Ex-Australia hockey player Kavanagh to conduct camp for Indian defenders

Fergus Kavanagh will be working closely with 14 Indian defenders identified by Hockey India.

Fergus Kavanagh is conducting a seven-day camp with the Indian defenders.   -  AFP

Two-time World Cup-winning Australian hockey player, Fergus Kavanagh has been roped in to conduct a seven-day camp with Indian defenders at the Sports Authority of India centre in Bengaluru.

The camp, which started on Monday, will end on July 14.

Kavanagh was part of the Australian dream team that won the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

Besides, he also won the gold medal at consecutive FIH Champions Trophy from 2008 to 2012 and won the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar.

He will be working closely with 14 Indian defenders identified by Hockey India.

Speaking of this initiative, India’s chief coach Graham Reid said, “As a group we are really looking forward to this camp as we get to address some of the ongoing focus points we have identified over the last few months. One of these is of improving our defensive capabilities and we have been lucky to secure the services of former Kookaburra great Fergus Kavanagh.

“The first week we will be focusing on all aspects of our defence using the unique experience of Fergus’ last 10 years with Australia and more recently with Amsterdam in the Netherlands.”

Reid further said that India’s focus during the last FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar was on “collective defensive mindset”.

Defenders list: Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surendra Kumar, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Jarmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Rupinder Pal Singh, Mandeep Mor, Pratap Lakra, Suman Beck, Parampreet Singh.