Ranchi: 02-01-2013: Ranchi witnessed history, as a hockey team from the city, formed to participate in the world’s premiere and richest hockey tournament, “Hockey India League’, launched its team identity, by the Hon’ble Speaker of Jharkhand State, Shri C.P.Singh at an event hosted at the Chanakya BNR premises.
Asunta Lakra will be leading the 18-member Indian team for the women’s hockey 2012 Olympic qualifier “Hero FIH Road to London” at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Feb 18-26, while experience defender Joydeep Kaur returns to the action after being on sidelined for months due to injury. The team was selected after national selector observed the players in the recently concluded hockey Test series against Azerbaijan in New Delhi.
Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine are the other participating teams besides India. India will open their campaign against Ukraine on Feb 18. They will next face Canada (Feb 19), Poland (Feb 21), South Africa (Feb 22) and Italy (Feb 24) in the round robbin stage of the tournament and first two placed teams will play final whose winner will qualify for London Olympics.
Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Savita Continue reading →
India will participate in two Women Four Nation Tournaments in Argentina starting from tomorrow till 18 December 2011. The first Tournament will be played at Buenos Aires from while the second will be at Parana from 14-18 December 2011. Apart from hosts Argentina, South Africa and Ireland are participating team.
Midfielder Asunta Lakra with 80 International Caps will lead the team while Kirandeep Kaur wityh 76 Caps will be the Vice Captain. Indian team will miss in-form experience defender Joydeep Kaur, who got injured during Australian tour of India which included Lanco International Super Series. Indian eves performed impressively during the tour and are expected to continue their good run towards preparing for Olympic Qualifiers, to be played from 15th February 2012 in New Delhi.
Players: Yogita Bali (GK), Savita (GK) , Jaspreet Kaur, Preety Sunila Kiro, Th. Pinki Devi, P. Sushila Chanu, Asunta Lakra (Captain ), Kirandeep Kaur (Vice Captain), Ritu Rani, M.N. Ponnamma, Deep Grace Ekka, Rosalin Dung Dung, Rani, Th. Anuradha Devi, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, M. Lily Chanu, Lilima Minz Continue reading →