Chief Coach van Ass is Working on defence structure

With the team all set to depart for Belgium this week for the FINTRO FIH World League Semi-Final scheduled from 20th June – 5th July 2015, Chief Coach Paul van Ass spoke the upcoming tournament and expectations.

Indian Hockey Players Rupinder Pal Singh, Raghunath VR and Malak Singh

File Photo: Rupinder Pal Singh flicks during a practice session as VR Raghunath acts as 2nd battery

Indian Men’s Hockey team chief coach Paul van Ass told the Devindar Walmiki and Satbir Singh will replace Kothajit Singh and SV Sunil respectively, while Rupinder Pal Singh will come in as drag-flicker to take the place of Raghunath who is carrying a hamstring injury. Continue reading →

Captain Sardar and Coach van Ass looking for boost with new game plan

The Indian Men Hockey team is practicing for the Fintro FIH Hockey World League Semi-Finals and is gearing up for the upcoming challenge. Placed in the Pool A of the tournament the team will be seen clashing against Australia, Pakistan, France and Poland and will be aiming the Top 2 position in the Pool phase.

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

Indian Hockey team Captain Sardar Singh during a practice session

The team is looking forward to their matches against both Australia and Pakistan wherein with the former the Indian boys have proved to be dominant team in the recent clashes and with the latter the team will be looking at settling scores.

Speaking on the tournament and the challenges, Captain Sardar Singh said “The team is shaping out well in the last few practice sessions. Our new game plan of 10 attacking and 10 defending gives the extra boost to the mid-field position, as this will help in countering the counter attacks from the opponents. We are even working on our speed as we realize that this new strategy will work in our favor only if we keep pace with each other and not miss the vital passes. 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 →