We need to work on our ball possesion: Deepika, India’s Vice Captain

After a good display in the first match of the ongoing FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015, both India Men and Women teams have enhanced their confidence.

Birendra Lakra of India during the third match between the Kookaburras v India men's International Hockey. Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth Western Australia, 8th November 2014. (Credits: treebyimages)

File Photo: Indian defender Birendra Lakra in action (Credits: treebyimages)

Defending units of both the team showed spectacular hockey skills on the ball and keeping opponents in control. This has helped the teams to concede only a few goals and penalty corners. The experience of the first match will help the India players to perform better in their second match of the tournament. Continue reading →

India’s Namita for discipline, Deepika looks to Face China and Hockeyroos,

With the Hawke’s Bay Cup scheduled to start from 11th April 2015 and with the team announced for the all important tournament, the women’s hockey team of India is all set to take on the upcoming challenge. The training camp which commenced on 22nd March and will conclude on 7th April, the squad is working on their strengths and rectifying the mistakes which will help them gear up for the all important tournament.

Namita Toppo (Indian Women Hockey Player): Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21)

Namita Toppo (Indian Women Hockey Player)

All set to play their first match against China on the 11th April 2015, the India Women team are well aware of their last encounter at the Asian Games and are working on beating the opponents this time around. Excited Deepika, working on her defence along with Monika, Deep Grace Ekka, Sushila Chanu and Sunita Lakra, is positive of tackling the opponents with ease and confidence.

Speaking on the tournament, Pargat Singh Defender of the year awardee, Deepika said “We are yet again confident of putting up a great show. I am excited and look forward to the upcoming challenge. I am awaiting for our clashes with China and Australia. They will be tough opponents and I am excited to play against them. Playing against teams who are stronger than you always makes you give that extra 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.” Continue reading →