Incheon (South Korea), 23 September 2014:Opening the tournament with a 3-0 win over Thailand at the 17th Asian Games, the much motivated Indian Women’s Hockey team now readies to face China on 24 September 2014 at Incheon, South Korea.
Where both India and China started their outing in the tournament with a win against their respective opponents, both will be looking at continuing their winning form and further pose a threat to the rest of the competing teams.
Having met at the 2010 Asian Games as well as at the 2006 Asian Games, India lost to China in a close combat on both the occasions. In 2006 Asian Games, India lost 2-3 to China and in 2010 Asian Games, India lost to China 1-2 on board and finished at the 5th position. Looking at their successful outing in the Malaysian tour and the XX Commonwealth Games, the Indian eves look much prepared to take on China and avenge the defeat.
Speaking before the match against China, the Indian Women Hockey Team’s Chief Coach Neil Hawgood said, “While the team is confident of continuing the form in the clash against China, the girls are also not forgetting their last outing against them. The team is looking forward to playing the highest ranked Asian team in the tournament to see where we stand against a team sitting amongst the top 10 in the world. I am sure the challenges will have a good start and that we’ll be able to break their patterns of play to our advantage in the critical areas of the field. We have minutely worked on our conversions, penalty corners and strategies to penetrate their D. The aim is to get them on defensive from the very start of the game and we are banking on Rani, Poonam Rani and Vandana Katariya to stick to the plan”.
Speaking on the upcoming challenge from China, the Indian forward Vandana Kataria said, “Our practice sessions are working in our favour to generate positive results. Though winning the first match in the tournament against Thailand has helped in motivating the team, we are aware of China’s capabilities as well and are working really hard to give them a tough time on the field. Our focus is to secure and convert as many penalty corners as possible.”