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Las arqueras. Un puesto bien cubierto en Argentina por Belen Succi y Laura Aladro. Goalkeepers. two good ones for Argentina: Belen Succi And Laura Aladro.

here is no bigger ambition for Las Leonas than to beat their own legend. The latest landmark in their vast collection was the Sydney Champions Trophy, after defeating Australia by penalties. That glorious July 19th closed the undefeated campaign and confirmed the new appearances, plus the untouchable sovereignty of Luciana Aymar. But this national team prefer not to rest in those historical landmarks. «From that Championship to date, we are one step up», said coach Carlos Retegui. There was a lot of movement after the Sydney’s performance, because of the players’ enthusiasm and the coaching group’s constant search. The selection of the 23 Leonas to be trained exclusively for the World Cup 2010 began at the five friendly matches against the Hockeyroos, played last October in Mendoza (two wins and three defeats). And the test matches against United States in Chula Vista, San Diego, are going to put a virtually final period to that list of privileged girls. Still, the man in charge might consider recalling one or two of the experienced ones. Until today, any name can be possible, but the most important thing is the whole picture. The objective of this year is to complete 240 training sessions between April and December. When 2010 begins, the number will go up to 300 practices, before the big party at Rosario Jockey Club.‘We have a young team, and the practices are for them to assimilate concepts, to understand the game so that they can be aggressive and attack vertically, but at the same time have an equilibrated offense. In Sydney we were

able to see some of that, but it’s still not enough» Retegui insists. He will be also coaching a second team for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore –August 2010– and a third one thinking ahead for London 2012. The transformation is constant, following the pace of modern hockey. While other countries already have their list for the World Cup, Argentina still makes experiments, but firmly on a solid plan. «We are on schedule and very pleased», said «Chapa» Retegui. The availability of new players increases more and more all over the country, and it will be the coach’s duty to be careful choosing them and fill the empty spaces of that list. Another landmark awaits in September 2010.

HOCKEYTIME 5  

Women's Hockey World Cup Rosario 2010. Official Magazine / Revista oficial. Published in English and Spanish.

HOCKEYTIME 5  

Women's Hockey World Cup Rosario 2010. Official Magazine / Revista oficial. Published in English and Spanish.

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