Paul van Ass: What Lies Ahead for New Indian Hockey Coach?

Share

It’s nothing short of a ‘new beginning’ for the Indian men’s hockey team that hit the training drills in New Delhi for the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup under newly-installed coach Paul van Ass. To put things in perspective, the 54-year-old Dutchman already has a ‘process’ set in place by his predecessor Terry Walsh – the Aussie having delivered arguably the best-ever performance by any foreign coach during his one-year stint.

Paul-Van-Ass-Indian-Hockey

Paul van Ass will certainly have talented individuals to work with

The Terry Walsh effect

The likes of Gerhard Rach, Ric Charlesworth, Jose Brasa and Michael Nobbs all have an ‘India’ connection in their CV, but their exploits pale in comparison to Terry Walsh, who orchestrated some of the biggest wins that the Indian team have pulled off in many years.

The Indian team has had rare success with wins against top teams like Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium all in a single year! What’s more, India defeated world champions Australia four times in 2014, including an impressive Test series win in Australia.

World Cup 2014 – A Mixed Performance

At the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, India may have finished ninth, but with little bit of luck they could well have managed a top-six finish. Late goals hurt India big time at the World Cup – if John-John Dohmen’s final minute goal ensured Belgium’s 3-2 win over India, Simon Mantell did the same in England’s 2-1 win over India. India did recover later to defeat higher ranked South Korea to take the ninth spot by a comprehensive 3-0 margin. There were enough indications that the Indian team was making rapid progress under Terry Walsh, although the final position (9th spot) may have reflected something else.

Improvement during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

India also bagged a silver medal in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, stunning higher ranked New Zealand in the semifinals 3-2 after trailing 0-2 at one stage.

Success At the 2014 Asian Games

The resurgence was brought to its pinnacle with an Asian Games Gold in Korea , with India beating traditional rivals Pakistan in a close final.

Success At the 2014 Champions Trophy but Indian Hockey Coach Exits

Before the Indian Hockey team could declare the year as a success, there was the sad exit of Terry Walsh, just before the Champions trophy. India’s performance did not take an immediate hit as there was reasonable success at the Champions Trophy, with a fourth place finish.

Challenges for Paul Van Ass

There is much to suggest that the Indian national team more or less wears a ‘settled look’ if we are to look at the bigger picture of 2016 Rio Olympics. Paul van Ass has great credentials as the Dutch men’s hockey team coach having served them from 2010 till mid-2014, and being instrumental in helping them bag silver medals at the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 World Cup.

Of course, by their own high standards, Netherlands’ 1-6 defeat at the hands of Australia in the 2014 World Cup final was perhaps seen as a ‘disaster’ – a game that happened to be Paul van Ass’s last game in the hot seat for the Dutch side as after the finals he was replaced by Argentine Max Caldas – another coach of repute.

From the looks of it, it does appear that van Ass is unlikely to make sweeping changes in the way the national team have been playing over the last few years. At most, we can the expect the Duchman to ‘fine-tune’ the process that is in place over the last few months.

Style of hockey

The biggest curiosity is whether India will stick to the ‘Australian’ style of hockey or resort to the European style of hockey now that the team have a Dutch coach. If we delve deeper, one can sense that the team will look to employ a ‘marriage’ of both Australian and European styles with even a bit of Asian style (bout of short passing and dribbling) as well.

Attacking style suits Indian hockey, and is more in line with the way European teams attack – fast slap shots drilled inside the ‘D’ from either the flanks or down the midfield looking for ‘deflection goals’, something we have now come to see in this Indian teams. Deflection goals are increasingly finding comfort with the Indians as are reverse hit goals, both areas where the Indians were not known to excel earlier not to speak of fitness, where our team is as good as the other top teams.

It’s more in tactical play that India have to work hard and this is where Paul Van Ass will do well to map out a strategy to further shore up the team. Taking indirect penalty corners or defending penalty corners is key and this is an area that the new coach will have to focus on besides working on preventing goals in the last five minutes of play, something that has haunted India over the last twelve months or so. It’s time that India get the ‘last minute goal monkey’ off their backs.

Coming up – Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

The upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April is Paul van Ass’s first real test and with teams like defending champions Australia, New Zealand and Korea. On the positive side, a title win in Ipoh will greatly vindicate his appointment as the win would have come in a tournament where India have three higher ranked teams to counter.

Indian hockey appears to be in good health despite all the uncertainty over the ‘coach’ problem following Terry Walsh’s exit. This uncertainty was also laid to rest by the continuing presence of Roelant Oltmans, as he was at hand to guide India to a semifinal finish in the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneshwar. With some luck, India could well have been a winner at the Champions Trophy for the first time ever.

But then sport is not about ‘ifs’ and ‘buts, but about playing it the hard way and cornering glory. Paul Van Ass clearly has a tough job at hand to help India make a ‘meaningful impression’ at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The good news is that Paul Van Ass is blessed with a talented bunch of players and has fellow countryman Roelant Oltmans to support him as he plots to take Indian hockey to greater heights.




For Sports Updates


69 Comments

  1. Author Image

    Hello there, just changed into aware of your blog thru Google, and found that it's really informative. I am going to be careful for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many folks shall be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  2. Author Image

    I just couldn't depart your web site prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often to check up on new posts

  3. Author Image

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading? I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Author Image

    Appreciating the commitment you put into the site and in-depth information you offer. It is good to come across a site every now and then which isn't the same obsolete rehashed content. Amazing read! I've bookmarked your blog and I'm including your RSS feeds to our homework for kids page.

  5. Author Image

    Thanks for your fantastic content! I definitely enjoyed finding out about it.I'll be sure to take note of the website and will come back in the future. I would love to encourage you to definitely keep going with your fine posts, even try to think of shareit free download also, have a nice afternoon!

  6. Author Image

    I was speaking with a good friend of mine regarding this and even regarding computer price as well. I believe you made a few great points in this article, we are looking forward to read more stuff from you.

  7. Author Image

    You can definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  8. Author Image

    There is remarkable developments on the design of your blog, I really enjoy it! Mine is regarding desktop for sale and right now there are lots of stuff to be done, I'm currently a newcomer in website development. Take good care!

  9. Author Image

    Hello there, you're definitely right. I frequently look over your site content attentively. I am also curious about facetime android app, perhaps you could write about this occasionally. I will be back soon.

  10. Author Image

    You are absolutely right and I definitely agree with you. Whenever you wish, we can as well talk around cable modem router, something which fascinates me. Your site is certainly great, all the best!

  11. Author Image

    I like what you guys are up to. This type of clever effort and visibility! Continue the fantastic effort guys, I have added you to lucky patcher apk download blog.

  12. Author Image

    Hey there, what do you feel about malpractice lawyers? Extremely awesome matter, isn't it?

  13. Author Image

    I always look over your articles attentively. I'm likewise fascinated by firestarter android, perhaps you might discuss that at times. Good bye.

  14. Author Image

    Hi there, what do you really feel on the subject of facetime android? Extremely cool matter, isn't it?

  15. Author Image

    Hi there can you let me know which platform you are using? I'm seeking to do our site on framaroot apk download in the near future although I'm having a hard time making the decision.

  16. Author Image

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Author Image

    Hey, I am truly happy I came across your webpage, I actually encountered you by error, while I was researching on Google for omega xl dosage. Anyhow I'm here right now and would just enjoy to say thank you for a great article and the all around fun website (I too like the theme), I do not have time to read through it entirely at the minute but I have book-marked it and moreover added the RSS feed, so whenever I have the time I will be back to go through a lot more. Please do continue the wonderful work.

  18. Author Image

    Appreciate you sharing, great blog post. Fantastic.

  19. Author Image

    Definitely believe that that you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest factor to be mindful of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed whilst other folks think about worries that they just do not recognise about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as outlined out the entire thing with no need side effect , other folks could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  20. Author Image

    Hi there, I found your site via Google while looking for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  21. Author Image

    Your means of telling all in this post is genuinely pleasant, all can without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  22. Author Image

    I was conversing with a buddy of my own about this and also regarding upvc doors too. I do believe you made some great points here, we're excited to find out more information from you.

  23. Author Image

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to provide one thing back and aid others such as you aided me.

  24. Author Image

    Hi! This is my first comment on this site so I really wanted to give a quick hello and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest other blogs that go over Arvind Pandit? I am likewise highly intrigued by that thing! Appreciate it!

  25. Author Image

    I always look over your content closely. I am likewise focused on garageband app free, perhaps you might talk about that occasionally. Take care!

  26. Author Image

    I frequently read your content thoroughly. I am furthermore thinking about facetime download, perhaps you might write about that sometimes. Good day.

  27. Author Image

    There is terrific developments on the structure of this page, I truly like that. My site is on the subject of mobile number tracker with current location and presently there are quite a lot of things to do, I'm currently a starter in website development. Take care!

  28. Author Image

    Hi and thanks for this terrific write-up! I genuinely enjoyed learning about.I'll ensure that I bookmark this website and will often return very soon. I want to suggest that you continue the great work, maybe talk about kik for windows too, have a great evening!

  29. Author Image

    I frequently look over your articles closely. I'm also interested in building intercom system, maybe you might discuss this occasionally. See you.

  30. Author Image

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren't loading correctly. I'm not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

  31. Author Image

    Hi there, after reading this amazing article i am as well cheerful to share my experience here with friends.

  32. Author Image

    Greetings! This is my first comment here so I simply wanted to give a fast hello and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs that cover instagram followers app? I am also extremely fascinated with that! Thanks!

  33. Author Image

    Our LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) HGV training is based in East London, and our LGV/ HGV courses are taught by qualified DVSA LGV & HGV trainers. LGV was formerly known as HGV, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 (now called LGV Category C) and HGV class 1 (Now called LGV Category C+E).

  34. Author Image

    You're entirely correct! I enjoyed reading this and I will certainly come back for more as quick as possible. My internet site is dealing with free movies online, you might take a look if you are still interested in this.

  35. Author Image

    I always look over your content attentively. I am also fascinated by motorcycle injury lawyer, you might talk about this sometimes. Good bye!

  36. Author Image

    Very interesting points you have remarked, appreciate it for putting up.

  37. Author Image
    Post By htps://pokemongohacks1.wordpress.com/

    Howdy, what do you really feel about pokemon go? Very interesting subject, huh?

  38. Author Image

    Hi there, what do you think regarding bitcoin exchange? Very trendy idea, right?

  39. Author Image

    Greetings I am truly happy I found your blog, I basically discovered you by error, when I was looking on Digg for cheap lawn mowers. Anyhow I'm here right now and would simply love to say cheers for a marvelous blog post and the overall entertaining website (I furthermore like the theme/design), I do not have time to look over it entirely at the moment however I have bookmarked it and moreover included your RSS feeds, so whenever I have enough time I'll be returning to browse a great deal more. Make sure you do continue the wonderful work.

  40. Author Image

    We really enjoy your site and find a lot of the articles to be precisely what I am interested in. Do you offer other people to post material for you? I wouldn't mind publishing a story regarding canon printer or perhaps on some of the topics you write about on this website. Cool internet site!

  41. Author Image

    You are completely correct! I really liked reading through this article and I will come back for more as quickly as possible. My website is about bitcoin visa, you could take a glance if you're still interested in this.

  42. Author Image

    Hello, I'm really grateful I found out this blog, I basically discovered you by error, while I was browsing on Bing for shooting games. Anyways I'm here right now and would really love to say many thanks for a tremendous article and the all around fun blog (I too enjoy the theme/design), I don't have sufficient time to browse it completely at the minute yet I have book-marked it and moreover added in the RSS feed, so once I have the time I will be returning to read a great deal more. Make sure you do maintain the superb work.

  43. Author Image

    I'm curious to know what website system you have been utilizing? I am having a few small security issues with the most recent blog regarding international freight shipping and I'd love to find something a lot more safe. Have you got any suggestions?

  44. Author Image

    Thanks a bunch for your superb posting! I genuinely liked it.I'll remember to save your website and will return from now on. I would really like to suggest you to keep on with your wonderful writing, possibly try to think of shipping packages also, have a nice morning!

  45. Author Image

    I constantly read through your site content carefully. I'm also looking into filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, maybe you could talk about this at times. Good day.

  46. Author Image

    Howdy can you let me know which blog platform you are working with? I'm planning to do our blog on free movie streaming in the near future although I am having trouble making a decision.

  47. Author Image

    I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i’m happy to convey that I've a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to do not forget this website and give it a glance regularly.

  48. Author Image

    Appreciating the hard work you invested in your site and in-depth information you provide. It is good to come across a website occasionally that isn't the same old re-written stuff. Wonderful read! We have saved your site and I am adding the RSS feeds to my own dental bridge cost page.

  49. Author Image

    I enjoy what you dudes are now up to. This kind of clever work and reporting! Carry on the wonderful effort friends, I've incorporated you on our free online movie sites blog.

  50. Author Image

    Hi I'm so thrilled I discovered your webpage, I really encountered you by mistake, while I was searching on Digg for free movies. Anyhow I am here now and would simply love to say cheers for a marvelous article and the all round exciting blog (I likewise enjoy the theme), I don't have time to browse it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and even included your RSS feed, so when I have plenty of time I will be back to look over much more. Make sure you do continue the amazing work.

  51. Author Image

    just love this website

  52. Author Image

    Thank you for this excellent article! I actually liked it.I’ll be sure to save this website and will come back in the future. I want to encourage you to keep on with your great posts, perhaps write about Arvind Pandit also, have a fine evening!

  53. Author Image

    I really enjoy the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  54. Author Image

    I just want to say I am just new to weblog and honestly savored this website. Probably I’m want to bookmark your website . You absolutely come with impressive article content. Many thanks for sharing your web page.

  55. Author Image

    Greetings from Ohio! I'm bored to death at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you present here and can't wait to take a look when I get home. I'm shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I'm not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, awesome blog!

  56. Author Image

    I really wish to inform you that I am new to writing a blog and thoroughly liked your article. More than likely I am prone to store your blog post . You certainly have outstanding article content. Get Pleasure From it for expressing with us all of your url page

  57. Author Image

    Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I'd like to peer more posts like this.

  58. Author Image

    Great info – Gulvafslibning | Kurt Gulvmand I’m inquisitive to find out exactly what blog platform you’re using? We are experiencing several minor safety issues with my blog plus I would wish to locate something better and secure. Do you have some solutions! Oh yeah how about Egypt wonderful media stories Regards … Flash Factory

  59. Author Image

    great issues altogether, you simply received a new reader. What may you suggest about your put up that you made a few days in the past? Any certain?

  60. Author Image

    Great – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task.

  61. Author Image

    You have noted very interesting details! ps nice web site.

  62. Author Image

    Just wanna say that this is invaluable , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  63. Author Image

    I definitely wanted to write down a brief message to appreciate you for all of the splendid pointers you are giving at this website. My prolonged internet lookup has at the end of the day been honored with sensible content to talk about with my classmates and friends. I 'd express that we site visitors actually are definitely lucky to live in a very good place with so many brilliant people with valuable tips. I feel quite privileged to have come across your entire web pages and look forward to tons of more awesome minutes reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  64. Author Image

    I gotta bookmark this website it seems very beneficial very useful

  65. Author Image

    Just wanna say that this is very helpful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  66. Author Image

    Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task.

  67. Author Image

    As soon as I found this internet site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  68. Author Image

    Hello, Neat post. There is an issue together with your website in web explorer, may check this… IE nonetheless is the market leader and a big component of folks will leave out your great writing due to this problem.

  69. Author Image

    But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding layout. "He profits most who serves best." by Arthur F. Sheldon.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.