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Indian Women's Hockey Team leaves for Korea

 

Indian Women's Hockey Team leaves for Korea

Last Updated on : 3 Mar,2018 | Source : Universal News Timeline


New Delhi:After the historic Women'sAsia Cupvictory in November last year, the Indian Women's Hockey Team has set out for their first tour of the year.The 20-member squad led by Rani along with Vice CaptainSunita Lakraleft for Jinchun,Koreaon Friday where they will play a five-match series with thehosts starting March 5.Under the watchful eyes of Chief Coach Harendra Singh, the India Team was based out of the Sports Authority of India,Bengaluruwhere 34 players were part of the National Camp that focused on fitness, speed and skill development.While the 20-members will compete inKoreabetween March 5 to 11, the remaining members of the camp will continue to train in SAI,Bengaluruahead of their preparations for Gold CoastCommonwealth Games."This is our first event after winning theAsia Cuplast year so naturally the team is riding on confidence. The team is upbeat and eager to play our first international tour of the season andKoreacan be a tough team to play in their homeconditions so we look forward to the challenge," expressed Captain Rani ahead of the team's departure.The team will report back inBengaluruafter arriving fromKoreaon March 13 and will continue with their preparation for the 2018Commonwealth Games."KoreaTour will help us analyze our game and find out if there are short comings in the way weplay ahead of the CWG. We have specifically trained on our man-to-man marking, tried different variations in our attackduring the camp and we want toexecute these strategies against an international team. We have been playing matches against local men's team to get tougher too," added the skipper.In the absence of ace goalkeeper Savita who has beenrested for the Tour, debut goalkeeper Swati and Rajani Etimarpu will be put to test. Withexperienced Deepika and Poonam Rani returning to squadafter a long injury haul, Rani feels the team is a perfect mix."It is a big boost to have Deepika and Poonam back in the squad. We also have talented youngsters like defender Suman Devi Thoudam,midfielder Udita and forward Lalremsiami, I think we have a very good mix with a perfect balance of young and experienced players," Rani emphasised.


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