World Cup: 2018 Team of the Tournament

World Cup (2018) Team of the Tournament

 

 

Goalkeeper

Ayeisha McFerren (Ireland)

The 22 year old is a very talented, up and coming keeper. I wouldn’t be surprised if her name is mentioned in the same breath as Maddie Hinch and her compatriot David Harte in the future. She looked good across her line and fierce in one vs. one situations with forwards. Ayeisha won the Goalkeeper of the tournament award for this World Cup

Defenders

Hollie Pearne-Webb (England)

An intelligent hockey player, who can tackle and pass, as well as move in transition as the game changes; a very modern hockey player

Stephanie van den Borre (Belgium)

A talented ball player, who looks to start attacking moves from the back. She doesn’t waste possesion, however, showing good decision making with regards when to take a chance and when to recycle

Maria Lopez (Spain)

The Spanish number nine is a controlled figure out on the right. She looked comfortable on the ball and contributed with goals from short corner routines

Jodie Kenny (Australia)

A deep lying playmaker, she plays in defence for the Aussies, but wouldn’t be out of place in midfield, either. She looked comfortable on the ball and is the short corner specialist for her country

Caia van Maasakeer (Holland)

She is a strong defender and her county’s set-piece specialist. She has scored a number of goals in this tournament, as well as being a part of a team that has only conceded three from six games

Midfielders

Barbara Nelen (Belgium)

The best player on a very good Belgium team. She brings her team mates into the game is the sort of player who can make others better than they would be elsewhere

Georgina Oliva (Spain)

The Spanish captain has proven herself to be an intelligent playmaking, normally playing in a deeper role, but can also play in more advanced positions. Georgina lead her team to Spain’s first ever medal (bronze) at a World Cup event

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (Holland)

Dynamic and strong on the ball when going forward. Defenders seem visibly nervous when she starts running at them

Lidewij Welten (Holland)

Looked like an all round world beater against Korea, as well as England. She can pass, she can score, she can create something special for somebody else. In addition to the World Cup gold medal she has in her pocket, she also won the Player of the Tournament accolade 

Forward

Kitty van Male (Holland)

The Dutch forward led the line for her team and scored a bucket full. She topped the charts and finished the World Cup as the tournament’s top goalscorer

 

 

Substitutes

Rachael Lynch (Australia)

The Hockeyroos goalkeeper has put in a number of consistent and high quality performances throughout this tournament. Rachael was awarded the Player of the Match accolade in the semi-final against the Netherlands, even though her team lost

Laura Unsworth (England)

She is a very British type of defender; calm, understated, hard to fluster. Her simplicity shouldn’t be misinterpreted as a sign of a lack of ability, in fact her intelligent positioning and passing makes her job look easier than it actually is

Maria Granatto (Argentina)

She is a possession type of player. She likes to be on the ball, bringing others into the game. Maria is constantly on the look out for attacking spaces to drift into. She walks and when she gets the ball, defenders have to run

Brooke Peris (Australia)

The Australian midfielder has put in some exciting and lively performances in this World Cup. She looked good on the ball and made some fine passes, rarely making turnovers 

Charlotte Stapenhorst (Germany)

The German is an engine at the heart of her midfield. She can pass, tackle, dribble. She creates goals and scores them

Anna O’Flannagan (Ireland)

A talented attacking player, who can hustle and bustle with the best of them. She pops up with the occasional goal as well

Alex Danson (England)

She has very good stick skills, finds herself in attacking spaces and has proven that she can score at this level, with a very good goal against the USA