Sunday, June 14, 2015

Will miss SV Sunil on the field, says Yuvraj Walmiki

New Delhi, June 14, 2015:  As the Fintro Hockey World League semi-final 2015 is set to commence in a few days, India men hockey team is gearing-up for the tournament at Antwerp in Belgium.

Speaking on him and his brother being in the team, he said, “I am fortunate to be part of this important tournament and it becomes more special as I will be playing along with my brother Devindar Walmiki. This is like a dream come true as we always spoke about representing the country together and this dream is soon to get realised.”

Speaking on the new attacking strategies, he added, “Under the new Chief Coach Paul van Ass, we are learning how to change our game from attack to defend in a matter of a few seconds. All the players are now part of the Team’s defensive strategies and I am learning the skills and defending tactics. This I think will work in our favour as we change our game plan as per the situation now. The players have no set boundaries now and each one is responsible towards the going-on, on the field. ”

Speaking on SV Sunil he stated, “I think we will miss him on the field as he is the speed demon of the team. The way he tears through the heart of the opponents defence is remarkable. But I think we need to learn on playing under situations where key players have to miss out because of reasons beyond anyone’s control”.

Fintro Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 is scheduled from 20th June to 05th July 2015. India will be seen clashing against France at 09:30 pm ISTin their opening match of the tournament on 20th June 2015. The matches will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.

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India men hockey team beats France 1-0 in their first practice match

New Delhi, June 13, 2015: Playing their first practice match against France yesterday, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League semi-finals in Belgium, the Indian men hockey team beat their opponents 1-0.

The match started with great vigor and speed as both the sides attacked, looking for the initial goal. While trying to capitalize on the chances in the first quarter, both the teams unable to score resulted in the session ending in a dry run. The second session saw India increasing the tempo of attack and finally in the 23rd minute, Rupinder Pal Singh struck through a brilliant penalty corner and opened the score to 1-0. The goal by Rupinder proved to be the sole goal for the game as India won by 1-0.

The Indian men team will be playing their second practice match against the host team Belgium in the evening today (5.45 pm – IST) and will look at marking yet another win to their name.

FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final is scheduled from 20th June - 05 July 2015. India will be seen clashing against France at 09:30 PM IST in their opening match of the tournament on 20 June 2015. The matches will be Telecast LIVE on Star Sports.

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Vandana Katariya strengthens the team’s attack, says Rani

New Delhi, June 13, 2015: As the much awaited FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals are all set to commence from June 20 at Belgium, the Indian forward Rani is all primed up to exhibit the finest of her game skills.

Putting all her strategies in place, the 21 year old Rani, is extensively working on holding the possession of the ball and improving her short passing skills. Being given an absolute support from her team mates, she is expecting highly spontaneous and positional field work in the most awaited tournament of the year.

Speaking on her preparations for the upcoming tournament, Rani said, “The tournament is really tough but the aim is the berth for the Rio Olympics. We are geared up as a team. I think the key will be to take the crucial passes as this enables keeping possession of the ball and moving further towards the opponent’s Defence wall.  This is possible if we keep pace with each other. We have been working on our passes and tackles and we are confident of a good start.”

Speaking on Vandana Katariya she said “We clearly missed her during the Hawke’s Bay Cup. Her being back in the team strengthens our attack as she is good with her speed and her skill to break the defence chain at times leaves the opponents on the back foot”.

The FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final will be played from 20 June to 04 July 2015 and ten teams will be seen fighting it out for the title. India will play their first match against Belgium at 07.30 PM IST on 20 June 2015. The matches will be telecast live on Star Sports.

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