Working with Fergus Kavanagh will be influenced by: Deep Grace Ekka

Bengaluru: Working with the double World Cup winner for Australia Fergus Kavanagh is a big step towards their preparations for the Olympic qualification in November.
Kavanagh, who arrived in Bengaluru last week for a men’s special defense cap, stayed with a seven-day female special defender to work with Salima Tete, Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima Minz, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Sunita Lakra, Manpreet Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Karishma Yadav and Monika.
“These special camps were of great help to us. In December of last year, we had the legendary striker Glenn Turner to work with us for a week where we were working on positioning within the circle. I believe this helped us in the tournaments we played in the coming months in Spain, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, and the final of the FIH women’s series in Hiroshima, “explained Deep Grace Ekka, who has 194 international Caps for India.
“In this defensive camp, Fergus mainly focuses on the fight, marking man to man, and most importantly, as defense counsel, we have to keep pace up to the last hooter. Bringing players with such great experience as Fergus and Glenn Turner have a lot of impact because they are still active in sports and understand our gaps well, “Grace said.
The Indian team will take part in the Olympic Test Tournament in Japan on August 17, where they will play against China, Japan and Australia. India will hope to maintain their winning strength after successfully finishing the women’s FIH finals where they defeated the host Japan in the title round. “In the past few months, our team has passed well against Asian countries and we have also tried success against Spain, Ireland, Chile, Uruguay, etc. Now it’s important to get a good fight against a much better ranked team like Australia and a special goalkeeper. The camp and defenders will certainly help in this quest, “she said.

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