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Hockey strategies

Mereseini Marau, In New Delhi India
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

THE national hockey teams will have to work on a strategy on how to play the full 70 minutes of a hockey match because their performance in the second half has been killing them.

And they identified penalty corners as their Achilles heel.

National coach Hector Smith Sr said they made the right choice by going to play in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi.

Smith and the national teams arrived back into the country last Friday after participating in the tournament where they played against top teams they only read about and watched on television.

Apart from that, Smith said that the penalty corners were hurting them the most.

"Most big teams like India are going for penalty corners."

"Penalty corner is common in international hockey."

"It is hurting us, it's our Achilles heel."

Smith said there was no room for being stationary on the field.

"Playing in international level and we see the intensity and continuity of the game."

Smith said they had learnt a lot from their outing in India.

"But if there's any disappointment, it's going back home without a win."

Smith said his team did very well.

"We managed to get into other teams net, only Ireland we didn't get into their net," he said.

Smith said the outing was a change from their norm where they only got to play other teams from the Oceania region.

"Here we get to play with other high ranked teams within one tournament. I'm glad we came because the experience we get from here is something that we appreciate," Smith said during an interview in New Delhi.

"We never had any chance to play any international teams until now. Before the only international teams we played against were Australia and New Zealand. But for this tournament, we had big teams like Ireland, India, China and Bangladesh."

Smith hoped this would be the first of the many international outings they would have.