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 →

Michael Nobbs Sacked, Look back on His stint as India’s Hockey Coach

The Chief Coach of Indian Senior Men’s Hockey team Michael Nobbs has been sacked from his position.

michael-nobbs-indian-hockey-coachNobbs was appointed till Rio Olympics in 2016, but after seeing his performance (highlights are given below) in last two years, it is welcome decision taken by Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India (HI). Though the timing could be wrong as Asia Cup is approaching, which is the only chance for India to make it to The Hague after failing to qualify through Hockey World League Round 3 in Rotterdam, but it is not matter of discussion, whether he has resigned from the post or has been sacked. Continue reading →

Let’s not make Michael Nobbs a scapegoat for India’s disastrous showing in Olympics!

Watching some of the top hockey teams like Australia, Netherlands, Germany play at the 2012 Olympics gives you a fair impression of the improvement areas Indian team needs to focus on. Michael Nobbs-coached Indian team adopted the Australian style of hockey, the merits of which were seen in all the games India played in the last six months going into the London Olympics.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

But with the Indian team delivering their worst-ever performance at hockey’s showpiece event, all the demerits of it are coming out of the closet and that too, in droves.

As a hockey fan first, and second as a sports journalist, I am saddened at the way the Indian team has cut such a frustrating figure at the Olympics. In fact, all the pre-tournament hopes pinned on India got a massive leg up when India fought hard against the Netherlands, especially in the second half after a forgettable first half before an ‘unfair’ penalty stroke denial in the dying minutes of the game robbed us of the opportunity to script a 3-3 draw. The only solace was that we lost narrowly (2-3) against one of the world’s top sides. Continue reading →

India’s Hockey “BLUES”…Few Questions raised by a Hockey Fan

My friends, mostly non hockey-following, have been posing this question to me – ‘what’s happening with Indian hockey?’, and I am sick and tired of hearing this! I am sure though, that the whole country is asking the same!.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

File Photo: Coach Nobbs overseeing a practice session

All I have to say is, What can you expect from a foreign coach? First he blamed the blue turf, now it’s the players who are his target.

Mr. Nobbs, I have some questions for you:

* “Blue turf..…too bouncy, cant convert pc’s”…..so whose fault is it? when you very well knew this change in turf for the Olympics, what/who stopped you from taking the team for pitch practice well in advance? Continue reading →

A dusty way to a new ground.. Hockey Village India @ Garh Himmat Singh, Rajasthan

Garh Himmat Singh, one of the most laid back villages in eastern Rajasthan houses a Hockey Academy where more than 50 boys and girls have been playing the Indian National Game since a year.  Andrea Thumshirn, a first division hockey player from Germany began this academy in July 2010 and aptly called it Hockey Village India.

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

The children from the village have been learning the game and improving at it each day. Though the conditions of the ground are those which no hockey stick in this world can stand – the dust, sand and stones are painful, the kids don’t mind because they know that their time on a “real” ground will come. Continue reading →

Chetri to Lead India in London Olympics

Custodian Bharat Chetri will be the captain of the Indian hockey team and the live wire of team Sardar Singh will be his deputy in the London Olympics. Hockey India has announced the 18 member squad including 2 stand bys who will be staying and practicing with the team in the Olympic Village and Riverbank Arena, but can be included only in case of serious injury amongst 16 players.

Bharat Chetri

Bharat Chetri

India are in Pool B, alongwith Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Belgium and Netherlands and will open their campaign against Netherlands on 30 July.

Indian team will reach Olympic Games village in London on 19 July 2012, after finishing their final leg of preparations for Olympics with tour of France and Spain, where they will play test matches against France, Spain and South Africa and a tri-nation tournament involving Great Britain, Spain and India.

The Schedule of Olympics can be found here.

Team:
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri (Captain), P R Sreejesh Continue reading →