Charlsworth has another feather to his cap. He was captain of Western Australia cricket team. He had scored a century (140) against India in 1977-78.
Later he left cricket to become a hockey player to lead his team to win World cup in 1986. He had a formidable hockey team comprising of Irvine, Craig Davis, Colin Batch,Peter Hazelhurst, Neil Hawgood, Grant Mitton etc.
Grant Mitton later left hockey to become a rugby player in Australian National side.
Re: Ric Charlsworth the Cricketer - Trivia
by slayer slayer on Mar 14, 2010 08:33 PM
hes also a first rate politician in his province i did read somewhere with a popular following...what a waste indian fed officials couldn't put this person to use for the betterment...clearly reflects status quo of sports admin in our country
See, same charles was kicked out and was put lot of blames by our IHF. And with the same one, Australis won the world cup. I can understand, if he were thet, India could at least make something better and could qualified for CT.
by S Shrikanth on Mar 14, 2010 08:18 PM
The good thing with Brasa is that he has brought never say die spirit in India. Once Indian team used to surrender in the last minutes, now they have got some fighting spirit.
Also, Indians have improved their long passes and attack through the flanks. Midfield control too has improves lot. The forward line has Shivendra the most prolific player, but Rajpal and Prabhjot really dissappointed with their misses in empty goal post.
However, defense is the weakest part of Indian team which actually led to their defeat. Sandeep Singh heavily dissappointed as a defender as well as Penalty corner specialits.
Brasa has a big job to do in the next 6 months to set the team in order for Asian Games and Commonwealth games. Commonwealth games will be very tough as World champ Australia, Semi finalist England, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Pakistan will return. All of them are very powerful teams.
Re: Re: Charles
by slayer slayer on Mar 14, 2010 08:24 PM
add mahadik to the list of disappointing defenders....midfield control i would say would be a waste without a good defence , which means there has to be more exposure and matches played at the international level with some amount of accountability from the federation.... the 50 yard play can only be done justice if the game inside the box is opportunistic, direct which i think still pretty good with chandi and shivendra...prabhjot hardly impressed....another thing that needs to be thoroughly looked after for long term is the younger pool of players which can only hold ground if first the basics are set right , with a well meaning , sincere federation in place..which is a huge thing to ask for in our country given the previous experience in hockey and sports administration lackadaisical attitude in general in india...things seem better than they are because the players themselves are hugely talented with a very brave coach....
Re: Re: Re: Re: Charles
by slayer slayer on Mar 14, 2010 08:37 PM
yeah ...that about sums it up.... its good at least common guys like us (although not enough) are talking specifics about sports across india ...things surely will get better with coming generations and priorities getting new shape, just saying...cricket , boxing and now hockey needs some oxygen with some wins...
we all should admit that the game has moved from artistic skills alone to a game of speed ,stamina and skill too,apart from an organised approach of its management sructure of domestic and internationalexposure unless we adress these issues very objectively with resourse and resolve ,it shall be the same saga time and again,baskingin pastglory,twedeldoms replacing the twedeldees. nathija tan tan gopal
Re: masteringthe modern game
by slayer slayer on Mar 14, 2010 08:30 PM
very true...good news is fitness can be worked upon ...the skill can only be enhanced from there in a complimentary manner... . byw ric charlesworth has perfectly analysed and suggested the changes that need to incorporated in the hockey system to stand a chance in the future...
Re: Re: Hockey has to be privatised
by slayer slayer on Mar 14, 2010 08:41 PM
privatization without a sound structure and organisation will be fickle and will hit dust again....although privatization is necessary to draw people across our country and make the game more accessible in terms of viewership , generating interest and pumping the very essential money ...but it comes second to all things concerning the crux of the game : the federation structure and the younger pool of players...
If Indian Hockey wants to retain the past glory let it heed to advice given by the legendary Australian coach and follow the simple basic fundamentals and get back to glory of era where we used to rule the roost. We r in the process of building of the young team for future nad let us not loose this opurtunity and let the board of Indian Hockey be headed byn some one who already played for India. I hope better sense prevails.