#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 →

Keep it simple and overcome pressure: India Women team Coach Mathias Ahrens

As the much awaited FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Final 2015 is all set to commence from tomorrow, 20 June 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium, all the 10-participating teams are entirely geared-up to exhibit their finest skills and put-up their best show on the field during the tournament to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper Savita Punia and Forward Poonam Rani after a practice session

Indian Women Hockey Goalkeeper Savita Punia and Forward Poonam Rani after a practice session

On the inaugural day of the tournament, FIH Rank #13 India will lock horns with the FIH Rank #12 Belgium in the Pool B match. Before the tournament, India lost to Italy and Japan by 1-2 and 0-2 respectively in practice matches.

In the recent times, India Women team faced Belgium twice during the 2014 FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow, where they lost both the matches against the European team. However, the Indian eves will be looking forward to breaking their jinx of losing against the host nation Belgium and will be aiming at starting the tournament on a winning note. 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 →