Stewart and Commerford’s Hockeyroos rise in world rankings

The Hockeyroos during the World Cup. Photo: WORLD SPORTS PICS
The Hockeyroos during the World Cup. Photo: WORLD SPORTS PICS

THE Hockeyroos, featuring Gerringong’s Grace Stewart and Mollymook’s Kalindi Commerford, have risen up two spots to be third on the latest FIH Hero world rankings released on Tuesday evening (AEST) following their impressive 2018 World Cup campaign.

Australia had entered the 2018 World Cup in London ranked fifth but went on a fine run reaching the semi-finals before ending fourth.

The Hockeyroos’ World Cup fourth-place finish has seen them move above Argentina, who they knocked out in a shootout in the quarter-finals, and New Zealand, who finished third in Australia’s pool.

Australia moves up to 1640 points, 30 ahead of Argentina (1610), with Germany (1551) and the Black Sticks (1475) behind them.

World Cup winners Netherlands remain number one, while runners-up Ireland rise from 16th to eighth.

The ranking represents the Hockeyroos’ best since August 2016’s rankings update in light of the 2016 Rio Olympics campaign where Australia lost in the quarter-finals.

The next major Rankings update will occur following the Champions Trophy in November.

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