Last week, Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ goalkeeper Japp Stockmann tweeted a picture of himself trying his hand at drag-flicking — swapping places with drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, who took over Stockman’s position.
The Warriors have scored 22 goals so far in this edition of the Hockey India League, two more than table-toppers Delhi Waveriders. As many as 13 different players are on the score sheet, with 11 strikes being field goals. Stockman too, wanted his name on the score sheets, even if it meant an unofficial entry.
The whole team has been working like a well-oiled machine. Drag-flicker Sandeep has found his rhythm and youngsters Affan Yousuf and Satbir Singh have risen to the occasion, chipping in with valuable goals. Punjab coach Barry Dancer will be hoping that the players once again show the same expertise against Kalinga Lancers on Tuesday, as a win will ensure a semifinal spot.
The team has 23 points and are second on the points table. “It’s nice to have eight to nine players who can score. Sandeep has always been a player to watch out for. We have another drag-flicker in the from of Kevin Govers, who was the highest scorer for Australia in the FIH World Hockey League final, and if he gets opportunities, he too will add more variety to our attack,” Dancer said.
However, the most impressive performances have come from SV Sunil. Though Sunil has only one goal to his name, he has assisted some fine sallies in the opposition half.
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