We have drawn positives from Hawke’s Bay Cup: Ritu Rani

The Indian Women Hockey team returned home amidst fans and family after a 7th place finish in the just concluded Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015 in New Zealand. While the team ended in the 7th position among 8 participating, they have come back home with many positives and learning. These insights into their game will be used to their benefit for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final slated in June.

Indian women hockey team at IGI Airport New Delhi as they return with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

Indian women hockey team return at IGI Airport New Delhi with 7th place finish at Hawke’s Bay Cup 2015

The team has to its credit of holding 2nd ranked team Australia to a 0-0 draw wherein not only they successfully kept them at bay but even during the game gave some jittery moments to the opponents and a chance to go one up in the game. The team while playing against New Zealand had a good start wherein they scored just six minutes into the game in quarter finals at Hawke’s Bay Cup. While India lost the match from thereon, but it was India who made the initial attack and were bang on with the penalty corner. What was icing on the cake was India’s match against higher seeded FIH ranked Japan where trailing the game 0-2 India bounced back to claim the game 3-2 leaving everyone stunned and in awe. Continue reading →

Ritu Rani to Lead India in Hawke’s Bay Cup, New Zealand

The Indian Women Hockey Squad for the upcoming Hawke’s Bay Cup to be played in New Zealand from the 11th – 19th April 2015 was announced today. Ritu Rani will lead the team against seven other higher ranked teams including Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, USA and hosts New Zealand in the all important tournament. The Pargat Singh Defender of Year awardee Deepika will be the vice-captain of the team.

Indian women hockey team for Hawke’s Bay Cup

Indian women hockey team for Hawke’s Bay Cup

Playing their first match on 11th April 2015 against China, team India is all set and motivated for the upcoming challenge which awaits them in New Zealand. Training under Roelant Oltmans, Director, High Performance, Hockey India the team is aiming to win and claim the title as they understand that this will help them gear up for the all important Hockey World League Semi Final in Belgium. Continue reading →

Strategies will play a crucial role in the Hawkes Bay Cup 2015: Ritu Rani

As the preparatory camp of Indian Women Hockey team for the upcoming Hawkes Bay Cup 2015, New Zealand is going on with full throttle at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, Captain Ritu Rani is working on various game-plans with the coaching staff and experimenting varied team combinations with players.

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)

The ongoing camp, which started on 22nd March and will conclude on 7th April, is a good platform for the team to work on their various aspects as well as analysing their strengths and weaknesses of the players. In the tournament, apart from speed and fitness, the Ritu Rani and her team are working on game-plan and strategies which will play a crucial role in the upcoming tournament. Continue reading →

Ritu Rani Expects Youngster to Fire in Glasgow 2014 CWG

Scotland, 22 July 2014: Going by the present form of her team, seasoned midfielder and captain of the Women Hockey Team, Ritu Rani seems very positive and assured of a striking show by her young players at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which is close at hand, while the captain of Indian Men Hockey team Sardar Singh shared the similar feelings as that Jamie Dwyer and is keen to see the Kookaburras clashing against his team in the finals at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Indian Senior Men Hockey team along with chief coach Terry Walsh, Assistant Coaches MK Kaushik, Jude Felix and support staff for Glasgow 2014 at the Commonwealth Games Village in Scotland

Indian Senior Men Hockey team along with chief coach Terry Walsh, Assistant Coaches MK Kaushik, Jude Felix and support staff for Glasgow 2014 at the Commonwealth Games Village in Scotland

Reassured by the current shape of her team, which is at its best form and with confidence soaring high, Ritu Rani is anticipating a victorious performance in the upcoming matches and is looking forward to finale clash for the upcoming Games. She also is optimistic and inspired by the thumping victory in the just concluded Malaysian Tour, which was the team’s groundwork for the Commonwealth Games. Continue reading →

New Playing Kit of the Indian National Hockey Teams Unveiled

4 June 2013: Hockey India today unveiled a new look playing kit for the Indian National Hockey teams (men’s and women’s). The launch was marked with members of the Indian teams walking the ramp at an event organized at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi. In addition to the new look design the Indian Jersey presented today features a moisture management fabric to ensure the players stay dry, and cool and assist them to perform at their optimum levels.

Indian Men & Women Hockey team in their new jersy with Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India, Dr. Sunil Bharati (Head- Corporate Affairs & Communications, Cairn India), Mr. Rajeev Mehta Associate Vice-President, HI

Indian Men & Women Hockey team in their new jersy with Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India, Dr. Sunil Bharati (Head- Corporate Affairs & Communications, Cairn India), Mr. Rajeev Mehta Associate Vice-President, HI

Fans can watch both the men’s and women’s Indian National Hockey teams in action in their new kits during the FIH World League Semi-Finals to be played at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013. Continue reading →

Ritu Rani to Lead Indian Women’s Team at Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi Final) in Rotterdam

New Delhi 30 May 2013: Ritu Rani will lead Indian Women’s Hockey Team in for FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 3 (Semi-Finals) to be played at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013.

Indian Women's Hockey Team for Rabobank World League 3 (Semi Final), Rotterdam

Indian Women’s Hockey Team for Rabobank World League 3 (Semi Final), Rotterdam

Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans and Women’s Chief Coach Neil Hawgood alongwith Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players during the meeting held on 17 May 2013.

Midfielder Chanchan Devi (82 caps) will be the Vice-Captain of the 18 member squad. Continue reading →