World Cup: Team of the World Cup (Group Stage) 1

Team of the Tournament after the Pool Stage.

 

World Cup: Team of the World Cup (Group Stage) 2

 

Goalkeeper

Ayeisha McFerren (Ireland)

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. She looks good across her line and fierce in one vs. one situations with forwards.

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 passes, showing good decision making with regards when to take a chance and when to recycle.

Anna Toman (England)

Another versitle player, who can play in defence, or in midfield. She is adventurous up the line, but also has the pace and stamina to get back. She’s a hardworking player, who can make good attacking passes, with only one or two touches.

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 looks comfortable on the ball and is the short corner specialist  for her country.

Caia van Maasakeer (Holland)

She is a strong defender and her countries set-piece specialist. She has already scored goals in this tournament, as well as being a part of a team that has only conceded two goals in three games at this point.

Midfielders

Charlotte Stapenhorst (Germany)

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

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.

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (Holland)

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

Lidewij Welten (Holland)

Looked like an all round world beater against Korea. She can pass, she can score, she can create something special for somebody else.

Forward

Alex Danson (England)

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

Substitutes

Savita (India)

A calm and composed presence in the Indian goal, doesn’t get ruffled very easily.

Anna O’Flannagan (Ireland)

A hurly burly player, who can hustle and bustle with the best of them. Pops up with the occasional goal as well.

Kitty van Male (Holland)

The dutch number 4, is currently the top goalscorer in the competition and is seemingly banging them in for fun.

Rosie Malone (Australia)

A whirlwind of a player, that brings a breath of fresh air to hockey. She’s young and energetic, with her best years infant of her. An energetic winger, that seems full of life and has scored a goal from a well worked short corner routine.

Berta Bonastre (Spain)

A player in a similar mould to Lidewij Welten. She looked rapid against the South Africans, getting on the score sheet herself, as well as being involved in a number of attacking moves.

Maria Granatto (Argentina)

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

Stacey Michelson (New Zealand)

A good dribble of the ball and New Zealand’s key player. She can beat players almost singlehandedly.