Staniforth appointed as Strategic Analyst and Goalkeeping Coach

Dave Staniforth has been appointed as Strategic Analyst and Goalkeeping Coach of the Indian Senior & Junior Men Hockey teams. South African Hockey International, Staniforth, worked with Ranchi Rhinos in the inaugural edition of Hero Hockey India League in a similar role.

Dave Staniforth

Dave Staniforth

The 37 year old, Athens Olympian, who was also Goalkeeping coach with the South African national side for three years, said “I am very happy with my new role with the Indian men teams and really look forward to preparing the goalkeepers for the busy hockey schedule ahead. Having spent a lot of time following the Indian team during the last two years, I have a good understanding of the goalkeepers strengths and weaknesses”. Continue reading →

Good to be back in the Games Village after years: Ignace Tirkey

Ignace Tirkey is looking ahead for good games

Ignace Tirkey is looking ahead for good games

2010 Padmashree Awardee, Ignace Tirkey feels good to be back in the games village after 6 long years. Last time, he experienced the environment of the games village when he captained the Indian Men’s Hockey team in Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games 2006. He missed the 2010 Commonwealth and Asian Games due to injury. Sandeep Singh and Ignace Tirkey are the only two members of current squad who represented India at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

India’s most experienced Hockey Player at London Olympics, Ignace told thefansofhockey.com, “Current team has a good team spirit and works as a unit. The team is encouraged to put up their best efforts in the Olympics.” For the former captain of India, who plays for Services/Army in domestic circuit, reaching the podium is the target at Riverbank Arena. Continue reading →