The Indian Women Hockey Team will be heading to Rome, Italy for training and test matches to be held from 01 to 12 December 2014 in preparation for the World Hockey League Round 2.
The 18-member team is looking forward to repeat the success of the Incheon Asian Games 2014 where the team clinched a bronze medal. The team will be captained by midfielder Ritu Rani supported by midfielder Deepika as the Vice-Captain.
Hockey India selectors Surinder Kaur, Harbinder Singh, Mamta Kharab, Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance, Neil Hawgood, Chief Coach and N.S.Saini, Coach selected the list of 18 players on the basis of the selection trials conducted at SAI centre, Bhopal on 19th and 20th November 2014.
Speaking on the team structure, Chief Coach, Neil Hawgood said, “The team has been continuously improving with each tournament. With Italy Tour coming their way, the players are expected to continue their good form and raise their bars giving a tough fight to the opponents. We have selected some new players in the squad and this Italy Tour will provide them International exposure as well as an opportunity to polish their skills.”
India will be seen playing their first match on 4th December 2014 followed by matches on 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th December 2014.
Indian Women Hockey Team for Italy Tour 2014:
Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Jaspreet Kaur, Sushila Chanu, M.N.Ponnamma, Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Manjit Kaur,
Midfielders: Deepika – Vice Captain; Lilima Minz, Ritu Rani- Captain; Lily Chanu; Navjot Kaur, Amandeep Kaur
Forwards: Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Soundarya Yendala