Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham Reid

first_img Next Press Trust of India BhubaneshwarMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 16:19 IST India were beaten in both their games against Australia on their tour (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost to Australia 4-0 and 5-2 on their tour Down UnderIndia had beaten Australia A 3-0 and held them to a 1-1 draw in the series The Australian tour was Graham Reid’s first major assignment as coachIndia need to consistently score goals under tight marking to narrow the gap with top teams like Australia, said coach Graham Reid after his first major assignment with the national hockey team.On their tour of Australia that concluded on Friday, India lost both the games against the hosts after beating the A team.Speaking about the tour comprising five matches, Reid, who was appointed as India coach last month, said that the assignment in his home country was an opportunity for him to understand his team better.”It was good to get a view of where the team (India are raked five) is at, compared to the World Number 2 side (Australia). They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the World Cup last year, and this showed up in our two matches against them,” he said.”For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals (here next month), the tour was ideal.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team comes home to a rousing welcome from their Australian Tour 2019 on 19th May. The team will kickstart preparations for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 shortly.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/8Q3Y2ZjfDjHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 19, 2019″It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games,” said Reid.advertisementThe 55-year-old Australian said that his team was focused on improving its attack.”Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp (starting Monday), we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure,” he said.”It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas.”Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the national camp. It has retained all the 18 players of the team that travelled to Australia. India won against WA Thundersticks and Australia ‘A’, drew another one against Australia ‘A’ before losing the two matches to the senior Australia team.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Hockey teamFollow Graham ReidFollow India vs Australia Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidIndia lost both the matches against Australia on their tour Down Under after performing well against Australia A and WA Thundersticks. advertisementlast_img read more

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Mayors electric vehicle charging network Source London to go live in spring

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced that London’s city wide electric vehicle charging network, ‘Source London’, will launch in spring 2011. Source London, which will deliver 1,300 public charging points across London by 2013, is part of the Mayor’s plans for London to become the electric vehicle capital of Europe. The network will create a single visual identity for electric driving across the capital, and allow members to charge their vehicles at any one of these public charging points for no more than an £100 annual membership fee. Currently, electric vehicle drivers have to register in each separate borough they want to use charge points in. In preparation for this new network, a website, www.sourcelondon.net, has also been launched providing a ‘one stop shop’ of information on electric vehicles, including charge point locations across the city.The scheme has been led by Transport for London in close collaboration with the London boroughs and a wide range of private sector partners, who will play a key part in funding and providing locations for the network’s charge points. “Already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring”, said Mr Johnson, “Major manufacturers are gearing up to launch more affordable, practical electric cars over the next few years, whilst the cost of traditional fuels are making petrol-free driving an increasingly attractive option. By opting for electric in greater numbers, Londoners will also help to cut pollution levels and improve the city’s quality of living”. Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, said: “We recognise that for many people the car is an essential, not a luxury, and that is why we are prioritising spending on making the UK a world leader in ultra low emission cars. Following the first round of our Plugged-in-Places scheme, cities like London are laying the groundwork for a national charge point network. And thanks to our spending review settlement, which secured over £400m for measures to promote the uptake of electric and ultra-low emission vehicle technologies, more areas will soon be able to join them.”Mr Johnson recently confirmed a 100% discount from the congestion charge for electric drivers in the capital, as well as other low emission vehicles, which offers electric vehicle owners using the zone a potential saving of more than £2000 a year.The aspiration is to have 100,000 electric vehicles on London’s streets as soon as possible. A recent report by HSBC estimates that the global electric vehicle market could be worth £440bn by 2020 with the EU being the biggest market. Work to boost this market in London could help to generate millions of pounds for the UK manufacturing industry, create new jobs and green the UK economy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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