To give tough competition to the opponents in the fast approaching Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015, scheduled from 11th – 19th April in New Zealand, the Indian women’s hockey team is working hard on their inherited hockey skills and natural game at the ongoing preparatory camp at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.
The FIH Ranked 13th team are making their basic skills strong and striving to build their strength on their natural game starting with defence chain including goalkeeper Savita Punia to forward line.
Forward players like Rani, who has performed brilliantly in the recently concluded Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), rely on quick-passing and dribbling skills of the players, which make her work easy to keep hitting on the goal-box and pressurize opponent teams.
Indian Goalkeeper Savita Punia, who did not concede a single goal in Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), feels that working on strengthening team’s defence chain will be the key in their attacks and counter attacks.
Speaking on the impending tournament Goalkeeper Savita Punia said, “Our defence was upto the mark at the just culminated World League Round 2 and we are looking at repeating a similar performance in the upcoming tournament and we are aware that the opponents will be different and more experienced. But we are confident that we can keep them at bay and this will be possible by attacking the opponents D. We are even working on strengthening our defence chain and that will be the key for us to counter attack.”
Speaking from the sideline of the preparatory camp, Rani stated, “The Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 tournament will be very tough tournament for us as the best hockey teams are participating in the tournament and they will even look at utilising their full strength prior to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June 2015. We are working on various departments of our game and focusing on our own natural game. We believe that instead of experimenting on too many strategies, we are making strategies on the basis of our skills and natural game. If we manage to take our own skills to the next level, we can out-perform our opponents. At the end of the day, flawless passing and quick-counter attack win the matches. We are practicing hard on our games and skills, if everything goes as per the plan.”