Hockey India announces Team for New Zealand tour


NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24: Hockey India on Wednesday announced the Indian Men Hockey squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour which is scheduled from October 02 to 11.
India will play six games in the tour. The first two games will be played against New Zealand A and the rest of the four matches against the New Zealand’s National squad.
The 21-member squad was selected after a rigorous Preparatory Camp under Director High Performance & Chief Coach (Men) Roelant Oltmans, held in Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi.
Understanding the importance of the series ahead, the Indian team has been working on their passes and penalty corner conversions so as to leave no stone unturned and ensure that they come back victorious.
The New Zealand tour will be in preparation for the Hero Hockey World League Raipur 2015 which is scheduled from November 27 to December 6 in Raipur, followed by the all important RIO Olympics next year.
Speaking on the upcoming tournament, Oltmans said, “The boys are looking forward to the tournament ahead and are confident of a positive show. Also Dave Staniforth recently holding a 3-week goalkeeping camp has got the goalkeepers pepped up. It is a motivation to see a squad which oozes confidence. The team in the last couple of weeks has worked on team coordination and passes. The idea is to convert when in the D and not lose out on those moments”.


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