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Teams ready to face each other in the quarter-final clash of the Hero FIH Hockey World League Round 2 (Women) tomorrow

New Delhi, 11 March 2015: With the Hero FIH Hockey World League Round 2 (Women) entering the next stage, each team is all set to romp into the quarter- finals of the ongoing tournament being played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi.
Comfortably sitting atop the Pool A, India had an impressive run in the tournament by registering three consecutive wins.  In the first match played against Ghana, India white-washed the latter with a score of 13-0. Their second match against Poland ended with a 2-0 win and the recent clash against Thailand; India defeated them with a 6-0. India is now being regarded as the title contender amongst all the eight teams playing and backing themselves to go for a kill against their next clash with Singapore.
On the other hand, Singapore, having lost their first match against Russia on the opening day, was seen struggling to place themselves in a better position but eventually, lost to Kazakhstan and Malaysia. After a poor run in the pool phase, the girls of Singapore are looking to get things back on track, thereafter eyeing to open their winning account in the next stage of the tournament against the table toppers, India.
The Russian girls started their campaign on a winning note by beating Singapore in their first match, however, were not able to continue their winning momentum and lost to Malaysia 0-3 and Kazakhstan with a narrow margin of 2-3. Russia is now striving hard to put in its best endeavours to restrict the opponents and breach their defence. Tomorrow, Russia will be seen battling it out against Poland which has two wins to its kitty out of the three matches played so far.
With an aim to secure their previous loses, Ghana who has not won even a single match till now, will put in all their efforts in the quarter final clash against the Pool B toppers, Malaysia,  who has not missed out any opportunity so far to overcome the opponents and concluded all the three matches with a win.
Having an intention to continue their good performance, Kazakhstan is all set to make a mark in the tournament post their two wins against Singapore and Russia with a score of 4-0 and 3-2, respectively. Although they lost the inaugural match of the tournament against Malaysia with 8-0 score, the team is working on its strategies and team coordination in order to provide the much required support to its side. Kazakhstan will now be seen locking horns against Thailand who has a credit of only a single win of all the three matches played in the pool stage.
A much motivated Hockey India High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans said, “We are looking at continuing what we have been doing so far in the tournament. We have not conceded any goals in the league so far and conceded only three penalty corners till now, which is a positive sign. We need to improve at the goal scoring area. Though we always aim for a better penalty corner conversion rate, I am happy with the percentage that the girls are delivering in the tournament, hence I am not really worried about that area.”
Speaking on the quarter- final clash, Kazakhstan Captain Natalya Gataulina said, “All the areas are to be worked on and we must overcome the previous mistakes. We had a tough fight against Russia yesterday, where we did not even change a single player during the play and managed to win the game. We will be fighting in the quarter- finals with a positive mindset. We have played Thailand before also and we know that it is going be a difficult one, hence we must think and play.”
Commenting on the team’s preparation, Thailand Captain Boonta Duangurai said, “We are much stronger as a team now. Last time we played against Kazakhstan, we lost by 2-0 but this time we are aiming to win. We are preparing to better our defence and attack. There is better on-field communication amongst the players. The is still in a budding phase and this tournament will help us to get stronger for the future.”
Anticipating a good game ahead, Malaysia Coach Md Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim stated, “Winning all the three matches in the Pool had definitely motivated the players a lot but as we enter the quarter finals our aim is to book a berth in the finals of this tournament. We know we can beat Ghana but looking at their game against Poland yesterday, it might a little tougher than we expect. We are focussing on the Penalty Corner conversion and working on the technical skills together.”
The matches of the Hero FIH World League Round 2 (Women) will be telecast LIVE and exclusive on DD Sports.

12 March 2015 Quarter Final Match schedule:

13:15 QF1 Malaysia v Ghana 
15:30 QF2 Kazakhstan v Thailand 
17:45 QF3 Poland v Russia 
20:00 QF4 India v Singapore 

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