With an aim at 5th place and keep chances alive for RIO Olympics, India Women Hockey Team will take on Italy in the 5th/8th position classification match at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium.
India met Italy last year during the Italy Test Series 2014 where India lost the series to the host team by a narrow margin of 1-0. While India is confident of showing no signs of decline this time, they would be looking at avenging their defeat against the European team and will look at giving a sturdy performance when they meet them in the upcoming clash.
Being aware of the tricky performance of the opponent team in this ongoing tournament, the Ritu Rani led Indian team under the excellent guidance of Coach Mathias Ahrens aims to put in extra efforts and best game strategies to counteract the opponents.
Speaking ahead of the tomorrow’s clash against Italy, Captain Ritu Rani said, “The tournament has been very competitive for us so far but there were a lot of positives that came out. From our last clash against Netherlands, we realised that we need to work on our defence chain as well as giving away the penalty corners and maintain the ball possession to pounce on the opportunities. We aim to win this match which will help us to conclude the tournament with a better position for the team.”
Expecting a good performance with the team in the tomorrow’s clash, Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens said, “The girls fought really well in the last two quarters of the match against Netherlands. This is a classification match and we have to win it to place ourselves better in the tournament. The girls are in good form which will help them to tackle the opponent strongly. Tomorrow will be a crucial game for us and the team will be putting in all efforts to play a good hockey and win the match.”
India will face Italy in the classification match for the 5th/8th position in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 at 16:30 IST on the 2nd July 2015. The matches will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports.