Must improve penalty corner defence: Coach Schopman

10 November,2023 07:45 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  PTI

After settling for a bronze medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games, India produced a terrific show in the Asian Champions Trophy in Ranchi to win gold for the second time.

Janneke Schopman


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The Indian women's hockey team may have put behind the Asian Games disappointment to some extent by clinching gold in the Asian Champions Trophy, but head coach Janneke Schopman feels her players need improvement in defence as well as in penalty corner conversion. After settling for a bronze medal in the Hangzhou Asian Games, India produced a terrific show in the Asian Champions Trophy in Ranchi to win gold for the second time.

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Despite India conceding a mere two goals in the competition, Schopman has identified areas where the team needs improvement. "In Asian Champions Trophy, a lot of things went well. There are still many areas we can improve. We have got too many cards in the tournament - unnecessary at times. We can improve the use of our referral, although that was quite good in the final," Schopman said.

"Our penalty corner defence and our penalty corner attack are ongoing areas of attention. Defending is improving, but [it is] still something we have to really keep focusing on," she added.

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