Lokseva coach sticks to basics for success; St Joseph trainer believes in more practice and matches
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Lokseva coach sticks to basics for success; St Joseph trainer believes in more practice and matches

Lokseva Pratisthan under its coach Aniket More defeated St Joseph High School 5-2 to lift the under-13 title; Coach Bharat Gatkul’s St Joseph High School under-15 team win Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2019 17:20 IST
Jigar Hindocha
Jigar Hindocha
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Aniket More, coach of Lokseva Pratisthan team that lifted the under-13 title in Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament.(HT PHOTO)

Winning a tournament is something every coach dreams for his team and same was for Aniket More — coach of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Military School, Phulgaon, whose team Lokseva Pratisthan defeated St Joseph High School 5-2 to lift the under-13 title in Father Schoch Memorial Hockey Tournament. More shares how his team stood differently than all others to become champions.

How did you form the team?

I judge all my players on their skills and accordingly I set up the formation of my team. Players who are good in tackle will play in the centre-half format and then the ones good at half passing, dodge and scoop will play in the forward format. The players with more weight are placed in the defence line.

On what aspects do you focus more while training?

Keeping basics right is something which is very important. My team has learnt all the basics correctly so we were not worried about facing any team in the final.

As a coach what is your biggest concern during any tournament?

An injury is always the biggest concern. If the strong players get injured then it not only affects the team in the ongoing tournament, but also the time which players take to recover making the job harder for the coach to plan further strategies. Especially in the young age category you don’t get a replacement easily.

Your stand on the team’s captain Arjun Hargude?

I can see myself in him. He is a blessed player with wonderful skills, I just had to polish his skills and teach him how to move the ball left to right. For his age he is one of the best centre-half forward from the country. I see a great future in him.

What do you feel about your team’s performance in the tournament?

It was one of the best tournaments. Beating teams like Loyola, Vincent’s were something we should be proud of. We defeated all teams convincingly.

Your point of view on the final match?

After trailing by 1-0 our team bounced back nicely. Once the team got set on the field, the players showed great coordination. Since St Joseph is a strong team they managed to hit two goals, but otherwise, all are very good hockey players.

‘More tournaments at the junior level will help kids to become good players’

St Joseph High School coach Bharat Gatkul. ( HT PHOTO )

The team from St Joseph High School is being blessed with an experienced physical training teacher who had spend his 25 years in the organisation. Under coach Bharat Gatkul, St Joseph has won many titles in the past and on Saturday, the under-15 team added one more title to his name by winning the Father Schoch Memorial hockey tournament. Gatkul explained how St Joseph High School is the most respected team in the city when it comes to hockey.

Did you expect a win in both the categories?

Under-13 team has new kids, they are still learning. Under-15 team is a stronger team and they were expected to do well. They had more practice than the under-13 team.

Why is St Joseph so famous for hockey?

We have a good infrastructure for hockey in our school. We have one of the best grounds. We host an inter-house tournament in July and August where players are divided into under-12, 14 and 17 categories. This tournament helps us to get quality players. On a regular basis, even in a physical training class, I tell kids to come with hockey sticks and practice. At least you will find every day 20 kids walking with their hockey sticks. I teach them drills and they continue to learn it till the class ends. On Saturday and Sunday, we call them for practice and even make them play matches.

To what extent has hockey developed after you took charge of the school?

Being a volleyball player and athlete, I knew the importance of fitness. When I saw the kids from St Joseph and their interest towards hockey, my first drill was to make them run every day keeping in mind their stamina.

How can we develop the game at a junior level in the city?

We need more tournaments for the under-14 category. There are hardly 3-4 tournaments that take place in the city. In the under-14 category, we can find the players who can turned into future champs. In this tournament, we saw a team from Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Military School Phulgaon (Lokseva Pratisthan) who played impressive hockey.

First Published: Feb 11, 2019 17:18 IST