The Hockey World Cup is done and dusted and the time for the 2018 Hockey Stars to be unveiled, has come. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has opened the voting process for the fans to vote for the Awards.
Fans can vote for their FIH Player of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Rising Star of the Year in both the men's and women's game until January 18. This will decide the winner of the awards alongside a peer vote.
Nominees for the women's player of the year comprise Eva de Goede of The Netherlands, compatriots Xan de Waard and Lidewij Welten, Stacey Mitchelsen of New Zealand and Georgina Oliva of Spain.
In the men's category, Billy Bakker of The Netherlands has been shortlisted, besides Simon Gougnard of Belgium, compatriot Arthur van Doren, Barry Middleton of England and Jake Whetton of Australia.
China's Ye Jiao, England's Maddie Hinch, Australia's Rachael Lynch, Ireland's Ayeisha McFerran and Spain's Maria Ruiz are up for women's goalkeeper of the year, while Pirmin Blaak of The Netherlands, Australia's Tyler Lovell, England's George Pinner, Belgium's Vincent Vanasch and Germany's Tobias Walter are nominated in the men's category.
Nominated for the rising star of the year award is Germany's Nike Lorenz, Australia's Ambrosia Malone, Ireland's Lena Tice, Argentina's Lucina Von der Heyde and Marijn Veen of The Netherlands.
Australia's Tim Brand and Jake Harvie, Belgium's Arthur de Sloover, Germany's Timm Herzbruch and Thijs van Dam of The Netherlands make up the men's category. The FIH Coach of the Year will be determined by an FIH panel, while Umpire of the Year will be decided by the FIH Officials Committee.
The winners of the FIH Hockey Stars 2018 will be announced on February 14.
Incidentally, none of the Indian players feature in any of the categories. India finished 6th in the Men’s World Cup, after being edged out 2-1 in the quarterfinals by the eventual Silver medalists, the Netherlands. In the Women’s World Cup too, India’s campaign ended in the quarterfinals, where they were beaten 3-1 in the penalty shootout by a spirited Ireland team. Belgium and The Netherlands won the respective men's and women's World Cups this year.
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