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Indian Women Hockey Team leaves for Italy Tour to play a 5 match test series

World League Competition is important, as it decides if we qualify for Rio Olympics: Captain Ritu Rani

New Delhi, 2 December 2014The Indian Women Hockey Team today has left for Italy to play a series of tests with the opponent’s along with training themselves, which will be in preparation for the World League Round 2 slotted in March 2015 in Delhi. The series against Italy is scheduled for 3 – 12 December 2014 with the first match of the test series slotted for 4 December 2014.

Commenting on the upcoming tournament Captain Ritu Rani said, “We are confident of this series, but more important is the challenge of the World League Round 2 as that will decide if we qualify for World League Round 3 and an opportunity for the Rio Olympics. Hence this series is important as it gives the entire team an opportunity to work on team coordination on the field and work on the loopholes before March next year”.

Before leaving for Italy, Chief Coach, Neil Hawgood said, “This series against Italy is an important series for the team as this will help them understand their flaws and work on it before they enter the World League Round 2 next year. I am sure this team will put up a good show in Italy and I hope they continue this in their upcoming tournaments too in the coming future. I am happy the way this team has shaped up in the last 2 ½ years and I see them growing from here.”

India will be seen playing their first match on 4 December 2014 followed by matches on 6, 7, 9 and 11 December 2014.

List of Players:

Goalkeepers: 

1. Savita
2. Rajani Etimarpu

Defenders: 
3. Deep Grace Ekka
4. Jaspreet Kaur
5. Sushila Chanu
6. M.N.Ponnamma
7. Sunita Lakra
8. Namita Toppo
9. Manjit Kaur

Midfielders:
10. Deepika – Vice Captain
11. Lilima Minz
12. Ritu Rani- Captain
13. Lily Chanu
14. Navjot Kaur
15. Amandeep Kaur

Forwards: 
16. Poonam Rani
17. Vandana Katariya
18. Soundarya Yendala

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