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Nov 26

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Saturday, November 26, 2011 


By Michael Nobbs

Well, we have just had our first day and it's pouring here; just after we finished training. The problem was there was no water for the pitch so we had to cut down the intensity of the training. The boys didn’t seem to feel the effects of the higher altitude but then we haven’t had any hard sessions yet.

However, David is having problems, headaches, shortness of breath, all symptoms of high altitude. In fact, I have just visited him and got Dr Nayak on the phone and he is quite sick with high altitude sickness. He has been prescribed some medication.

The food is very much standard European and they are trying hard to get more Indian food served to us. The boys haven’t said anything yet but they will. I love the food!! Especially the chocolate coated doughnuts. Only kidding!

Had a chance meet up with Ricky Ponting, they were staying at the same hotel with us; also caught up with a Perth boy Mitchell Johnson and his wife. They were very elated having won the last Test against South Africa. We are training and having video analysis sessions regularly.

This is the third phase of our development now and we step-up the training and learning curve for the team. All the boys are now given the video of the team we would be playing next. They are also given a performance summary and video of their own previous game. They are allotted the task of now analyzing their own game and the team and the individual players they will be playing against next.

We are using specialized software given to us from the Australian Institute of Sport that tracks each player and analyses how the player has played from the view point of possessions lost and won; where they passed; how successful; what dribbling they did. Heat charts to see the greater areas where we attacked through and defended with more accompanying video of each area as well.  Their days of walking on the field and playing are changing dramatically; they are going through a big learning curve, which is what we do in Australia in performance analysis. By the qualifiers we should be reasonably good in this area.

(Michael Nobbs is the Indian men's hockey coach)



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10 comment(s) so far...

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

With all the imbroglio concerning WSH, HI and IHF seriously hampering preparation for the impending qualifiers, I have very serious trepidations about India's OG qualification. The irony is if Indian hockey was without all these problems and had solely concentrated on preparations, India would certainly qualify. Now I read that Nobbs is introducing all these new additional techniques which requires every player to video-analyse their game amongst a horde of new stuff. It looks like India's preparation has been more class room oriented and less play, hardwork and physical build up type. I'm left with the impression that we are not attempting to peak at the qualifiers, but still in the basics mode. The Indian team is woefully short on exposure and International prepatory matches, lacks a core team, is physically the under-dogs and still in discovery and "learning-curve" mode only 2 months away from the qualifiers! This is preposterous and unacceptable. Unless Nobbs gets the team to qualify, I'll revert to my initial position that his appointment was a huge mistake. Better shape up or ship out mate.

By Cool on   Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

loved d match. wat a performance by indian team.....hattz off..:)

By shubham jhamb on   Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

The problem with your site Sundeep is that, comments get unduly rejected. My ealrier post on this thread did not see the light of day because (I think) you choose to censor free comment as it was critical of Nobbs. Tell me I am wrong.
You might want to consider not being the umpire and prohibit a post as long the comment is not abusive nor malacious. This would provide better perspective and objectivity to your site
Just a suggestion from a hockey fanatic.

By COOL on   Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Mr Cool,
I might take a bit of time. But comments do get posted. I am not insecure about anything which would make me reject a comment. I am very safe in the knowledge that I have more than a working understanding of the game. I never got a post from you. If I had, it would be on the site. And neither am I a mate of Nobbs. I understand what he wants probably as much as any layman outside the orbit of hockey. So refrain from ever trying to tell me that I am biased.
Regards
Sundeep

By Sundeep Misra on   Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Preparations are not in Nobbs hands. He clearly wanted the team to play a minimum of ten international matches after the Champions Challenge. But the reins are not in his hands. If he gets the team to qualify, it doesn't mean India is a power. We would still finish 8th at the Olympics. So qualifying by no means gives any aura to the Indian team. It gives them a new lease of life. It gives these bunch of players a little bit of faith in themselves. And it gives the juniors a reason to play the game. For a man like Nobbs or any coach for that matter, you need a four-year period to produce a team. Let's not think like our Olympians who believe six months is enough to produce a champion team. We have not reached the semi-finals of an Olympics since 1972 (I don't consider the 1980 Moscow Gold!)....those are cold statistics we need to look at. And without a bias understand why Indian hockey is where it is.

By Sundeep Misra on   Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Sundeep,
You are correct, Brasa continuing for 4 years would probably have been the best for the team. Nobbs cannot hide behind the excuse that he wanted 10 internationals and no one listens to him. We know HI has no time from extricating itself from the IHF, WSH, FIH, SAI and Sports Ministry mess and has not demonstrated any initiative towards hockey betterment in India. But, then Nobbs should have clearly defined his role before taking on the assignment and if his suggestions and directives as Chief coach are not being honored, he should either ensure complaince or resign in dignity. No excuses so late in the game. Also, who is saying that OG qualifications will ensure a hockey gold? Not me. I'm fully aware that qualification would ensure a modicum of prestige-restoration and not much more in terms of a medal of any colour. I know the reality is that a top 6 finish is very difficult, but to fail in the qualifications a second time running, would crush Indian hockey. And, even though the top teams chose to bycott the 1980 OGs, the fact still remains that India won the gold beating Spain in the final. To discount it is similar to saying that the first 5 OG golds India won do not count because only 4 to 6 teams took part and the Indian team then was not truly Indian then. Lastly, I am not critical of you or your site. You and your colleagues who dedciate time, effort and money to run a hockey site are true hockey lovers. It must labour of love. But a little constructive criticism never hurt anyone, it only promoted continuous improvement if viewed objectively.

By Cool on   Friday, December 16, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Criticism needs to be based on facts. But to say I favour Nobbs and I am biased is like a little walk into the realm of a fantasy.
But to also say that Nobbs should resign with dignity because his ideas are not being implemented by HI would mean that no coach lasts in the system. Even if I say Moscow was a good medal won doesn't change what hockey has become. It didn't change anything in Indian hockey after we won the Moscow gold. We were unrealistic and we are still unrealistic. Nobbs or for that matter Brasa or Charlesworth defined their roles. It's only later they understood the beast they were dealing with - HI/IHF/Sports Ministry/SAI - had no clue about sport or hockey. But the answer doesn't lie in quitting. These guys also need to stick around for a while and try and find their way through the system. Ordos wasn't a fluke. Qualifying is much tougher/getting into the 6th/8th position slot will be a realistic goal and then continuing the job till 2016 would needs patience and a complete disconnect with the rantings of former Olympians. Understand one thing - there are no coaches in India. We have exactly 4-6 years to correct the sport. After that, it's over. Unless, WSH can look beyond HI and deal with FIH on their own, share revenues, we are looking at the last of the Hockey Guys.
Lastly, there are no colleagues who run the site. It's me. I enjoy the sport and keep away from the politics and the people who run it.

By Sundeep Misra on   Thursday, December 01, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Thanks for replying to my post, but pls post it on the site. It's missing

By Cool on   Friday, December 16, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

indian hocky players r doing,playing very well

By mani grewal chhokran on   Friday, December 16, 2011

Re: Analysis, heat charts and the quest for qualification

Australians are world beaters because of their advanced training methods and Nobbs is trying to impart these techniques to our players. Our thinking is so obsolete that we cannot even comprehend these techniques. Mr. Cool, to advance in international hockey, our players need to acquire and master these techniques. The timing of the WSH is unfortunate as it will disrupt and jeopardize Nobbs plans. Hope saner minds prevail.

By Nikhilesh Roy on   Friday, December 16, 2011

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