Indian women’s team won the first test match against New Zealand, where Rani Ramphal scored a Hat-trick. Here at Azlan Shah Cup, India defeated Egypt with score of 7-1 which includes a hat-trick scored by Mahadik and it makes hat-trick of India to reach the finals of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Korea reached to the final by defeating Pakistan with 4-2 and on the basis of better goal difference.
Saturday, May 15
1605 – Australia v China (Score : 4 – 0)
1805 – South Korea v Pakistan (Score : 4 – 2)
2005 – India v Egypt (Score : 7 – 1)
Indian Women’s team is on New Zealand tour for the preparation of Word Cup and Commonwealth games, the test series is starting today. Schedule and squad are given here.
Dates, times(local) and venues:
1st Test: Saturday 15th May 2.00pm Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North
2nd Test: Sunday 16th May 2.00pm Fitzherbert Park Twin Turfs, Palmerston North
3rd Test: Wednesday 19th May 7.00pm Kelt Capital Hockey Stadium, Napier
4th Test: Saturday 22nd May 1.00pm National Hockey Stadium, Wellington
5th Test: Sunday 23rd May 2.45pm National Hockey Stadium, Wellington
Goalkeepers: Deepika Murthy, E Rajini
Defenders: Binita Toppo, Subhadra Pradhan, Joydeep Kaur
Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Mukta Barla, Deepika Thakur, Kirandeep Kaur, Rosalin Ralte.
Forwards: Surinder Kaur (Captain), Jasjeet Kaur, Rani, Saba Anjum, Chanchan Devi, Soundarya Yendala, Poonam Rani, Monika Badran.
Standbys: Yogita Bali, Preeti Kiro, Thokchom Ranjita Devi and Rosalin Dungdung.
Chief coach: K Kaushik;
Coach: Vasu Thapliyal;
Manager: Madhu Yadav.
When in the early 90s when Ric Charlesworth was Women’s Chief Coach of Australia, it was the under-rated Indian women team that broke their continuous victory they made in the previous three years. At Delhi’s Shivaji Stadium, Kaushik’s girls, led by Rajbir Kaur, stuck a goal in the last of three tests to make the great win (1-0).
Same Charlesworth is here, still basking the glory of giving his country the first World Cup in two decades.
If the team captain is Grant Schubert, who made senior grade along with Tushar Khandkar in the 2003 Australia four nation, this team cannot be young or second stream, and it has in it few others whom we saw in Delhi in action.
Today, like the previous days, all the four debutants Rupinder Pal, Amit Prabhakar, Vikas Pillay and Mandeep Antil were adequately used.
If you closely look at the Indian team, Danish Mujtaba and PR Sreejesh, who was the goalie today, are no veterans despite having a great chance to be in the last World Cup.
Therefore, when you almost have six players who are as young as any Australians side here, one cannot say the match was not between nationals teams.
About the great sports journalist and Hockey Citizen K. Arumugam:
I hope more people will come in support of Indian Hockey team and other Indian sportsmen. Business houses should show interest in neglected sports like Hockey, Volleyball, etc and traditional sports like Kho-Kho, Kabbaddi (India is current world champion in Kabbaddi), etc which are not given the deserved attention.
MS Gill’s congratulatory message for the team India:
“I’m delighted that our boys have beaten world champion Australia. I congratulate the boys and I am confident that they will do well in the future matches as well,”
Playing for glory & survival- Hindustan Times