Team looks stronger in counter attacks: Ahrens Coach Indian Women Hockey

With the team all set to leave for the Fintro FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals, the Indian Women team Chief Coach, Mathias Ahrens was seen speaking on the upcoming tournament and how is the team gearing up for the same.

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women's Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women’s Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Speaking on the preparation, Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens said “We are in the final phase of preparation for the World League Semi-Finals and it is quiet a mixed feeling at the moment. We are focusing on fine tuning penalty corners, long corners and set pieces. The team is spending more time on speed which will help work on covering the distance. The team today is strong on their counter attacks and our attack in the D is improving drastically. We are now focusing on things to come together and if we deliver then we are on track. Continue reading →

Defence is the Strength: Mathias Ahrens, Chief Coach Indian Women Hockey Team

With the Hockey World League Semi Final to be held in Antwerp, Belgium from June 20 to July 5, the Indian Women hockey team is training hard under the new Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens.

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women's Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Mathias Ahrens (Chief Coach of Indian Women’s Hockey Team) with the team at a training at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi

Ranked 13th in the world, Indian eves will face world best teams in the Antwerp leg of Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Final which will be first assignment of Mathias Ahrens as chief coach of Indian Women Hockey team. India are placed in a tough Pool B along with Australia, New Zealand, hosts Belgium (12) and Poland (23) while Pool A consists of Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Italy and Azerbaijan.

Looking at giving a strong performance during the all important tourney, Mathias Ahrens talking before the practice session looked confident with the team, their enthusiasm to learn and booking a spot at Rio Olympics. Continue reading →

Coach Paul van Ass says, “Indian Player are skilful, Can improve further”

After taking the charge of the Indian Men Hockey team, Chief Coach, Paul van Ass addressed the media for the first time at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. He took charge of the team on Monday (16th March) at preparatory camp for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be played from 5th April in Malaysia.

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

Paul van Ass (Chief Coach of Indian Men Hockey Team)

Starting the briefing session with media, the coach officially introduced himself then he went on to talk on his meeting with the players alongwith highlighting how the Indian team has been performing in the recent past, his plans for the team and his aim as a coach.

Speaking on the Indian team and performance in the last few tournaments, Indian Men Hockey Coach, Paul van Ass said, “After 16 years India won the Asian Gold and last year they won it again. This is proof that they have risen and this gave me the motivation to come and join this team. This team has beat big teams in recent times and the gap is closing”. Continue reading →

India needs an Indian Hockey Coach now: Michael Nobbs

Former chief coach of Indian Men’s Hockey team Michael Nobbs thinks India should try home-grown coach till Rio 2016 Olympics. This website, www.thefansofhockey.com, had a chat with Nobbs, when he was in Bangalore on a business trip.

Michael Nobbs (Former Kukaburras, 1984 Olympian for Australia and Former Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey Team)

Michael Nobbs (Former Kukaburras, 1984 Olympian for Australia and Former Chief Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team)

While talking about the current scenario of Indian Hockey, he said, “India has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics by winning Asian Games 2014. So they are not under pressure of playing for Olympic berth in Hockey World League. Indian team is young but experienced.

After Terry Walsh episode, Hockey India is looking for chief coach, most probably a foreigner. It is speculated that a dutch man could get in this role. But Michael Nobbs thinks it is a real good chance for India to try a home-grown coach. Continue reading →

Walsh will be the Chief Coach the Indian Senior Men Hockey Team

New Delhi, 15 October 2013: Terence (Terry) Walsh has been appointed the Chief Coach of the Indian Senior Men National Hockey Team. Terry Walsh has vast experience of coaching and represented Australia in three Olympics and four World Cups.

Terry Walsh

Terry Walsh

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said that the appointment of Mr. Walsh is an important step to ensure an appropriate program is in place for our senior men team. 2014 is an important year for Indian Hockey. The season which commence with World League Round 4 at Delhi and terminates with Champions Trophy in India. In between the team will be participating in three very important and prestigious events i.e FIH Men’s World Cup, Commonwealth Games & Asian Games. Continue reading →