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Re: Misc. news about Indian hockey

Post by arjun2761 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:34 am

India beat New Zealand 4-2 in the first hockey test in Bangalore.



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Post by PKBasu » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:03 pm

#5 India should be beating #9 New Zealand, especially at home, but we have had a lot of trouble against NZ over the years. So it is good to see the relatively emphatic win in this first home test against New Zealand.



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Post by PKBasu » Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:54 am

India won the second test against NZ quite comfortably too — 3-1, with Rupinderpal (PC), SV Sunil and Nadeep scoring India’s goals. This is beginning to look quite good, albeit on home soil.



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Post by arjun2761 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:31 pm

We also won the 3rd test 4-0 to complete a 3 match sweep of NZ.

Encouraging that we could dominate NZ at home although the friendlies are often when teams are experimenting so can't read too much into these results.



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Post by ssp » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:47 am

One of our greatest players, Sardar Singh has announced his retirement from international hockey. For many years he carried our mediocre teams and although, it's sad to see him go, he has not been at his best for the past 2+ years.

He was dropped from the 25 member squad for the Asian Champions trophy:
http://hockeyindia.org/news/hockey-indi ... -camp.html

Glad to see the return of the 2 Sumits and Jarmanpreet, but frustrating to see Mandeep and Akashdeep retained.



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Post by jayakris » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:14 pm

Harendra was let go in January, and now there is rumor (new?) from Netherlands that Graham Reid of Australia will be our next coach. He was fired as the Amsterdam pro team coach last week. That team was doing badly, but the reason for the immediate firing was to let him become the Indian coach, they say.

Is Graham Reid set to become the new coach of Indian men's head coach? (Times of India, Mar 22)



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Post by Atithee » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:16 pm

Jay, does this guy meet the Jay criteria of qualifications for being the coach of the Indian hockey team?



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Post by prasen9 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:24 pm

He was Australia's head coach from 2014 to 2016 and was an assistant when they won the world cup at The Hague. So, I think he is knowledgeable about modern hockey. Whether he is a good leader, motivator, man manager, I do not know.



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Post by jayakris » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:38 am

Atithee wrote:
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Jay, does this guy meet the Jay criteria of qualifications for being the coach of the Indian hockey team?
Definitely. He does. Podium finish as a player or coach in Olympics/Champions/WorldCup on artificial turf is all I had asked for, earlier. That was an extremely low bar but we weren't willing to hire coaches even with that resume! Now that India has come one notch up to top-6 standards, I've been wondering if I should raise the bar to playing or coaching in the finals of those events, though :) .... He qualifies on that raised criteria too.

Reid had an Olympics podium finish in 1992 (silver) and won the 2016 champions trophy as a head coach (beating India in India in a shootout). He also was the coach in the final of the 2012 champion's trophy, though it was one of those crazy Charlesworth deals where he took himself out as the head coach for that game or something. He seems to be a Charlesworth protege. That is all good, but Australia losing 0-4 to Belgium in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics is a serious black mark in his record. I don't know much else, but as far as I can see, he wouldn't be a bad hire.



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Re: Misc. news about Indian hockey

Post by ssp » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:37 pm

Graham Reid has been confirmed as coach:
http://sportscafe.in/articles/hockey/20 ... ockey-team

Any bets on how long he will last? I expect till 2020 Olympics or earlier if we fail to qualify. My advice to HI is to start looking for his replacement ...right now ;)



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Post by srini » Thu May 16, 2019 9:59 am

India lost their first match working with Graham Reid. They lost 0-4 to Australia after drawing and beating a few local Aussie teams. Haven’t seen the match but reports state that team looked confused in getting adjusted to the new style of play with Reid



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Post by ssp » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:21 pm

We're sending men's and ladies teams to Tokyo for a Olympic test event starting on 17th August.

The men's team has a few newcomers, but my 'favourite' Mandeep remains ...and has been rewarded for his 'performances' by being promoted to vice captain. This beggars belief, when this guy has been so c**p for so long. Yet half a dozen better prospects have been banished. Latest examples of this lunatic policy are Sumit Kumar and Shilanand Lakra. Akashdeep has been 'rested' but no doubt will return to handicap the team when it really matters.

I expect us to lose to NZL in this event. It's what we deserve for having such idiotic people running the show. :damn:



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Post by ssp » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:35 pm

Both our men & women have won the Olympic test events.

Men lost 2-1 to NZL in the pool game, including a last minute goal conceded (how surprising!) but thrashed Malaysia 6-0 & Japan 6-3. In the final, we beat NZL 5-0! That's impressive, given our usual garbage results against them over the last 15+ years. Well done to the team and let's hope that Graham Reid is making a genuine improvement in our play.

The women went undefeated. Pool results were 2-1 v Japan, 2-2 v Australia (experimental Aussie team) & 0-0 v China. In the final, we beat Japan 2-1. Very encouraging from women's team and coaching staff.



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Re: Misc. news about Indian hockey

Post by rajitghosh » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:11 pm

Must have been a 3rd string New Zealand team



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Re: Misc. news about Indian hockey

Post by jaydeep » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:40 pm

Really good results by Indian men and women in this OTE.



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