Ahead of the season opener for the Indian Women’s Hockey Team, Hockey India on Thursday named the 33-member core probable list for the National Camp to begin at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus on January 4, 2019. The players will report to Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne for the camp that concludes on January 23, 2019.
Apart from the senior players who have retained their place in the core group, Hockey India has also named young players Salima Tete and Lalremsiami who were part of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last year where they won a historic Silver Medal.
Among Goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Sonal Minj have received a call-up while defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha and Salima Tete have been included in the list.
Midfielders Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Jyoti, Anuja Singh, Shyama Tidgam, Sonika, Karishma Yadav and forwards Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Reena Khokhar and Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya have been called up for the camp ahead of the team’s tour to Spain starting January 24.
Speaking about the season’s first camp, Indian Women’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “We will be working on getting to the right fitness level in a short 20-day camp to play matches during the team’s tour to Spain. We also want to train some new things we want to implement in our game.”
The Indian team last year saw improved performances as they jumped up the world rankings to No.9 and also brought home the Silver Medal from the Asian Champions Trophy and 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang. They were also impressive at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where they lost to Australia in Semi Final.
On asked about the key areas the team will be looking to improve this year as they attempt to win an Olympic Qualification, Marijne said, “Better finishing and creating more scoring opportunities are the two key areas we need to improve.”
“Having someone like Australia’s Glenn Turner was good but we can’t expect that we will now score more goals because of that 10-day camp but every input will only improve the process of scoring more goals and this camp with Glenn was one of them. He shared his experience from his career and those things can help players,” Marijne added.
Following is the core probable list of women’s team:
Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Sonal Minj
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary, Nisha, Salima Tete
Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Jyoti, Anuja Singh, Shyama Tidgamm, Sonika, Karishma Yadav
Forwards: Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Reena Khokhar, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya.