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August 7, 2016 will be a red-letter day for Indian womens hockey -- the teams match against Japan will mark their first time at the Olympics since the 1980 edition in Moscow. But expect no miracles from the side that will be ranked lowest in their pool at 13. Argentina, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and USA have all improved significantly in recent years. The Argentines recently avenged their 2012 Olympic final defeat to the Netherlands in the Champions Trophy final in London.The key thing for India is that they can dominate matches in chunks, and when they do that they tend to play free-flowing hockey and score lots of goals. If such a trend can be established against Japan -- in their least-challenging pool fixture, at least on paper -- then the likes of Rani Rampal, Poonam Rani and Vandana Katariya could have a major influence in the later matches.The teamGoalkeeper: Savita PuniaDefenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika Thakur (vice-captain), Namita Toppo, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu (captain)Midfielders: Navjot Kaur, Monika Malik, Renuka Yadav, Lilima MinzForwards: Anuradha Devi, Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Rani Rampal, Nikki Pradhan, Preeti DubeyOn standby: Rajani Etimarpu, H Lalruat FeliThe key datesAugust 6-19How they got thereThe Indian womens team qualified for the Olympics by finishing fifth in the Antwerp leg of the Hockey World League semi-finals.What they sayNeil Hawgood (chief coach):?This is the first time this team is going to experience the aura of being at the Olympics. It is a big moment for all of them. Each athlete in the team is both physically and mentally strong for the task ahead of us.Sushila Chanu:?While this is the happiest moment for us to be a part of the Olympics for the first time, there is an equal amount of responsibility.ExtrasIndias womens team has qualified for the Olympics after a 36-year gap. They had previously competed in 1980, which was the first year that womens hockey was played at the Games.?Indias track record* India finished fourth out of six teams in the 1980 Olympics -- the only edition they had qualified for before Rio. DeShone Kizer Browns Jersey. The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. The New Westminster, B.C., native plowed three yards into the end zone for the last score of a heated, see-saw battle between the two teams with the best records in the CFL. Cheap Myles Garrett Jersey. 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But the veteran U.S. university coach has a tough act to follow on the Montreal Alouettes in Marc Trestman, who left after five seasons and two Grey Cup titles to become head coach of the Chicago Bears in the NFL. "We may come wrapped in a different cloth, but deep down inside were very similar when it comes to our feeling of what football is about and what the culture of a successful organization is," Hawkins said Friday on a conference call. "It doesnt matter if Im the new guy or Ive been here five years, I always think the same way, that we can continue to improve and chase greatness." Since the Alouettes returned to Montreal after a 10-year hiatus in 1996, first-year coaches have mostly done well. Dave Ritchie in 1997 went 13-5, Charlie Taaffe in 1999 was 12-6, Don Matthews in 2002 went 13-5 and won a Grey Cup, while Trestman was 11-7 as a CFL rookie. Of course, this was on a team that has had winning records every year in that period except 2007 (8-10), when general manager Jim Popp took over in a transition year, and 2001 (9-9) under Rod Rust and Popp. "The reason that happens is that you win as an organization," said Hawkins. "It takes everyone. "Everyone wants to point at the head coach and understandably so, but there are so many other factors. Jim sets the tone and brings the players in. To me, if you look at the first-year success, thats a real trademark and credit to the organization because thats the culture, the situation, that a new person walks into." Hawkins said he was impressed with the level of talent he saw both at a recent mini-camp in Orlando, Fla., and on the tapes hes watched of an Alouette team that went 11-7 in the regular season in 2012, but then lost at home to Toronto in the East Division final. He starts out with the leagues all-time passing leader at quarterback in Anthony Calvillo, although the 40-year-old is coming off surgery to fix a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Theres a tall and talented group of receivers led by S.J. Green and Jamel Richardson and bolstered by the acquisition of veteran Arland Bruce. And they have perhaps the leagues best offensive line. The defence has some question marks, particularly on the line, but it is special teams that will likely need the most improvement after an often grim 2012 campaign. But Hawkins was most impressed with his players work habits and attention to detail at the mini-camp, especially among the veterans. "Theres a tremendous level of talent, experience and leadership," he said. "Theyve won at the highest level. "You can have all the talent in the wworld, but if you dont have the right culture, youre going to struggle.dddddddddddd." Like Trestman before him, Hawkins came to Canada with no experience of the 12-man game. Trestmans adaptation took less than a season. It remains to be seen how Hawkins adapts to a new game and a new country. "We keep using a saying here: blessed are the flexible because theyll never be bent out of shape," he said. "Everything is new. "Thats part of the beauty of it -- its football here, but its a whole different brand of football." An new staff of assistants join Hawkins for his first season, including assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator Mike Miller, who has been doing most of the off-season work with Calvillo on shaping the attack for 2013. Meanwhile, Popp brought in an experienced backup in former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Quinton Porter. Other veterans signed included defensive backs Byron Parker and Geoff Tisdale, and running back Jerome Messam. Also in camp will be NFL veteran running back Dominic Rhodes, who won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis in 2007. But Popp denied angling to bring popular and oft-debated former Denver and New York Jets pivot Tim Tebow to Montreal, which holds his CFL rights. "I can report Ive never had a conversation with him or his agent and I really dont expect to unless I hear them say they have interest in coming to our team," said Popp. "So theres nothing new on that front." Calvillo cant last forever, although hes giving it a good try, and the Alouettes know they will need to find his successor one day. The battle in camp will be between Porter, returning third-stringer Josh Nieswander and a Canadian, former McMaster star pivot Kyle Quinlan. "We try to have a plan every year,"said Popp. "When the day comes that the star quarterbacks not the guy any more, whether he retires or injuries force him out, you really dont know what you have until the other guy starts playing. "When they get their chance, thats when you find out whether they can do it." He likes all three candidates. "Porters had some very big games against the Montreal Alouettes," he said. "Nieswander is a smart, intelligent guy. "Quinlan is very intriguing. He throws a (deep pass) like Ricky Ray does. And its abnormal. And he can really do it well. He drops the ball right in. Thats exciting. It will be fun to see them compete in camp and see where it goes. Quinlan will get a lot more reps. Hes coming to camp to compete for a job." The club will start camp with two players still recovering from off-season surgery. Rookie fullback Patrick Lavoie had a ruptured disc fixed while defensive back Seth Williams had ankle surgery. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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