New Delhi 30 May 2013: Ritu Rani will lead Indian Women’s Hockey Team in for FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi-Finals) to be played at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013.
Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans and Women’s Chief Coach Neil Hawgood alongwith Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players during the meeting held on 17 May 2013.
Midfielder Chanchan Devi (82 caps) will be the Vice-Captain of the 18 member squad.
The senior women team camp is currently underway and commenced at NIS, Patiala on 12 May as final preparations for this tournament. The team will depart for Rotterdam on 5 June 2013, with their opening match against New Zealand on 13 June 2013.
The Indian team has qualified for the FIH Women World League Round 3 (Semi-Finals) in February this year by winning the World League Round 2 tournament in Delhi. The FIH World League is a qualification tournament for the FIH Women’s World Cup 2014 to be played in The Hague, The Netherland from 31 May-14 June 2014.
India is placed in Pool B with New Zealand, Germany and Belgium while hosts The Netherlands, Korea, Japan and Chile are placed in Pool A (Schedule here).
Indian Women’s Hockey Team for Hockey World League Round 3:
Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajni Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Kirandeep Kaur, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, Sunita Lakra, Manjeet Kaur,
Midfielders: Ritu Rani (Captain), Chanchan Devi (Vice-Captain), Navjot Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Lily Chanu
Forwards: Anupa Barla, Poonam Rani, Roselin Dung Dung, Lilima Minz, Ritusha Arya