Monday, March 9, 2015

Thornton to take charge of Indian eves on March 11

The Indian women’s hockey team’s newly-appointed foreign coach Anthony Thornton will take up his new job on March 11. Thornton, a member of the Black Sticks team that finished eighth at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will replace Australian Neil Hawgood, who had stepped down after more than a two-year stint to take up a consultant job with the Malaysian hockey team.
Thornton will have to carry on the good work done by Hawgood, during whose stint the Indian eves bagged a bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games besides winning a bronze in the 2013 Asia Cup. It was under Hawgood that, the Indian eves won a historic bronze in the 2013 Junior World Cup in Monchenladbach, Germany.

The 47-year-old has been working with the New South Wales Institute of Sports in Australia over the past four years and has also worked with the Australian Under-21 men’s team as its head coach.

Thornton, who outsmarted Canada’s Mathias Ahrens and Fabian Gregory of South Africa for the coach job, is giving the ongoing FIH Hero Hockey World League Round 2 Event a miss as he needed adequate time to secure release from his present employers.
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