New Delhi, 12 November 2017: Hockey India on Sunday named 33 players for the Indian Junior Men’s National Camp to begin in Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru. The players will report to Coach Jude Felix and will train together till 23 December, 2017.
Among the national campers Mandeep Mor, Pratap Lakra, Pankaj Rajak, Harmanjit Singh, Vishal Singh, Raushan Kumar, Dilpreet Singh, Maninder Singh, Sanjay, Senthamizh Shankar, Abhishek, Vishal Antil, Varinder Singh, Vivek Prasad, Suman Beck, Sukhjeet Singh, Rabichandra Moirangthem and Shilanand Lakra were part of the 18-member Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team that won the Bronze Medal at the recently-held Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
The team had a promising tournament where they beat hosts Malaysia twice in the pool stage and in the Bronze Medal match (2-1 and 4-0) respectively. They also beat Japan (3-2) and USA (22-0) but lost close matches to Australia (3-4) and Great Britain (1-2). They ended the campaign with a total of 35 goals with Dilpreet (nine goals) and Vishal Antil (5 goals) scoring maximum goals for the team. Dilpreet was tied with Nathan Ephraums of Australia for the top goal scorer of the tournament.
“I think it was a promising performance by the team considering it was only the first time that they were all playing together for the India Junior squad. We were the highest goal scoring team and we also beat hosts Malaysia twice but lost very close matches to Australia and Great Britain. I see a lot of potential in this group of 33 players. This is a learning curve for them and we have identified the mistakes we made in the Sultan of Johor Cup and will focus on improving those areas during this camp,” expressed Coach Jude Felix.
He further emphasized that the team needs to fast track their development if they wish to get a call-up for the senior core group in an all-important 2018 which will witness top international events such as the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2017. “The priority is to push their limits and many of them are fast learners. I am convinced with their talent and with good international match exposure they can be a winning team,” Jude concluded.
1. Pankaj Kumar Rajak – Steel Plant Sports Board
2. Tanuj Gulia – Hockey Haryana
3. Prashant Kumar Chauhan – Uttar Pradesh Hockey
4. AS. Sentamizh Arasu – SSCB
5. Suman Beck – Hockey Odisha
6. Harmanjit Singh – Hockey Punjab
7. Mandeep Mor – Hockey Haryana
8. Mohd Faraz – Uttar Pradesh Hockey
9. Prince – Punjab & Sind Bank
10. Pratap Lakra – Hockey Gangpur Odisha
11. Varinder Singh – Hockey Punjab
12. Sunny Malik – Hockey Haryana
13. Vishal Antil - Hockey Haryana
14. Yashdeep Siwach – Hockey Haryana
15. Vishal Singh – Uttar Pradesh Hockey
16. Vivek Sagar Prasad – M.P. Hockey Academy
17. Akshay Avasthi – M.P. Hockey Academy
18. Sukhjeet Singh – Hockey Chandigarh
19. Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem – Manipur Hockey
20. Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem – MP Hockey Academy
21. Shilanand Lakra – Steel Plant Sports Board
22. Jai Prakash Patel – Steel Plant Sports Board
23. Dilpreet Singh – Hockey Punjab
24. Mohd. Saif Khan – Sports Authority of India
25. Raushan Kumar – Sports Authority of India
26. Abhishek – Hockey Haryana
27. Shivam Anand – Uttar Pradesh Hockey
28. Rahul Kumar Rajbhar – Uttar Pradesh Hockey
29. Mohd. Alishan – M.P Hockey Academy
30. Sanjay – Hockey Chandigarh
31. Maninder Singh – Hockey Chandigarh
32. Rahul – SSCB
33. Anand Kumar Bara – Hockey Bihar