News for 08 August 2013

All the news for Thursday 8 August 2013

US Womens Indoor Team concludes CanAm series with two wins and one draw

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. – U.S. Women’s Indoor Team Head Coach Denise Zelenak coached the U.S. Women’s Indoor Team to two victories and a draw against Canada at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, Pa. on August 3 and August 4. The U.S. opened competition with a 4-4 draw followed by a dominating 7-1 win on Saturday. The squad picked up its second win in the final match, 4-2, finishing the series with a 2-0-1 record.

“I was very pleased with the squad’s performance in the CanAm Series,” said Zelenak. “Overall I was impressed by how quickly everyone adjusted to the new 5's format and rules. The changes made for a lot of exciting play and showcased the players skills and transitional speed, both offensively and defensively. This was another positive step forward for the program and gets us closer to our goal of winning the 2014 Pan American Cup.”

Veteran Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), who was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team in May, was the leading scorer with a total of six goals on Saturday, August 3. Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.) scored two goals and seven other U.S. players tallied one goal apiece.

“The CanAm series was a tremendous success for our squad,” said U.S. captain Kimberly Tunnel. “Not only were the individual outcomes of the matches exciting, but the development of our squad throughout the series was great. It was amazing to be able to play in front of our home crowd and it seemed like the new format really engaged the spectators. Being able to play against Canada early on in the transition from six to five players has given us a great building block as we prepare for the Pan American Cup.”

Zelenak will assess play from this past weekend and select another travel squad for the Germany Tour scheduled for January of 2014. The tournament may be USA’s final preparation for the next Pan American Indoor Cup in April 2014 in Montevideo, Uruguay that will serve as a qualifier for the Indoor World Cup.

U.S. CanAm series roster: Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Susan Ciufo (Bangor, Pa.), Ashley Dalisera (Millersville, Md.), Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa.), Kelly Driscoll (Philadelphia, Pa.), Katherine Ferrara (Spring City, Pa.), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.), Lauren Hibshman (Allentown, Pa.), Maria Keesling (Downingtown, Pa.), Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.), Erin Matson (Landenberg, Pa.), Lindsay McArdle (Upper Darby, Pa.), Jessica McCarthy (Havertown, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Rachael Bloemker Milne (Hatfield, Pa.), Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Pa.), Maddy Sposito (Ridgefield, Conn.), Kim Tunell (Wilmington, Del.), Mallory Weisen (Lock Haven, Pa.)

USFHA media release

Minister of State Bal Gosal Announces Support for the 2013 Men’s Pan American Cup

BRAMPTON, Ontario - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced funding for the 2013 Men’s Pan American Cup. The event is being held at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre in Brampton from August 9 to 17, 2013.

“Our Government is proud to support Field Hockey Canada in hosting the 2013 Men’s Pan American Cup,” said Minister of State Gosal. “Hosting this event provides our athletes with an opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best, while providing a welcome boost to the local economy.”

“On behalf of Field Hockey Canada and everyone involved with the 2013 Men’s Pan Am Cup, I thank Sport Canada for their support in hosting this World Cup Qualifier in Brampton,” said Jeff Sauve, CEO of Field Hockey Canada. “The field hockey community and the city are excited to be hosting the best hockey players in the Americas and welcome the legacy of a world-class pitch.”

A contribution of $94,000 to support the hosting of this event was provided to Field Hockey Canada through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also committed $1.3 million in 2013–2014 to Field Hockey Canada through the Sport Support Program. Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program also provided more than $485,000 to support 42 Canadian male fieldhockey athletes with living and training expenses in 2012–2013.

Canada opens their bid to qualify for the World Cup vs. Brazil on Aug 10 at 5pm EST. Follow along @FieldHockeyCan for the latest updates!

Field Hockey Canada media release

Jason Lee has perfect mix of old and new

By Andrew Elliott

Jason Lee is excited to see what the squad can do this tournament

ENGLAND coach Jason Lee believes he has the right blend of youth and experience in his 18-woman squad for the European championships in Belgium.

Leading the squad, which has nine Olympic bronze medallists, is defender Kate Walsh, who recently won her 300th cap. At the other end of the spectrum is 18-year-old Lily Owsley.

England’s first game is against Spain on August 17 and Lee said: “It has been a steep learning curve for some of the new girls, but they have coped very well and I’m excited to see what we can do in the tournament.”

Daily Express

Scotland Women take on tough European assignment in Belgium

Scotland Senior Women face their most important competition of 2013 when they travel to Belgium to participate in the EuroHockey Nations Championship from 17-25 August.

The Scots will take on the cream of the continent’s top international sides in Boom, including England, Germany and Spain in Pool B, while Belarus, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands make up Pool A.

The target for the national side is to retain their place in the elite tournament for 2015 and looking forward to the challenge ahead, Scotland Senior Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, “It is going to be a very tough tournament, and although it’s a cliché, there will be no easy games in Belgium. We’ve been drawn in difficult pool and the players will need to be focussed for the games ahead.

“Spain will most likely be the key fixture and we are targeting this game as an opportunity to get points on the board in the pool stage. If we can take something from Spain then we would probably need to win one crossover match to stay in the competition. If not, then the two crossover matches become vital. I expect we will come up against Belarus and Ireland, but you never know.

“The players will now train for this week and then we fly out to Belgium next Wednesday. The squad morale is good and we’re all looking forward to taking on the best Europe can offer.”

The stand-out fixture for the national side is the prospect of a mouth-watering ‘Auld Enemy’ clash with England in the third pool match and Shepherd said, “It’s great to have a competitive game against England, as we’ve not played them for quite some time. It will be a great occasion and the players are looking forward to it.”

The EuroHockey Nations Championship will also be broadcast live in the UK by the BBC via their Red Button and online services, and on Eurosport’s HD channel.

Please visit the EuroHockey Nations Championship 2013 website for more information, including fixtures, results and pool standings.

Scotland Senior Women: Amy Gibson (Clydesdale Western), Nicola Cochrane (Edinburgh University), Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers), Morag McLellan (Clydesdale Western), Alison Bell (Grove Menzieshill), Catriona Ralph (Clydesdale Western), Samantha Judge (Edinburgh University), Holly Cram (Clydesdale Western), Linda Clement (Captain, Grove Menzieshill), Kareena Marshall (Western Wildcats), Leigh Fawcett (Grove Menzieshill), Rebecca Merchant (Edinburgh University), Nikki Kidd (Edinburgh University), Susan McGilveray (Clydesdale Western), Nicola Lloyd (Sevenoaks), Alison Howie (Clydesdale Western), Nicola Skrastin (Clydesdale Western), Emily Maguire (Reading).

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Greenshirts finish first phase of training camp

Pakistan are in a must-win situation as only securing the Asia Cup title will ensure their qualification for next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: The first phase of Pakistan hockey team’s training camp for the Asia Cup concluded yesterday in Lahore with the team management declaring preparations ‘on track’.

Pakistan are in a must-win situation as only securing the Asia Cup title will ensure their qualification for next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands.

The greenshirts missed the opportunity of cementing their berth after finishing seventh at the Hockey World League.

However, the team is upbeat and worked extensively in the first phase of the camp that started last month.

“The team had beneficial sessions in the first phase,” national team’s coach Tahir Zaman told The Express Tribune.

“Attack, defence and fitness remained our main focus. As per my assessment, the players are improving and we are hopeful of an improved performance from them. The ratio of missing goal-scoring opportunities is also expected to decrease as we have worked a lot on it.”

Zaman said the team is desperate to win the Asia Cup title.

“Everybody knows how important this tournament is for us. Each and every player is focused and is working very hard. We have witnessed a change of attitude in them which is a positive sign.”

The coach added that the training session will resume on August 12.

“The players will report a day before we resume training that will continue till our departure on August 19.”

The Asia Cup will begin from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia, with arch-rival India, South Korea and the hosts to be the main hurdles for the greenshirts in their title hunt.

The Express Tribune

Australia Men's Indoor Squad Announced

15 athletes to tour Europe for valuable pre-World Cup experience

A squad of 15 athletes has been selected to the Australian men’s indoor squad to undertake its European tour from 7-19 January 2014.

A blend of experience and younger developing players has been chosen to undertake a campaign involving two high quality training camps. The first camp will be held in conjunction with the Polish national team, who are ranked in the world’s top two sides, and the second will be with the Austrian national team. Both these teams will be preparing for the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championships, which the Australian team will stay on to watch as part of its development. Of particular interest will be the way in which the indoor format changes as the result of modifications to the rules governing the number of players per team, with sides now comprising five players instead of six.

The squad will leave for Europe the day after the finals of the National Indoor Championships to be held in Wollongong.

Team Manager Brent Deans said that Head Coach Anthony Potter has “taken the decision to tour with a large squad so that the players can be exposed to both the European style and the new format of five players. It is felt that the game will be played at a higher tempo, with players needing to be able to play in a number of positions.”

This tour is a key milestone in the squad’s preparation for the 2015 FIH Indoor World Cup to be held in Germany.

Australian Men's Indoor Hockey Squad for 2014 European Tour
(Alphabetical by surname)

Garry Backhus (ACT)
Malcolm Beer (ACT)
Nigel Croke (NSW)
Chris Hotchkis (ACT)
Matthew Hotchkis (ACT)
Paul MacKinnon (ACT)
Adam McLelland (QLD)
Heath Ogilvie (NSW)
Kurt Ogilvie (NSW)
David Orr (WA)
Darren Parkes (WA)
Ben Poulton (NSW)
Ben Rennie (WA)
David Spence (NSW)
Andrew Tomadini (ACT)

Coaching & management team
Anthony Potter - Head Coach / Trainer
John Hooper - Assistant Coach / Trainer 
Brent Deans – Manager / Asst. Trainer

Hockey Australia media release

Junior Hockey Shows Strong Growth

By Helge Schutz

THE Namibia Hockey Union's Junior Development League was concluded last week when the prize- giving ceremony took place at the Doc Jubber Hockey Fields in Windhoek.

The development league has shown rapid growth over the past few years, with close to 700 children from seven schools in Windhoek participating in this year's league - a number that has risen from originally 300 children in 2009.

The competing schools were St Paul's College, Windhoek Gymnasium, St George's, Windhoek Afrikaans Privaat Skool, Pioniers Park, Eros Primary School and Windhoek High School. Some players from the German private school DHPS also joined other schools, since they did not enter with their own team.

The league was held for boys and girls from Under 8 to Under 14 level, and took place at the Doc Jubber fields over the past two months.

St Paul's won four of the titles on offer, while Windhoek Gymnasium won three, and WHS, St Georges and Pioniers Park one each.

A total of 256 matches were played while close to 950 goals were scored throughout the league.

Various individual awards were also presented at the ceremony.

Jeani Holz of St Paul's won the Player of the Year award for U14 Girls, while Wiks Tromp of Windhoek Gymnasium won the Player of the Year award for U14 Boys.

The respective Under 12 winners were Kiana Cormack of St Paul's and Mark Olles of St Paul's; the Under 10 winners were Martha Mvula of St Paul's and Eben Tadesse of St George's, and the Under 8 winners were Wendy Lee Milne of St Paul's and Ryan Moffett of St Paul's.

There were also awards for the best forward and best defender in each category, as well as Player of the Match and Future Hockey Stars awards.

The overall top goal scorers in the league were Mia Burger of WAP who scored 33 goals, Ryan Moffett of St Paul's who scored 29 goals and Connor Murphy of St Paul's who scored 27 goals.

Sports ministry announces cash award for junior women hockey team

NEW DELHI: The sports minister Jitendra Singh announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to each member of the junior women's hockey team, who recently created history by winning the country's first-ever bronze medal in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

The ministry also announced reward of Rs 25,000 for each coach in the team.

Congratulating the 18-member squad led by captain Sushila Chanu on its success, Jitendra Singh said, "You have made the country proud by winning the bronze medal in the event.

"The ministry of youth affairs & sports stands committed to supporting your endeavour to bring laurels to India in future."

The members of the team, who met Jitendra Singh at his office, shared their experience during the tournament and apprised him about the training and facilities given to them in the run up to the World Cup.

The minister and secretary sports, PK Deb along with the entire hockey squad celebrated the occasion by cutting a cake.

On behalf of the hockey team, Sushila presented the minister a t-shirt and a hockey stick signed by all members of the bronze-medal winning squad.

Indian eves pipped England 3-2 on penalties in the third-fourth place playoff match to bag the bronze.

The Times of India

Indian junior women’s hockey team rewarded

SHINING STAR: A happy Rani Rampal walks past an applauding Indian men's team captain Sardar Singh after receiving her cash awards on Wednesday. Photo: S. Subramanium

The Indian junior women’s hockey team was felicitated by Hockey India here on Wednesday for its third-place finish at the FIH junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

All players and chief coach Neil Hawgood were awarded Rs. 1 lakh each, while other support staff earned Rs. 50,000 individually.

Player-of-the-tournament Rani was given another Rs. 1 lakh for her achievement.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, captain Sushila Chanu said her team was under pressure after losing the semifinal but the players’ self-belief helped them post victory over England in the bronze medal play-off.

Asked to explain her approach to leadership, the 21-year-old said, “I just tell them to be happy and talk positively. This is how I guide them.”

Coach Hawgood claimed that the team’s achievement did not surprise him.

“At every team meeting we told the girls, ‘Pressure changes people, don’t let this change you.’ In the semifinal, we were only 0-1 down till the 58th minute against the best junior team in the world (Netherlands),” said the Australian.

Hawgood chose India’s 4-2 win over Spain in the quarterfinals as the team’s best performance in the tournament. Despite losing the semifinal, the coach believed, the team did not lose its focus which helped the players perform well against England.

“We now have the ability to change structures midway through a game.

“We played a totally different structure against the Netherlands and managed to create chances. After the match, the Dutch high performance manager came to us and said it was one of the best structures he had seen India play in years,” said Hawgood.

Citing the girls’ consistent showing in six matches over nine days, the Australian said the players were fitter than ever.

Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each player.

The coaches got Rs. 25,000 each.

The Hindu

Junior women team's bronze-medal feat inspiring: Oltmans

NEW DELHI: The women team's bronze-medal winning effort in the Junior World Cup couldn't have come at a better time for Indian hockey as the feat has created a positive atmosphere in the country ahead of the senior men side's crucial Asia Cup campaign in Ipoh, Malaysia.

For Indian hockey's high performance director Roelant Oltmans, who is also the interim chief coach of the men's team, any success is inspiring.

"Of course, everyone in the country feels very happy when our teams are performing. We are one big hockey family in the country. All the players of the senior team were following the girls bronze medal play-off match against England and when they won we all started dancing and jumping in celebration," Oltmans said on Wednesday.

"Their feat is inspiring because I feel every success inspires to achieve another success," the Dutchman said during the felicitation of the junior women's team, which won the country's first-ever bronze medal in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

The junior girls pipped England 3-2 on penalties in the third-fourth place play-off match.

Oltmans, who also looks after the women's team, however feels the Indian girls still have a long way to go to match the top teams at the senior level.

"We are no doubt improving but there is still a huge gap to bridge to match the top teams at the senior level. Almost the same team played in the FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam where we faired poorly. It proves that there is a huge difference between junior and senior level.

"But the talent is there and the girls have proved that in the World Cup," he said.

The Indian men's team now face a must-win situation in the Asia Cup to qualify for next year's FIH Men's World Cup in Hague, The Netherlands after having failed to secure a direct berth in the mega-event from the FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam.

Newly-appointed men's team coach, M K Kaushik too agreed with Oltmans that the junior girls World Cup showing might act as a morale booster for their male counterparts in the Asia Cup to be held from August 24 to September 1.

"The atmosphere presently is very healthy. The girls' success should spurred up the men's team in the Asia Cup. The Asia Cup is a challenge for us but the girls' feat will have a positive influence on us," said Kaushik.

With as many as four main strikers -- S V Sunil, Danish Mujtaba, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh -- ruled out of the Asia Cup due to injuries, India find themselves in a spot of bother ahead of the all-important tournament.

But Kaushik is in no mood to give too much importance to the unavailability of the players and said they will have to perform with whatever they have at their arsenal.

"Injuries are part and parcel of every game. When you practice or play with intensity injuries are bound to happen. We will obviously miss some good players but it will also provide opportunity to youngsters," he said.

"Every tournament is tough because now-a-days all teams can analyse each others' game. But we are working together with one common goal in mind."

India captain Sardar Singh expressed similar feelings but said they will miss Sunil's experience in the Asia Cup.

"Danish, Gurwinder, Akashdeep, Sunil all were very important players but we can't do anything as injuries are part of the game. Oltmans told us that we need to take all these out of our mind because we just can't depend on one player," he said. "But we will surely miss Sunil's experience."

Sardar reiterated the need for a full-time psychologist for the team, and said Oltmans is presently filling up the position.

"There will be pressure (in Asia Cup). We need a regular psychologist with the team, not someone who comes and goes. Oltmans is interacting one-on-one with the players and trying to fill that void," he said.

Sardar lauded the junior girls bronze medal-winning performance and said they have made the country and the entire hockey fraternity proud.

"The girls have created history because they won a medal after a long time," he said.

Meanwhile, Hockey India today rewarded each member of the bronze medal-winning junior girls team with a cash prize of Rs one lakh each.

Apart from the players, India's chief coach Neil Hawgood, also received a cash reward of Rs one lakh, while the other support staff were given Rs 50,000 each.

Striker Rani Rampal got an additional Rs one lakh from HI for emerging as the player-of-the-tournament in the World Cup.

The Times of India

Shootout strategy had been worked out before Cup began: Neil Hawgood

Rohan Puri

NEW DELHI: "Our decision to play goalkeeper Bigan Soy in the penalty shootout was decided three weeks back. She was the best in that situation," Neil Hawgood, coach of Indian junior women's hockey team, said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony held on Wednesday.

Hawgood played "dead ball specialist" Soy in place of regular goalkeeper N Sanarik Chanu in the shootout against England. Soy, who made sure India won 3-2 on penalties to clinch bronze, said she was delighted with the importance she was getting.

"My coach decided that I should be the goalkeeper as I was moving well. When I used to sit out and watch others play, I would visualize in my mind as to what would I do to block the shot. I was ready to give my hundred percent whenever I got a chance. I wasn't nervous or under any kind of pressure as I told myself we had to win the match for the country and bring a medal home. I feel more confident now. I am just hoping to get a decent job now," said Soy.

Player of the tournament Rani Ramphal said her life has completely changed in the last few days with all the rewards and media attention she is getting. However, she said her best is yet to come. "I am happy with my game but I believe that I can perform better. I need to make my finishing strong. Need to put in a lot of hard-work if I want to cement my place in the senior team."

She also hoped that this performance would earn her and other members of the team good jobs. "I want that all players should get decent jobs and their financial position gets better," she added. Captain Sushila Chanu said she enjoyed her first stint as a leader. "Captaining the team was a challenge but I enjoyed it. I told them to give their best on the field. Our team was like a family," said Sushila Chanu.

Hawgood said their match against Australia had taught them a lot. "When we went back and looked at the video of our game against Australia, we found it was one of our best games of the tournament. Yes, we let in some very easy and soft goals. Our motivation was so high that it should not have been 6-1. Girls watched the video footage and realized it wasn't so bad after all. It was all the way up after that," he said.

When asked whether he faced any problem while communicating with the team members, Hawgood said, "Hockey has its own language. You can get a coach from any country... in the end if you actually understand people, then you are miles ahead. Language is not a barrier. It's the ability to communicate with them while trying to teach them is what matters. It worked."

Ministry announces cash awards

The sports minister Jitendra Singh announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each member of the junior women's hockey team and also announced reward of Rs. 25,000 for each coach in the team.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Sanarik Chanu, Bigan Soy; Defenders: Pinky Devi, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Manjit Kaur, M. N Poonamma, Sushila Chanu (Captain), Monika; Midfielders: Lily Chanu, Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Vandana Kataria, Ritusha Arya; Forward: Poonam Rani, Rani (Vice-Captain), Anupa Barla, Navneet Kaur.

The Times of India

Junior hockey skipper Chanu eager to inspire peers

Navneet Singh

India skipper P Sushila Chanu hopes the junior team’s bronze medal at the World Cup will inspire youngsters back home in Manipur. “It should encourage more girls to play hockey,” she said.

Hockey, according to Sushila, is on the decline in the North-East due to poor facilities, but the podium finish in Germany on Sunday should be a motivating factor. “I have come through a lot of hardship. It should inspire budding players,” she said.

Chanu was inspired by Surja Lata Devi, also from Manipur. Surja was skipper of the national team that won gold at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and Asia Cup title in 2004. Ten summers ago when Sushila came into the sport, she was just another youngster from Manipur hoping to escape the harsh realities of life. Sport, she was told by a relative, was the gateway to green pastures.

“I was clueless on how endless hours on the ground would take me to another world,” she said of her formative days in Imphal.

Since few girls played hockey, opportunity knocked sooner than expected. She was selected to represent the state in the 2003-2004 National School Games. It heralded a new beginning.

A year later she was selected to a hockey academy in Gwalior. The move transformed her life. Back home, the facilities were inadequate. “For learning rudimentary lessons its okay, but not for players who have bigger targets,” she said. Also due to the unrest in the state, training wasn’t feasible in the evening.

Apart from facilities, diet too was an issue for the three siblings. “There was hardship but it made me tougher,” she said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony.

Hindustan Times

Will the medal change our lives, ask hockey girls

NEW DELHI: An Olympic or a World Cup medal normally changes the fortunes of an athlete. Will it for the bronze medal winning hockey girls? They are not so sure, and worried about their livelihood.

The historic bronze from the Monchengladbach junior World Cup has definitely brought them under the spotlight, but they wonder how long will they be basking under it.

For most, the Rs. 1 lakh cash award will mean little as eight members of the squad don't even have a job and they shudder thinking of the grind to make ends meet.

"We are happy with what we have achieved. People want to talk to us, interview us, take photos. All this is fine, but unless the success changes our life for the better, the Rs. 1 lakh doesn't mean much for us," Manjeet Kaur, whose father is a farmer in Shahbad, Kurukshetra, said.

"Already, Rs. 10,000 has already been cut as tax and much of the remaining Rs. 90,000 would be utilised for buying better equipment and gear. I hope I can save some for my father, who has worked so hard to support my brother and me," she said.

The winning Indian men's team of the cricket U-19 World Cup 2012 each received Rs. 20 lakh. Not taking anything away from their performance, it should be remembered that they have won it a third time.

The divide between cricket and hockey and more importantly men and women, in this case boys and girls is so huge that some of the girls resent it.

Most of these girls have faced hardships that many other sportspersons may not have experienced. They play with borrowed shoes and sticks from their seniors and in most cases the equipment is either torn or worn.

"My parents told me that our villagers told them that they are really proud of our achievement, and we are thrilled at that. And then, why is it that achievements of the girls are never equated with those of the boys," Navneet Kaur, 17, one of the youngest lot, said.

"When the boys team finished third in the Asia Cup and failed to qualify for the World Cup, they were each given a Tab (Tablet/Computers). While we finished second and hence managed to qualify for the World Cup, we were given a souvenir cup made for the 2010 Commonwealth Games," she said.

Navneet, whose father is an AC mechanic, said the family's financial position is making her think whether she should continue playing hockey or think of securing her future by doing something else.

"I'm still without a job and I badly want to support my family. I know what my father has done for me to get me to this level and I want to return the favour. Hockey has done a lot for me, but if things carry on like this I might have quit and start looking at other avenues," she lamented.

Not too different is the case of the World Cup's MVP (Most Valuable Player), Rani Rampal. At least the 18-year-old has a job, even if it is a clerk's in the Railways.

"Things are certainly a lot better for me since I have a job. I no longer have to worry about buying shoes or sticks. Even now our shoes only last about two months, so every other month we have to get shoes worth Rs.8,000, the basic synthetic turf shoes.

"My salary is Rs.10,000, but now I hope to get a better job with the Haryana government," said Rani, whose father is a cart-puller.

The Times of India