Indian Girls’ Journey to their First Silver at 6th Jr Asia Cup (Women’s)

India was led to their first Silver Medal at the Junior Women’s Asia Cup by experienced mid-fielder Ritu Rani, with forward Poonam Rani as her deputy (Team Details) in the 6th edition of the tournament, which was played in Bangkok, Thailand.

Final Standings of the tournament are as following:
1. China, 2. India, 3. Korea, 4. Japan, 5. Malaysia, 6. Thailand, 7. Sri Lanka, 8. Pakistan, 9. Singapore and 10. Kazakhstan (All Results of 6th Women’s Jr Asia Cup, Bangkok Thailand)

Ritu Rani

File Photo: Ritu Rani

India defeated Sri Lanka and Singapore 16-0 and 9-0 respectively, before losing to eventual Champions China 2-5. Then India overcame stiff Malaysian competition and defeated them (2-1) to reach Semi Finals and took the 2nd placed after China who won all of their games in Pool A (Detailed Article: India Vs Japan and Korea vs China in the Semis of Jr Asia Cup (Women’s)). Continue reading →

India go down 2-5 to China in the 6th Junior Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Championship

India went down fighting 2?5 to China in their Group A league match of 6th Junior Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Championship at Bangkok, Thailand today.

The goal scorers for India were Vandana Katariya (33rd minute) and Anupa Barla (57th minute) while Weijia Hao (11th and 24th minute), Na Wang (18th minute), Xiayun Xi (Penalty Corner 62nd minute) and Ailin Jiang (64th minute) scored for China. Continue reading →

Ritu Rani scores hat-trick as India scores 9-0 victory over Singapore

India secured its second successive victory in the sixth Women’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey Championship with a thumping 9-0 verdict over Singapore in a Group A league match here on Thursday. Skipper Ritu Rani scored a hat-trick while vicecaptain Poonam Rani also scored three goals as the team followed up its 16-0 win against Sri Lanka.

Vandana Katariya scored off a sixth minute penalty corner to open the scoring. Seven minutes later, fellow forward Anupa Barla increased the lead with a field goal. Poonam Rani scored off a penalty corner in the 22nd minute while Lily Chanu Mayengam added a field goal just before the break to ensure that India held a 4-0 lead. Continue reading →

India scores 16-0 victory over Sri Lanka in Junior Women’s Asia Cup

The Indian junior women’s hockey squad scored a facile 16-0 victory over Sri Lanka in its opening Group A match in the Asia Cup here yesterday. As many as four players Anupa Barla, Vandana Katariya, Poonam Rani and Ritu Rani scored three goals each in a match the team dominated with six goals in the first half.

Navneet Kaur opened the floodgates with a field goal in the sixth minute. Before the first quarter-hour, Anupa Barla and Vandana Katariya added to the tally. Vice-captain Poonam Rani became the first Indian player to score off a penalty corner when she succeeded in the 17th minute before Lily Chanu Mayengbam made it 5-0 in the 22nd minute. Poonam Rani scored off a penalty corner again before the interval. Continue reading →

Jr Asia Cup Schedule and Results

Junior Asia Cup 20127th Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2012

Dates: 03 May – 13 May 2012
at MELAKA (Malaysia)

Final Standings:
1. Malaysia, 2. Pakistan, 3. India, 4. Korea, (First four qualifies for Junior World Cup 2013, to be held in India)
5. Japan, 6. China, 7. Iran and 8. Sri Lanka

Participating teams:
Standing After League Round
Pool A:
1. Malaysia, 2. Korea, 3. Japan, 4. Iran
Pool B: 1. Pakistan, 2. India, 3. China, 4. Sri Lanka


May 3, 2012:
Korea vs Japan (Pool A) : 4-1
Malaysia vs Iran (Pool A) : 6-1

May 4, 2012:
Pakistan vs China (Pool B) : 1-0
India vs Sri Lanka (Pool B) : 11-0 Continue reading →