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Indian Hockey coach Terry Walsh experiments with fresh techniques in national camp

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2.60K   //    28 Mar 2014, 14:12 IST

Indian Hockey team coach Terry Walsh giving tips to players during the training cap at National Stadium

Indian Hockey team coach Terry Walsh giving tips to players during the training camp at National Stadium

Indian Men’s Hockey chief coach, Terry Walsh, is trying to introduce new and innovative techniques in their on-going national camp in New Delhi, which are being well received by all players.

On Thursday, after a team training session at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, Walsh spoke to the media about his latest experimentation.

“We are majorly working on areas as that of opposition’s defense. Considering the styles and techniques on which we are focusing upon, it`s relatively different for the team, although enjoyable and challenging,” he said.

“Strategies like players swap, wherein other team sometimes changes for about 70 times in a game, in that way we need to overcome the mentality of going off the pitch. It has successfully started implementing in our team as well which is challenging yet very interesting,” he added.

The Australian said that the European tour before the World Cup will give the players a chance to try out the newly introduced techniques.

“I can see a huge scope of acceptance within the team for trying new things and techniques in a more realistic way. We are preparing the team to avoid unpredictable circumstances in order to improvise more efficiently,” he said.

“European Tour which is soon taking place surely provides a good opportunity as even the pitch is similar to the one in World Cup which is why it is happily accepted by everyone.”

Marquee player Sandeep Singh gave his vote of confidence in the coaches and their strategies.

“These practice sessions are turning out to be fruitful for all the players and is going on pretty well too. We are working really hard and putting out best efforts for the World Cup.

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“Terry and the supporting staff are working really hard on our scoring skills as well as the fitness.

“New techniques introduced by Terry are really significant and we think it will be very advantageous for us in the future games.”

Jude Felix, who was on his first day as coach, said he is excited to be a part of the overall set-up.

“It feels pretty good and exciting to be a part of team. Players are also incredibly excited for World Cup and the upcoming European tour and are giving their cent percent in preparatory camp.

“The boys are great and we have to now focus more on polishing their skills. Things have become very much professional nowadays and especially the new set of techniques which are used in the camp are very essential for the World Cup and other upcoming tournaments.”

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