Saturday, October 25, 2008

Javed Hockey Club Facing Punjab and Sind Bank in Surjit Hockey Final

Pakistan’s Javed Hockey Club is going to face Delhi’s Punjab and Sind Bank in the final of Silver Jubilee Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey Tournament. The final match will take place at the Olympian Surjit Singh hockey stadium in Jalandhar. Javed Hockey Club reached the final defeating Mumbai’s Indian Oil 3-1 in the semi final, while Punjab and Sind Bank saw off another Mumbai team Air India by 2-1 score line.

The final match is supposed to have finished by yet, but I could not find any news any the result of the match in the internet. I will let you know about the result of the final match whenever I know about it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ric Charlesworth Takes over as Head Coach of Australian Men’s Hockey Team

Just two months after resigning as India's technical director, Ric Charlesworth has taken over as the head coach of Australian men’s hockey team. He has been appointed as the successor of Barry Dance who quit after Beijing Olympic Games. Charlesworth represented Australia and captain his team as a player. Later he coached Australian women’s hockey team and led the girls to win Olympic Gold medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games.

It would not be an easy task this time at the helm of men’s team because a number of players retired after this year’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Even he admitted that he has to rebuild Australian men’s hockey team who has been losing their dominance in world field hockey.

IHT reported:

"The team changes all the time and the team which played in Beijing will never play together again," Charlesworth said.

"The job really is about building a new team and only a handful of the players playing now will be under 30 at the next Olympics."

I think, he is a good choice as the coach of Australian men’s field hockey team who are not at their prime at this moment. Now, let us see if Ric Charlesworth can bring Australian team back to their dominating form with his skill, talent and experience as a coach.