- Championship Records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
- Successful comeback from injury as Anel grabs fourth
- Dednam duo win 10th SA doubles title
- Corbett leads the way as SA tally grows to 35
- Caster, Wayde up for Athletes of the Year award
- Seven more golds for SA at African Championships
UJ coach plays big part in Indian hockey success
- Updated: March 18, 2014
University of Johannesburg sport science manager and hockey coach Robin van Ginkel has played a vital role in guiding the Delhi Waveriders to the Hockey India League (HIL) title.
The recently completed HIL is based on cricket’s hugely successful Indian Premier League (IPL).
ÔÇ£Six teams compete in the competition, each from a different region in India with their own individuality.ÔÇØ Van Ginkel was part of the Delhi Waveriders, which was based in New Delhi and owned by the Wave Group. Van Ginkel is pictured right with assistant coach Bartel Berkhout
ÔÇ£The league was structured with all teams playing five home games and five away games in a round-robin format. Once pools had concluded, a semi-final and final were played in Ranchi.
ÔÇ£The final was between the Jaypee Punjab Warriors and us.ÔÇØ After finishing on three goals apiece in a competitive final, the Delhi Waveriders won the title in a shootout.
Van Ginkel’s main responsibility was to monitor player recovery and conditioning. ÔÇ£The games were monitored live with the use of the Zephyr heart rate system.ÔÇØ
With this system, he could monitor player recovery and ensure that the most suitable player took to the field at exactly the right moment and play with optimum intensity throughout the competition.
ÔÇ£The experience in India was life-changing. I was privileged to work among the world’s top hockey coaches and players. The travelling was a challenge for many of the teams but worth the victory in the end.ÔÇØ
Although his involvement in the HIL was a feather in his cap, it also gave him knowledge and new skills he could plough back into UJ Sport.
ÔÇ£These international experiences increase knowledge which is brought back to the university and shared to assist sport science development and overall growth of our codes.ÔÇØ
Among other roles, Van Ginkel coaches the university’s women’s team and is involved with the national men’s outfit. He will be an integral part of UJ’s preparations for the upcoming Varsity Hockey tournament in May.