The Junior Women Core probables of India have started their preparations for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup, scheduled in Changzhou, China from 5th September- 13th September 2015.
The Senior Women Hockey team core probables are also training in same premises of Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. Seniors are preparing themselves for RIO Olympics, as the Indian women Hockey is expecting ticket to RIO after their 5th position finish at the just culminated FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Belgium.
The 33-member Junior Women Campers are going under meticulous training sessions which will improve their team coordination and help them implement their strategies on the ground for the upcoming tournament. The team has gained some valuable experience after finishing 3rd in the recently concluded Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament 2015 and will yet again be looking to carry their momentum forward.
The 48 senior core probables also includes young talent who made a mark for themselves during the 5th Hockey India Women National Championship held earlier this year. They are training under Chief Coach, Mathias Ahrens for one week and post that the top 33 core probables will be selected who will continue with the camp till 31st August 2015. The 48-players consist of 8 goalkeepers, 13 defenders, 10 mid-fielders and 17 forwards.
Since, there are many players overlap between senior and junior teams of India, so having their camps at one place is a wise move by the coaching staff and managements.
Commenting on the Training Camp, Indian Women Team Chief Coach Mathias Ahrens said, “The Team has performed very well in the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015. They got a good opportunity to play against the best hockey teams in the world and the experience derived will be important for the girls for upcoming tournaments. We faced a few issues in some areas during the tournament and this preparatory camp will give us ample time to work on the grey areas. We will work on defence and penalty corners, the areas where the team faced troubles during the tournament. The Camp will also see some young talents and we will train them along with the senior players.”
Commenting on the Training Camp, Junior Women Hockey Coach of India, NS Saini said, “The team is motivated after finishing third in the Volvo Invitational U-21 Tournament 2015 where they showcased a fine performance. This camp will enable them to work on their weak areas and further solidify their strengths. We will look at our key problems in converting penalty corners and make sure we stress on rectifying those areas to give tough competition to the opponents.”
33 Core probables of Junior Women Hockey team of India:
GOALKEEPERS: Sheweta; lnderpreet Kaur; Divya Thepe; Suruj Kisku;
DEFENDERS: Priya; Ashmita Baria; Rashmita Minz; Rajani Soreng; Anuja Singh; Aarti; Sitamani Topno; Mahima Chaudray;
MID-FIELDERS: Manpreet Kaur; Shyama Tirgam; Preeti Dubey; Karishma Yadav; Swetha; Rajni Bala; Subhasi Hemron; Lalhmun Mawii Fanai; Udita;
FORWARDS: Puja Yadav; Sonika; Navpreet Kaur; Jyoti; Manisha; Priyanka Wankhede; Sarita Devi; Pramila Soreng; Alka Dung Dung; Sandhya H.P.; Neha Goyal; Navneet Kaur;
48 Core probables of Senior Women Hockey team of India:
GOALKEEPERS: Savita; Yogita Bali; Rajani Etimarpu; Pallavi Singh; Sukhmani Virk; Kirandeep Kaur; Krupa Atulbhai Patel; Swati;
DEFENDERS: Manjit Kaur; Sunita Lakra; Deepika; Sushila Chanu Pukhrmbam; Jaspreet Kaur; Ponnamma M.N; Namita Toppo; Deep Grace Ekka; Gurjit Kaur; Pinki Thockhom; Romita Devi Thokchom; Archana Singh; Razia Khatoon;
MID-FIELDERS: Lily Chanu Mayengbam; Renuka Yadav; Ritu Rani; Lilima Minz; Navjot Kaur; Monika; Sneha Pawar; Manmeet Kaur; Etwari Mundu; Manisha Sharma;
FORWARDS: Navneet Kaur; Rani; Poonam Rani; Vandana Katariya; Anupa Barla; Amandeep Kaur; Anuradha Devi Thokchom; Ritusha Kumari Arya; Punam Barla; Soundarya Yendala; Ranjita Sanasam; Jaswinder Kaur; Hardeep Kaur; Nikki Pradhan; Shivani Singh; Sabnam Lakra; Ramngaihzuali R;