Indian Women Hockey team departed for New Zealand today for Hawke’s Bay Cup

The Indian Women team today departed for New Zealand to face the challenge of the Hawke’s Bay Cup. Captained by Ritu Rani, the team is confident of the clashes ahead and are looking at giving a tough fight to the opponents.

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi before departing for Hawke’s Bay

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi before departing for Hawke’s Bay

All the 18 Indian women Hockey players are aware of the importance of the tournament. Young Indian mid-fielder Navjot Kaur feels that creating and materializing the opportunity against these top teams will be difficult, while Sushila Chanu feels taking each game at a time will help the team in performing better.

Indian defender Deepika is excited and looking forward to face China and Hockeyroos, as her Indian team-mate and forward Poonam Rani feels that Australia and hosts New Zealand will be tough challenges in the tournament. Continue reading →

India to take each game at a time: Sushila; Strong bench is Important: Rajani

India is all set to leave for New Zealand tomorrow (7th April) to take on the challenge of the Hawke’s Bay Cup. High in confidence post their back to back wins in the recently concluded Women’s Hockey World League Round 2, the team is excited and waiting for the all important upcoming tournament.

Rajani Etimarpu (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Rajani Etimarpu (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Playing their first match with China on 11th April 2015, which will mark their outing at the tournament, the team will play to start the tourney on a winning note. The Hawke’s Bay Cup has eight of the world’s best teams coming to play for the Hawke’s Bay Cup, the teams are:
Australia (World ranking 2nd); Argentina(3rd); New Zealand (4th); China (5th); U.S.A. (8th); Korea (9th); Japan (10th); India (13th).

The India team with a visibly strong line-up in all departments will aim at taking on the opponents head on.

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India to play in Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey (W) in Hastings (NZL)

India’s women hockey team will feature in the 2015 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey women’s tournament (Hawke’s Bay Cup) to be held from 11th to 19th April. Matches at the Festival of Hockey will be hosted at both the Regional Sports Park in Hastings and Park Island in Napier (New Zealand).

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Indian women hockey team at Park Island in Napier New Zealand (Credits: Jay Hughes)

Next month, India will be playing in FIH World League Round 2, to be held in New Delhi from 07 – 15 March, 2015. Hawke’s Bay Cup (in April) will be good exposure for Indian women, who are expected to qualify for FIH World League Round 3 to be held in June, that is their final chance to book a place in Rio Olympics. Continue reading →