21 Nov 2011

Aussies and Dutch name strong hockey squads

3:20 pm on 21 November 2011

Australia and the Netherlands have both named strong squads for next week's Champions Trophy men's hockey tournament in Auckland.

The 3-time defending champion Australians are without a couple of key players who are injured, but coach of the world number one ranked side, Ric Charlesworth says he still has a side capable of winning.

Charlesworth says like many teams the Champions Trophy is an important stepping stone towards their Olympic build up.

World number 3, the Netherlands are also without a couple of players, but coach Paul van Ass has named all his stars including penalty corner specials Taeke Taekema and legendary attacker Teun de Nooijer, a man who has played an incredible 439 times for his country, netting 216 goals in the process.

The Champions Trophy is for the top eight teams in the world Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Korea, Pakistan and New Zealand.

The tournament was shifted to New Zealand because of organisation problems in India.