Confident India Depart for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015

With the 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015 scheduled to commence on the 5th September 2015 in Changzhou, China, the India Junior Women Hockey team departed today for the all important tourney.

Indian Junior Women Hockey team for 7th Women's Junior Asia Cup 2015

Indian Junior Women Hockey team for 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015

Placed in the Pool A of the tournament, the India will face the challenges of China, Malaysia, Singapore and DPR Korea in the pool phase. The team will clash against DPR Korea in the opening match of the tournament and will aim to open their outing with a win (Full Schedule Here). Continue reading →

Rani ‘s experience and leadership is helpful, Goalie Inderpreet is strength

For the upcoming 7th Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2015, the women team’s preparation is on full swing at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi.

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

After finishing third in the recently concluded, Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament 2015, the Junior Indian eves are working hard to eliminate the loop-holes in the defence-line and penalty corner area. Among the defenders, drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur is improving her defence and tackles to increase her contribution towards the team. She has been an integral part of the team and has proved her mettle during the Volvo Invitational U-21 where she scored brilliant goals. Continue reading →

Rani Scored Hat-Trick in India’s 6-1 Win over New Zealand at Breda

Riding on captain Rani Rampal’s Hat-trick, India Under-21 Women Hockey team defeated New Zealand by 6-1 to register first win in Volvo Invitational U-21 (Women) Tournament today.

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

File PhotoL Rani Rampal Captain of Under-21 Women Hockey team of India (Credits: Grant Treeby)

India girls had lost their first match to Netherlands by 0-1 and played an exciting 4-4 draw with Germany in Breda.

Both the teams in their bid to not allow easy goals to each other ensured that their defence was strong, restricting the forwards to capitalise on the opportunities. It was the commendable performance from the Captain Rani who scored a hat-trick and took India to the winning score of 6-1 against New Zealand. Continue reading →

#HWL2015 (W): India beat Japan to Keep themselves on #RoadtoRio

Riding on Rani’s goal and Savita’s goalkeeping India registered a narrow yet important win over higher ranked team Japan to claim the 5th position in the FINTRO World Hockey League Semi-Final 2015 (Women).

Rani Rampal of India had a great  out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Rani Rampal of India had a great out in FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 in Antwerp (Credits: Grant Treeby)

Thanks to Rani Rampal’s superb goal in the 13th minute and inform Goalie Savita Punia helped them not only register the win but even keep themselves in contention for the RIO Olympics 2016. After the winners of continental cups namely, European, Oceania and Pan-American are known, it could be confirmed if India will qualify for Olympics or not. Going by the records and expected winners of continental cups, it is highly likely that India women are going to Rio Olympics after fifth place at Antwerp. Continue reading →

Strengthening Defence is focus for Savita, Rani to play Natural Game in Hawke’s Bay Cup

To give tough competition to the opponents in the fast approaching Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015, scheduled from 11th – 19th April in New Zealand, the Indian women’s hockey team is working hard on their inherited hockey skills and natural game at the ongoing preparatory camp at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi.

Savita Punia (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

Savita Punia (Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper)

The FIH Ranked 13th team are making their basic skills strong and striving to build their strength on their natural game starting with defence chain including goalkeeper Savita Punia to forward line.

Forward players like Rani, who has performed brilliantly in the recently concluded Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), rely on quick-passing and dribbling skills of the players, which make her work easy to keep hitting on the goal-box and pressurize opponent teams.

Indian Goalkeeper Savita Punia, who did not concede a single goal in Hero Hockey World League Round 2 (Women), feels that working on strengthening team’s defence chain will be the key in their attacks and counter attacks. Continue reading →

Rani praises young Ritusha, Danish ready to support the Captain

Scotland, 19 July 2014: Indian women’s hockey ace forward Rani Rampal and men’s mid-fielder Danish Mujtaba are all set to don national colors for the second time in Commonwealth Games, when they take field at Glasgow National Hockey Centre in Scotland next week onwards.

Rani Rampal of India hitting a goal against Kazakhstan in Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

File Photo: Rani Rampal of India hitting in Hockey World League Round 2 New Delhi

With 111 caps each, Rani and Danish Mujtaba are seasoned players and were all praise for their peers and teammates. Danish Mujtaba is making a comeback in the team and is looking forward to support the Captain Sardar Singh in mid-field, Rani on the other hand, has her full support in favour of her young teammate Ritusha Arya who is currently in her best form and at an all time high post her ‘highest goal scorer’ recognition in the Malaysian Tour.

It more like taking up more responsibility for Rani, who was once youngest player in the team and threat to opponent’s defence with her quick movement in the D with accurate shots on goal. She has only improved since then and now with this leading role in forward line she will be critical for the performance of Indian women’ team at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and future tournaments. Continue reading →