Monday, March 24, 2014

Indian hockey eves’ camp for Champions Challenge I tourney begins in Patiala

The Indian senior women’s hockey team have kickstarted its preparatory camp for the forthcoming FIH Women’s Champions Challenge I hockey tournament, which is slated to be held at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland from April 27 to May 4, 2014.

The three-week camp got underway at NSNIS, Patiala and will run till second week of April. India are pitted in Pool A alongside Korea, Belgium and India, while Pool B comprises the likes of USA, South Africa, Spain and Ireland.

The FIH Women’s Champions Challenge I hockey tournament is of immense significance as the winner will book a berth for the 2016 FIH Women’s Champions Trophy to be held in England.

It is pertinent to mention that the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland will be the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Indian hockey eves will depart for Ireland on April 10 to play a three match Test series against their national side in a bid to tune-up their preparations for the Champions Challenge 1.
Indian hockey eves had finished seventh in the 2012 Champions Challenge 1 hockey tourney held in Dublin, Ireland.

The Blueskirts had started their campaign on an impressive note, beating Wales 3-0 before suffering a 1-8 shellacking at the hands of Australia. India lost to Belgium 2-3 before they faced Scotland in the quarterfinals. India lost to the Scots 1-3 in a penalty shootout after both teams were tied 1-1 in regulation time.

India had lost 2-3 to South Africa in the first classification match before prevailing over their first day opponents Wales 4-0 to take the seventh spot among eight teams.

The probables
Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Savita, Rajni Etimarpu; Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika,    Kirandeep Kaur, Sunita Lakra, Sandeep Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Monika Malik, Sushila Chanu, M. N. Ponnamma, Asunta Lakra, Joydeep Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur; Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Namita Toppo, Chanchan Devi Thokchom, Lilima Minz, Liliy Chanu, Navjot Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Renuka Yadav, Soundarya Yendala; Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Rani, Poonam Rani, Ritusha Arya,  Navneet Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur, Neha Goyal, Anupa Barla, Anuradha Devi.
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