For the past one week,Chandigarh goalie Harjot Singh had been spending time with Indian hockey goalkeeping coach Dave Staniforth and fellow junior goal-keeper Sushant Tirkey at the national junior camp at the National Stadium,Delhi ahead of the Sultan of Johar Cup to be held in Johar Baru,Malaysia from September 22. Singh along with Tirkey had been concentrating on various goal-keeping strategies and as the Indian team departed for Malaysia on Tuesday night,the former Chandigarh Hockey and football Academy trainee was confident of doing well in his second international tourney.
The last one week was a learning experience. Hockey India’s strategic analyst and goalkeeping coach Dave Staniforth spent time with us and his inputs have helped us. He emphasised on the importance of the right posture and how to judge the push of the ball. He also discussed various strategies with us and we are eager to learn more, shared the youngster,while talking with Sportline before boarding the flight to Malaysia.
A product of Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy,Singh was also a part of the academy’s team which toured Malaysia in 2010. He had played a vital role in Chandigarh’s title triumph in junior nationals as well sub-junior nationals. Last year,the lanky lad made a move to the World Series of Hockey,where he played for Chandigarh Comets but returned to the Hockey India fold early this year. I was young at that time and it was still early days in my carer. But I gained a lot from taking part in WSH. Spending time with players like Rehan Butt and Prabhjot Singh helped me to raise my game. The Europe tour early this year made me play in European conditions and playing in Europe always helps a young player. Besides this,I have been training with drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh,also a former CHFA trainee and we often discuss about drag-flicking, shared Singh,who hails from Amloh village near Fatehgarh Sahib.
Gurminder Singh,coach at Chandigarh Hockey and Football Academy,believes that the upcoming Malaysia tour will boost Harjot’s confidence and will provide exposure ahead of the team for the Junior World Cup is announced later this year. He has been to Malaysia earlier as a part of the academy team and that experience will also help him. He has emerged as one of Indias best junior goal-keepers and the coming time will be crucial for him, shared the coach.