The Indian women’s hockey team began the yr by locking horns with two formidable opponents — Argentina and Germany within the first two months. There was little doubt that the Indian ladies can be in for a stern take a look at after they would tackle the second and fourth-ranked groups on this planet in their very own yard.
Ultimately, they might not muster a win from the 2 journeys, however they displayed an encouraging model of hockey, which offered some reduction to their Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne.
“There are not any negatives for me. Should you get to play after one yr, you possibly can depend solely the positives. You may say the outcomes have been detrimental however the whole lot is about efficiency for me at this second,” the tactician said to the Olympic Channel.
“The outcomes present that we have to enhance just a few issues however for me, a very powerful factor was to see how we fare towards the highest three on this planet.”
“Beforehand, they’d go in these matches with the intention to maintain the rating as little as doable and now they go along with the mentality to win them. You will need to see how shut are we getting. You aren’t getting many alternatives towards these prime nations and the few you get, it’s a must to execute them.
Should you do not then you will have an issue. We get to be taught so many issues enjoying towards these opponents. It’s good that issues are occurring now and never within the Olympics. Now we have time to work on it and that is why I’m relying on the positives,” he continued to clarify.
In opposition to Germany, the Indian staff tried to play their pure sport and had virtually equal possession and the variety of circle penetrations.
The change in mentality is among the main positives that Marijne has been capable of result in on this staff. and though the outcomes usually are not going of their favour, he thinks the extent of efficiency has been an enormous morale booster for the squad.
“I gives you an instance. We misplaced the primary match towards Germany 5-0. After the match, a German lady got here to us and stated that ‘we have been presupposed to lose this match as you created many extra possibilities. We executed each probability we had and also you did not.’ So that’s extra necessary. I’m not a lot about numbers and I’m not a scoreboard coach. I consider in efficiency.
“We are able to win these matches. We did not win then however that doesn’t imply we can not win on the Olympics. That is essential. You must present the gamers what number of possibilities they’ve created and the developments.”
Within the run-up to the Olympics, he needs handy a possibility to all of the squad gamers in order that the staff can land in Tokyo in the very best form.
“We went to Argentina with 25 gamers and there weren’t many who did not play. I feel it was actually good there. In tournaments, it’s a must to choose your finest gamers and many do not get a possibility. These gamers had obtained good publicity over there and for me, it was extra necessary that these gamers obtained to play than profitable these matches.
“We’re doing the whole lot we are able to and we are able to do extra. The health has improved over time. Now we have performed a whole lot of matches inside a short while and there was no downside. I’m pleased with the health ranges of our women,” he said.
Magnificence Dung Dung and some different women have proven promise with the junior staff. However Marijne doesn’t need to rush into issues and introduce them instantly to the senior staff.
“I feel we’ve got to be practical. Now we have to think about, towards which groups they’re enjoying, what’s the stage of competitors. They’ll play effectively at that stage however there is no such thing as a assure that they may carry out on the highest stage. The distinction is big. Now we have Salima (Tete) who’s enjoying with us and once more I’m joyful after I see them doing good issues and getting outcomes. It’s about efficiency and likewise about actuality. However these gamers want time. We should not write them instantly to the highest as there’s a distinction between the highest and the junior stage,” he expressed.
The artwork of defending penalty corners has advanced over time and he thinks that the gamers have turn out to be extra brave and therefore scoring from them has turn out to be extra sophisticated.
“In ladies’s hockey, it’s often completely different from males’s hockey. Scoring penalty corners have now turn out to be extraordinarily troublesome. We’re one of many groups which can be doing rather well. The ball shouldn’t be as laborious as in males’s hockey, however nonetheless, it’s laborious. You see defenders operating in at you placing their physique within the line.”
Earlier than the Olympics, Marijne hopes that his troops can go overseas for one more publicity journey towards a prime opponent in order that they’re effectively ready for the mega occasion in Tokyo. He additionally thanked SAI (Sports activities Authority of India) and Hockey India for his or her endeavours to organise journeys in such troublesome conditions the world over.
“We’re coaching in a camp. Now we have a small group. Hopefully, we are able to journey yet one more time and be prepared for the Olympics. Now we have had one yr additional and the coaching on this interval has helped us way more. We’re prepared to start in regardless of the scenario brings to us. Now, it’s worthwhile to adapt based on the scenario.
“At this second, it isn’t simple to organise excursions. However what SAI and Hockey India did in a really quick time has been very spectacular. The help is completely there. At this second, they’re serving to us in each manner. I’m very joyful. To make the game extra fashionable it’s a must to achieve success with the ladies’s staff.
“If somebody is profitable out of your nation, then everybody can observe. I feel it’s doable with the best way we’re progressing. Loads of issues are already altering and ladies’s hockey is getting extra fashionable.”
Cricket grew to become a family sport after Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup in 1983. In India, hockey has obtained a big variety of admirers and a golden Olympic historical past. All it requires just a little push in the best route.
A promising show in Tokyo by Marijne’s staff can open up a wholly new dimension for the younger women aspiring to be hockey heroes.