Indian Women’s Team for CWG2014 Announced: Rani Rampal is back in Action

New Delhi, 02 July 2014: Hockey India today announced Indian Senior Women’s Hockey team for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to take place at Glasgow (Scotland) from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

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

Midfielder Ritu Rani (179 caps) will be the Captain while defender Deepika (126 caps) will be the Vice-Captain of the team. With the return of Rani Rampal Indian forward line is expected to have more fire power, which was blunt during Champions Challenge 1 at Glasgow and saw India finishing at last place.

Savita is the lone goalkeeper in the team, while Vandana Katariya is expected to earn her 100th cap in Glasgow when she will take field against Canada in the campaign opener on 24th July 2014. In the following matches, India will face New Zealand on 27 July 2014, Trinidad and Tobago on 28 July 2014 and South Africa on 30 July 2014. Continue reading →

Amazing Aymar lands eighth FIH Player of the Year crown, Rani among 5 Talents

Argentine superstar Luciana Aymar has been unveiled as the International Hockey Federation’s Player of the Year for 2013 at a special presentation ceremony at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman. Maria Verschoor, the 19-year-old Dutch forward, has been named as the FIH Talent of the Year.

Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

File Photo: Rani Rampal with Luciana Aymar

Indian Forward Rani Rampal was also nominated for FIH Talent of the Year, which recognises the most outstanding performer aged 21 or under.

Maria Verschoor saw off strong challenges from some of the most exciting young players in the game, with Argentine duo Agustina Albertarrio and Florencia Habif joining England’s Lily Owsley and India’s Rani on the five player shortlist for Talent of the Year. Continue reading →

Rani: The Spectacular Hockey Goal Scorer from Shahabad

In June 2001, a seven-year old daughter of a cart-puller from Shahabad Markanda (Haryana) picked up Hockey Stick, and debuted for India in 2008 Olympic Qualifiers in Russia  at the age of just 14.

Rani Rampal Childhood Photographs

Rani Rampal receiving some prizes in her early hockey playing days (Do not use the photo without permission)

Rani Rampal, born on 4th December 1994, has represented India in more than 100 matches and have scored some of best goals in women’s hockey. Continue reading →

Indian Jr Women Team departs for Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

15 July 2013: Indian Junior Women Hockey Team today departed for Germany to participate in the Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) which will be played at the Warsteiner Hockey Park in Mönchengladbach, Germany from 27th July to 4th August 2013.

Indian Junior Women team for Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women)

Indian Junior Women team for Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women)

India, who are placed in Pool-C with New Zealand, Australia and Russia, will open their campaign against Australia on 27 July at 6:00PM IST, followed by their next pool match against New Zealand on 28 July at 6:30 PM IST. India will play their last pool match against Russia on 30 July at 12:30PM (Full Schedule here). Continue reading →

Indian Women Start Hockey World League 2 on Winning Note, Beat Kazakhstan 8-0

New Delhi, 18 February 2013: Indian women’s hockey team started their campaign of Hero Hockey World League Round 2 Delhi 2013 on winning. The hosts defeated Kazakhstan (FIH Rank #33) 8-0 in their 1st match of the tournament played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.

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

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

Indian young star Rani Rampal returned to action with a bang after staying on sidelines for more than a year due to injuries and score 3 goals in the match, while Player-of-the-match Jaspreet Kaur found target 4 times and Soundarya Yendala scored once for India.

India played some attacking and scored goals at regular interval as Kazakhstan tried to settle down, who are 20 places behind India in FIH Rankings.

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