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Throughout history, trophies were commonly seen as a token.Trophies have been a way to reward and commemorate victories throughout the history of mankind. The Hockey World League Trophies have a long and distinguished history now.

The Finals competitions Bhubaneswar will bring the curtain down on the third season of the Hockey World League, with eight nations determined to make their mark and earning the right to raise the trophy aloft.

In 2013, the Netherlands achieved a remarkable double in the inaugural edition of the Hockey World League, with both the men’s and women’s international teams storming to glory at the respective competitions. Oranje women claimed the title with a superb display at the Final in San Miguel de Tucaman in Argentina, while the dazzling Dutch men’s team overcame all challengers to triumph in New Delhi.

The silverware attained by the Dutch national teams in the first edition of the competition were redesigned ahead of the 2014-15 season. With new look trophies also came new winners, as Argentina women took the title on home soil in Rosario and Australia’s Kookaburras emerging victorious in Raipur, India.

The new trophies were designed and constructed in London, England. Both the men’s and women’s trophies feature a single stack column of 12 walnut plectrums surrounded by gold effect wings, placed on a hardwood walnut base. The trophies weigh approximately 1.2 kilograms each, while the top plectrum of each trophy features a map of the world which has been inlaid by 23 carat gold leaf.

The now iconic second generation trophies will be up for grabs in the third edition of the competition. Time will reveal just who will earn the right to lift these trophies above their heads. When they do, they will be creating their own magical moment of hockey history.

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