Hockey World Cup | Hit as a talent slowly going extinct, want it for each scoring and selection: Floris Jan Bovelander


Dutch Hockey legend Floris Jan Bovlander | File photograph
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Floris Jan Bovelander is aware of a factor or two about penalty corners and conversions, being one of many pioneering greats of the drag-flick in trendy hockey. However the Dutch nice isn’t too large on its over-reliance by groups and believes gamers have to develop further expertise to remain forward within the scoring recreation.

“For one, I think one good flicker in a team is not enough, you need at least two or three. Because there are so many interchanges all the time, at least two have to be on top of the circle at any time because then it will be difficult to defend. But the PC defence has evolved a lot, the rushing is way better than what it was so you also need good variations to score,” Mr. Bovelander instructed The Hindu throughout the Dutch demolition of Chile right here.

The variations want creativity too, in line with him. “It’s not just about going left or right and experiment on field. You need to practice them, under pressure, to succeed in matches with least touches because the more stops there are inside the circle, more mistakes are bound to happen – the injector can make it, the stopper can, anyone else can and the mistakes keep adding on and then there will no goal,” he defined.

And regardless of the pre-eminence of the drag-flick, Mr. Bovelander believes the hit ought to be used extra usually, each for selection and as an exhibition of a participant’s expertise. “You see it in ladies’s hockey typically however not likely in males however I believe they need to hit extra. It’s actually tough however it may be efficient, specifically in variations as a result of so long as the goalkeeper is standing, which most of them do now, you could have an opportunity to attain.


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“I don’t know why they don’t do it more but I think it’s also because players cannot really hit. You see it in open play, it’s all sweep shots, they don’t really hit because you need to be able to control and stop the rolling ball and hit on the go. It is a skill going extinct, very slowly, but then again it might come back, specially with the no-water pitches after 2024. It’s a good technique that players should have, I feel,” he insisted.

He additionally appreciated India coach Graham Reid for making an attempt to herald an amalgamation of the most effective of cultures to construct a powerful staff. “Graham, I feel, understands the Indian culture and attitude and retaining that is very important but also brings in some of the Australian discipline. And you need that mix. Like the Dutch, they keep passing and passing and nothing really happens for a long time, they need to be more creative sometimes,” he admitted about his personal facet regardless of their present kind.

However he nonetheless ranks them among the many favourites for the World Cup title right here. “They are a young side but they are on their way up, Belgium I think are on their way down right now and Australia is always the best so yeah, these teams can go all the way,” he declared.

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