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3 April 2014: Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for FIH Champions Challenge 1 is known for the tournament scheduled to be played at Glasgow (Scotland) from 27 April – 4 May 2014.

Haryana vs Odisha during the 4th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

Ritu Rani in action during recently concluded Senior Women National Championship 2014 (Division A) in Bhopal

The 18 member squad will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani with midfielder Chanchan Devi supporting as Vice-Captain.

As Navneet Kaur and Neha Goyal will be making their international debut through this tournament, Poonam Rani and Chanchan are set to reach the milestone of 100th caps.

India is placed in Pool A with Korea, Belgium and the host Scotland while USA, South Africa, Spain and Ireland are placed in Pool B. India is slotted against Korea in its opening match scheduled for 27 April 2014.

Selectors B P Govinda, Mamta Kharab Dahiya and Surinder Kaur alongwith Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance, Neil Hawgood, Chief Coach Women Team and Scientific Advisor Matthew Tredrea selected the list of 18 players and 7 standbys on the basis of selection trials conducted at NSNIS Patiala on 27 March 2014.

The team will depart for Ireland on 10 April 2014 to play a three match test series against their national side which will help players to acclimatize ahead of the Champions Challenge 1. Post that the team is schedules to reach at Glasgow (Scotland) for the FIH Champions Challenge 1 on 21 April 2014.

The camp of senior women team is currently underway at NSNIS, Patiala which started from 24 March 2014 and will continue till their departure on 10 April 2014.

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team for FIH Champions Challenge 1:
Goalkeepers
Yogita Bali (47 caps); Savita (65 caps)
Defenders
Deep Grace Ekka (44 caps); Deepika (112 caps); Sunita Lakra (15 caps); Kirandeep Kaur (133 caps); Namita Toppo (32 caps); Monika Malik (9 caps)
Midfielders
Sushila Chanu (61 caps)-Vice-Captain; Ritu Rani (165 caps)-Captain; Lily Chanu (22 caps); Chanchan Devi (97 caps); Soundarya Yendala (87 caps)
Forwards
Anuradha Devi (57 caps); Poonam Rani (99 caps); Vandana Katariya (85 caps); Navneet Kaur (0 caps); Neha Goyal (0 caps)

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