‘Drag-flick isn’t the only way to take penalty corner’


Floris Jan Bovelander, who played in the 80s and 90s when the straight hit was quite prevalent, is surprised with the low conversion rate from penalty corners in modern day hockey. Throughout their hour-long training session here on Monday afternoon, Spanish coach Frederic Soyez and his boys focused mainly on penalty shootouts. Some tried the … Continue reading ‘Drag-flick isn’t the only way to take penalty corner’

Indian coaches need to be developed: Bovelander


There was a time when the very idea of facing Floris Jan Bovelander during penalty corners would send shivers down the spine of defenders and goalkeepers. With shoulders built like rocks, the Dutchman hardly missed a drag-flick. The ball just flew like missiles once it left his stick. Nicknamed Boem Boem Bovelander, the 51-year-old pumped … Continue reading Indian coaches need to be developed: Bovelander

International Day of Charity


The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the Untied Nations General Asembly in 2012. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes … Continue reading International Day of Charity

Bovelander: “India close to winning a serious medal”


Dutch hockey legend Floris Jan Bovelander believes India should ready a batch of home grown coaches to take its National teams forward. Bovelander said India must develop several coaches with the understanding of international hockey. “I think (National men’s team coach) Roelant Oltmans is doing a great job. In the end, we should not stay … Continue reading Bovelander: “India close to winning a serious medal”

Here, hockey means hope of a better life


A cluster of hockey sticks, one of them made of wood, lean against rows of books in the airy room of Pratap Chandra Kumar, teacher-in-charge of Gamhariya’s Government Upgraded Middle School. “Now their interest is not just in academics; hockey is also taking up a lot of their time,” said Kumar, referring to his 139 … Continue reading Here, hockey means hope of a better life