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News for 30 November 2021

All the news for Tuesday 30 November 2021

FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 - 30 November
Bhubaneswar Odisha

All times GMT +5:30

30 Nov 2021     RSA v CAN (9th-16th Place)     7 - 3
30 Nov 2021 13:30     PAK v USA (9th-16th Place)
30 Nov 2021 16:30     POL v CHI (9th-16th Place)
30 Nov 2021 19:30     KOR v EGY (9th-16th Place

1 Dec 2021 10:30     GER v ESP (Quarter-Final)
1 Dec 2021 13:30     NED v ARG (Quarter-Final)
1 Dec 2021 16:30     FRA v MAS (Quarter-Final)
1 Dec 2021 19:30     BEL v IND (Quarter-Final)

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South Africa triumph in high scoring clash with Canada

South Africa and Canada began their classification matches and a quest for a top 10 finish as they faced off in Bhubaneswar to start the next phase of the FIH Junior World Cup. It was the second meeting between the two sides after South Africa beat Canada 3-1 in the 2016 iteration of the tournament.

Hockey5s: over 30 players from the last Youth Olympic Games at the Men’s Junior World Cup!

Bhubaneswar, India: No less than 31 players (see list below) currently participating in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 were involved in the last Youth Olympic Games staged in 2018, including four team captains, namely Vivek Sagar Prasad (India), Facundo Zarate (Argentina), Gracjan Jarzynski (Poland) and Akhimullah Anuar (Malaysia).

Defending champions India reach FIH Men’s Junior World Cup quarter-finals

By Neil Shefferd

India's squad at the Men's Junior Hockey World Cup features members of the Tokyo 2020 bronze medal winning team ©Getty Images

Defending champions India reached the quarter-finals of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men’s Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, after finishing in second place in their pool.

India will be at its best against Belgium: Araijeet

Charged up for the quarterfinals, says drag-flick specialist

Y.B. Sarangi

Rising star: Araijeet has scored five goals, including a hat-trick, in the tournament so far.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Seventeen-year-old striker-cum-drag-flicker Araijeet Singh Hundal says the Indian players understand the importance of maintaining their energy level in the quarterfinal against Belgium in the Junior World Cup here on Wednesday.

India can break the Belgian jinx

Shane Sadanand

Indian team should bear in mind the fact that in the quarters they are to face only  a Belgium junior side but not the world champion number one team. Belgium Juniors are a pale shadow of their senior counterparts. They scored only nine goals so far and struggled hard to get the equalizer against Malaysia. They didn't have Alexander Hendrikx, the senior PC goal scoring machine, in this junior side. Even junior Stockbroekx has scored only two goals from three outings. In Bhubaneswar, there are two other European sides - Germany and Holland - that are better than this Belgium side. In execution of strategies even France is a better side than Belgium. So India can easily beat this Belgium line up fair and square. Further, their pipeline of rising stars has dried up since 2016 JWC. Their future rankings will not stand at number one as their seniors start retiring.

At least in stats, Indians are the best attacking side with 116 circle penetrations from just three matches. This factor doesn't have much value in Astro Turf, but it will force Belgium to give some respect to Indian forward line. This pressure will prevent them from having full court press against India. Although they have four players with some international exposure (with less than10 matches) It will not be enough to control Indian speedsters. Belgium scored only nine goals so far but Sanjay Indian PC exponent scored 8 goals from same number of outings.

Graham Reid doesn’t consider Belgium as a big threat. Remember his words "To win world cup, you must be ready to beat all sides''. He has tremendous confidence of beating the quarterfinal opponent with ease. When one compares Reid with Jeroen Baart, one can witness a super confident Indian Coach from his body language. Baart didn't have much idea to break Malaysian enigma. Best awarded FIH hockey coach of the year has to prove something to the hockey world. Reid definitely keeps some master tricks up his sleeves for Quarter and Semi Finals. Jeroen Baart cannot be considered as a master tactician since his team has not shown any wonders so far.

Biggest problem encountered by teams barring Europeans was the lack of international exposure trips. Indian side played in the fourth quarter of the match against France was a different one that played the first three quarters. Fourth quarter Indians played like a team with sufficient international exposure. International exposure "ghost” has been exorcised from their baggage. With nine quarter experience already to their kitty, Indians will play to their true potential with more freedom and confidence.

Individually all Indian players are better than their Belgian counterparts.

The name "Belgium” and past 10 years of their winning record against India need not be a matter of concern. Belgium don't have decent PC scorer in this junior side.  Indians do not have to lose their sleep over an Alexander Hendrickx in this junior side. They have to face Bukken Miles only in the semis.  Belgium did not show any novel set piece so far. They are working hard to put the ball in the back of net. It was evident in their celebration after the goal against Malasia. Indians should think about the positives. They have got three decent drag flickers, highly potential forward line and a stable midfield. Of the four defenders, only one looks somewhat out of sorts. After the initial hiccup, goalkeepers are stable in their performance. They must be cautious about the "Close angled Tomahawks" from their offsides. Only thing Indians need to regain is the self confidence.

To do list (suggestions)

  • Indians can't do a "parking the bus" strategy like Malasians did against Belgium, So they have to restructure the midfield.
  • Maninder should come as centre half and Vivek should play as a floater between forwards and midfield.
  • Four players feeling peer pressure. Rahul, Sunil, Gurmuk & Siwach. For them psychological make over is necessay,  Belgium will target these players for PCs.
  • Need to learn how to handle the pressure situations like that happened in the first 7 minutes of the last quarter of Poland match.
  • Don't allow Belgium to make powerful shots to D in search of Indian legs. Malasians managed this problem by neat stopping. Since Indian style of free and open play may help Belgians to adopt that strategy.

Most likely, this could be the match of the tournament!


Let 'Ah Moi' be the main man

By Jugjet Singh

The worst position to be in a hockey team is the No 2 goalkeeper. But Hamiz Ahir is not the least perturbed. -Pic courtesy of MHC

THE worst position to be in a hockey team is the No 2 goalkeeper. But Hamiz Ahir is not the least perturbed.

Officials confirmed for 2022 and 2023 FIH Women’s and Men’s World Cups

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has today confirmed the names of the officials – umpires, technical delegates, technical delegates assistants, technical officials, umpire managers and medical officers - who will be involved in the FIH Hockey Women's World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022 and the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar & Rourkela.

Sonia Bathla, Dr Col (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, Raghu Prasad and Javed Shaikh appointed for the  2023 Men’s World Cup Hockey

The world body FIH has selected Delhi State player Sonia Bathla, Col (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, Raghu Prasad, and Javed Shaikh as the Officials for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar – Rourkela.

Canadian National Junior Team awaits transit home in South Africa

The Junior Women’s National Team travelled to Potchefstroom, South Africa for the Junior World Cup, scheduled for Dec 5-17, 2021. The team arrived last week to train on site and prepare for the event. Due to the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in South Africa, the tournament has been postponed. Field Hockey Canada supports the FIH in their decision to postpone the event.

Indoor USMNT to Hold Clinic as Fundraiser

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Support the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team and learn from some of the best indoor athletes at the 2021 Indoor USMNT Clinic. Team USA athletes, who are also some top players in Europe, are hosting a two-session clinic to raise funds for the 2022 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup taking place in February.

Irish Under-21 men named for Euro indoor debut

Ireland’s Under-21 men’s indoor side will make their international debut next week when they take on the EuroHockey Championship II in Paredes, Portugal from December 10th to 12th.

Browne, Marcano get another win with H&W

by Nigel Simon

Former T&T international hockey player Kwandwane Browne.

T&T international Teague Marcano and former captain Kwandwane Browne both featured as Hampstead & Westminster (H&W) whipped Oxted 4-1 for a fourth straight win in the England Hockey League Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Iowa field hockey’s Anthe Nijziel named NFHCA West Region Player of the Year

The senior defender anchored an Iowa defense that recorded an NCAA-best 11 shutouts this season.

Austin Hanson

Iowa defender Anthe Nijziel passes the ball during the second quarter of a field hockey game against Maryland on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 3-0. Hannah Kinson

Iowa field hockey’s Anthe Nijziel was named West Region Player of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Monday.

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