With the 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015 scheduled to commence on the 5th September 2015 in Changzhou, China, the India Junior Women Hockey team departed today for the all important tourney.
Placed in the Pool A of the tournament, the India will face the challenges of China, Malaysia, Singapore and DPR Korea in the pool phase. The team will clash against DPR Korea in the opening match of the tournament and will aim to open their outing with a win (Full Schedule Here).
Speaking ahead of the departure Chief Coach of India, Mathias Ahrens said ”We have a very good team for this tournament. After having long preparation camp, players are now confident that we can overcome obstacles and come home successfully as a Junior World Cup qualified team. We will face tough teams like China, Korea and Japan as all are preparing like us to qualify for the World Cup. Tournament will be very competitive with these top teams and a new entrant DPR Korea. We have to see how these teams performs in the tournament. Our first objective is to reach the semi final of the tournament.”
Speaking on the tournament Captain of India, Rani Rampal said ”The tournament will be very competitive as Asia’s best teams will participate in this event. Our players are very much prepared and ready to face the challenges. After a long preparation camp, we are feeling confident and we will display our best skills. Our aim is to reach the final of the tournament.”
“We have worked on various strategies during the ongoing Preparation Camp and are working to implement them during the tournament. We have good players such as Navjot Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka and Inderpreet Kaur, who are assets to the team.“
The versatile player, defender Deep Grace Ekka is another player to fix the eyes upon as she is certain to wreck the momentum of the opponents with her steady attacking moves. She has massively contributed in building a strong defensive line for her team-mates and aims to put in her best efforts in an attempt to dish out a commendable performance in the upcoming tournament. Commenting on the team’s preparation for the upcoming tournament, she said, “We are yet again confident of putting up a great show. I am excited and look forward to the upcoming challenge. We are waiting for our clashes with the participating teams. Playing against teams that give you a tough challenge makes you run that extra mile in the game and that’s what excites me about these matches. Also with a strong defence line, I am confident we will not allow the opponents to break our defence chain easily.”
The 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015 gives an opportunity for qualification for the FIH Junior World Cup (Women) 2016. The upcoming tournament will be played from 5th to 13th September 2015 in Changzhou, China. A total of nine Junior Asian teams will participate in this prominent tournament. India’s first clash will be against DPR Korea on 5th September at 12.30 pm IST.