Admitting that the tag of defending champion will bring pressure, inaugural Hockey India League winners Ranchi Rhinos’ head coach Gregg Clark Sunday picked out runners up Delhi Waveriders as the team to watch out for.
India finished a disappointing 10th in the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in the penalty shoot-out and chief coach Gregg Clark said it was the home team`s "worst performance" in the 16-team quadrennial event.
India might have failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the ongoing Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup, but chief coach Gregg Clark feels his wards have a "bright future" despite them producing an inconsistent show in front of home crowd in the mega-event here.
India`s junior men`s hockey team head coach Gregg Clark today said the upcoming FIH Junior World Cup could be a stepping stone for the country to regain its lost glory and added that long-term planning is the only way out to consistently get good results.
With focus firmly on the FIH Junior Men`s World Cup in December, India is sending a relatively junior team for the Asian Champions Trophy in Japan and chief coach Gregg Clark said the upcoming tournament will give him a chance to assess all the arsenal at his disposal ahead of the quadrennial event.
Members of the Indian team which won the Junior Hockey World Cup in Hobart, Tasmania, 12 years ago are hoping the current squad, gearing up for the upcoming edition in Delhi in December, emulates their feat.
Out of action for the past three months, Indian hockey colts will finally get to play at competitive level in the upcoming Sultan of Johor Cup, and chief coach Gregg Clark said it will give him an accurate idea about his wards ahead of the Junior World Cup.