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Singapore ends Hockey World League on a high

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Our Team Singapore Hockey team in action at the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 (Photo by Sport Singapore)

 

It had been a thoroughly frustrating Hockey World League Round 2 for Singapore, after they lost narrowly in the first two games. This was compounded by a 16-1 loss to Causeway rivals Malaysia next.

However, the team bounced back from those defeats to see off Mexico 4-3 in a thrilling encounter and clinched seventh place in their final fixture of the competition.

While the Republic’s coach Solomon Casoojee was pleased to put behind those defeats and end the tournament on a good note, he did not mask his disappointment with the team’s overall performance. Not when he felt his team had at times respected their opponents too much and let slip away precious points, especially in the narrow defeats to Oman (3-2) and Ukraine (2-1).

“I think the first two games against Oman and Ukraine will probably be telling, those are probably two games which we should've got the points. It’s always tough trying to chase a tournament.”

However, with the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games commencing in a matter of months, the South African was confident such tournament will provide the much needed exposure for the squad.

“They have to learn to value the ball and value the possession, the ability to hold the ball and protect the ball a little longer is very important,” added Casoojee.

“This team just needs more games. We can only do so much during training but they can't put it all together until we play more games. So that's the plan for the next couple of months.”

 

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Vice captain Nur Ashriq Ferdaus in action at the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 (Photo by Sport Singapore)

 

The team’s vice-captain Nur Ashriq Ferdaus agreed, as he stressed that the team had nothing to lose by going up against higher-ranked teams during this event.

Singapore was ranked 37th in the world and the lowest of the lot in Round 2.

“We can definitely catch up if we have more international games. At the moment, we can train as hard as we can, seven days a week, but if you only have one friendly match before a tournament, it will difficult for us to measure up where we are,” expressed Ashriq. “You can also see the level of the top 20 to 30 teams.

Both player and captain also asserted that not much should be read into the results of the tournament, with more initiatives being drawn up to prepare the squad for the SEA Games 2015.

 

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Our Team Singapore Hockey team in action at the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 (Photo by Sport Singapore)

 

Ashriq is also optimistic that come Games’ time, the team will be bolstered by several more additions to add to the depth in squad.

“You saw during this tournament how we missed some players, that at one point we only had two substitutes available,” Ashriq shared.

“Majority of our players are serving their national service, working or down with injury. With a bigger pool of players, we can also instill some healthy competitions in the team, so they will start to compete for a spot in the main team.”

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