and Wales will open the women’s competition at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre, with spectators set to witness some lively action following India’s incredible Asia Cup triumph – which gained them a top 10 place in the FIH World rankings. Scotland and New Zealand will take to the pitch next with New Zealand’s women’s team campaigning for gold, which has just been out of reach for the Black Sticks Women, having medalled at every Games.
(HO0502) The second session of the day will see the women’s medal favourites, England, take on South Africa, with the team likely to consist of a majority of Great Britain’s Olympic champions. Defending Commonwealth champions Australia will start their campaign against the Canadian women who will be looking to produce a strong foundation for their Games campaign.
(HO0503) The evening session will see the first two men’s matches of the Games with Pakistan v Wales and South Africa v Scotland. Pakistan will be eager to surpass their best performance in the Commonwealth Games; silver in 1998.
Friday 6 April
(HO0601) The seventh match of the GC2018 Hockey competition sees the men’s England team playing their first match of the competition against Malaysia. New Zealand will then face Canada, who is currently ranked 11th in the world and will be using the GC2018 competition schedule as an opportunity to improve their ranking and win their first Games medal.
(HO0602) The women are back on the field in the afternoon session with India taking on Malaysia and hoping to add another gold to their trophy case after their 2002 victory. Games history will be made in the second match of the session with the Ghana women’s team making their Commonwealth Games Hockey debut. However, it’ll be a tough challenge in Games veterans, New Zealand.
(HO0603) A United Kingdom showdown will round out the day of matches with the women’s England and Wales teams entering the Hockey Centre, then teams Canada and Scotland looking to prove their worth in the second match.
Saturday 7 April
(HO0701) The morning session on Saturday starts with Malaysia and Wales in the men’s competition, followed by Canada and Scotland.
(HO0702) Fans will see rivalry at its most competitive in the men’s tournament as India faces Pakistan, who have climbed up the hockey rankings this year. The Australian men’s team will line up for their first match of the competition with the 2017 Oceania Cup winners and undefeated Commonwealth games champions facing South Africa.
(HO0703) The women’s competition will play under lights with the evening session seeing South Africa take on 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games champions Malaysia and 2017 Oceania Cup winners Australia challenging Ghana, who will be eager to show spectators what they can do on the world stage.
Sunday 8 April
(HO0801) The women kick off the action on Sunday with England taking on recent 2018 World Cup qualifiers India and New Zealand set to clash with Canada.
(HO0802) The afternoon session will host men’s Pool A and Pool B with England playing Pakistan and New Zealand playing South Africa.
(HO0803) India v Wales and Australia v Scotland will round out the preliminary action on day four of competition. After making the quarter finals stage at Rio 2016 and claiming silver at the past two Commonwealth Games, India are sure to take heed of the Welsh’s challenge.
Monday 9 April
(HO0901) It’s all about the women on Monday, starting with South Africa and Wales, then Scotland and Ghana in the first session of the day.
(HO0902) The English women’s team take to the pitch next against Malaysia. England will be hungry for Commonwealth gold after losing to Australia in Glasgow after a thrilling shootout, however Malaysia will be looking to improve their best finish in the women’s competition, sixth in 2006. The second match of the session will be a trans-Tasman battle with Australia and New Zealand taking up where they left off at Rio 2016 which saw New Zealand defeat the Aussies in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday 10 April
(HO1001) The men return to the field on Tuesday with India and Malaysia pushing for a better position on the ladder. New Zealand and Scotland will also seek triumph with both teams displaying pace and physicality in what is sure to be a tightly fought contest.
(HO1002) The English men’s team will play Wales in the afternoon session, followed up with Australia v Canada. England will be eager to better their bronze medal effort in Glasgow 2014, which saw them take third place over New Zealand in extra-time.
(HO1003) In the evening session, the India and South Africa’s women’s teams will put on a show for fans with the Australian and Scotland teams set to impress. Recent winners of the Continental Championships in Egypt, the South African team have proven their strong defence capability and are sure to put this into play when coming up against India.
Wednesday 11 April
(HO1101) On the final day of competition, before the classification matches begin, Malaysia and Wales’ women’s teams will enter the field of play with Canada and Ghana following them.
(HO1102) The afternoon and evening will see four exciting men’s matches, starting with Malaysia and Pakistan and then rivals Australia and New Zealand.
(HO1103) India and England will take to the field, with Canada and South Africa closing out the competition in a last chance to make their way up the rankings before the classification rounds begin.
The final stages
(HO1201) On Thursday 12 April, the stakes will be high in the women’s competition with two classification matches seeing the fifth and fourth ranked teams from each pool confirming their final positions.
(HO1202) The evening session will then see the first and second ranked teams battling it out for a place in the medal matches.
(HO1301) The morning session, on Friday 13 April, will host the first two men’s classification matches.
(HO1302) Following the morning session will be the third men’s classification match and final women’s classification match - with all teams vying for fifth or sixth position.
There’s more semifinal action on show as the first and second ranked teams in the men’s competition look to secure their spot in the gold medal match.
The final day of competition, Saturday, will host the bronze and gold medal matches for the women’s and men’s competition.